DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 Event Preview, Interesting Facts & Key Storylines
Another big CS:GO event is coming right after the end of ESL One: Road to Rio series. It’s DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 we’re talking about here, featuring four separate events for the biggest CS:GO regions. Of course, it’s Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania – the usual bunch. With a total of $300,000 in prize money and the crème de la crème of competitive CS:GO on board, this has all the makings of a special treat! Is that going to be the case? Well, there’s just one way you can find out…
Considering this piece your very own DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 viewer’s guide. We’ll cover everything related to the event, including stuff like key dates, interesting facts and power rankings. In addition to European and North American teams, we’ll also take a look at one or two teams from Asia and Oceania. Even though they’re not necessarily packing the greatest rosters, they could cause an upset or two.
There’s a ton of stuff to cover so let’s dig right into the most interesting facts on DreamHack Masters Spring 2020!
DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 | Interesting Facts
In total, DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 events have $300,000 in prize money. $160,000 goes to EU, $100,000 to NA, and $40,000 for Asia and Oceania ($20,000 each). It’s good money considering the current state of affairs of the ongoing corona crisis.
The two main regions, NA and EU, start on Tuesday, May 19 and are set to last until Sunday, June 14. Asia and Oceania start on the 2nd and 3rd of June, respectively, and will last until the following Sunday (June 7).
DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 is a part of the ESL Pro Tour. More precisely, it belongs to the Regional Masters level and offers a ton of circuit points for the best teams. A full list of Pro Tour points awarded on NA and EU events can be found right below the groups.
DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 EU | Power Rankings
Let’s start off with the European event since it sports the crème de la crème of global CS:GO:
Let’s start with Astralis, the returning champions of Europe! Why returning? Well, the Great Danes finally won an event, putting an end to the drought of 2020. Even though Astralis won ESL One: Road to Rio EU, news of JUGi replacing gla1ve echoed throughout the CS:GO sphere and could be the first sight of another Astralis’ flop. JUGi is a solid player, but he’s in no way a proper replacement to gla1ve, arguably the best IGL in the business.
It will be interesting to see how will JUGi’s lack of experience playing at the highest level will affect Astralis’ and their continental and international success. The transitioning period will be tough, that’s for sure, but I’m sure they’ll have an extra dose of versatility once e3stag becomes a permanent member. And mind you, gla1ve isn’t gone for good. He’s just taking three months of medical leave due to constant stress and competition burnout. It’s something all CS:GO players deal with. Gla1ve is just one of many. I’m sure he’ll come back even stronger, ready for another spectacular Major display.
Fnatic’s 2020 kickstarted pretty well. Well, more precisely, Fnatic’s 2019 ended up spectacularly and their run of form extended to 2020 as well. Semifinal finish on IEM XIV WC, great EU Minor campaign and ESL Pro League S11 trophy. But, when the whole world thought the Swedes are finally back where they belong, at the very top of the CS:GO esports scene, ESL One: Road to Rio happened and acted as one big reality check.
Individually, Brollan and Flusha have to be pointed out as the biggest factors that contributed to Fnatic’s recent strain of success. The perfect mixture of Swedish experience and youth is what Fnatic used to push themselves up a notch. If this dynamic duo can keep up the good work, I’m sure we’ll see Fnatic at the top of Europe once again!
When talking about rollercoaster lovers, we can’t skip Mousesports. Even though they weren’t exactly known for their rollercoaster potential before the roster switch, Woxic and the company have made it their second name. Just a quick look at their recent campaigns tells a tale of their consistency. More precisely, the lack thereof.
Shortly after a superb 2nd place finish on ESL Pro League S11, 13th/14th place finishes on ESL One: Road to Rio EU came. A disheartening 7th/8th place IEM XIV WC finish was only a month after Mousesports’ triumph on ICE Challenge 2020. The pattern suggests frozen and the boys are up for another spike of good results… which is why I reckon they’ll top group B and make a name for themselves during the playoffs.
I’m sure we can all agree that S1mple is a God! He’s a God – that’s the simplest explanation behind his superb performances throughout the last month or so. The Ukrainian beast, formerly the best CS:GO player in the world, is averaging 1.40 HLTV rating with +113 k/d difference across the last 11 maps. That’s 1.67 K/D ratio, mind you – crazy stats!
Unfortunately, that didn’t help his team reach a solid result on ESL One: Road to Rio CIS. Even though NaVi was the heavy favorite coming into the event, S1mple and the boys were eliminated straight off the group stage. Don’t get me wrong – s1mple was impressive all across the board, it’s his teammates who weren’t doing very well. Perfecto was supposed to be the player that pushes NaVi to the next level… but it seems as though he won’t be able to do it… at least not anytime soon.
DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 NA | Power Rankings
After checking out the European DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 power rankings, it’s time to say a few words about the North American event:
Contrary to popular beliefs, Team Liquid is still the toughest team in North America. Even though they bottled ESL one Road to Rio NA, they won ESL Pro League just a month earlier. True, they also bottled IEM XIV WC and had a somewhat disappointing run on BLAST Premier Spring regular season. Overall, Team Liquid is enjoying its usual roller-coaster form… but it seems to be enough to still be at the top of North America.
Twistzz and the boys are going strong! Stewi2K is yet to find his form, but the rest of the team is doing wonders. EliGE is still the main fragger, with NAF and Twistzz right behind him. Consistency is the key to success and that seems to be the only thing lacking for Liquid at the moment…
Gen.G is coming into this event with a massive wind of victory in their sails. As you may already know, Gen.G took the North American ESL One: Road to Rio by storm, defeating several heavyweights and showing off a generally impressive campaign
Statistically, Autimatic and BnTeT are the leading men behind Gen.G’s massive success. However, Gen.G’s core roster packed with veterans is what allowed Gen.G to rise to success in such a short notice. Their experience combined with massive fragging potential is the perfect solution for the chaotic NA scene.
However, everyone will want a piece of the champions. Everyone will want to scalp Gen.G coming into DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 NA event. Their recent success is a double-edged sword that could turn around and bit them. They’ll have to be on their toes from start to finish, that’s for sure. Worst of all, they are in group B with EG, Cloud9 and 100 Thieves – it’s going to be a cracker, no doubt about it!
Evil Geniuses aren’t in the best form and their recent results perfectly depict that. Yes, they were the second-best team on ESL Pro League S11 NA but had two terrible outings before that. Heck, the last solid campaign before ESL PL S11 NA was way back in December when Mousesports eliminated them in the semifinals of EPICENTER 2019
As you’d expect, Brehze and CeRq are always up there, fragging at will. They are usually the duo that cements EG’s victories. However, if Brehze and CeRq don’t show up for the occasion, EG suffers… and that’s something they’ll have to work on if they want to take the title of the best team in NA from Team Liquid.
Lastly, let’s talk about 100 Thieves! Even though they started their CS:GO adventure with a rock-solid second-place finish on IEM XIV Beijing, it didn’t take too long for their form to drop down to their usual standards. ESL One Road to Rio NA event saw them finish on the sixth spot. A month earlier, ESL Pro League S11 NA saw them finish just one place higher.
Even though we’re looking at a pretty consistent side, both in NA and international events, Nadeshot will aim for more success in 2020. While I don’t think they’ll do anything remarkable on DreamHack Masters Spring 2020, there’s enough time for them to leap forward by the end of the year.
DH Masters Spring 2020 Asia & Oceania Key Teams
TYLOO is still the number one team in Asia. Summer, somebody and the boys have been at the top of the stage for quite a while, despite the likes of Vici and MVP PK always on the chase. The current roster is lacking BnTeT, one of their best fraggers.
Despite losing the 24-year-old rifler to Gen.G, TYLOO still rules over the Asian scene. They do experience a hiccup now and then, but they’re still by far the most consistent Asian team.
As for Oceania, Renegades AKA ex-Grayhound roster are still at the top of the food chain! We’re talking about a solid roster here, one that has won both ESL One: Road to Rio Oceania and the Oceanic Qualifier for the Asia Minor. Even after selling their experienced roster to 100 Thieves, Renegades are still the kings of Oceania.
Wrapping Everything Up
It’s pretty late, guys… I think we should head home!
Jokes aside – I believe that’s it as far as DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 events are concerned. The two biggest regions, NA and EU, are going to be packed with top-tier online matches, but I guess we’re already used to that seeing as there was already a ton of them over the last two months or so.
And while the world is getting ready for the new normal, the esports industry ought to follow in its footsteps. Still, we can expect one or two additional online events to take place before the LAN movement. Who knows – perhaps the first big LAN event is going to be the ESL One Rio Major in November.
Last but not least – let’s talk about livestreams! As you’d expect, this event is going to be available on Twitch. More precisely, it will be streamed live on the official DreamHack CS:GO Twitch channel. So, if you don’t already have it bookmarked, now is the time to do it.