DreamHack Masters: A Look at the Day Two Winners Matches

by Steven Cropley

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(Photo: ELEAGUE)
3:40 PST  No. 1 Astralis vs.  No. 10 OpTic  BO1

 (Astralis 16:5 compLexity - Optic 16:11 North)

In the head to head match up, the tables have turned starting at the end of 2016 and heading into 2017. OpTic had won four straight maps against the Danish side before Astralis found its current form, leading it to a 5-0 run and a 5-4 lead in the past nine matches. With OpTic bringing in Spencer "Hiko" Martin in place of departed in-game leader Peter "stanislaw" Jargus, Astralis is certainly favored. The green wall dispatched a tough opponent in No. 6 North, however, so do not count the North American team out quite yet.

5:30 PST  No. 3 Virtus.pro vs.  No. 11 Gambit Gaming BO1

 (Virtus.pro 16:12 Misfits - Gambit 16:8 No. 14 fnatic)

Virtus.pro did not have the blowout many expected in what appeared to be a complete mismatch as Misfits terrorist side seemed prepared for the Polish defense. On the swap, however, Virtus.pro got the ball rolling, showing off its skills on the offensive side of Cobblestone. Gambit got payback on fnatic, which eliminated the CIS team at the ELEAGUE Major with its loose and surprising style. Gambit came prepared for fnatic's game and came away convincingly victorious. This should be one of the better matches of the day.

6:30 PST  No. 2 SK vs.  No. 8 Cloud9 BO1

 (SK 16:5 TyLoo - Cloud 16:14 No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas)

Not a whole lot to learn from SK's thrashing of TyLoo as the Chinese organization has not been the powerhouse it was originally thought to reach. SK looks strong with this roster, however, the Cloud9 match will be a slightly better indicator as to where it currently sits. Cloud9's match against NiP was plagued by mistakes and misplays from both sides. If Cloud9 comes out the same way against the Brazilians which are known for being fundamentally sound, they will be crushed. Cloud9 earned little credibility beating an obviously subpar NiP.

7:55 PST  No. 4 FaZe vs.  No. 18 mousesports BO1

 (FaZe 16:14 No. 20 Renegades - mousesports 16:12 No. 7 Natus Vincere)

This was a bit surprising. FaZe, the No. 4 team in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings scraped past a not all that impressive Renegades while a dead in the water mousesports was carried by departing star player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač who dropped 37 kills in the win over Na'Vi. While Na'Vi's inconsistency has been noted, mousesports has been hardly more than a bottom feeder for months now outside of recent ESL Pro League matches. FaZe using a stand-in until NiKo makes the move over are looking far from the form we have grown to expect of them in the recent past. It is strange to go into this match tinking mousesports may win.

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