DreamHack Open Summer 2019 has come to an end and OpTic Gaming emerged victorious after a difficult Grand Final against Team Ancient. And now that the tournament is over, let’s take a look at its key moments and statistics and see what we can learn about the teams.
When you engage in esports betting and want to bet on CS:GO successfully enough so that you can enjoy this activity long-term, you need to learn as much as you can about every single team: what makes them good, what makes them bad and how they’re likely to perform against a given opponent.
DreamHack Open Summer 2019 had eight competitors and two of the ones that were big favorites underperformed and got crushed by some very motivated teams. We didn’t even know how good Tricked Esport and Team Ancient could play until we saw them crush AVANGAR and CR4ZY respectively. It was a sight to behold and it proved that determination is often more important than other factors.
On the surface, Tricked Esport and Team Ancient don’t look that amazing against their counterparts from AVANGAR and CR4ZY. But a closer analysis starts to reveal important details that change everything.
First of all, both of these teams have six players of one nationality. This is guaranteed to create an environment in which communication is never a problem. Second of all, the nationalities of the players are among the highest ranked and most respected in CS:GO. Tricked Esport has a fully Danish roster while Team Ancient has a fully Swedish roster. This pretty much sums up their potential and ceiling.
Tricked Esport finished 2nd in Group A while Team Ancient finished 2nd in Group B. This may not seem that big of a surprise but still, they were underdogs ahead of DreamHack Open Summer 2019 and both of them proved capable of defeating much better ranked opponents.
DreamHack Open Summer 2019 had two groups. And as we’ve mentioned previously, the results were partly surprising. Not entirely, because Aristocracy was definitely expected to survive in Group A while OpTic Gaming was expected to crush everyone in Group B. And that’s exactly what happened. As for the other two teams that made it out of the groups, we’ve already talked about them and assessed some of the reasons why they were successful in spite of the odds.
These are the complete results after the Group Stage of DreamHack Open Summer 2019.
As you can see, Aristocracy or Taz’s team had a fairly easy ride, even though they did struggle to beat AVANGAR in the winner’s match (16 – 14).
At the other extreme, we had Winstrike. In theory, they should have qualified for the Playoffs, simply because they have star players in their roster. Sure, you may regard them as being weak. But both bondik and Edward are veterans with a lot of experience behind them. And in Edward’s case, a few years of playing alongside the best player in the world (s1mple) must have taught him something. In any case, Winstrike probably has great expectations from him, given his extensive CS:GO experience.
By far, the team with the most played rounds in Group A of DreamHack Open Summer 2019 was Tricked Esports. In just one Bo1 match and two Bo3 series they somehow managed to play a total of 185 rounds. That’s absolutely insane. You might think that’s impossible from a mathematical point of view. Until you look at their matches: six maps in total and two of them needed overtime. In particular, their Nuke against Winstrike ended with failure after a monstrous marathon: 22 – 25.
Group B of DreamHack Open Summer 2019 saw OpTic Gaming triumph over Chaos (16 – 12) and Team Ancient ( 16 – 10). They easily secured a spot in the Semifinals and now the big battle was between Team Ancient and CR4ZY. In the decider match, Ancient won after losing the first map on Train and winning the other two: Inferno (22 – 20) and Nuke (16 – 10).
DreamHack Open Summer 2019 only had three matches during its Playoffs Stage. All of them were Bo3 series.
The first Semifinal of DreamHack Open Summer 2019 proved to be a lot more challenging for OpTic Gaming than people had expected. They lost the first map on Train, against a team whose Train stats are absolutely impressive: 87.5% win rate. And the score reflected the skill difference between these two teams on this map.
This result gets to show you just how important maps are in CS:GO. You can have a championship winning roster and still fail against a much weaker team simply because you chose not to ban their favorite map before they could pick it. And keep in mind, the score was 7 – 16 in favor of Tricked. That’s total humiliation on the side of OpTic. We’re actually quite impressed that they managed to pick themselves up after this loss and realize that it wasn’t an overall skill problem. They simply got tricked into allowing their opponent to pick their best map.
On Mirage and Nuke the situation went differently and OpTic managed to win the series, although not as easily as they would have hoped.
The second Semifinal of DreamHack Open Summer 2019 turned out to be an absolute bloodbath, with one of the longest maps in recent memory: 31 – 27 on Nuke. Unfortunately for Aristocracy, they dropped the other two (11 – 16, 11 - 16) and lost the series to a Team Ancient that now seemed capable of beating OpTic Gaming in the Grand Final.
Denmark versus Sweden, the eternal conflict for CS:GO supremacy in the North. The maps were close and totally unpredictable. But OpTic seemed to have the edge and they ultimately managed to beat draken’s team: 16 – 12 on Inferno and 16 – 14 on Nuke. The whole match was an absolute thriller.
DreamHack Open Summer 2019 offered us an updated view of the teams that took part in it. In particular, we’ve learned that OpTic Gaming really is a very capable competitor that’s likely to climb higher in the global rankings in the months to come. They showed us what they can do at a tier two event. Now we’re waiting to see what they can do when asked to compete against the world’s best.
Apart from OpTic, Team Ancient looked very promising while Tricked Esport and Aristocracy showed great potential for the future. On the other hand, AVANGAR and Winstrike proved far weaker than everyone had expected them to be and will likely be looked upon with less fear in their upcoming matches.