DreamHack Masters: No. 6 North Edge out No. 11 Gambit in Quarterfinals

by Steven Cropley

The first quarterfinal match of DreamHack Masters Las Vegas pinned No. 6 in the WWG CSGO Team RankingsNorth against No. 11 Gambit Gaming. North has been somewhat up and down in its performances as of late. From the ELEAGUE Major to now they have started cold, making people question the team before coming alive to make a playoff run. Getting revenge on No. 10 OpTic Gaming allowed the team to move forward. Gambit has been nothing but impressive since the addition of Daniil "Zeus" Teslenko as the in-game leader. Winning DreamHack Winter before making a playoff run at the ELEAGUE Major and now a playoff appearance here on the back of wins over No. 3 Virtus.pro and No. 14 fnatic. Both of these teams have the firepower and capable in-game leaders but only one has moved on.

DHM North
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Gambit has a slow start from the defensive side of Nuke, the first map and North's pick. Only managing four rounds on the favored side of the map set the CIS team up for a tough road, but one it was seemingly up to the challenge for as the team would manage seven rounds before North pulled in its fifth round of the half, all it needed to claim the first in the series.

Moving to Gambit's pick of Inferno, things didn't look good for Zeus and co. as North moved forward with momentum on the counter-terrorist side which was once again favored. North would hold double the rounds of Gambit moving into the second half at 10-5. Gambit would make a game of it, however, pulling up to even the score and go into overtime with its Danish foes. The game would go back and forth, heading into double overtime before finally a 2v2 with the score at 21-20 would end in North's favor and send the Danish team forward into the semifinals.

North will play the winner of No. 2 SK Gaming and No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas for a spot in the finals of DreamHack Masters Las Vegas.