DreamHack Masters: No. 10 OpTic Take Down No. 6 North on Inferno

by Steven Cropley

(Photo: ELEAGUE)

Match two of Group A pinned No. 6 North against No. 10 OpTic Gaming, two teams who recently saw roster moves. Philip "aizy" Aistrup moved in to replace Ruben "Rubino" Villarroel in North while Spencer "Hiko" Martin replaced Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz in OpTic Gaming. While aizy is a favored pickup, Hiko to OpTic was a forced move. The teams played the first ever top tier LAN match on the new iteration of Inferno.

After a crazy pistol round that ended with a hidden in the smoke defuse from Hiko, OpTic took the momentum. The pistol round bomb plant allowed the Danish side to buy going into the third round, however, it was OpTic who moved to a 3-0 lead early on. Early aggression with the AWP saw two players fall for the North American side, resulting in North picking up its first round. Adjusting with a more passive play, OpTic earned its fifth round. OpTic would grab two more before North could manage a second on the terrorist side, bringing in a third in the round after. OpTic would keep control, however, only giving up one more in the final round of the first half to lead 11-4.

The second half started with an easy pistol round for North, however, the ultra-aggressive play in the next round ended poorly for the Danish team. OpTic would hit round twelve, putting in a North in a situation in which they decided to force buy with a weakened economy. The result of that second round was a nine round lead for the North American team at 14-5, forcing North's back against the wall where the Danes stood strong for a sixth round. It would be for naught, however, as OpTic picked up the following to reach match point. North would make its final stand with five more rounds but in the end, OpTic would take Inferno 16-11.