DreamHack Masters: Day Three Elimination Matches

by Steven Cropley

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(Photo: North/ELEAGUE)

Moving into day three, it's time to send four more teams home. The decider matches will be played as best-of-three series with the loser being eliminated from the tournament and the winner moving on to play in the quarterfinals. With all teams competing ranked in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings top 15, today should be fun, to say the least.

No. 10 OpTic Gaming vs. No. 6 North

These two teams met in their first match of the event where OpTic Gaming came away with a 16-11 win on the new iteration of Inferno. It was a questionable call by the Danish side to play that map and one the team will most likely not elect to play again in this series if it can be avoided. OpTic went on to lose to No. 1 Astralis in the winners match while North easily took down compLexity on Nuke. In a best-of-three and Spencer "Hiko" Martin still getting situated within the OpTic team, North is still considered the favorite.

No. 3 Virtus.pro vs. No. 14 Fnatic

This match will be a fun one as there has been some trash talk going around from both sides. Virtus.pro is consistently a top team and seldom doesn't make an appearance in the playoffs. fnatic is making its LAN debut with the second iteration of the old lineup, one that dominated for months. fnatic's loose play style can see them beat any team at times if the players are on point, however, as we saw in the Swedes loss to No. 11 Gambit, it certainly has its downfalls. Virtus.pro had a close match against Misfits before falling to Gambit in the winners match, only two rounds better than its opponents did. Both teams will be looking to make a statement in this match but you still have to go with the tried and true Virtus.pro.

No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. No. 8 Cloud9

Although Cloud9 came out on top in the teams' first battle, it was not pretty from either side as both teams made a plethora of mistakes. Ending at 16-14, neither team should feel super confident coming in, however, the Ninjas will probably have faith in their ability not to lose a best-of-three against the North American side. The Swedish side bounced back from its loss to Cloud9 with a dominant win over TyLoo, although hardly a statement. Cloud9 suffered a 16-6 loss to the No. 2 team SK Gaming, a brutal result as Cloud9 lost every key round, decimating its economy which resulted in the boys in blue never getting a hold on the match. With the mistakes made in game one and the way both teams have played thus far, it will be a battle of who can not beat themselves it seems.

No. 4 FaZe Clan vs. No. 7 Natus Vincere

This is not the match anyone expected to be the decider of Group D. FaZe Clan, although using Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad as a stand-in were still favored due to the teams consistent playoff appearances since the latter portion of 2016 and into 2017. Natus Vincere on paper is one of the most potent lineups in Counter-Strike. The team had appeared to be past its previous issues as it made a solid run at the ELEAGUE Major, suffering a loss to the eventual champions in the quarterfinals. However, Na'Vi has not looked to be in form here and the issues were in full effect in its loss to No. 22 Renegades in the opening match, something noted by Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács in a post-game interview. Even with the current situation, Na'Vi should be able to come away with a win over a weak looking FaZe clan, if not this could be the exploding point of the CIS roster.