After two days of competition in Jönköping we are now down to eight teams in the 200,000 SEK Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament of DreamHack Summer.
Saturday's groups were topped by Western Wolves and Copenhagen Wolves with NiP and Epsilon advancing as second seeds. Today we saw Virtus.pro and LDLC.com finish at the top, with ESC Gaming and Lemondogs making it as well.
The playoffs will kick off at 10:00 in the morning with Western Wolves taking on Epsilon and LDLC.com facing off against ESC Gaming on the top portion of the single elimination bracket.
Grand final will take place at DreamArena Extreme tomorrow
Second round of quarter-finals will have Virtus.pro trying to top Lemondogs and Copenhagen Wolves take on NiP, who have struggled surprisingly much throughout DreamHack so far.
So what should you expect from the final day of competition at DreamHack Summer 2013? Continue reading as we've also included Joona "natu" Leppänen's predictions for the playoffs.
10:00 Western Wolves vs. Epsilon
Western Wolves looked dominant on day one as they demolished NiP 16-2 on de_nuke_se following a 16-13 win over Publiclir.se on de_dust2_se. The Danes showed impressive form when taking down the struggling ninjas, but in all fairness they probably should have dropped the game against Publiclir.se. Then again, so should have NiP.
Epsilon have proven to be a very good team. They escaped from group B with wins over Curse and /10/, and made the grand finals of the Swedish Championship where they should have defeated NiP, had it not been for more heroics from in-game leader Richard "Xizt" Landström. Especially Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Andreas "schneider" Lindberg have been impressive, but the whole team has been playing well.
We have a very small sample size of just two matches that took place two days ago from WW, but they did look more impressive than their Swedish opponents have so far in Jönköping. Both teams are very good and either could go on to even make the grand finals, but I think the Danes led by Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander are simply stronger strategically and roughly on the same level individually.
lurppis: 2-1 WW
natu: 2-1 WW
WW hope to celebrate again tomorrow
10:00 LDLC.com vs. ESC Gaming
LDLC.com have so far looked the most impressive out of every team vying the 100 000 SEK first place prize at DreamHack. Kenny "kennyS" Schrub has been in absolutely amazing form with a KPR of 1.08 to show for it so far. They have continued here on LAN where they left off at online, and simply seem to be in the best shape out of all teams in competition.
ESC Gaming started off with an easy win over Finnish Cursive before dropping a massive 13-5 lead against Virtus.pro. They are good enough to grind out a win here if a plethora of things go their way, but it just doesn't seem likely at this point. The Poles need some success badly, and a top four finish at DreamHack would go a long way, but it doesn't seem likely they will get any of it this weekend.
The Frenchmen looked strong strategically and many of Schrub's teammates looked to be on point as well. ESC could easily grab a map and if they can disrupt LDLC's game plan, potentially even the series, but odds are definitely stacked up against them and you should be able to count on Schrub carrying his team to a top four finish in the morning.
lurppis: 2-0 LDLC.com
natu: 2-0 LDLC.com
LDLC are favored to make the semi-finals
13:00 Virtus.pro vs. Lemondogs
I doubted Virtus.pro before this event and although they were able to overcome a 5-13 deficit versus ESC Gaming, I still feel basically the same way. Their communication issues are still there and obviously something is up if they go down 5-13 versus ESC Gaming in the first place, but they are still one of the best teams in the game and are definitely favorites going into this quarter-final.
Marcus "Delpan" Larsson's Lemondogs looked a whole lot more impressive after their first game than at the end of the second day of competition. After starting with a 16-2 win versus fnatic on de_train_se, they struggled versus LDLC.com before finally taking down fnatic in overtime for a playoff spot. Isak "cype" Rydman had a huge game versus the Danes and the fact they were able to win with Larsson struggling is actually a bonus.
Lemondogs have what it takes to complete an upset win versus Virtus in the quarter-finals, but it'd require a bit more than just good play on their part. The Russian-Ukrainian-Slovakian team have a ton of experience playing together despite their recent roster change and their individual skill together with strong leadership from Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow should guarantee them advancement to the semi-finals of DreamHack.
lurppis: 2-0 Virtus.pro
natu: 2-0 Virtus.pro
GuardiaN's communication is still a question mark
13:00 Copenhagen Wolves vs. NiP
By far the most interesting match of the first round of playoffs will be Copenhagen Wolves taking on NiP. The Wolves looked to be in good form on Saturday while NiP has looked anywhere from terrible to pretty good over the course of the past few days. Cph Wolves weren't tested a whole lot, but their gameplan as a whole seemed solid and their players are still on top of the statistics page for the event.
NiP has struggled in every conceivable way. Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson's fragging struggles are almost comedic at this point and Adam "friberg" Friberg was the first to admit they ran out of strats as they were ridiculed by WW in a 2-16 loss. Landström has saved them twice from losing as he completed the ninja defuse versus Publiclir.se and managed a one-on-two save round win versus Epsilon in Swedish Championship. Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg has looked solid, but Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund has been oddly inconsistent.
While Cph Wolves have looked clearly better in this tournament, I still have to give NiP the edge simply because they know how to win. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they lost as they should have versus both Publiclir.se and Epsilon, but they are still the best team in the world, at least until they lose, and that has to favor them in this matchup.
lurppis: 1-2 NiP
natu: 2-0 Copenhagen Wolves
wantz & co will face NiP on Monday
All matches will continue featuring streams provided by DreamHack TV as well as our GOTVs. Tune in in the morning to find out who will be crowned DreamHack Summer champions.