FaZe, Gambit, mousesports, and fnatic to DreamHack Masters

by Steven Cropley

(Photo: DreamHack)

Only three spots remain for DreamHack Masters Las Vegas as the European Qualifier ended last night. The top four teams from the qualifier earned their place at the $450,000 event as well as travel and accommodation.

The next qualifier will be for the North American region where the final three spots will be rewarded. The event will play out slightly different with the top two moving on followed by the winner of a third place decider match.

The four teams coming out of the European Qualifier are FaZe Clan, Gambit Gaming, mousesports, and fnatic the No. 6, 18, 11, and 19 team in the world respectively according to the WWG CSGO Team Rankings.

In the quarterfinal round, No. 6 FaZe Clan pulled off a 2-1 win over Flipsid3 Tactics which took a surprising win over Heroic to open up the event. Flipsid3 showed it may not have fallen completely off the grid with its performance in the qualifier, but still have a long way to go.

No. 18 Gambit came out strong against PRIDE, a team nobody expected to see outside of the first round, rolling through map one before PRIDE tied up the series with a close 16-14 win. Gambit would take control in map three, however, and not look back as they took the series over the surprise competitors 2-1.

The No. 11 team in the world, mousesports had a relatively easy time against No. 15 HellRaisers for its quarterfinal match. The German team did not allow HellRaisers to reach double digits on either map on its way to the 2-0 victory and the main event.

The fourth spot in the qualifier was decided by a match between No. 12 G2 against No. 19 fnatic with the Swedes pulling off the win. No hard feelings for G2, however, as when Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer and Dennis 'dennis' Edman are playing as well as they were, a 16-4 and 16-9 is to be expected. The infamous olofmeister finished the series with +18 kill-to-death ratio and 96.5 average damage per round while dennis went home at +16 and 100.5

The North American Qualifier is set to start on January 14 with the open qualifier, allowing up to 512 teams a shot to make the closed qualifier where they will meet eight invited teams the following day on January 15. According to the post on the DreamHack website, "All matches will be played best-of-three in a single-elimination bracket, winners of the Semi Finals will win a spot. The losers of the Semi Finals will play a deciding match to determine the third spot. The three teams qualifying will receive travel and accommodation for the event."