The Russian team has become the winner of DreamHack Open Winter 2019. It’s the first international LAN that they have won since the last Copenhagen Games event. For their performance, forZe secured a $50,000 cheque.
photo credit: StarLadder | Igor Bezborodov
The Russians’ path to the trophy started in Group A. In the first match, they were defeated by Tricked Esport, but later on the squad managed to take down Marskalk and FURIA Esports. Thus, they earned a ticket to the Playoffs, joining GODSENT, Tricked, and CR4ZY in the team list for the semifinals.
In the next series, forZe faced off against GODSENT. There, they beat the Europeans with a 2-1 score: 16-12 Inferno, 7-16 Dust2, and 16-13 Nuke. Eventually, it was the Danish five of Tricked who they had to overcome as their last opponent. The Russian line-up took revenge on them for the loss in the group stage, winning the grand-final 2-1: 16-11 Inferno, 14-16 Vertigo, and 16-9 Train.
The final results:
- 1. forZe ($50,000)
- 2. Tricked Esport $20,000
- 3-4. GODSENT, CR4ZY ($10,000 each)
- 5-6. FURIA Esports, SJ Gaming ($3,000 each)
- 7-8. Marskalk, Heroic ($2,000 each)
In the end, Almaz "almazer" Assadulin was the most valuable player of forZe at DreamHack Open Winter 2019, as he averaged a 1.20 rating in 12 maps. On the other hand, Jesse "zehN" Linjala had the highest KDR out of all participants of the Jönköping event. The GODSENT rifler scored a 1.25 rating in 5 maps.