DreamHack’s debut in Brazil starts today, with a $100,000 dollar DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro event. Five of Brazil’s top representatives will battle international competition.

Facing their South American counterparts will be two European invitees AVANGAR and Valiance. Joining them from the North American qualifier will be Edgar “MarKE” Maldonado’s eUnited. While Brazil’s favorite MIBR will sit out the event, many of the country’s top teams will gather to represent the local crowd.

Among them are FURIA, Sharks Esports, W7M Gaming, Redemption eSports POA, and INTZ eSports, headlined by Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe and Gustavo “yeL” Knittel. 

The opening match of the event will see AVANGAR (1.54) facing off against eUnited (2.44). Unlike the odds for the game, the competition between the two teams promises to be fierce. eU have been steadily climbing North America’s rankings in the recent months, even placing in the Top 6 of the recent DreamHack Open Atlanta 2018 event. AVANGAR cemented themselves as one of the best teams in the CIS region, promising a close battle between the two.

The second match of the day, between the European Valiance (1.11) and Brazil’s W7M (6.40) promises to be a landslide. Valiance have been showing top-notch performance since they snatched the trio from the former Imperial roster. Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas time and time again proves why he widely recognized as one of the most promising up-and-coming young talents in the scene. The only thing the Brazilian side will have going for themselves is a factor of surprise. 

Most Brazilian teams are unknown and remain a mystery to any foreign team. If W7M could find a way to use it to their advantage they might stand a chance, albeit a very small one. Even then, they would have to absolute explode with their performance. With some luck anything is possible, but Brazilian fans shouldn’t place all of their eggs in this particular basket.

In the third match, two local giants will clash early on in the event. To those unfamiliar with the Brazilian CS:GO scene, expect most local fans to root for either (or both) of these teams. At DreamHack Open Rio de Janeiro most fans expect either FURIA (1.43) or INTZ (2.80) to be the ones to stop the foreigners. That by extent makes this el Classico a very interesting match. 

While FURIA are favored in this particular match, don’t let that fool you. INTZ carry a lot of experience in their line-up, even if they haven’t been playing together that long. Possibly even more importantly, some of the players on the roster have what FURIA lack the most — experience playing on the international stage. While FURIA have surprised in the past, most notably by qualifying to the Katowice Major 2019 New Challengers stage, they still lack that fundamental key to victory.

Considering a very high ratio, the game might actually be worth a bet on the underdogs — it might be a wildcard, but 2.80 odds offer a nice payoff for fairly reasonable risk. Besides, if the first game of the event for both teams and it’s a best-of-1. What more could you want for an upset?

The final game before Round 2 will be between Sharks (1.34) and Redemption eSports POA (3.15). Sharks might be familiar to those following North American Counter-Strike, as well as to those watching global events. Recently Sharks finished fourth at the PLG Grand Slam 2018, placing just below Fnatic and G2 Esports. Redemption, however, remains a completely unknown factor. They were invited to the event as a second choice team after the Polish AGO Gaming pulled out. Where do they stand against the local and the international competition we will be able to see throughout the event.

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