CSGO – DreamHack Open Winter 2018 Preview

Sweden is all set to host one of the most anticipated competitions of 2018, The DreamHack Open Winter 2018 CS: GO. In a matter of day we will be seeing some of the most talented lineups of CS:GO in the West.

$100, 000 dollars will be on the line, form which the winner will get the lion’s share. Jönköping, Sweden will be hosting the DreamHack tournament from 30th November to 2nd December. Six teams have been invited by the organizers while two teams have made their way through the regional qualifiers. Bravado have emerged from the NA qualifiers, while from the European qualifiers, we will see x6tence Galaxy. One of the interesting facts is that the lineup of Bravado is based on all South African team but the teams still based in West and choses to compete in NA tournaments. Meanwhile x6tence Galaxy made their way to the main stage by beating one of the invited teams so don’t underestimate the composure of the European side.

Now let’s have a look into the format of the competition. The first stage will be the group stage, where the eight competing teams have been divided into two groups, consisting of four team in each of them. The matches of the first day, the opening match and the winner’s matches are set to follow the Best-of-one format. While the elimination and the tiebreaker matches will be played in the Best-of-three matches. Only two teams from each group will progress to the playoffs stage including the grand finale of the competition which will follow the traditional Best-of-three single elimination format.

Let’s have a look at some of the teams that are the favourites to win the competition:

ENCE eSports

Ence eSports is one of the favourites to lift the title and the have all the right to do so. Since the mid of 2018, the team have been performing quite impressively.  In 2018 they won three titles, ASUS ROG Finnish Championship 2018, StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6 and Assembly GameXpo 2018. They even finished Runner ups in the DreamHack Open Montreal 2018. So it time for them to take redemption of the grand final defeat.

OpTiC Gaming

The other candidate for the title is Optic Gaming. The Danish lineup hosts some of the most talented players of the game. However, the team has not lived up to its expectations. The biggest achievement of the side this year is finishing at 2nd place at the cs_summit 3. They are rated as the favourites in this competition, because it hosts emerging teams and since Optic is a well experienced team, they will be looking to beat the rookies and make their way to the grand finale.

Heroic

The last true candidate for the title in our opinion is Heroic. Since on the minor level the team has shown impressive results all year long. They won the TOYOTA Master CS:GO Bangkok 2018 and Games Clash Masters 2018. The team includes one of the most experienced players of the game, Friberg who will surely be looking to lift another title this year.

Odds on gg.bet

  • ENCE – 3.75
  • OpTic – 4.5
  • LDLC – 4.5
  • Heroic – 7.5
  • complexity – 8.5
  • G2 – 9
  • x6tence Galaxy – 15
  • Bravado – 30

Dota 2 Kuala Lumpur Major Preview

On November 9, the first Major of the season will begin, The Kuala Lumpur Major. The best Tier 1 teams will be present in this tournament.

The event will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the Axiata Arena. The 16 participating teams will face each other for a prize pool of one million dollars and 15,000 points from the Dota Pro Circuit.

As a novelty this year, no team comes to the official tournaments by direct invitation . All the teams have had to go through some regional qualifiers to obtain their place. The European teams that will be competing are Team Secret, Ninjas in Pajamas and Alliance. Representing CIS will be Virtus.pro and Gambit Esports. From China, PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming and Team Aster arrive. Fnatic and TNC Predator represent Southeast Asia. Three teams from North America Evil Geniuses, Forward Gaming and J.Storm. Lastly, paiN Gaming and paiN X will be representing South American region.

To finish the team formation, the winning team of the Dream League S10, Tigers will also be present. Tournament that had the category of Minor and whose winner, Tigers have received the direct invite for the Major. This team was known to everyone only five days before the start of the event. Let’s have a look at the three potential winners of the upcoming Major.

Team Secret

Secret will surely be the best contender to lift the title. The team was quite phenomenal in the ESL Hamburg. They might had a rough start in the playoffs, which got them dropped in the lower bracket. But from there the team simply went on a rampage. They didn’t dropped a single game until they got to the grand finale.

In the grand finals against Vici Gaming, they simply evolved to the playing strategy of the team and completely destroyed the entire team in the last game without any deaths on their team. The Mercedes winner, MidOne will also be aiming to enforce his superiority in the mid lane.

Virtus.Pro

After a disappointing run in the International, VP will looking to get back to its title winning ways. The team was exceptional in the 2017-2018 DPC. They won almost every tournament and was the first team to secure the direct invite to TI.

The team hasn’t gone any change in the roster and will surely be aiming to get on a winning note. If everything goes well, the grand finale finish is guaranteed for the Russian organization.

PSG.LGD

LGD was nowhere to be seen last year before their partnership with PSG who were looking to get back in pro Dota. This partnership flourished and PSG won almost everything.

The team was amongst the Top 3 teams to lift the TI title. They had a very good run until they were beaten by the current champions OG,  2-3. This grand finals were one of the most promising games of the tournament. So PSG.LGD should have learned from their mistakes and will surely have eyes on the first Major title.

Odds on GG.bet

  • Team Secret – 4.50
  • Evil Geniuses – 5.00
  • PSG.LGD – 5.50
  • Virtus.Pro – 4.00
  • Vici Gaming – 6.00
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas – 10.00
  • Forward Gaming – 8.50
  • Team Aster – 9.00
  • Fnatic – 12.00
  • TNC Predator – 20.00
  • Alliance – 30.00
  • paiN Gaming – 30.00
  • paiN X – 75.00
  • ferzee – 50.00
  • Marchoutofarmy – 50.00