May 19, 2020

DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 – Proving Grounds

The upcoming DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 are the next big online competition in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 16 top teams from Europe and the eight best teams from North America fight for their share of ESL Pro Tour Circuit Points.

The first prestigious online competition during the COVID-19 shutdown just finished – ESL One Road to Rio. Gen.G Esports emerged victorious in North America and Astralis reclaimed their impeccable shape with a resounding win over G2 Esports in the European Finals. However, the current number one in the world has quite a challenge ahead of them to start their run at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 on Tuesday, May 19.

Astralis without in-game leader gla1ve

Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander will step down from competitive Counter-Strike for about three months. “For a longer period of time I have had symptoms of stress and burnout,” said the Astralis’ IGL in his statement on Tuesday.

Without their actual in-game leader, Astralis need to adapt at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020.  The newest player Jakob “JUGI” Hansen, who recently played for North, will replace gla1ve. At this point Astralis don’t have a dedicated IGL. But for now it seems like Emil “Magisk” Reif is going to captain them in their first match in Group A against Heroic. According to CS:GO insider “neL“, Magisk practiced as IGL for Astralis already.

The favorites find themselves in a Danish group with North and Heroic, alongside their rivals from the recent Grand Finals at ESL One Road to Rio, G2 Esports.

New chance for struggling top teams – mousesports, Na’Vi and Fnatic

During ESL One Road to Rio a lot of the top teams were already eliminated in the group stage. That’s why mousesports, Natus Vincere and Fnatic need to step up their game to gain essential Pro Tour points for the major ESL events in the future.

In Group B mousesports meets resourceful challengers with Complexity Gaming, MAD Lions and BIG. Even though the team around Finn “karrigan” Andersen are considered the favorite, mistakes will be punished harshly by their opponents.

Group C and D, the groups of Fnatic and Na’Vi, respectively, seem even more challenging. The Swedes will play the currently well-performing FaZe Clan and need to stand their ground against the surging teams GODSENT and Team Spirit. In Malmö, the prior stop of the DreamHack Masters, Fnatic was able to shine and maneuvered themselves back on the list of the best teams in the world. Now the squad of Jesper “JW” Wecksell need to prove their qualities once more.

On the other hand Na’Vi takes on reputable squads such as Team Vitality and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even ENCE, whose line-up has been in a bit of a struggle lately, should not be underestimated by star player Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and the Russian organization.

Team Liquid still number one in North America?

Team Liquid share a similar fate when it comes to ESL One Road to Rio. The winners of Intel Grand Slam Season 2 still need to find their team chemistry back to stay on top of the American competition. In Group A they will start off against Chaos Esports Club before going up against the Brazilian powerhouses MIBR and FURIA Esports.

Evil Geniuses and Gen.G Esports will meet for a tough battle for the top placement in Group B. Meanwhile 100 Thieves and Cloud9 wait for their chance to upset the favorites.

Three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs, while the winners of each group play in the Upper Bracket. The Grand Finals of the online tournaments in Europe and North America will be played on June 14. While the European champion receives $54,000 and 400 Tournament Circuit Points, the NA champion of DreamHack Masters 2020 earns $40,000 and 320 points.

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Pictures via DreamHack -Jennika Ojala, Stephanie-Lieske – ESL
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