DreamHack Open Tours is finally over and just as we predicted, the winner was mousesports. The event took place between in Tours, France between May 17th – 19th and proved to be more spectacular that people had hoped for, offering many CS:GO betting opportunities and hyped matches to watch.
In this article, we will make a short analysis of what took place at DreamHack Open Tours and what we’ve learned from it. This will give you a better idea of who to keep an eye on should you endeavour in any esports betting.
DreamHack Open Tours brought together eight teams of varying skill levels. Among them, one competitor stood out and just by looking at the player names, you could have predicted who it was going to be. Mousesports is quickly turning into a global force again under karrigan’s wise leadership and DreamHack Open Tours 2019 clearly proved that.
Here’s a list of all the eight teams that took place in the tournament.
The bottom half of these teams is made up of competitors that are not your familiar tier one organizations. They’re either relatively new in CS:GO or simply don’t have the super talented players that they would need to make the jump and start competing at the highest level of CS:GO. However, these teams still have some level of success in tier 3 and tier 4 tournaments. So a tier 2/3 event such as DreamHack Open Tours was a great chance for them to play against some solid competitors and test their skills.
The top half of the list is made up of well-known teams that used to be among the world’s best and in some cases, they still are. These teams where all safe CS:GO bets. The one exception is Valiance. They’re a relatively new team with a history of just three years. However, in spite of their youth as an organization, they’ve climbed the ladder relatively fast and are now a top 15 team in the global rankings.
The other three teams, mousesports, G2 Esports and AVANGAR are regularly taking part in tier 2 and tier 1 events, including Majors. So it’s only natural that they too did well at DreamHack Open Tours.
DreamHack Open Tours offered a substantial prize pool given the fact that it was still a relatively small tournament compared to what we usually see in CS:GO these days. As a result, $100.000 in prizes wasn’t bad at all. Especially for mousesports, who won half of that amount by claiming the title.
One thing that’s unfortunate about this prize pool is the distribution. At this level of competition, teams really do benefit from everything they can get. So giving the bottom four teams just 10% of the prize pool was a bit rough and probably didn’t make their trip to Tours worthwhile. Of course, to some degree it still was, because the experience itself and having your name mentioned alongside the likes of mousesports and G2 Esports is an honor of its own. But financially speaking, the rewards were rather insignificant.
DreamHack Open Tours 2019 took place in two stages, consisting of two groups followed by two Semifinals and a Grand Final. Each of the groups had four teams and the top two teams from each group advanced to the Playoffs. It was a very simple format and the best teams eventually claimed the best spots.
The matches were Bo3, with the exception of the Opening and Winners’ matches in the Group Stage. These were Bo1.
The two groups of DreamHack Open Tours 2019 were the following:
Group A was dominated by Valiance and mousesports. And in fact, it was quite surprising that mousesports actually lost the Winners’ match against Valiance (6 – 16), in spite of karrigan’s best attempts to help his team regroup and adjust to the reality of the match.
Group B saw AVANGAR succeed against Ghost Gaming and FrenchFrogs, even though both of their matches were relatively close in terms of score. G2 Esports finished 2nd, after getting defeated in their first match against FrenchFrogs. This was another upset that few people would have predicted given the skill difference between these two teams.
But in the end, G2 did advance to the Playoffs and fought hard against Valiance. Ultimately, they failed to win that match, even though they won the first map and came very close to winning the 2nd and 3rd as well. However, this was no longer an upset, given that Valiance had defeated mousesports in the Group Stage and was no regarded as possibly the best team of the eight.
DreamHack Open Tours 2019 offered us the chance to take a closer look at some of the strong teams we often get to see in action at tier 1 events. Here’s a short summary of how they performed and what can be expected from the going forward.
While they were still a bit inconsistent and lost their first Bo1 match against Valiance, mousesports still proved that they are now a solid team. Great things should be expected of them in the months to come, as karrigan is quickly forging a lineup that can go head to head against anyone in the world.
The global rankings show mousesports at number 12, but we believe they can do more than that and reach at least the top eight.
At DreamHack Open Tours, mousesports had an overall round score of +43, which shows that they still dominated the event quite easily in spite of their setback against Valiance in the groups.
G2 Esports had a similar problem in the Group Stage, losing just like mousesports a match they should have won. However, in G2’s case the situation was even worse, as they lost against FrFrogs, a team that ultimately got eliminated after a 2 – 0 Decider Match against the same team they had defeated previously, G2.
Overall, G2’s performance throughout DreamHack Open Tours 2019 was good. They finished 3rd – 4th and had an overall round score of +31. In the global rankings, G2 is currently sitting at number 15 and we expect to see them climb a bit more in the months to come. Their lineup has great potential but the players do need to find better tactics against the likes of Liquid, FaZe Clan or Fnatic if they want to return to the heights they once knew.
As an organization G2 is definitely one of the best in all of esports. Just consider the fact that at the recent Mid-Season Invitational in League of Legends, G2 claimed the title against the likes of Liquid and Invictus. In CS:GO, the same organization was winning tier 1 events such as the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals less than two years ago. So the potential for success is clearly there.
The next big event for mousesports and G2 Esports is ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals. So make sure you don’t miss it and think twice before you bet on CS:GO in G2’s favor.