cs_summit 4: Games you just don’t want to miss this weekend

cs_summit 4: Games you just don’t want to miss this weekend

Six teams, four days, one house, and $150,000 dollars in prize money — Beyond The Summit returns to Counter-Strike with another spectacular event in Los Angeles, this time featuring Team Liquid, ENCE, NRG esports, and others.

The event began yesterday with six opening matches with no big surprises. Team Liquid overcame Ghost Gaming with relevant ease and the French Vitality took care of the American sides NRG esports and Ghost Gaming. ENCE’s 14-16 loss against Renegades on Train in the following match caught some by surprise but it was hardly unexpected. Instead, two straight losses for Renegades against NRG became a more turbulent topic in the community.

This weekend, however, promises to be filled with exciting matches, with some of the best teams in the world fighting for the lion’s share of $150,000 dollars — while having some great fun at the BTS mansion. For your convenience — here are the matches you just can’t miss this weekend.

Team Liquid facing off against the French superteam in an opening match for Day 2 is bound to set it on a good start. Liquid is destroying everyone lately, including their victory at the Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Sydney, and they are the big favorites to win this event too. There are very few teams in the world right now who can stand with the North American team face to face and none of them are in Los Angeles for cs_summit 4.

But that’s where Team Vitality comes in. The Frenchmen had a strong start to the event but even before that they were looking strong, most recently winning the Charleroi Esports 2019 title and successfully qualifying for ESL One: Cologne 2019. White Vitality still lacks the experience playing as a team against world’s best, they’ve been borderline dominating the tier 2 scene in Europe lately.

Is that enough to stop the world’s second-best team? Likely not. But there’s something else for those with a taste for inflated odds — while Vitality showed some solid Counter-Strike, Liquid was making a few big mistakes here and there. If Vitality had the time to look into that and draw conclusions they might have a chance yet.

Not a big chance, but still a chance. And with 2.85 odds on the ticket, it just might work out for those looking for a thrill of a risky bet.

Right after their game against the French powerhouse, Liquid will be moving to face other European up-and-comers, Finland’s ENCE. Now Aleksi “allu” Jalli’s team is a real pleasure of viewing experiences. It’s been long in the making, but right now ENCE is the best it can be.

The Finnish team shocked the world at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Katowice Major 2019 by finishing second and losing only to Astralis, arguably the best team in the world… Possibly ever. And two weeks ago ENCE did us one even better and defeated Astralis altogether to win the BLAST Pro Series: Madrid 2019 title.

ENCE are on fire right now, there’s no denying that. Their map loss against Renegades yesterday is the only thing that could put their streak in question, but is that truly enough? Fact of the matter is, ENCE is an incredibly powerful team, likely even good enough to battle Team Liquid.

The odds are close on this one for both teams, albeit NA’s Liquid is favored slightly. Very true on paper. But in reality? The men in ENCE are hungry for victory, they need to prove themselves badly, and they’re burning with passion to continue their streak. This one just might be closer than the odds suggest.

Closing out the Friday’s games will be a local match-up between NRG esports and Ghost Gaming, with the former being a clear favorite. And for a good reason.

NRG has really stepped it up lately. For one they are the reigning champions of cs_summit events, have won the last one against OpTic Gaming in the grand final. Since then they finished second at the SuperNova Malta 2018 and third at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7 and Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Sydney.

Ghost, on the other hand, has been looking almost painfully weak. Joshua “steel” Nissan and his team have been struggling to get wins on board, with their last noteworthy achievement in January, finishing in the Top 4 of iBUYPOWER Masters IV.

The only chance for Ghost in this one would be an element of surprise. That, and it being a local match-up, which historically is more likely to be an upset. Although NRG have secured a victory against Renegades yesterday, they did lose against Vitality in a spectacular way.

That being said, NRG’s form isn’t spot-on right now and there might be an opening for Ghost to capitalize on that. The question is, can they?

Although Renegades managed to steal a map from ENCE, their current form was put into question again against NRG. The Australians seem to be inconsistent and moody, and that could be what is holding them back. One game they might explode and win against a heavy favorite. And the next they can lose against a nobody tier 3 team.

Which Renegades will show up against the French team is the big question. The match will take place on Saturday, so how these teams will perform on Friday might have an impact in this particular match-up. Renegades should have an easy game against Ghost today which could boost their morale for the real challenge on Saturday. After all, with one draw and one loss on board, Renegades are still very much in the running to make it to the playoffs.

Vitality, on the other hand, will be looking to secure their standing. After two intense games against Liquid and ENCE, will the Frenchmen have enough energy to do their best against the Australian team?

This battle between two very different teams promises to be an intense one, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

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Contract dispute between FaZe and Tfue — what happened and who is to blame?

Contract dispute between FaZe and Tfue — what happened and who is to blame?

On May 20, it became known that Turner “Tfue” Tenney, one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, sued his organization, FaZe Clan. He wanted to terminate the contract with unfavorable conditions. We collected the entire chronology of the conflict, looked into what happened and who is to blame.

What didn’t Tfue like?

Initially, the incident became known from third parties. The Hollywood Reporter portal published an exclusive material, which initially stated that FaZe appropriates up to 80% of Tfue’s revenues. What is important, the lawsuit does not specify the details — it is not known how often and for what activities the club appropriated a part of the money to itself.

The THR article also mentions other Tfue claims: according to him, the organization forced him to live with other streamers, and before he became an adult, to drink alcohol and participate in gambling. He also noted that the organization entered into a contract with an 11-year-old gamer and “forced” his parents to lie about their son’s age — with this Tenney also applied to the labor protection commission.

Tfue’s requirement is to terminate the contract between him and FaZe. He already tried to break the contract unilaterally in September, but he failed. Tenney wants to work with sponsors on his own.

But Tfue has long been in FaZe, how could this happen?

Tfue has long been in favor of FaZe — since April 2018. During this time, he has become one of the most popular Twitch streamers (regularly included in the top 10). He also ranks second in terms of prize winnings in Fortnite — more than $500,000 dollars to his name. All this happened during the period of his appearances for FaZe.

Tfue and the club did not advertise the situation with the contract, so for most of the audience, the conflict became completely sudden. Moreover, the representatives of FaZe Clan claimed to be surprised as well.

How did FaZe react?

The first was co-owner of the club, Richard “Banks” Bengtson, but he was quick to criticize. The fact is that in the first post on Twitter, Banks stated that the club did not take a single cent from Tfue’s prize winnings, but this money was not mentioned in the Tenney’s lawsuit — this discrepancy was noticed by the journalists.

Later, FaZe Clan made an official statement, where the organization mentioned that Tfue received 100% of his revenue from prize money, Twitch, YouTube and other media platforms. The club admitted that it “took” 20% from Tfue’s sponsorship deals (in total — $60,000 US dollars), while the American “earned millions”. By the way, the same $60 thousand club donated to the prize fund of the tournament in Fortnite, the team claims.

On May 21, Tfue’s Fortnite partner Dennis “Cloak” Lepora commented on the situation. He did not take sides, but called on Tfue’s fans not to insult the owner of the organization Banks.

Bengtson himself seems really upset about the Tfue situation and even recorded a video on this. He also joked that he feels stupid, because on his body there is a tattoo with Tfue code for Fortnite, which is used to support bloggers and streamers.

Tfue лично бил тату со своим кодом на теле Banks

And what do they say in the industry?

Representatives of the industry considered that a precedent could become very important for all esports. For example, Alan “Nahaz” Bester and Paul “Redeye” Cheloner talked about the fact that it is important for players to assert their rights and to contact lawyers in a timely manner.

Others began to criticize FaZe Clan — among these was the general manager of eUnited, who in general does not like “sniper clans” [organizations that grew on the wave of Call of Duty popularity].

The situation was commented by the CEO of 100 Thieves, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, because of which he first quarreled with Banks, and then apologized to him.

What will happen next?

Completely incomprehensible. FaZe Clan explained their position, and Tfue continues to remain silent in social networks. Even if Tenney did not speak out on the situation, much will become clear after the authorities’ verdict.

If they recognize the contract between FaZe and Tfue as null and void, then the truth may change the standards of contracts between esports teams and players, but such conclusions are still very far away.

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jR: “The players have a salary below $1000 and the team asks $200,000 for them”

jR: “The players have a salary below $1000 and the team asks $200,000 for them”

Team captain of the ever-resourceful Vega Squadron, Dmitry “jR” Chervak sat down to talk about how the new composition of the team was formed, and also expressed dissatisfaction with the unjustifiably high buy-outs for the players in the CIS.

Most recently Vega Squadron came in 3rd at the WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 — their best result thus far with the new roster. According to jR, while he’s happy with the current line-up, it took way too much effort to gather the squad, and the biggest reason for that was the unreasonably high buy-outs for CS:GO players.

Seized in his blog said that at the WePlay tournament you will check what works and what does not work. Can you say now exactly what works and what doesn’t?

We have developed some kind of base from which to build on, and now we are testing it, roughly speaking. There is a lot of things that are not played up a lot, much still needs to be discussed, it is possible to remove and watch what works and what does not work from this base. Some rounds clean up, some add what to do quickly, slowly, etc. Many of the developments that we have added to our database may not work in official games, so you need to look.

It happens in training, everything works, and you come to the LAN and you have nothing. Teams on the praccs can play in different ways. They do not allow you to practice your game, they push you, they play over aggressively. And on LAN they play passively.

It’s funny to hear it from you, considering that it was Vega who was often reproached for being too aggressive in training.

We love to play aggressively on the LAN, so sometimes we want to specifically train aggression. If the opponent allows us to play the way we want, then we will do so.

You only managed to get 2 rounds against HellRaisers. Is it just because it was the first day or are there other factors?

In fact, their team is also strong. They played well, but we made the gravest mistakes for which we paid with the game. It is necessary to look after the tournament to work on it. I think that the first game on LAN against a team with a European, in fact, line-up, is not bad. And maybe they somehow treated it more easily.

Do you feel that they have a different style of play because of the mixed composition?

Now everyone has a common style that uses tier-1 and tier-2. Everyone is looking at Astralis. But at the same time, they do not allow themselves to play as aggressively as our players. You will not play against Astralis, as people play now, they immediately punish you for any mistake.

DreamEaters looked uncertain on the second day. Were they worried or did you do a good homework?

Perhaps both, because the guys were the four of them, starix played for them, and, most likely, this also played a role. Because Krad is one of the main players that makes a lot of impact. Starix also made a lot of impact, but no matter how well you play, it all comes down to its composition, with which you trained, played. This is the first reason.

The second is that they played more tightly, allowing us to play aggressively. Everything went according to plan. That is, at least clutch was reduced. All other rounds we won by exchanging. There were no such unreal rounds. All the rounds that we won, we just got the advantage, saved and won.

Has your training for the tournament suffered because seized had eye problems?

Well, we had enough problems. Seized had eye problems, scoobyxie had exams so that he could not fully train. I believe that in the interval that we had — we made the most of it. And the tournament is like a test version, because we will have a bootcamp, where we will already be watching demos and sorting out mistakes to get in good shape. The main goal is to prepare for the Minor.

How did you form the new composition? You took exactly those three players you wanted? 

Not that there were no free agents, initially I wanted Dima to join. Because I needed a man for the first role. Then seized and scoobyxie got free. We played, tested, we did great.

In each team there is a person who unites everyone. Somewhere it is the captain, somewhere an ordinary player. How is it with you?

We have a second coach and manager. The second coach was announced, but he is more like a psychologist. Everyone has their own opinion, but you need to find a compromise. And the last word either for the captain or for the coach.

Before the new squad was formed, the whole Vega squad was put on the transfer, including you. Was there any confusion because of how much you play in the organization?

First of all, I myself wanted it, because I was wondering who would be interested in me. I did not want to build the whole team — it is a difficult and, let’s say, ungrateful process. Because at any moment a player can be bought out by Na’Vi, and all the work goes down the drain. CIS organizations were interested in me, but I don’t know which organizations exactly. But somewhere it didn’t stick, somewhere at the price they did not agree. I believe that my transfer price is small for both for the captain and the sniper with the experience in playing Majors.

At the same time, we have players who did not play in Majors, not AWP, just good, average players, but the price is transcendental compared to me. I believe that organizations in the CIS put up inadequate prices for players. I think the norm is 20 salaries. Ten, as compensation for expenses, and ten, as profit for the organization itself.

From what I heard, the average salary in the CIS is around $2,000 dollars. Is that about right?

Somewhere like that.

So you offer buy-outs in the $50,000 area?

I think this is a normal, adequate amount. In our region the prices are exorbitant. I do not know why it is so. I know that there have been cases when the players have a salary below $1000, and the team asks $200,000 for them.

This is inadequate. Suppose there is a good player, with potential, they want to buy him out, but he has never been to the Majors, or even to LANs, he doesn’t represent anything, but he plays well on the Internet. He wants to join a tier 1-2 CIS organization, but then you hear the price.

But the players themselves sign the contracts, no? And they read what they sign? You can even consult with your parents, with a notary in the end.

There are no options. Here comes the organization to 5 no-names. They offer a salary, and the guys immediately peck at it. They don’t care what the buy-out will be, even a billion. They do not think about what will happen in the future. Now the market is formed in such a way that any player in the CIS is not below “a hundred” below, it is an average market. And I think that is inadequate. You can buy electronic for $100,000 and know what you’re getting, that’s okay. But to buy a player that no one really knows, who’s playing in tier 3. For what?

You open hltv, open a CIS-region and you know that the top 15 teams have contracts, they can even be without salaries, but with compensation. I believe that this must be fought, and buy-out should be done depending on the salary.

Did you come across a situation when you wanted to take a player, but you didn’t get them because the price was high?

Let’s just say we went more for free agents. When Sanya and Denis were free, we were very excited, because it was a good price for skilled players. We did not have the option to buy two players for $100,000. Therefore, in the first place, we looked at free agents.

 In the new line-up, do you feel better online?

Before, no matter how we tried online, we always lost. And now, I don’t know what it’s all about, but we started to win, even compared to practice. We now have the potential, we can enter the top 15 and above, but we need to work and work. Tournaments like WePlay! Forge of Masters give us a very good boost. This is also a big bonus for CIS teams, because they can shine. Take the same DreamEaters, they are almost unknown to anyone. And now they will appear. Our team has a history of LANs. So we are more or less known.

Leagues like this give the CIS teams medium to the public. This is the most important for the organization.

It is obvious that all the teams now have only one big goal — to get to the Major and perform well there. What result will not disappoint you?

First, you need to get to the Major. In fact, I don’t really want to rate the Major as an indicator of anything. I mean, if we don’t get to the Major, then that’s it, we have to disband, right? On the contrary, if we do not even go to the Major, then we need to put more effort and show yourself next time. The same HellRaisers, for 3 years in a row they couldn’t get into the Major.

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European Champion in chess Ian Nepomniachtchi: “Hearthstone is more like sudoku than chess”

European Champion in chess Ian Nepomniachtchi: “Hearthstone is more like sudoku than chess”

The best Russian chess player, and number 7 currently in the world, according to the FIDE rating, Ian Nepomnyashchiy, talked about his passion for video games and esports. In an interview, he recalled how he first found Dota 2 and Hearthstone, and compared the popular card game to chess. Cybersport caught the Russian chess player and discussed his time with esports.

You met chess when you were four years old. And when did you first get into games? How did it all start?

I had no computer as a child. Our friends, when they left for another city, left us 386 or 486 with MS-DOS. They had different games: “Field of Miracles”, airplane simulators and stuff like that — that was my first acquaintance with games. But it is not very fascinating. A few years later, when I was 11, they showed me “Heroes of Might and Magic.” It didn’t run on my computer, but every time I had the opportunity to play with others, I did it with pleasure. By the age of 12, I had the first laptop on which such games were played. And the first thing I did was buy a CD with the fourth “Heroes”. I was very happy.

How did you get acquainted with esports?

DotA was shown to me relatively late, in the year 2006. Therefore, I am not a super old school player compared to NS or Lost. I liked the game because it required teamwork, it could be played with friends. Even against bots at that time was interesting. Now it also becomes interesting to play against bots. After playing for a year, I learned that there are strong teams. At that time, SAY_PLZ was still playing, that is, sP — old school players will probably remember. He played for Virtus.pro. I don’t remember in what year, maybe in 2008, I came to ASUS event on Pyatnitsky highway. There I felt the atmosphere, but it was far from professional playing.

My skill gradually increased, and I began to play a lot in various in-house leagues. I was in the same clan on Battle.net with Dread and Solo. It was about 12 years ago. Besides Dota, I also play Hearthstone. Such a discipline for a solo player is more convenient. It is clear that you need to train there, you need a sparring partner with whom you discuss theory, debuilding, etc., but in fact you can do everything alone. Sasha Dashkevich aka XBOCT introduced me to Hearthstone. He said that’s “a very good game, beta just came out, you should try it” At first I didn’t like it — it looked kind of childish, stupid, but I slowly got pulled in.

Why didn’t you become a professional player? Not enough time or no desire?

I have never had a professional team because I didn’t have much time. My main occupation is chess, there is my priority. For me, the turning point was the ASUS tournament in Kiev. I flew in from a major chess tournament in the Netherlands, and I had a few days off. I was called to the DotA event, and I agreed since I had never been to Kiev. We went, took first place, it was a surprise. Received a prize, divided it with the team and just barely made back the cost of the tickets. At that time, there was no money in esports, at least in DotA. I thought that there was no big sense in all of this since it was difficult to earn money.

Ironically, in 3-4 months they announced the first The International with a massive prize pool. I appreciated the irony because by that time I was not tightly involved with anyone, the teams were already completed,  line-ups were formed. And I did not have an opportunity nor desire to self-insert somewhere.

The first The International was a big breakthrough with which the esport began to flourish. That was the start of the boom.

Do any other chess professionals compete in video games to your knowledge?

Very many. For example, Peter Svidler is an eight-time champion of Russia, a multiple world champion in the national team, an Olympic champion. I showed him Hearthstone at one of the Olympics, thinking that Peter Veniaminovich would play less poker, would play more HS; to somehow unload it. He liked the game. Since 2014, he still plays it. I do not know about poker, but, apparently, that’s another thing for him to indulge in (laughs).

Young grandmaster Kirill Alekseenko played a lot of Hearthstone. He went full grind mode, went to the top 50 in Europe. At the same time he is a very capable chess player. Another member of the Russian national team, Zhenya Tomashevsky, plays HS as well.

Hearthstone is unpretentious, you can play it over the Internet, from any place, you do not need to carry anything with you. It doesn’t matter whether you play from a tablet or phone. If you have time, you can play.

I know a lot of well-known chess players who play DotA, but not at a professional level.

I heard that Magnus Carlsen is a fan as well?

I communicate on the Internet with world champion Magnus Carlsen. Once he wrote to me late at night:

“What are you doing? Not sleeping?”

“Not sleeping.”

“Are you watching the Major?” I was surprised, to say the least. I said: “What? Major? No. Who’s playing?”

“Well, this is cool, this and that, EHOME is playing.” He said that sort of thing.

He took a picture somewhere at the airport with Puppey and was very happy about it. There is also a Hearthstone player — StanCifka. He was one of the top players. He is an international chess master. But as a chess player, I don’t know him at all, only as a streamer and player.

Hearthstone developers often like to compare their game with chess. But ordinary esports fans believe that such a comparison is inappropriate. So is it possible to compare these games?

Regarding the developers of HS, at some point the CEO of the game corresponded with me and Peter Svidler. He asked us what we want to improve, change, what we like and what we don’t, what we think about additions, mechanics. It lasted several months. The developers tried to collect for themselves a useful backup of feedback.

Comparing Hearthstone with chess is difficult, since HS, like any card games, is a highly probabilistic game. The game is rather a bit like sudoku. Although I have never played it, but I know that there are a lot of small scores, some numbers. In general, the principle of thinking is a bit similar, you need to think all the time; There are options for how to proceed. As for strategies, it is difficult for me to judge, because I did not play HS professionally. I entered the top 10 of Europe in the ladder, but I did not grind on servers. This is quite a serious occupation, as in WoW, where in order to be in the top guild, you need to have five pumped-up characters, who then buff each other and prepare to take the world’s first and server’s first. Same in HS — you need to invest a lot of time.

There is a lot of small counting in HS, you need to constantly keep your brains in good shape. This is similar to chess, but, on the other hand, everything is overshadowed by a large number of randomness and unsuccessful changes in mechanics. Last year I played quite a lot, and it was absolutely disgusting that after two moves, in principle, you could win the match, because the players understood the deck archetypes.

Did you play the popular chess game for Dota 2?

I played it of course, as soon as it appeared. At that moment I was in the chess tournament in Holland, I went to Dota 2, I downloaded the custom game, but I didn’t figure it out: everything was in Chinese, there was no localization yet. I thought that this was another settling mode, but for some reason, then it just spread on Twitter. I returned home, I looked, that everyone plays only Auto Chess, all the Hearthstoners were in it, all the top streamers played it. I started to play a little. I can not say that successfully, I play more for fun, public with friends. Played a couple of hundred games.

Dota Auto Chess is a bit long for customs. Still, in HS the game lasts half an hour, if a matchup is really long, and the average duration in Auto Chess is 30-40 minutes, during this time you can play a game of Dota 2. But the custom mode is interesting, it is clear that the developers are trying, doing something with the balance. But I am not sure that we will see it soon at esports events, everything is still damp there. With chess, however, the connection is small, except for the 8 by 8 board, it is difficult to grasp something in common.

You were a statsman at one of The Internationals. Have you considered doing that again?

Back then I had a free month, and I wanted some tour. V1lat just wrote to me that there is a vacant place of a statsman. At that time I was a little bit inactive, I have played little in the past few years. But learning to process information is easy. Valve paid for it, so money-wise it was not particularly expensive, but I wanted to see the World Cup for this game live. Specifically, I wouldn’t want to be the statsman in the future, because it is very hard work. You really sit at a computer 10-12 hours a day — the commentators change, the statsman remains. You can not rest, work on all games. But to sit in on the analyst desk or comment — I would prefer that.

I came to RuHub once, they called me to comment on a couple of games. I don’t know how it happened, but they didn’t seem to be disappointed with me. But, probably, it is not worth for them to do this too often, so that the quality of the content is higher.

It was at ESL One Hamburg 2018. Will we ever see you again in such a commentator role?

There is a desire, but I am afraid that there is no possibility. This year, the chess calendar is as severe as if it was made in Chelyabinsk. Since May, tournaments go one after another. Until September-October, I will have only three weeks to rest. This is not enough, because this time should be used to recuperate. But in theory, commenting is fun. One of the problems of chess — on the Internet, no one looks at it in in the same way they do with popular games.

In such a tight schedule of chess tournaments do you manage to follow a little bit of esports?

We still live in the 21st century. In 2019 people watch the Internet, surf. I go to the news feeds in the morning. When a big event like a Major is taking place, where our teams play, it is clear that I will not watch all the games, but if there is time to watch the grand final, I will do it with pleasure.

Not so long ago, bots from OpenAI defeated OG, and then won 99% of matches against regular teams. How do you view AI in games?

Google took up the intellectual games — for a start, they beat a man in Go, although nobody had succeeded in doing this before. This program was called AlphaGo. The victory turned out confident, and after that, Google began to play chess. But their computers have long proved that they are stronger than man. For example, there is Stockfish’s strongest chess program, and the AlphaGo neural network beat Stockfish from 100 games about 25 times, the rest in a draw. This program is self-taught. Every hour it spent on learning and development. Therefore, it is not surprising that this happens in games.

The first bots — for example, in Warcraft — were able to finish off creeps, but with this, their powers ended. And now it all stepped forward — bots have a temperament. Of course, it’s too early to display the AI ​​team at The International, the project is still raw, but the progress is impressive. It has only been a couple of years since Dendi played a show match against a computer. Over the years they have created a team of bots that wins almost all matches. Yes, some teams have found tactics against them, they have found patterns, I read an article about the fact that they do not normally define invisibility. But now the bots will take the time to educate themselves against it.

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DreamHack Open Tours 2019 starts today

DreamHack Open Tours 2019 starts today

DreamHack’s return to a small French town of Tours starts today, with a $100,000 dollar Counter-Strike event featuring 8 up-and-coming teams, including mousesports, AVANGAR, Valiance, Ghost Gaming, G2 Esports and others.

AVANGAR will be entering the event as the champions of the last DreamHack Open iteration — DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019. There Ali “Jame” Djami and his team successfully overcame NA’s eUnited, Europe’s Valiance, and the local powerhouse FURIA esports to win the event.

Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas’ Valiance will be looking to reclaim their throne and get revenge on the CIS team. Valiance has been looking increasingly strong, following their victory at the United Masters League Season 1, where they overwhelmed Windigo Gaming.

The biggest name fighting for the title in Tours will be mousesports, currently ranked #12 in the global ranking. DreamHack will mark the first big trial for the new roster, featuring the newcomers David “frozen” Čerňanský, Özgür “woxic” Eker, and FaZe’s Finn “karrigan” Andersen.

Mousesports has been performing fairly well with the new roster, topping their group at the ESL Pro League Season 9 and finishing 5-6th at the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV – Sydney. In Australia, mousesports defeated the likes of BIG Clan and Renegades but struggled against bigger teams, like MIBR.

But here at DreamHack Open Tours 2019 it’s a whole new day. Will mousesports be able to meet the expectations of their fans and win the event? Will AVANGAR continue their DreamHack winning streak? Can Valiance surprise and steal the show once more?

In their opening match of the event, the local heroes G2 Esports will be facing Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss’ FrenchFrogs, also known as ex-3DMAX. Even though G2 hasn’t performed that well on the international level lately, they’re still the favorites for this matchup.

G2’s Audric “JaCkz” Jug and Lucas “Lucky” Chastang will be facing off against their old teammates, giving them another edge over their opponents. The only chance for FrenchFrogs lies with the format — the opening match of the group stage is a best-of-one game. Anything can happen in a bo1, even more so in local matchups.

 However, while Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss and his team have nothing to lose at this event, G2 has a lot to prove. Even though they managed to top their group at the ESL Pro League Season 9 recently, there’s a painful lack of steady international results.

All that considered, G2 still look better, at least on paper. They may not be the biggest favorites to win the whole event, but if Richard “shox” Papillon and François “AMANEK” Delaunay can pop-off, it will be a walk in the park for G2 Esports.

Windigo facing off against Valiance is a replay of the United Masters League Season 1 grand finals. In the German city of Osnabrück, four teams gathered to fight it out for the prize pool of $100,000 dollars. In the finals, Valiance overcame Windigo over three maps.

Even though Valiance made it look fairly easy in Germany, this rivalry between the two teams is much closer than it may seem. Needless to say, Windigo will be out looking for blood and they just might get it.

Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov and Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov both have been performing incredibly well lately, making them a threat on almost any map. Valiance, on the other hand, while improved significantly after their merger with Imperial, are yet to really pop on the international stage.

With Imperial, Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas took first place at the Copenhagen Games 2018 and DreamHack Open Summer 2018 among other great results. With Valiance, things have been a bit quieter. In the long run, Valiance still seems like a better team of the two. And if Nemanja “nexa” Isaković and Nemanja “huNter” Kovač can show up to this match, they just might make this the one not to miss.

AVANGAR, of all teams at the event, has been showing the best results recently. First place at the DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro 2019, WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1 and first-second at the ESL One: Cologne 2019 – European Open Qualifier, among other achievements.

The CIS-based team will be coming in high spirits and ready to battle, but the competition will be stiff. While the Brazilian iteration of DreamHack had really strong teams on the lineup, Tours is considerably more stacked. The question is, can Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov and his team perform at the same level against much more experienced teams?

Ghost, on the other hand, has been struggling to impress lately. Their last tournament appearance was back in January, where they finished in the Top 4 at the iBUYPOWER Masters IV. Since then, the North American team played in several online qualifiers, showing unmemorable performances in most of them.

AVANGAR will be looking really strong in their opening match and most CS:GO fans will be looking for them to eliminate the North American team fairly easily.

DreamHack Open Tours 2019 starts today, and will end on Sunday, May 19, when two of the best teams will stand in the final showdown for the lion’s share of $100,000 dollars in prize money. If you’re looking to spice up your games, head over to the esports betting platform Vie.gg, and place your bets now.

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