The DreamHack Open Rotterdam is one the most important Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports tournaments of the year. On Sunday, it has crowned its winners, as CR4ZY exceeded expectations to outshine a field packed with talented players. They’ve clawed their way to the top through a difficult group stage and had to fight for every kill in the semifinals and finals.
DreamHack Open Rotterdam Format and Prizes
Eight CS:GO teams entered the race on October 18th, split into two groups, with the top two set to advance to the playoffs. The opening and winners’ matches were Bo1, so each mistake proved costly for Hard Legion Esports, Besiktas Esports, HAVU Gaming and Asterion. CR4ZY made the most of the elimination and decider matches which were played in a best-of-three format to finish in the second place.
The knockout stage had each match played in a best-of-three series, with the advancing teams guaranteed to collect a five-digit prize. Those who were eliminated in the quarterfinals were presented with a prize of $10,000 each, while the finalist got $20,000. The lion’s share of the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool went to CR4ZY, the deserving winner of the CS:GO Event at DreamHack Open Rotterdam who got $50,000.
Strong Start for the DreamHack Open Rotterdam Favourites
AVANGAR and forZe were credited by bookmakers as the main favourites to win the Dreamhack esports. The team from Kazakhstan was expected to cruise to the finals as the top seed and it didn’t disappoint during the group stage. Back-to-back victories have propelled AVANGAR to the top of Group A, which should’ve guaranteed an easier semifinal against the runners-up of Group B.
The Russian team of forZe also enjoyed a strong start at the DreamHack Open Rotterdam, scoring the most lopsided victory in the event. A 16-1 routing of Asterion was followed by a narrow victory over HAVU and they seemed to be ready for the decisive round. Both AVANGAR and forZe fell in the semifinals at the end of highly contested series, which felt that they could’ve gone either way.
Giant Leaps Forward for CR4ZY and Heroic
CR4ZY and Heroic were on the verge of elimination in the group stage and were lucky to finish second and secure a playoffs berth. After the narrow victories in the semifinals, every CSGO betting fans and pundits were expecting a nail-biting final. They were not disappointed by the best-of-five series, which began fast and furious with a 16-3 win for Heroic. It looked like nexa and Huner’s departures had crippled CR4ZY, but the Europeans fought back valiantly to win the deciding match 16:12.
The DreamHack Open Rotterdam was a rollercoaster of excitement for Counter Strike Global Offensive fans and punters. CR4ZY were able to build on the excellent performance in recent CS:GO events to win the tournament and a $50,000 prize, while punters who backed them were paid at odds of 6/1 by Buff.bet.
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