FaZe, Mouz, Fnatic, and Gambit finalize DreamHack Marseille playoff picture

Championship weekend begins tomorrow with four quarterfinals matches.

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The hearts of four more teams have been broken now that the group stage is over at DreamHack Masters Marseille.

Today’s group stage decider matches allowed four more teams to advance to the playoff bracket of DreamHack’s $250,000 event. FaZe Clan, Mousesports, Renegades, and Gambit Esports emerged victorious in their decisive matches, becoming the final four teams advancing to the eight team, single-elimination bracket. Unfortunately for their opponents, including Team Envy, SK Gaming, Renegades, and Team Liquid, they’ll be leaving France with top-12 finishes.

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The most contested match of the day pinned Gambit against Liquid, whose tactics were a roller coaster of emotions. Liquid looked shaky throughout the series, evidently because of the addition of Epitacio “TACO” de Melo to their lineup. Their fight for the last playoff spot came down to round 30 in map three, with Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev and Abay “Hobbit” Khasenov closing the curtains on the North American squad with a two-vs-four match-winning clutch.

In the other decider games, many expected results occurred. FaZe and Fnatic had some trouble taking down Envy and Renegades, respectively, but they ended up sweeping them anyway. Richard “xizt” Landstrom had adequate performances in his first decider matches under the FaZe banner, while Fnatic’s Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson led the Swedish pack at 28 kills per map over Renegades.

SK Gaming, on the other hand, displayed its true weaknesses against Mouz, showing symptoms of growing pains with its new roster. Jake “Stewie2k” Yip replaced Epitacio “TACO” de Melo right before the event, and Marcelo “coldzera” David was the only Brazilian consistently playing well at 26 kills on Cache.

Group A

FaZe Clan vs. Team Envy

  • FaZe won Train 16-14
  • FaZe won Overpass 16-3

Group B

Mousesports vs. SK Gaming

  • Mouz won Cache 16-10
  • Mouz won Mirage 16-6

Group C

Fnatic vs. Renegades

  • Fnatic won Mirage 16-13
  • Fnatic won Cobblestone 16-8

Group D

Gambit Esports vs. Team Liquid

  • Liquid won Overpass 16-12
  • Gambit won Mirage 16-8
  • Gambit won Train 16-14

The quarterfinal matches will feature Natus Vincere vs. Mousesports, Cloud9 vs. Gambit Esports, Astralis vs. FaZe, and Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Fnatic, which will follow a rolling schedule that will start at 3am CT. The semifinals and grand finals of DreamHack Marseille will be held on Sunday, April 22 in Le Dome de Marseille.