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DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe - preview

Henrieta Hyrlikova

DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 is ready to kick off tomorrow, bringing a series of four regional events in one of the last premier CS:GO tournaments of 2020. Odds and outrights are live and as always, we are here to make sure you’ve got all the details, as well as our predictions.

Format

The European edition will feature half of the 32 teams competing in DreamHack Masters Winter 2020. Two groups of eight teams will fight in double-elimination (GLS) format, followed by single-elimination playoff bracket for the top 4 teams out of each group. All matches will be best-of-three, except for the grand final, which will be best-of-five.

Having half of the participating teams, European region is also looking at the biggest cash reward. Out of a $250,000 shared prize pool, Europe gets $150,000. However, at the time of writing this article, the organiser hasn't yet disclosed how much of that cake is meant for the winners.

Teams

Despite this being European tournament, we get to see some of the top North American teams as well. That being FURIA Esports and Team Liquid, who arrived in Europe some time ago, so there’s no need for concerns regarding jet lag and lack of time for preparation.

The third American team to compete in Europe was supposed to be Evil Geniuses, however they won’t be participating in this event due to international travel restrictions. Instead we will see Cloud9, who have, just like Complexity, semi-permanently relocated to Europe earlier this year.

Group A: Heroic, Cloud9, Complexity, FaZe Clan, Team Spirit, ENCE, Gambit, c0ntact Gaming

Group B: Astralis, FURIA Esports, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, mousesports, Sprout, North, GODSENT

Preview

It’s a stacked event and we are most certainly looking at a solid portion of CS:GO action. There’s no doubt teams are going to be especially competitive, as this is one of the last chances to grab a trophy this year, or at least a bunch of important Pro Tour points.

Our outrights for DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe are up, so be sure to check them out while the Book is still open. Looking at the odds, it’s rather tight and several teams have pretty good chances to come out victorious.

Astralis (4.30)

No surprise here. Astralis enter most of the tournaments as favorites and it’s obvious why. The Great Danes have been at the top for years and have a top-class roster as well. Although this may be true, it’s not that simple. For the first place at the list, odds 4.30 are quite high and too close to the second Heroic at 5.00. Astralis had a shaky year and saw a huge rank drop during summer. They are doing much better since Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth and Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander are finally back, however it's still not quite what we would expect from them.

Based on first matches in Group B, we will most likely see Astralis in the playoffs. Their first match against GODSENT shouldn't be an issue at all. The second one will be against the better of Liquid vs. mousesports clash and even though this might be a challenge, it’s nothing that Danish squad wouldn’t handle.  

Heroic (5.00)

Heroic saw a rise in the summer and remained on top ever since. Currently a team number #2 in HLTV’s rankings and definitely a team to watch at any tournament. The Danes have been a source of many surprises this year, as well as upsets. They don’t seem to be affected too much by the suspension of their coach Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen for using the spectator bug, but rather focus on maintaining the position they worked for so hard. It only makes sense they are going to aim high.

G2 Esports (5.80)

G2 is a team that is currently in the spotlight of CS:GO esports, after signing Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, former superstar FaZe Clan player. It was arguably the biggest roster transfer in CS:GO history and it left the whole community in expectations of what it’s going to do with underwhelming G2. We’ve seen an improvement, sure, but they haven’t played together enough to unleash the power they have with NiKo on board. Is it going to happen at this tournament? Hard to tell, but if it happens, you don’t wanna miss it!

Complexity (6.60)

The success of Complexity really depends on team’s newest roster addition, Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage, former 100 Thieves player with great potential. There is a lot of hope in Complexity and most probably they will have a chance to prove themselves in the playoffs. Going against ENCE and the winner of Cloud9 vs. Gambit match, it looks like Complexity have a clear way ahead.

FURIA Esports (6.60)

With the same odds for win as Complexity, there is FURIA Esports. This is the third tournament in Europe for Brazilian team and they finally seem prepared for it. They started off catastrophically at BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Regular Season, but then got it together at BLAST Premier Showdown and now there is only one match between them and Fall 2020 Finals. Here on DreamHack they start against North and if they win, then we can expect FURIA vs. G2 match, a super exciting encounter to watch.

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