DreamHack Masters: Quarterfinal Matches Set

by Steven Cropley

The quarterfinal matches are set at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas as the event moves to the Grand Garden Arena.

(Photo: SK Gaming)

No. 2 SK Gaming vs. No. 7 Natus Vincere

SK has looked great thus far in the tournament but has also only played two matches, one of which was against an unranked opponent in the Chinese squad of TyLoo. The Brazilian team also laid a 16-6 smacking on Cloud9, however, Cloud9 is not making it out of the group either. Na'Vi, on the other hand, has not looked all that great. The team started the event with a loss to No. 17 mousesports, a team that is losing its best player after the event. Moving forward the team managed a win over No. 22 Renegades to earn a spot in the decider against No. 4 FaZe clan who was using a stand-in until the transfer with mousesports could be completed. Na'Vi has a lot to prove if it wants to be considered a consistent top level team as results have been downright awful at times. SK is looking strong since its roster change after the ELEAGUE Major and is the favorite to move to the semifinals.

No. 6 North vs. No. 11 Gambit Gaming

North has been somewhat up and down in its performance. 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, this should be the most entertaining match of the day.

No. 1 Astralis vs. No. 5 Ninjas in Pyjamas

Astralis looked dominant in the group stage although playing two North American teams, neither of which made it to the playoffs. The team is riding on the back of fantastic performances to close out its 2016 before being crowned ELEAGUE Major champion to kick off 2017. Until proven otherwise, Astralis is the best team in the world. NiP has had a rough go since it failed to qualify for the Major. The team has had a string of poor online results and things did not look too great in the group stage. Mistakes and less than optimal performances out of world-class considered players left them in the decider where it went all three maps, the first being a 2-16 beat down at the hands of No. 8 Cloud9. If NiP doesn't find that magic it's known for, Astralis will have an easy road to the semifinals.

No. 3 Virtus.pro vs. No. 17 mousesports

The Polish squad has once again made the playoffs, although this time the path was not as clear cut. Virtus.pro was played tightly by unranked Misfits to start off the group stage before falling to Gambit. The team had to take on fnatic in a best-of-three to earn its way out, which it did with relative ease. The Poles will need to bring a better performance into the playoffs but should be able to manage mousesports. mousesports surprised most by making it out of groups or getting a win at all really. The team is losing star player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač to FaZe after the event and this roster is going out with a bang. A straight shot out of the group will be one to remember but an early hot streak often gets cold and Virtus.pro is not a team you can have anything less with. Virtus.pro will show mousesports the exit it is due.