DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Event Preview


by in CS:GO | Aug, 4th 2020

The summer break is over! We finally have a proper CS:GO event to talk about, and my oh my, it’s a big one right off the bat! The original DreamHack Open Summer 2020 event has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, but as we all expected, it was soon replaced by a series of online competitions. Even though DreamHack Open events belong to the second-tier DreamHack series, this time around, they’re bringing forth quite a stellar number of top-tier sides. DreamHack Open Summer 2020 sports all the best North American teams, some of the best European sides, and a mix and mash of contestants in Asian and Oceanian installations.

There will be plenty of action on these CS:GO events, that’s for sure! With 24 teams, $260,000 in prize money, and intricate Bo3 playoffs – thrilling CS:GO entertainment is almost guaranteed!

CS:GO DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Interesting Facts


Four Regional Events


DreamHack Open Summer 2020 will feature four regional events:

  • European
  • American
  • Asian
  • Oceanian

The European online installation is replacing DreamHack Open Valencia; the American online event is replacing DreamHack Montreal. DreamHack Hyderabad, on the other hand, has been divided into two regional events, one for Asia and one for Oceania.

Total Prize Pool


The total prize pool of all four CS:GO DreamHack Open Summer 2020 events amounts to $260,000. European and American events are taking the biggest chunk of the total prize pool, $90,000 each. Only $80,000 remain for the Asian and Oceanian installments, each packing $40,000. It might not seem that impressive initially, but considering the state of affairs in the esports industry, it’s more than adequate.

DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Schedule


Unfortunately, we still don’t know much about the events’ schedule. We do know the most notable DH Open Summer teams, though. If team overviews are the reason you came here in the first place, then the following section will be right up your alley.

American Team Overviews


The American DreamHack Open Summer 2020 is packed! As mentioned earlier, DH Open events are typically classified as second-tier competition since their prize pools, and overall importance isn’t enough to lure in the biggest teams. However, in these trying times, every event, every opportunity, and every penny count. American teams were quick to react and accept their DreamHack Open Summer 2020 invitations.

Gen.G


Gen.G is the first NA team we’re going to talk about here. They’re a pretty new side that got into the CS:GO esports scene in December last year. Since then, Elmapuddy’s team had a bunch of solid outings, crowning their superb form with a win on ESL One Road to Rio. They beat FURIA in the grand finals, wrapping up their best campaign yet! DreamHack Open Anaheim is the second event they won in 2020 – they almost lifted the trophy for the third time last month. They were one step away from winning CS_Summit 6, but EG proved to be the better team in the grand finals.

Who’s the most important player in this Gen.G roster? Well, Autimatic is the first name that comes to mind. The 23-year-old CS:GO legend is enjoying his life at Gen. G. Coupled with in-form BnTeT, he created one of the most lethal fragging duos in the region. When they’re having a good day, they’re capable of dueling with the best of them. However, if they’re not feeling their heat, they tend to fall behind, and it’s game over for Gen.G.

Liquid


I won’t write a whole deal about Team Liquid because they’re currently in a sticky situation. On the bright end, they’ve finally accepted they need roster alterations. The downside is, the transitioning period won’t be a smooth ride. It will be as bumpy as they come, seeing as Grim will have plenty of positions and roles to fill once he starts training with the team.

Long story short – Grim, the upcoming NA prospect, is going to be replacing Nitr0. We still didn’t get an official confirmation, but everyone’s acting like the move already happened, so I guess we’ll just go with the flow. However, we still don’t know if Grim will be a starter in this event. Either way, I reckon the move won’t yield good results right off the bat. Team Liquid players will have to regroup, find their rhythm, and get the hours of training with their new teammate before they start seeing improvements results-wise.

FURIA


FURIA is a level above MIBR as far as the Brazilian CS:GO scene is concerned. Yuurih, KSCERATO, and the boys have outgrown their brethren. Coldzera’s departure to Faze Clan was a major factor, though FURIA’s recent performances aren’t to be taken for granted. Heck, we’re talking about the team that won DreamHack Masters Spring, won the third place on ESL Pro League S11 NA and almost went all the way on DreamHack Open Anaheim (grand finals loss against Gen.G).

Stats-wise, FURIA’s man of the hour is yuurih. KSCERATO was a proper force to be reckoned with last year, but yuurih is what makes FURIA tick in 2020. He’s packed with confidence at the moment. If we take 2020 in its entirety, the 20-year-old Brazilian star is enjoying 1.17 average HLTV rating with 80.5 average damage per round and 0.75 kills per round.

EG


Evil Geniuses are currently labeled as the best team in the region, and it’s for a good reason. You see, they won the two latest events in the region, both CS_Summit 6 and BLAST Premier Spring. They also had a fantastic ESL Pro League S11 campaign where they lost against Team Liquid in the grand finals.

Consistency wasn’t on EG’s side, though. They’re either fuming with confidence or are outright awful. Take their campaigns on DreamHack Masters Spring, ESL One: Road to Rio, and IEM XIV Katowice campaigns as the perfect examples. EG displayed 50 shades of terrible on all three occasions.

However, when they’re on a roll, they’re outright packing! Even though Brehze and CeRq were rather unimpressive at times, their presence was felt more often than not. EG has plenty of raw talent, but don’t lack experience either. That’s what makes them so dangerous to begin with.

Just remember what Brehze and the boys did on StarLadder Major before Evil Geniuses acquired them. That’s the tournament that served as the jumping board for this promising new NA side. As for EG’s DreamHack Open Summer 2020 expectations, I’d say they’ll be aiming for the top spot for sure. They’re in fine form and will want to make it three from three!

European Team Overviews


Unlike the North American DreamHack Open Summer 2020 event, the European iteration doesn’t have such a robust set of teams. The American event packs pretty much all top-tier NA sides that mean business, whereas things look a lot bleaker. There’s no Astralis; there’s no Vitality, no G2, and no Faze Clan. Yes, BIG is here. They’re currently ranked as the top team in the world. Yes, MAD Lions are here too, coming off an amazing Flashpoint triumph. OG and Complexity had their days, that’s true, but DreamHack Open Summer 2020 EU would’ve been much better if Faze and Astralis were in the conversation.

But I guess it’s too late now. Let’s check out the four most prominent teams competing on this event.

MAD Lions


MAD Lions were an absolute hit earlier this year. As you’ve probably heard by now, they conquered the inaugural season of Flashpoint, which cemented their spot as one of the best European teams. True, haters will say Flashpoint was nothing more than a tier B event, but it had a couple of tenacious sides, and MAD Lions still needed a lot of consistency and toughness to lift the trophy.

Who was the main player in this MAD Lions roster that helped the team reach this level? Who’s been the most consistent player for MAD Lions thus far this year? Well, if I had to choose, I’d go with acoR and Bubzkji. They’ve been the players MAD Lions could rely on in times of need. They were ruthless, clutch-friendly, and helped the team with their impeccable game sense and fragging ability.

Unfortunately for MAD Lions and their DreamHack Open Summer 2020 aspirations, just a few days ago, Astralis announced the acquisition of Bubzkji. MAD Lions’ made man will replace JUGi in Astralis’ starting roster, following medical leaves from gla1ve and xyp9x. This will hinder MAD Lions’ consistency and probably result in relatively poor performance on this event, assuming they don’t get sick replacements.

Complexity


What’s Complexity doing here? Isn’t Complexity a North American team? Well, yes. Since they opted for an international lineup with three European players and a European coach, they had to go with the flow and join the European bandwagon. And it was a good move! Need I remind you: BlameF and the boys won the European BLAST Premier Spring Finals after defeating Team Vitality in the grand finals.

Even though we’re talking about a team with a long history in the CS:GO esports ecosystem, Complexity’s BLAST Premier Spring Finals win is their biggest accomplishment. They didn’t just win $335,000 but a spot on the BLAST Premier Global Final too. It will be a real treat to see BlameF and the team go up against the best teams on such a grandiose occasion.

Why do I keep mentioning BlameF constantly? Let’s say the 23-year-old Danish superstar is doing all the hard work in this Complexity team. His teammates are coming along just fine, but it’s BlameF, who’s digging harder than anyone else and is continuously heat-checking himself (successfully) in dire need. The 23-year-old was the sole difference between a win and a loss, which is what Complexity needed all these years. He’s a true champ, a player that could help Complexity keep their winning ways for months to come!

BIG


Believe it or not, BIG is the best CS:GO team in the world! That’s what everyone keeps telling me; that’s what HLTV.org world rankings claim, too! TabseN and the boys have been phenomenal in 2020, playing superb CS:GO that’s both fast-paced and entertaining to watch. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, BIG won two top-tier events, and that’s something no one can take away from them.

More precisely, TabseN and the boys won DreamHack Masters Spring and CS_Summit 6. We’re talking about two online events here, but events with a plethora of top-tier teams that BIG had to defeat on their way to glory. On top of those two, BIG also triumphed on several lower-tier occasions, cementing their status and showing off wicked consistency.

Most importantly, though, BIG is not a one-man side anymore. They acquired TabseN, syrsoN, and XANTARES. All these are equally-capable fraggers; all three are more than ready to decide rounds with a mere flick of the wrist.

What made BIG such a force to be reckoned with all of a sudden? Well, even though BIG had a decent core roster last year, the arrival of k1to and syrsoN was what turned BIG from the best team in Germany to the best team in Europe… and perhaps even the world.

What sort of stuff can we expect from them on this event – can the Germans lift another trophy? Well, I honestly don’t see a reason why they couldn’t do so. For starters, the competition isn’t that hard; their key fraggers are in top form. They’ll be coming into this event with winds of victory in their sails. They might even go all the way again.

OG


There’s just one more team we have to address before we can wrap up our DreamHack Open Summer 2020 preview! As the heading suggests, I’m referring to OG! We’re talking about a brand-new team here, a team that’s just over half a year old. OG entered the scene late last year… but have done so with style, if I may add.

For those of you not in the know, OG came into the CS:GO esports scene packing quite the punch in terms of roster quality. NBK, valdee, Aleksib, ISSAA, and mantuu. That’s OG’s starting roster right there! The team sport plenty of talent and experience in each role and be among the best European teams. Unfortunately, OG just hasn’t synced up just yet.

They are yet to win a proper event or string together more than a couple of wins. The team had a couple of big scalps here and there, but are in desperate need of consistency. They win against big teams and then go out against lower-tier opponents who shouldn’t be posing an issue to the players of their caliber.

Expectations-wise, OG has to be in it to win! Otherwise, I don’t see the reason behind acquiring such a top-tier roster. They need to step up their game, though. Hopefully, they weren’t slacking during the players’ break!

Conclusion


That about wraps up our DreamHack Open Summer 2020 preview! There are still a few more days to go until the first group stage matches kick-off, but I believe we won’t see any significant changes to the teams’ rosters and how they approach it.

Let’s just hope we get a set of awesome events packed with thrilling matches; matches that will make up for last month’s summer break drought.

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