OpTic joins the action at the DreamHack Open Summer 2018
The DreamHack Open Summer is only a couple of weeks away and the list of teams which will take part in this tournament has just been completed as OpTic Gaming is the last team to have been invited. This powerhouse of Danish players joins North, GODSENT, Gambit, Imperial, compLexity, AGO and Renegades in what promises to be a real treat for fans of CS:GO extravaganzas this summer.
The event will take place between the 16th and 18th of June at the Elmia Convention Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Here the eight teams above will battle it out for the bragging rights of being the best and a $50 thousand share of the $100 thousand prize pool that is offered.
The tournament’s group stage will be played in a double elimination format (GSL) with two groups of four starting off with a best out of one match. This will then be followed by best out of three matches where the two winners of the first will battle it out for the first spot in the semi-finals and the losers fight to stay alive as the team that loses again will be eliminated. The two remaining teams in each group will then play a third match for the last spots in the playoffs.
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The DreamHack Open Summer is a perfect chance for OpTic’s newly formed side to once again face some of the world’s strongest teams after they pitted their knowledge against the very best at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas. Considering that they took the 7-8th place in this prestigious event, it can safely be said that they are off to a pretty good start and will look to build on that.
At the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, they beat the two world class teams of NiP and Space Soldiers 2-0 respectively, but succumbed to an expected defeat against their much more experienced Danish counterparts, Astralis and crucially lost to SK Gaming in their group’s Lower Bracket final.
Although being in a fairly good shape, OpTic will undoubtedly have a lot of work to do at this year’s DreamHack Open Summer as the competing teams also have their plans to improve from previous results. AGO will for instance hope to better their placement from the DreamHack tournament in Marseille where they finished in the pretty low 9-12th position spot.
In addition to this, teams such as Renegades and Gambit will also have a lot to fight for as they will try to continue the good form they currently are in. Renegades finished 5-6th at the prestigious IEM Sydney while Gambit beat Team Liquid and Cloud9 to secure a 3rd-4th place finish at the DreamHack Masters Marseille. Gambit will also be motivated to improve on their last year’s performance in the Open Summer event as they finished 5-6th.
Furthermore, this year’s edition of the tournament also features teams such as Imperial and compLexity which have done a lot of hard work and managed to qualify themselves from the European and North American qualifiers. They will certainly make sure that all of that hard work doesn’t go in vain.
North and GODSENT are the last two teams which will try to win the biggest share of the $100 thousand prize pool and both of them have good reasons to believe that they can do this. North, spearheaded by Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen, have been saying that they are in desperate need of something positive to happen so that they can witness a change of fortune, while the Swedish GODSENT are playing in front of a home crowd which will most likely boost their level of morale and performance.
Last year’s event was won by SK Gaming after they defeated the home favorite’s fnatic in a tightly contested final match that finished 2-1 and in which Marcelo “coldzera” David stole the show and went home with the Most Valued Player award.