DreamHack Masters Malmo 2017

 

Dreamhack has been a Counter-Strike regular for many years now and this years Masters in Malmö, Sweden has already kicked off to a thrilling start. Winners from the tournament will take home $100,000 in prize money and would also be one step closer towards the Intel Grand Slam prize this year. The Intel Grand Slam was a deal made between Intel and ESL to award the first team to win 4 CSGO tournaments in a 12 month period with an extra $1million on top of other prize money. Dreamhack Masters is the second tournament to be played after this announcement, the first was ESL One Cologne, where the win was taken out by SK Gaming.

Day 1 of the Group stages saw 12 invited teams and 4 qualifying teams battle it out in best of one matches (Bo1). The winners moved onto the second day of group stages and the losers had to play in an elimination match to stay in the competition. There were highlights galore with clutches, 30 bombs and comebacks all day. Day 1 led to us saying goodbye to Virtus.pro, mousesports, EnVyUs and the Asian/Oceanic qualifier B.O.O.T-ds. The scores at the end of the day were as follows:

Match Teams     Score (Bo1)
Group A #1 SK Gaming v B.O.O.T-dS 16 – 2
Group A #2 North v Cloud9 16 – 10
Group A Elimination B.O.O.T-dS v Cloud9   2 – 16
Group B #1 Astralis v Renegades 16 – 3
Group B #2 Virtus.pro v Natus Vincere   4 – 16
Group B Elimination Renegades v Virtus.pro 16 – 7
Group C #1 Gambit Esports v mousesports 16 – 6
Group C #2 FaZe Clan v Ninjas in Pyjamas   8 – 16
Group C Elimination mousesports v FaZe Clan   9 – 16
Group D #1 Immortals v Fnatic 16 – 14
Group D #2 G2 Esports v Team EnVyUs 16 – 13
Group D Elimination Fnatic v Team EnVyUs 16 – 13

Day 2 moved into best of three matches (Bo3) where the winners from day 1 fought for a place in the quarter finals. Those who won their winners bracket matches secured their seat in the playoffs and those that lost had to play another match against the winners of the eliminations matches from day 1. Astralis was the only team to deny their opponents a map, winning 2-0 against NaVi but every other game was a close 2-1. Highlights from day 2 saw North shutting down SK Gaming after they were down the first map proving #TheNorthIsHere as well as some insane flick shots from William “draken” Sundin of Ninjas in Pyjamas that even left his teammates surprised:

 

The scores at the end of day 2 were as follows:

Match Teams Score (Bo3)
Group A Winner’s Match SK Gaming v North 1 – 2
Group B Winner’s Match Astralis v Natus Vincere 2 – 0
Group C Winner’s Match Gambit v Ninjas in Pyjamas 1 – 2
Group D Winner’s Match Immortals v G2 Esports 1 – 2

Last night on Day 3, the losers bracket fought to stay in the competition or went home empty handed. SK and Immortals have been showing off the Brazilian talent that has been so prominent as of late, winning their matches 2-0. Gambit lost their first map but managed to bring it back for the next two maps to knock out FaZe. FaZe had only just gained some CSGO heavy weights in the recent roster shake ups and Gambit lost some members to NaVi, so was it still a matter of getting used to new lineups? Speaking of NaVi, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev never fails to bring some epic plays and helped NaVi secure their win against the Aussie/North American team Renegades 2-0.

 

The scores at the end of day 3 were as follows:

Match Teams Score (Bo3)
Group A Decider Match SK Gaming v Cloud9 2 – 0
Group B Decider Match Natus Vincere v Renegades 2 – 0
Group C Decider Match Gambit v FaZe Clan 2 – 1
Group D Decider Match Immortals v Fnatic 2 – 0

Leading into the playoffs later today could see some surprises that professional Counter-Strike loves to provide. Your finalists in tonight’s quarter final match ups are below:

Match Teams Score (Bo3)
Quarter Final #3 G2 Esports v SK Gaming
Quarter Final #4 Ninjas in Pyjamas v Natus Vincere
Quarter Final #2 Astralis v Gambit Esports
Quarter Final #1 North v Immortals

The playoffs and finals will be played live in the Malmö Arena and streamed live on DreamHack.TV and Twitch. You can also keep up to date with the latest scores, highlights and memes on Dreamhack’s Twitter.