DreamHack Masters: Semifinals Look as Good as Grand Finals

by Steven Cropley

The final day of DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is upon us and with that is the semifinals. These matches both provide fantastic storylines that could easily give the excitement of a grand final but there is still more to come after these games are played.

DHM virtus
(Photo: Virtus.pro)

No. 1 Astralis vs. No. 3 Virtus.pro

This match up will be phenomenal if it lives up to the level of the ELEAGUE Major grand finals where these two teams battled it out to three maps with the Danish side making a last minute resurgence on map three to take the series and be crowned champions of the $1 million dollar event. Virtus.pro has not looked as dominant as its opponent in this event thus far but if there is anything to note about this veteran squad, it is that these players show up on the big stage. Astralis will know that Virtus.pro is fighting for revenge and need to keep the plow from being activated. Can the Danish side make yet another final since its rise to the top at the end of 2016 or will Virtus.pro get payback for having the ELEAGUE trophy ripped out of its hands.

DHM North
(Photo: DreamHack)

No. 2 SK Gaming vs. No. 6 North

SK has looked great since the addition of Joao "felps" Vasconcellos. The team although not performing poorly when using Ricardo "fox" Pacheco as a stand-in has looked reinvigorated with its new roster. The freshness has brought back more resemblance of the SK Gaming seen during its back-to-back Major titles. North, on the other hand, has continued its slow start with a gradual ramp up pattern. Losing it's first game to No. 10 OpTic before bouncing back to make it out of the group where the Danes took on No. 11 Gambit Gaming in a tightly contested series. The Danish side showed grit in its win over Gambit, going into overtime on map two where it pulled away for the 22-20 victory. Something to note is Emil 'Magisk' Reif of North and Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga both finished with +17 kill-to-death ratios in their respective quarterfinal matches. Will these two players keep up the firepower in the final day or will we see other players step up to the plate?