Powerful Wind of North! DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018: Results
The Danish team North won the DreamHack Masters tournament in Stockholm. This was quite an unexpected but still a very convincing victory – these players went undefeated at this CS:GO Esports event!
DreamHack Masters in Sweden drew the attention of the gaming community because of two reasons. It’s quite a big event to just wonder who’ll come out on top. Also, it’s the last significant competition before Faceit Major in London, so it demonstrates the current conditions of the teams.
Let’s have a closer look at the teams’ performance and the detailed results of the tournament.
Eight winners of the Group Stage
As we wrote in the preview to DreamHack Masters in Stockholm, matches at the Group Stage determined participants of the further Playoffs. There were four groups, and two teams in each proceeded to the quarterfinals:
- Group A: North won both matches (against Astralis and Grayhound Gaming). Astralis won the starter match against Grayhound but lost to North. They could take the second place in the group only thanks to victory in deciding match against TyLoo.
- Group B: Ninjas in Pyjamas defeated NRG Esports and Ghost Gaming. Natus Vincere lost at the start to Ghost but managed to win the second match against NRG. Their deciding match was against Ghost, and this time Na’Vi prevailed.
- Group C: FaZe Clan won two matches against Heroic and OpTic Gaming. Heroic lost to FaZe in the first match but thanks to the victory over Fnatic got a second chance in the deciding match against Optic – they did not lose it.
- Group D: the first team here was MIBR (two victories over HellRaisers and mousesports). The second place was taken by mousesports – this team won the starter match against Gambit but then lost to MIBR. The victory over HellRaisers in the deciding game became a ticket to the quarterfinals for the team.
As a surprise of the Group Stage, we can mention only the failure of Fnatic in Group C. Unsurprisingly, all the players used awesome weapon finishes during the tournament matches.
Astonishing battles of the Playoffs
Matches of this stage were held in front of fans.
Four quarterfinal matches were first:
- NiP defeated Heroic on two maps – Nuke (16:4) and Overpass (16:11);
- Astralis won against MIBR – Overpass (16:6) and Train (16:14);
- mousesports with some difficulties defeated FaZe Clan – Cache (1:16), Dust II (16:11), and Train (16:11).
- The North team was better than Natus Vincere – Train (16:3) and Inferno (16:9).
Two semifinals were next:
- Astralis vs NiP, 2:0 – Mirage (16:14) and Nuke (16:7);
- North vs mousesports. 2:1 – Dust II (0:16), Inferno (16:14), and Mirage (16:12).
The Grand Final as a logical culmination closed out the tournament:
- North and Astralis played on three maps, and the final score was 2:1 – Dust II (16:1), Train (6:16), and (16:11).
Videos from DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018
To relive the best moments of this CS:GO tournament, enjoy these official video clips with highlights from most of the matches:
The division of the prize money
The prize pool of DreamHack Masters in Stockholm was $250,000. It was divided in this way:
Not everyone considers the brilliant victory of North on this tournament as… so brilliant. Yes, the guys played at a super high level, they demonstrated their best game style. At the same time, they’ve played all their cards before the Faceit Major. All the other teams now will be preparing for matches against North especially intensively, they will know what to expect from them – for the North players it will be much harder, they became one of the favorites with all logical consequences.
It was quite noticeable that most of the participants of this DreamHack Masters used their old game scenarios. Even the Astralis players with all their motivation to repeat the success from ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018weren’t really eager to use any innovations but preferred to keep them for the competition in London (a much bigger competition, in fact.)
Still, you never know for sure – unpredictability is one of the amazing beauties of Esports. Not so many believed in OG before The International 2018, but the guys won the biggest Dota 2 tournament. Let’s wait and see the real matches of Facit Major in London!