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January 26th, 2020

BIG win DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020

The German squad of BIG has taken first place at DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020, having zero map-losses on its record (6W-0L). They earned $50,000 of prize money and secured a ticket to DreamHack Masters Jönköping 2020.

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XANTARES has hoisted his first title since he joined BIG
photo courtesy of StarLadder

BIG Clan made their first step towards the trophy in the group stage, where they took down Virtus.pro and Renegades. They placed first in Group A and qualified for the Playoffs, where they were eventually joined by the aforementioned team of RNG, MAD Lions, and Heroic.

In the first match of the event’s final stage, the Germans faced off against Heroic. It resulted with them winning over the Danish five 2-0: 16-9 Overpass, 16-12 Inferno. Renegades turned out to be their last opponent, as they previously knocked out MAD Lions. However, the Australian roster also didn’t manage to beat BIG, losing the series 0-2: 5-16 Mirage, 12-16 Dust2. 

The final results:

  • 1. BIG ($50,000)
  • 2. Renegades ($20,000)
  • 3-4. MAD Lions, Heroic ($10,000 each)
  • 5-6. Cloud9, North ($3,000 each)
  • 7-8. Virtus.pro, Sprout ($2,000 each)

Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz is the most valuable player of DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020. He scored a 1.36 KDR in 6 maps. After him, in the HLTV leaderboard, is Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, who scored a 1.28 rating.

It’s worth noting that it was the first tournament for the new roster of BIG. On January 1 of 2020, they signed Florian "syrsoN" Rische and Nils "k1to" Gruhne, who replaced Owen "smooya" Butterfield and Johannes "nex" Maget.

It is also the first LAN that BIG Clan has won since May 2018. Back then, they emerged victorious at ESEA Season 27: Global Challenge. Now, tabseN and tiziaN are the only players remaining from the lineup that they had 1,5 years ago.

A month from now, another DH Open tournament will be hosted. It is set to be held in Anaheim and is scheduled for February 21-23. There, a $100,000 prize fund and a spot at the DreamHack Masters event in Jönköping will be handed out. Taking part in this competition will be ENCE, FURIA, MIBR, North, forZe, Complexity, Gen.G, and Endpoint.