While most people watched the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG), another event, DreamHack Leipzig 2017 was also taking place. While the event itself wasn’t big, starting with the prize pool of only $100,000 USD and ending with the actual teams playing, which included BIG, FlipSid3 Tactics, Fnatic Academy, Heroic, Team LDLC.com, qwerty, Rogue, and Vega Squadron, it was a needed boost of confidence for the eventual winners, FlipSid3 Tactics.
Drawn into Group B, where they had BIG, Vega Squadron, and Rogue to contend with, F3 didn’t have much trouble getting into the Playofffs. Their first match was against BIG, the new team featuring Fatih “gob b” Dayik, Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz, Johannes “nex” Maget, Kevin “keev” Bartholomäus, and Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić, was played on Overpass. F3 dominated their opponents as terrorists, winning the half 12:3, but had much more trouble as CT, giving up 8 rounds before they could get to the all important 16th point and win the match.
After that, they had to face Vega Squadron on Nuke. Despite having a less well-known roster, the CIS team of Dmitriy “jR” Chervak, Nikolay “Mir” Bityukov, Sergey “Keshandr” Nikishin, Pavel “hutji” Lashkov, and Leonid “chopper” Vishnyakov put up much more of a fight than FlipSid3’s previous opponents, BIG. The map ended with F3 barely winning 16:14, after Winning as CT 9:6 and technically losing on T side, 7:8. Of course, no matter the score, a win is a win, so FlipSid3 Tactics went on to the Semifinals of the tournament.
In the Semifinals, the second place team from Group B, BIG, faced the winners of Group A, Heroic and defeated them in three maps, starting the match off by getting crushed on train and then coming back to barely win Dust 2 16:14 and come into their own on Cobblestone, winning the decided 16:9. On the other side of the bracket, F3 didn’t have much trouble against the second place team from Group A, Team LDLC.com, winning the Best of 3 series 2-0, after getting victories on Cache and Nuke. In both maps, FlipSid3 had dominating Terrorist halves, winning as T on Cache 11:4 and 9:2 on Nuke. Obviously, the Europeans couldn’t overcome that and Flipsid3 Tactics moved to the Finals, were BIG were waiting for their rematch.
BIG’s hopes for a rematch went up in smoke, however. They lost the series in two maps, Cache and Train, both with the same score, 11:16. F3 won T side once again, though the score was less dominating this time, 9:6 and 8:7 on Cache and Train respectively. They also got the better of their opponents when playing as Counter Terrorists, leading to the 5 point leads in both games.