After two days of group stage matches, four teams will be competing for the lion’s share of DreamHack Open Austin’s $100,000 prize pool in the playoffs—and the North American fans will have no home team to cheer for.
After stumbling on the first day, the French G2 Esports roster secured their spot in the playoffs after defeating both Cloud9 and Team Liquid in two consecutive series.
While both matches went to a decisive third map, neither of the North American squads were able to overcome the French super team, who will now be facing recent cs_summit grand finalists Gambit Esports in the semifinals.
In Group A of the event the Nordic roster of Heroic were able to defeat both HellRaisers and Luminosity Gaming in much more convincing fashion. Each series saw one of Heroic’s young stars put on impressive performances, as the team’s recently acquired AWPer Jakob “JUGi” Hansen topped the charts with a 39-25 score in kills/deaths in the opening game against Luminosity.
In the second series of the day against HellRaisers, 21-year-old Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså deliver a total of 42 frags across the two maps.
Heroic will be kicking off the final day of DreamHack Open Austin, as the roster goes up against the sole remaining Brazilian representatives in Immortals. Immortals topped Group B after blowing away the two North American sides on the first day of competition.
The semifinal winners will then meet to decide who will take home the $50,000 first prize.