Two big events were held in Jönköping, Sweden over the weekend. Teams from all over the world came together to compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. The Dota 2 tournament’s prize pool was significantly bigger than the CS:GO one’s at $1,000,000 to $100,000.
DreamLeague Season 8
In the Grand Finals, legendary Dota 2 team organization, Team Secret, defeated their opponents, Team Liquid 3-0 to take home the title and jump up to the top of the rankings of the best Dota 2 teams.
Team Secret was the only team to journey to the Grand Finals through the Upper Bracket without dropping down. They started with a match against Evil Geniuses in the Quarterfinals and defeated them 2-0. Up next, Secret faced one more legendary team, Newbee, sweeping them in two games and moving on to the Winners’ Finals, where they were matches against Team Liquid.
Even though Team Secret couldn’t do it cleanly, they did manage to win the series 2-1 and dropped Team Liquid to the Losers’ Finals, where they had to face Evil Geniuses, a team which fought through the Losers’ Bracket after their Quarterfinals loss to Team Secret, winning against Infamous, Virtus.pro, and Natus Vincere, all with the score of 2-0, before losing to Liquid in the Losers’ Finals.
DreamHack Winter 2017
For the first time in 2017, Natus Vincere turned out to not be a massive disappointment and won the event, defeating mousesports 2-0 in the Finals.
With that said, Na’Vi didn’t have the easiest time of it at all. In the Group Stage, they won against Heroic in the initial match and then went on to face Gambit in the Winners’ Match. It was a long, drawn out, equal match, which was eventually won by Gambit, 31-28. Yes, you read that right, 31 to 28. There were 59 rounds played in this match, while there are normally only 30.
After that, Heroic had a reasonably easy time defeating Rise Nation in the Losers’ Match. In the Decider, Na’Vi once again faced their initial match opponent and managed to win the series, 2-1, winning Inferno and Train and losing on Overpass.
In Group B, Team EnVyUs emerged victorious from the group stage grinder, winning a close overtime series against BIG 19-17 and defeating mousesports in the Winners’ match 16-12, knocking mouz down to play against the winner of the Losers’ Match, BIG, in the Decider. Mousesports was successful, winning the series 2-0 and making it to the Semifinals of the tournament.
In the Semis, Na’Vi was matched with Team EnVyUs and managed to defeat them in two maps, even though they, especially the second map, Nuke, where Na’Vi only won 16-14, were a bit too close for comfort.
On the other side of the Semis, mousesports made short work of Gambit, winning Nuke 16-9 and Train 16-1.
In the Finals of the event, Natus Vincere started out strong, winning the first map, Cobblestone, 16-4. Mousesports gathered themselves a little bit in the second map, Inferno, but still lost, only the score was less embarrassing, 16-11 to Na’Vi, meaning that the CIS giants became the champions of DreamHack Winter 2017, stopping a long streak of underperformance in the process. Then again, it’s not like this was a tournament of the same caliber as the one that was taking place next door for Dota 2, where the best teams in the world came to play.