This weekend, the second DreamHack Open of 2020 begins, with eight teams travelling to DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020! A $100,000 Prize Pool will be up for grabs, along with points for the ESL Pro Tour. This event features eight wildly different teams, such as ENCE, MIBR and Complexity! In addition, six of these rosters have a real chance of winning the entire tournament! Let’s go through each team and predict who will come out as champions!
In Anaheim, there will be two groups, and each group will contain 4 teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. Unfortunately, because the tournament is only three days long, the opening & winners’ matches are only Bo1 encounters. Thankfully, the elimination, decider and playoff matches will be Bo3 engagements! The winners will qualify for DreamHack Masters Jönköping 2020, which will take place from June 9th-14th 2020.
ENCE, It’s Now or Never! (Invited)
ENCE, ENCE, ENCE. What has happened to this team? Major finalists, ranked 2nd in the world in July of 2019 and now a joke in the CS:GO community, crashing out of tournaments and looking completely unstable since the terrible decision to kick IGL ”Aleksib” and replace him with Rifler “suNny”. The last time we saw ENCE was at ICE Challenge 2020, where they finished dead last, getting destroyed by GODSENT 16-7 and 16-4.
It’s now been 5 months and 7 LAN appearances for ENCE with this current roster and yet they just seem to be getting worse. ENCE have now dropped out of Top 10 in the HLTV rankings and are becoming more and more of a travesty. This needs to be the tournament where it finally clicks for ENCE and they deliver a good performance, otherwise the Finns might have to start considering a roster change if they stand any hope of returning to their former glory.
Furia Esports, Long Time No See (Invited)
We’ve yet to see Furia play so far in 2020 (except for an online qualifier to IEM Katowice where they lost to Chaos and Gen.G). The last time we saw the Brazilians on LAN was at the Champions Cup Finals where they finished inside the Top 4, a decent result.
However, Furia has been on a slow decline over the past 8 months that has seen the Brazilians slide down the HLTV rankings from being inside the Top 5 to now outside the Top 20 coming into this event! This really needs to be the competition that Furia comes back to life and shows us why they deserve those five-year contracts!
MIBR, Has It Come To This? (Invited)
Fun fact: MIBR have never been to a DreamHack Open event before. This is a very strange sight to see a team with such a history fall to this level. However, I feel MIBR has accepted this event to try and get some momentum going after several low-placing finishes. Plus, they aren’t going to IEM Katowice 2020.
So this is the perfect opportunity to win a tournament, gain some confidence and implement new player Ignacio “meyern” Meyer into the roster. (who is from Argentina, not Brazil; might need to rename the org, guys) For a team of this quality, a Top 4 finish is an absolute must!
North, New Coach, New North? (Invited)
On the 11th of February, North announced the acquisition of former Fnatic head coach Jimmy “Jumpy” Berndtsson. This, along with the return of IGL ”MSL” at the start of the year, means North is entering a new era in which they hope to be able to return to the upper echelons of Counter-Strike! A top 4 finish at DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 will be a great start. Given their weaker group, this, to me, would be the minimum expectation coming into Anaheim.
forZe, The Unknown Quantity (European Qualifier)
I must commend forZe. In order to be able to qualify for this event, they had to beat CR4ZY and Heroic. A nice achievement, but I simply don’t know enough about forZe to give an accurate prediction. I reckon they won’t make it out of their group, but maybe they will surprise me?
Complexity Gaming, Prove It Wasn’t A Fluke! (North American Qualifier)
Coming into this event, Complexity Gaming should be considered the favourites, having defeated the likes of Astralis and Team Vitality 2-0 at BLAST Premier London! However, since then, Complexity has lost to SMASH Esports (throwing away a 14-11 lead to lose 16-14) in the Europe Minor Championship – Rio 2020: Open Qualifier, ending the hopes of Complexity making the Rio 2020 Major.
To be fair, online Counter-Strike is very different from playing on LAN, so I won’t hold this defeat against them too much. But now is the time for Complexity to prove that those wins at BLAST Premier London were not flukes and that this team can become a Juggernaut! They have a tough Group Stage ahead of them, but it seems Complexity like it when the odds aren’t in their favour!
Gen.G Esports, Time To Show Up! (North American Qualifier)
Gen.G Esports announced their entrance into the CS:GO scene late last year. With the acquisition of top tier talent such as former major winner ”Autimatic” and TYLOO hard carry ”BnTet”. Now ”Daps” (the In-Game-Leader) has had two months to work with this roster, so I expect Gen.G to show up and deliver a solid performance. Now they are in a very stacked group, so they might not make the playoffs, but I do at the very least expect for them to go down fighting.
Endpoint, UK Counter-Strike Baby! (ESL Premiership Winter)
Unfortunately, I believe that Endpoint will be the lambs to slaughter at this event. I just can’t see Endpoint winning a game (except for maybe the opening Bo1) let alone making it out of the Group Stage. However, it doesn’t really matter; this will be the first time in recent memory that a UK-based team will compete against Tier 1 teams at LAN. Do the UK proud Endpoint and prove me wrong!
When it comes to the initial matches I predict. (Leave your predictions with a comment below!)
- Furia > Endpoint
- MIBR < Complexity
- North > Forze
- ENCE < Gen.G
This tournament is set to be an intriguing affair. With up to six teams cable of winning the events, this tournament is nearly impossible to predict!
The opening match of DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 will be Furia versus Endpoint starting February 21, 2020 – 20:00 CEST
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