CS:GO DreamHack finals recap
NaVi runs rings around the competition
DreamHack Winter 2017 was held in Sweden over the weekend with tournaments in H1Z1, Smash Bros. Melee, Hearthstone, Quake Champions and CS:GO. These tournaments are qualifying matches that contribute towards teams moving closer to the bigger competitions in the new year. For CS:GO, DreamHack is the final tournament of the year.
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Natus Vincere (NaVi) were the winners of this year's DreamHack Winter CS:GO event, beating out big name teams Heroic, Team EnVy and Mousesports. This was NaVi’s first championship win of 2017.
NaVi initially lost to Gambit Esports in an overtime match that seemed to last forever, with a final score of 31 - 28 (a very high score for a competitive match). This meant they were up against Heroic. NaVi was able to crush Heroic 2 - 1 in the group decider match, pushing them up to the playoff stage and getting them back into the race. In the semifinals, they were pitted against Team EnVy.
The entire beginning of the match between NaVi and EnVy was close, with each team trading points sequentially. It wasn’t until NaVi gained some ground that they managed to take some successive points and take both the Overpass and the Nuke maps. Meanwhile, Mousesports had eliminated Gambit 2 - 0, setting the stage for the two to battle it out in the finals.
The first map was Cobblestone where NaVi creamed Mousesports 16 - 4. This was mostly due to NaVi’s Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev having an outstanding match, killing 26 himself. Mousesports was constantly overwhelmed, with the match moving to making kills over completing the objective. The kills and points just kept rolling in for NaVi.
Once again, it was a few key player’s that lead to NaVi’s victory on Inferno. Both Denis “electronic” Sharipov and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev were unstoppable, pulling out an enormous number of kills and earning their team the points to win the grand final.
The strength of play from individual NaVi team members was the foundation of their victory. S1mple was easily the man of the match throughout the tournament, earning at least 31 kills per map. This is an astounding level of play and may just carry them through to the League in the new year. NaVi should have their eyes set on the Boston Major in mid-January for an offline qualifier.
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