DreamHack Open Fall 2020 Event Preview, Interesting Facts, and Group Stage Predictions
Are you guys ready for another DreamHack event? DreamHack Fall 2020 is the name! It’s a part of the DreamHack Open series and it’s exclusive for the EU region.
DreamHack Fall 2020 brings forth sixteen top-notch European teams and pins them in four groups to battle it out for a total of $115,000 in prize money. Not bad for an online event, right?
There’s not a clear-cut favorite here, and it’s not surprising considering the fact it’s an EU-only event. Eight different teams have won notable European events thus far in 2020, which just goes to show you the chaos and complexity that is the European CSGO scene.
DreamHack Fall 2020 Preview | Interesting Facts
- DreamHack Fall 2020 starts on Thursday, October 15th. It’s set to end on Sunday, October 25th. That’s eleven days of fantastic European CSGO action. If that’s not your cup of tea… should you even drink tea?
- Even though dynamic Bo5 grand finals pushed their way through during this batch of online events, it won’t be making another appearance here. We’re looking at a Bo3-only playoff here, one that could favor teams with not that deep map pools.
- We’re looking at an online event here. However, that shouldn’t really surprise anyone since online events are the end all and be all of competitive CSGO at the moment.
- Not only is there $115,000 in prize money, but there’s also a spot on a LAN event on the line here! The winner takes it all, I’m afraid. Not the prize pool money but the LAN event ticket. More on that in the following section of our DreamHack Fall 2020 preview.
Prize Pool Distribution
As mentioned in the introductory section, the total prize pool of DreamHack Fall 2020 amounts to $115,000. It’s going to be distributed in the following fashion:
- 1st – $33,000, 2500 RMR Points
- 2nd – $21,500, 2344 RMR Points
- 3rd – #14,000, 2188 RMR Points
- 4th – $10,000, 2031 RMR Points
- 5th – $7,500, 1875 RMR Points
- 6th – $6,500, 1719 RMR Points
- 7th – $6,000, 1563 RMR Points
- 8th – $5,000, 1406 RMR Points
- 9th – $3,250, 1250 RMR Points
- 10th – $2,500, 1094 RMR Points
- 11th – $2,250, 938 RMR Points
- 12th – $1,500, 781 RMR Points
- 13th-16th – $500, 390.75 RMR Points
In addition to $33,000 in prize money and 2500 RMR Points, the winning team also gets an IEM XV Global Challenge spot. If you don’t know about that event, it’s basically going to be the first LAN CSGO event since the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship spectacle in Katowice.
The group stage kicks off with four double-elimination groups. Each group features four teams and only best of three matches from start to finish. Three teams are set to advance to the playoffs, but in a dynamic fashion. The top two teams advance to the upper bracket whereas the third-place team goes through to the lower bracket.
As for the playoffs, we’re looking at a double-elimination system with two brackets. All matches are best of three, meaning there’s no Bo5 grand finals’ spectacle.
Here’s a closer look at all four DreamHack Fall 2020 groups:
There’s no clear winner in this group. In fact, there are no clear playoffs favorites either. All four teams can play excellent CSGO; all four have great players, and all four will be proper contestants for the playoffs. However, one of them will get eliminated right off the bat and I can’t really tell which team it will be. if I were you, I’d stay away from this group. It’s the group of death for a reason!
Here we have a clear-cut underdog – Endpoint. They’re not really your top-tier European side and will definitely be struggling against some of Europe’s finest. As for the group winner, we’re probably looking at Astralis. They’re in good form at the moment, and with the return of their good old five-man roster that has won it all, they’re definitely the biggest favorites here.
Saw and GODSENT will be battling it out for the third place in this group… or so it seems at the first glance. BIG and Faze Clan should reign supreme at the two spots leading to the upper bracket. However, knowing Faze Clan’s twisty and turny ways, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t reach the upper bracket. Heck, at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they fail to reach the playoffs at all…
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Lastly, group D is arguably the easiest group at the event. Well, technically not the easiest group but group that doesn’t have a single top-tier team. Sure, ENCE fans will hate me for saying that, but it’s the truth – ENCE’s 2020 has been absolutely horrific according to their past standards. As far as placements go, I reckon Sprout will see the exit door right off the bat. As for the top three spots, it’s anyone’s guess, really.
DreamHack Open Fall 2020 | Key Teams
We aren’t done just yet! Even though we discussed potential group stage placements, let’s say a thing or two about the four key teams that have the best chances of doing something next week!
Is Astralis currently the strongest European team? Well, the recent results would suggest that, right? I mean, they’re coming into this match following a triumphant win against NaVi on the grand finals of ESL Pro League S12 EU. They skipped IEM XV New York, but that shouldn’t really plague their chances of winning this one.
The most important factor for Astralis is the return of Xyp9x… However, it won’t happen on DreamHack Fall, but later this month, on the BLAST Premier Fall series. But, Astralis finally seem to have synced up properly with their new members. I’m mainly referring to es3tag here, who has established himself as the go-to sixth man for Astralis, with bubzkji falling to the bench.
Astralis is in group B that ought to be quite tricky. G2, Heroic, Endpoint, and Astralis – three top-tier European sides and an outright underdog. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing on Endpoint here, I’m just stating the obvious. That said, there’s no way Astralis misses the playoffs here… They’ll most likely top the group, unless their Danish brothers mess with their plans early on.
This section of our DreamHack Fall 2020 preview just couldn’t end without Faze Clan. After all, they’re coming into this tournament with winds of victory etched into their sails. A quick reminder, Faze Clan won IEM XV New York, following excellent displays in both the group stage and the playoffs, with just one defeat (against OG in the group stage) in the entire tournament.
What’s the key factor that contributed to Faze Clan’s success last week? Well, in all honesty, it’s a combination of three factors:
- Faze players stepped up for the occasion
- The luck of the draw was on their side
- Astralis didn’t participate on the event
NiKo was on fire during the grand finals. He accumulated seventy kills across three maps, further establishing himself as one of the world’s greatest fraggers. A good portion of his kills came from the first map which went to the extra length of overtime. Thirty kills in forty-four rounds – it’s safe to say NiKo’s frags push the odds in Faze Clan’s direction.
What can we expect from Faze Clan on DreamHack Fall 2020? Well, they’re in group C with BIG, GODSENT, and sAw. Considering the quality of their opposition, anything but an upper bracket placement would be a huge surprise.
Even though Mousesports’ results in 2020 are nothing to write home about, they’re still considered as one of the best teams in Europe. And rightly so… especially now that Woxic is out of the equation and team morale is back at an all-time high.
Mind you, Mousesports had a couple of solid outings this year. I’m mainly referring to ESL Pro League S11 and Gamers Without Borders campaigns, but the recently finished ESL Pro League Season 12 hasn’t been too bad on them either.
Bymas is the newest member of this Mousesports team, having been transferred from Faze Clan following a set of unimpressive (but not awful) performances. The 17-year-old Lithuanian showcased a good start under his new colors, and his teammates will be expecting more of the same in the following months.
What can Mousesports do on DreamHack Fall 2020? Well, as you could’ve seen in the group stage section, Mousesports has been placed in group A with Fnatic, Vitality, and OG. The group is tightly packed, that’s for sure, and I’m afraid Mousesports will be in for the fight of their life. It’s not going to be easy, especially against Vitality and OG who’ve been playing pretty well recently. Fnatic won’t be an easy opponent too – which means a dead race for the third and final spot leading to the lower bracket.
OG is the last team we’re going to talk about here! They’ve been doing themselves justice lately. The last event they participated in (IEM XV New York) saw them play in the grand finals against Faze Clan. We already told you about that match, so there’s no need to repeat the same old story here. Instead, let’s focus on the players behind this OG team!
Individually, there’s only a handful of teams that have the same quality as OG. Not just the quality, mind you, experience too! With heavy names like NBK, Aleksib, and valde, this OG team definitely has the quality to contest with the best of them. Add to this core the likes of ISSAA and mantuu, and you’ll understand that OG’s results are more than just coincidence.
Much of OG’s results came thanks to ruggah’s tactical prowess. The 32-year-old Danish coach keeps making all the right moves strategy-wise, but we’re yet to see how the ESIC ban is going to impact his future at OG. Be that as it is, OG is going to have a tough time on DreamHack Open Fall 2020. They are in group A with Vitality, Fnatic, and Mousesports… the group of death won’t be easy on them, that’s for sure. They’ll have to give their best if they are to qualify for the playoffs…
Wrapping Things Up
With that final team overview, we’re all done with our DreamHack Fall 2020 Preview! We hope you’ve enjoyed the show; fingers crossed the event fulfills our expectations and showcases excellent matches from start to finish!