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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