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DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America Preview




DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America will enter the Playoffs Stage on June 11th. Six of the initial eight teams are still in the race and they will be competing for $95,000 in prizes, as well as the prestige that comes with winning a DH Masters event. The matches that are left to be played offer plenty of esports betting opportunities for all those who enjoy betting on CS:GO. In this article, I will take a close look at the teams and provide an analysis of what you can expect in the clashes ahead.

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DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America Groups Summary

The Group Stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America went according to plan for the most part. But there were also several big surprises. One of them was Evil Geniuses, which underperformed and somehow managed to get itself eliminated, even though the only competitors that got eliminated were the last in each group. Two other surprises were Team Liquid and Gen.G Esports, both of which barely made it with a record of 1 win and 2 losses.

The complete results for the groups were the following:

Group A

1st place

FURIA Esports

3 W – 0 L

+17 (rounds)

2nd place

Team Liquid

1 W – 2 L

+17

3rd place

MIBR

1 W – 2 L

-9

4th place

Chaos Esports Club

1 W – 2 L

-25

Group B

1st place

100 Thieves

2 W – 1 L

+28 (rounds)

2nd place

Cloud9

2 W – 1 L

-3

3rd place

Gen.G Esports

1 W – 2 L

-18

4th place

Evil Geniuses

1 W – 2 L

-7

Team Analysis

Here’s a brief analysis of the 6 teams that are still competing for a chance to win the title of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America.

FURIA Esports is the big favorite

To Win Vs. 100 Thieves

1.61*

FURIA (ranked 8th globally) is the strongest team in Brazil by a significant margin, even though MIBR is now starting to catch up in terms of skill and preparation and even managed to beat them in a close Bo1 at BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Americas Showdown.

 The key to FURIA’s strength and success is the stability of its roster. These players did not start as superstars and many would not be able to recognize their aliases even today, after numerous top results in important competitions. But the fact that they’ve been playing together for a few years and that they’ve demonstrated a shared desire to stay united by signing multi-year contracts with the organization is clearly giving them a sense of brotherhood and an increased faith in each other. All of them seem motivated and hungry to win, and the results have been spectacular. For a Brazilian team, they’re not far from reaching the heights that only the original MIBR roster managed to reach, back in 2016-2017.

FURIA won 6 of its last 8 matches and is on an upward trend. Morale is good, performances are excellent. In the Group Stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America, the Brazilian squad defeated every opponent in Group A. Going into the Playoffs Stage, I expect them to reach the Grand Final. They’re already in the Upper Bracket Final, where they have to beat 100 Thieves, which shouldn’t be much of a challenge.

Team Liquid could make a comeback

To Win Vs. Gen.G

1.4*

Liquid’s last trophy was obtained in April, at ESL Pro League Season 1: North America. Since then, we’ve only seen the team complete one tournament: ESL One: Road to Rio – North America. They finished the race in 4th place. But now they’re looking to conquer another trophy. It would be an excellent time to do it, but I don’t see how. Liquid’s form has been abysmal in recent weeks. The team lost 5 of its last 6 matches and dropped to 6th place in the global rankings.

In the Group Stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America, Liquid managed to beat a weak MIBR (at the time), but lost to Chaos and FURIA. The defeat against FURIA was not that big of a surprise, given the Brazilian team’s prowess. But Chaos? Seriously? Liquid lost a Bo3 match to a regional rival that’s ranked 41st?! That’s a really bad sign.

No doubt, Stewie2K is training hard for this Playoffs Stage, together with his team. But it will be hard for them to fully recover after losing ground against the other competitors and doing so poorly at the last few tournaments. I expect Liquid to finish anywhere between 3rd and 6th.

MIBR is on the rise again

To Win Vs. Cloud9

1.7*

MIBR made a key roster change just several weeks ago, removing meyern and bringing in trk. Normally, it shouldn’t have worked, because the players is not some superstar like coldzera. But it did. The team’s performance improved almost immediately and MIBR is now a good team again. They’re not a top team yet, but the potential is definitely there. Especially in this age of online tournaments, characterized by undermotivated rosters and dark horses.

In the Group Stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America, MIBR lost to both teams that are still in the tournament, FURIA and Liquid. But keep in mind, that was several weeks ago. Since then, MIBR has become a new team and I think we’ll see the effects of that in the Playoffs Stage. I think that MIBR can climb as high as 3rd place here.

100 Thieves is on the decline

To Win Vs. FURIA

2.25*

100 Thieves is in a situation that’s the exact opposite of MIBR’s. The team did spectacularly well in the groups, winning Group B with 2 wins and 1 loss. But since then, the team showed signs of weakness at other tournaments and is likely to do poorly in the Playoffs, in the sense that it won’t manage to win the Upper Bracket Finals or the Lower Bracket Final after that. Of course, since 100 Thieves is already guaranteed the 3rd place, I suppose we could say that they’ll do well. But from a betting standpoint, they probably won’t do well at all.

Cloud9 is the potential dark horse

To Win Vs. MiBR

2.1*

C9 finished the Group Stage with 2 wins and 1 loss. And shockingly enough, they won against Gen.G and EG, two of the best teams in North America at the moment. So they might just have a good match against MIBR and then get a deep run in the Playoffs of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 North America. But it’s not going to be easy because as I’ve said before, MIBR is now a much stronger team than it was a month ago.

Gen.G Esports is surrounded on all sides

To Win Vs. Liquid

2.85*

And finally, we have Gen.G Esports, the team that won in spectacular fashion the NA qualifiers for ESL One: Rio 2020 by defeating FURIA in the Grand Final. Since that performance, BnTeT and his squad managed to maintain their position in the global rankings (14th), winning 4 matches and losing 3 others. The scary thing for them is that recently, they lost against many of the competitors that are still in the race: 100 Thieves, Cloud9, and FURIA. Their latest match against MIBR ended in a draw.

*Odds are subject to change.