Jun 17 2014 - 9:00 pm

What you missed at the DreamHack Summer 'Counter-Strike' tournament

One of the biggest Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournaments of the year concluded over the weekend
Jared Wynne
Dot Esports

One of the biggest Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournaments of the year concluded over the weekend. And while headlines will record home-side Ninjas in Pyjamas as victors of DreamHack Summer, it was the extraordinary tournament of their rivals, Natus Vincere, that really stole the show.

Natus Vincere entered the event in Jonkoping, Sweden with high hopes after placing first at the Star Series finals in April. But in their first game, they suffered a loss to local team Flipside Tactics in a match that came down to the final round of regulation.

The loss was a shock. Flipside brought with them scarce experience at the highest levels of play and no prior results at that level that might have prepared fans for a close game, much less a Flipside victory. But rather than panic, Natus Vincere remained calm under the steady direction of leader Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko.

After beating Norwegian side Expert Gaming, Natus Vincere were offered a shot at redemption in a rematch with Flipside. This game would go differently. Natus Vincere blew out their underdog opponents and earned a place in the playoff bracket.

There, Natus Vincere returned to proper form, cruising past EMS One Katowice and Faceit Spring champions Virtus Pro before meeting Ninjas in Pyjamas in the final before a packed crowd of Swedish fans.

That fan support helped power Ninjas in Pyjamas to the finals without dropping a match, and, eventually, to victory in the finals. Christopher “Get Right” Alesund led the charge for the Swedes as they cruised to an easy victory in the first game before pulling out the second in overtime in the best-of-three series.

The weekend was not all smooth sailing for the premier Swedish side. The finals of the Swedish national Esports SM competition were also held at Dreamhack, and Fnatic managed to defeat Ninjas in Pyjamas in the final of that tournament. The result spoke to the parity that now exists at the highest levels of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. On the previous day, Fnatic had unexpectedly crashed out of the Dreamhack tournament’s group stage with consecutive losses to the new and unproven SK Gaming team.

Ninjas in Pyjamas and Natus Vincere will both prepare now for the ESEA Global Finals to be held in Dallas, Texas on June 27. There they will join with Virtus Pro and Spanish side Over Gaming to meet four American teams in the first cross-Atlantic event since March.

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Jan 22 2017 - 10:55 pm

EnVyUs survive Team Liquid comeback for overtime win

It was the closest game of the Major so far.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

Team EnVyUs survived a mammoth comeback attempt from Team Liquid to chalk up an overtime victory in their first match of the ELEAGUE Major.

Despite Team Liquid fighting back against eight match points, the French side were able to hold on and win in triple overtime in the closest game of the Major so far.

Drawing a relatively even map of Cache, the two teams were evenly matched in the early going. EnVyUs put up four unanswered rounds but Team Liquid didn't let the French run away with it, and drew it back 4-4. The teams remained relatively inseparable throughout the first half as Liquid defended well, allowing EnVyUs just a three round lead at half time.

However once the second half got started, the French side went off. EnVyUs AWPer Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was in top form picking off his American opponents, and it took a superhuman effort for Liquid to even get a T round. That came in the form of a sniper quadkill from Josh "jdm64" Marzano, who almost single handedly dragged his team back into this match.

The quadkill came in the nick of time, as EnVyUs were leading 15-7 and were just one round away from sealing the match.

Liquid rallied, eating into the lead of their French rivals. In a comeback that looked unfathomable Liquid managed eight rounds in a row to take it to overtime as the score hit 15-15.

After the teams were inseparable in the first period, a second overtime was called for. This time it was EnVyUs who needed to mount a comeback, as Liquid took it 20-18 and a match point of their own. They put themselves ahead at 21-19, but levelled things up once again.

In the third set of overtime rounds, EnVyUs were finally able to put the Legend side away. The French team put together four straight round wins to win the match at 25-21—a match that very nearly slipped away from them.

Jan 22 2017 - 9:41 pm

SK Gaming and Na`Vi avoid upset in ELEAGUE bows

Decisive wins saw the legend teams avoid any slip ups early.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Turner Sports

SK Gaming and Natus Vincere picked up wins in their opening matches at the ELEAGUE Major, avoiding potential early banana skins.

The reigning Major champions, aiming to be the first team to win three Majors back to back, knocked back Hellraisers in their opening matchup of the Swiss stage.

Despite being predicted as a potential upset by analyst Duncan "Thorin" Shields, the match proved to be little trouble for the Brazilians. After losing the first round, SK went on a rampage of eight straight rounds with Hellraisers having no answer for their opponents.

The game finished 11-4 at the half. Hellraisers were able to win three of the next five rounds and threaten some kind of late rally, but SK easily shut it down to claim a 16-3 victory.

Things were even easier for Natus Vincere, who claimed the most decisive victory of the day so far. The Columbus Major silver medalists run roughshod over Mousesports, winning five straight rounds to get the game started before Mousesports even got out of the blocks. Mousesports were given very few openings throughout the game, with a 13-2 half ending in a 16-3 win—the biggest victory margin of the opening round so far.

In a meeting of ELEAGUE champions Virtus Pro and OpTic Gaming made it more of a contest, with the Polish side narrowly edging the victory.

OpTic took the early lead 6-1, thanks in part to an insane 1v3 clutch from Keith "NAF" Markovic inside the B bomb site. OpTic ended the half 9-6, but Virtus Pro came out strong in the second period.

The teams traded rounds to bring things level at 13-13, but Virtus Pro had the economic advantage and OpTic could not prevent the Polish veterans from securing the three decisive rounds.