Vitality, Astralis, BIG, North advance at DreamHack Open
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Team Vitality, Astralis, BIG and North emerged victorious in their respective winners' matches on Friday at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020 event.
Team Vitality overcame a first-map setback to post a 2-1 victory over Fnatic in their Group A contest. Vitality dropped a 16-5 decision on Inferno before notching a 16-6 win on Nuke and 16-10 victory on Mirage.
Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut recorded 79 kills and a plus-39 kills-to-death differential to pace the all-French Team Vitality roster.
Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin had 54 kills and a plus-4 K-D differential for all-Swedish Fnatic, who will face OG in a decider match on Saturday. OG swept mousesports earlier on Friday in an elimination match with a 16-13 win on Nuke and a 16-6 victory on Dust II.
In a Group B tilt, Astralis sandwiched wins around a second-map setback to secure a 2-1 win over G2 Esports. Astralis had 16-6 victories on Nuke and Inferno, and they took a 16-2 defeat on Dust II.
Nicolai "device" Reedtz collected 49 kills and Emil "Magisk" Reif added a plus-13 K-D differential for Astralis' all-Danish squad.
Serbia's Nemanja "nexa" Isakovic had 53 kills and France's Kenny "kennyS" Schrub added a plus-12 K-D differential for G2, who will face Heroic in a decider match on Saturday. Heroic dispatched Endpoint in an elimination match, courtesy of 16-10 victories on both Train and Vertigo.
In a Group C contest, BIG answered a first-map setback by posting a 2-1 win over GODSENT. BIG countered a 19-17 overtime defeat on Mirage with a 16-12 victory on Overpass and 19-15 overtime win on Inferno.
Turkey's Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dortkardes had 99 kills and a plus-35 K-D differential for BIG.
Montenegro's Pavle "Maden" Boskovic recorded 79 kills and a plus-8 K-D differential for GODSENT, who will face FaZe Clan in a decider match on Saturday. FaZe Clan notched a 2-1 win over sAW in an elimination match, with the former overcoming a 16-12 setback on Nuke to post a 16-7 victory on Dust II and a 16-11 triumph on Train.
In a Group D encounter, North secured a 2-1 decision over Sprout in their winners' match. North sandwiched a 16-11 win on Train and a 16-10 victory on Vertigo around a 16-9 setback on Dust II.
Denmark's Nicklas "gade" Gage powered North with 61 kills and a plus-15 K-D differential.
Poland's Pawel "dycha" Dycha had 56 kills and a plus-4 kills-to-death differential for Sprout, who will face Ninjas in Pyjamas in a decider match on Saturday. NiP swept ENCE in an elimination match, courtesy of a 16-7 victory on Overpass and a 16-13 win on Train.
The $115,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event began with 16 teams divided into four groups. The field will be cut to 12 teams after double-elimination group play. Teams that finish first or second in a group advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs while third-place teams will be slotted into the lower bracket.
All matches are best-of-three. The winner of the tournament's grand final, scheduled for Oct. 25, will earn $33,000 and a spot in the $500,000 Intel Extreme Masters Season XV Global Challenge, Dec. 15-20 in Cologne, Germany.