DreamHack Stockholm preview

Here is our official preview for DreamHack Stockholm, which will feature eight of the world's best teams and begin on Thursday afternoon.

DreamHack returns to Stockholm this week with 2014's second CS:GO tournament, this time featuring eight teams and a prize purse of $30,000 up for grabs.

Casting the tournament will be the RoomOnFire duo Anders Blume and Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat, with Duncan "Thorin" Shields providing expert commentary.

The event will begin with two GSL-style groups on Thursday, with top two from each moving to the playoffs, to be played out in single elimination best-of-three mode.


This time DreamHack will be held in Sweden's capital


Group A

Sweden NiP (f0rest, Fifflaren, friberg, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt)

NiP remain the world's best by default, as no big tournaments have taken place since they topped ESL One Cologne last month. NiP have recently dropped games online to Virtus.pro, fnatic, Na`Vi, mousesports, dignitas, and the new LDLC. They don't look dominant in their current form, but it's understandable because they haven't been dominant in a while. But it doesn't mean they can't win.

The team's star Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund has seemingly found his mojo again and Richard "Xizt" Landström is the team's most consistent performer. Adam "friberg" Friberg, who slumped in the summer prior to ESL One, has struggled again online, though it's impossible to say whether that will continue at LAN. The only truly worrysome sign for NiP is the decline in Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's play, but it's likely rooted in motivational issues, as opposed to capabilities.

The Ninjas' major strength compared to everyone but fnatic is their diversity across the map pool. They have a very strong record on both de_cbble and de_overpass, and though it may be worth it for the Frenchmen to test them on one of the two, NiP are the big beneficiaries of the maps' inclusion here. They should still be favorites to win it all going in, but as proven by their recent losses online, it's possible they could even sent packing in the group stage.

In their opening round they should prevail against ALTERNATE, after which things will get considerably harder. Their map record against the new LDLC team is 1-2-1, and they've never met Titan's new roster before. I reckon they will be able to once again top Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and company, but may fall short against Richard "shox" Papillon again. Expect the Ninjas to finish first or second, depending which French team they face in round two.


NiP's most recent tournament was their major championship

 

France Titan (apEX, Ex6TenZ, kennyS, KQLY, Maniac)

Titan's record hasn't been as stellar as the other French team's since they recruited the LDLC trio, but wins over teams such as HellRaisers, Virtus.pro, LDLC and Epsilon prove they can still compete with anyone on the scene. With Ex6TenZ leading the team they should be better prepared than one would expect, and they pack a ton of skill in their two star players Dan "apEX" Madesclaire and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub.

At ESL One Cologne the LDLC trio in this team came within a couple of rounds of beating NiP in the semi-finals, but that shouldn't help in the psychological department, where this group of players has always struggled against NiP, aside from Ex6TenZ's brief stint as the world's best team around this time last year. More worrysome in the short-term is their match-up against fellow Frenchmen LDLC.

So far both apEX and kennyS have performed well in the new roster, and it would seem like the pieces fit. However, this team has clearly less skill than LDLC, with whom they'll likely be battling it out for a spot in the playoffs. These guys are experienced enough that they should be able to take down ALTERNATE, but there are no guaranteed for such new teams. Realistically, Titan are not favored to go out of group A, based on the little data we have on them.


apEX teamed up with Titan in the French silly season


France LDLC (Happy, kioShiMa, NBK, shox, SmithZz)

LDLC is an HellRaisers-esque super team, composed of some of France's most talented players in shox, Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, with two more solid players in the underrated Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer and former VeryGames and Titan mainstay Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux. It hasn't exactly worked out as well for HR as you may have thought, and LDLC will face the same issues, though potentially to a lesser degree.

I must question LDLC's leadership, as the former LDLC in-game leader Happy has for some reason stepped down from the role, forcing former VeryGames and Titan teams' third star NBK- to step up. NBK- could wind up a good in-game leader, but the learning curve can be tough if his team isn't firing on all cylinders. Luckily for him he's playing with two players capable of leading a team in Happy and shox, and apparently is currently more or less sharing the role with them.

LDLC have a huge potential upside, and it's impossible to rule them out from contending for a title already in Stockholm, despite still being a very new team. They are likely favorites in a match against Titan for a playoff spot, and have a realistic chance to take down NiP - a feat they've already accomplished online.


shox is the new LDLC team's biggest star


Germany ALTERNATE (approx, gob b, smn, tiziaN, zonixx)

ALTERNATE are the odd man out in this group. They've played very few matches online with their new roster featuring the former Counter-Strike 1.6 mousesports duo of Fatih "gob b" Dayik and Michele "zonixx" Köhler, so it's hard if not impossible to truly gauge their current level, or potential as a team.

They put up rounds against fnatic in an online match, and handily defeated Dennis "dennis" Edman' mixteam FiMAGi in the deciding match to qualify for DreamHack Stockholm. They have potential, and knowing gob b should come into the event well prepared for their opponents, but they are in a group with three teams that look a whole lot stronger both on paper, and in terms of past results.

In the opening round ALTERNATE will have to play NiP, who should have no problem defeating the Germans. It will then come down to a match against one of the two French sides, both of whom are clear favorites over the Germans. Expect ALTERNATE to put up a fight here - they probably won't be ran over - but they also probably won't advance.


DH Stockholm marks gob b's international debut in CS:GO


Group B

Sweden fnatic (flusha, JW, KRiMZ, olofm, pronax)

If we were to create power rankings for CS:GO in late September of 2014, it'd be impossible not to place fnatic as the number one team. They've been on a roll since ESL One Cologne, winning SLTV StarSeries X Finals and dominating just about everyone in online play, fielding a record of 34-3-1 with the new roster as of September 16, per Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg.

fnatic have been in monstrous shape, recording wins such as a 16-0 beating versus NiP on de_dust2, a best-of-five win over Virtus.pro with only 24 lost rounds across three maps, and a convincing 16-9 win versus their group B competitors dignitas. fnatic are simply by far the strongest team in this group, and it's hard to think of a world where they would not advance from here - though it's possible dignitas may upset them for the number one spot.

At ESL One Cologne Markus "pronax" Wallsten and company easily defeated dignitas, who haven't played all of their online matches with in-game leader Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen recently. Neither Copenhagen Wolves or 3DMAX should pose a serious threat to fnatic, who seem like a safe to even win this group - and there is practically no way they could finish outside of the top two in it.


fnatic have been dominant since Cologne


Denmark dignitas (aizy, device, dupreeh, FeTiSh, Xyp9x)

Since the disappointing semi-final loss at the hands of fnatic at ESL One Cologne last month, dignitas have been fairly average online. They've won some games, and lost some games. The Danes scored an impressive 16-4 win over NiP last week, but aside from that it's hard to see how you could say dignitas are likely to be in better shape at DreamHack Stockholm tomorrow, than they were in Cologne.

The team is still waiting for Philip "aizy" Aistrup to break through individually. Nicolai "device" Reedtz is the team's superstar and carries a heavy load in the fragging department, while both Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth are fairly consistent and usually show up in good enough form to carry their side to the semi-finals, where they seemingly exit every tournament - no matter their stature or level of competition.

Copenhagen Wolves may be a dangerous opponent on the right map, but dignitas has traditionally been too consistent to lose such games at an early stage of a tournament. They should go through their fellow Danes in the opening round, likely drop the next one to fnatic, and then defeat either the Wolves or Finnish 3DMAX to secure another playoff berth. From there it depends on the team they draw and what kind of shape they are in, but I could see dignitas ending up in the grand finals in Stockholm.


FeTiSh has been fairly absent in recent online play


Denmark Copenhagen Wolves (cajunb, gla1ve, karrigan, Nico, Pimp)

After a couple of months of being a borderline team as opposed to a glorified mixteam, the Danes of Copenhagen Wolves have stepped up in activity and scored some solid results in online play, including wins over mousesports and Epsilon, and draws against Titan and Virtus.pro. Their record isn't earth shattering, but it is fairly solid.

Unfortunately in group B of DreamHack Stockholm fairly solid should not be able to cut it, with two of the world's current top four teams vying for the two playoff spots available. Though Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander is a very good in-game leader, his teams haven't been able to match the early success of Western Wolves in 2013, and it's hard to see them overcoming dignitas twice, which is what advancing would likely come down to for them.

They are sizable favorites over 3DMAX, whose resume isn't nearly as impressive, but to see action on Friday in Stockholm they'd have to have some great games on an individual level. The Wolves need both Giancarlo "nico" Arróspide and René "cajunb" Borg to show up in tip top shape, and to get solid backup fragging from both Finn "karrigan" Andersen and Jacob "Pimp" Winneche. I don't see it happening, but they are a team to keep an eye out on.


The Danes need cajunb to do a lot of heavylifting to advance


Finland 3DMAX (disturbed, KHRN, natu, reflex, xartE)

3DMAX haven't been very active recently, managing to qualify for DreamHack Stockholm with a win over dAT in the final round, and dropping games to teams such as HellRaisers and Na`Vi. Their only notable win is over Planetkey Dynamics, though they've played so little that it's hard to truly gauge their real level simply from their online play.

The Finns last attended ASUS ROG Summer as a mixteam of sorts before becoming a real team, and beat Nostalgie there before falling short against Danny "BERRY" Krüger's Danish team. They have potential, but so far the team has been unable to realize that potential. I don't see a tournament that starts with a match against fnatic being the place they will turn it around, and they will likely finish last in group B.

KHRN from Curse.EU

KHRN's 3DMAX are the clear underdogs in their group


DreamHack Stockholm will begin on Thursday at 12:30 with NiP taking on ALTERNATE in group A. Group B will be played later, and the playoffs are scheduled for Friday.

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France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Peru Giancarlo 'nico' Arróspide
Giancarlo 'nico' Arróspide
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1573
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg
Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
400
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Denmark Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Danny 'BERRY' Krüger
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
639
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1528
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1623
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1308
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1448
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Germany Michele 'zonixx' Köhler
Michele 'zonixx' Köhler
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
166
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#hype dis gonna be gud
2014-09-25 08:53
gon b gud*
2014-09-25 08:57
#18
Finland thei 
gob b gud*
2014-09-25 09:20
#3
 | 
Japan mameloff 
where is Fifflaren?? There is no comment about him lol
2014-09-25 08:54
Stop stirring shit. What should he say? That Fifflaren is gonna frag ~10 every game and nothing depends on him? Everybody knows that.
2014-09-25 09:54
What is there to say that has not already been said a thousand times?
2014-09-25 10:37
#4
REAL | 
Norway kakkopp 
Gl tizian XD
2014-09-25 08:54
gl Titan boyZ
2014-09-25 08:55
#6
Denmark valz` 
yesss
2014-09-25 08:55
shox is the IGL of LDLC, not NBK lurppis
2014-09-25 08:55
so i've heard, but couldn't find confirmation. either way my point stands: happy should be calling.
2014-09-25 08:58
fifflaren confirmed
2014-09-25 08:58
Shox and happy calling mid rounds AFAIK.
2014-09-25 09:00
Happy 2 stronk to waste time with leading the team. He is actually carrying them so far along with smithz
2014-09-25 10:36
welcome to sweden lurppis... fiffy is waiting to kick your ass
2014-09-25 11:25
n1
2014-09-25 08:58
Interesting to see no mention of fifflaren.. XD
2014-09-25 08:59
Hoping for 3DMAX, would be nice to see a Finnish team achieve something in CS again, but I really doubt they can even get a win in the groups.
2014-09-25 08:59
NiP to come in Beast Mode again =)
2014-09-25 09:04
i thought you said you worked every dreamhack event, what happened mate, why didnt they hire you ;]
2014-09-25 09:10
not enough budget according to them, though it's irrelevant seeing as i couldn't have gone to this event either way due to other plans
2014-09-25 09:45
excuses, excuses everywhere!
2014-09-25 14:36
Useless comment...
2014-09-25 16:52
And not a single word about Fifflaren was mentioned that day. surprise lol
2014-09-25 09:14
Probably because of people like you. Hanging on to every word he writes, just looking for something to bitch about.
2014-09-25 10:01
hanging on the every word? wat he mentions everyone else on NiP besides fiff lol and now u are bitching about my "bitching" gz
2014-09-25 10:34
You have a problem when he mentions Fifflaren and you have a problem when he does not mention Fifflaren, you're like a bitch that can't be pleased.
2014-09-25 12:19
Im not interrested in how u cant "please bitches" keep those issues to yourself pls. he ignores fifflaren. obv why. if u cant see that, im sorry for u
2014-09-25 13:38
#24
2014-09-25 19:21
So u agree with me? finally. Im glad we had this conv. gl
2014-09-25 19:23
gl
2014-09-25 19:38
#19
FalleN | 
Russia bRAZILR 
go go atn
2014-09-25 09:27
Gl dignitas
2014-09-25 09:30
As far as
2014-09-25 10:31
Damn writing on a Smartphone is hard, as far as i know worrisome is writen like that & not like in this news.
2014-09-25 10:33
As far as I know writen is written like that & not like in the above comment.. :)
2014-09-25 11:06
Titan hasnt been looking stellar than ldlc.... Huh? Ldlc didnt play up to their level... Or at least what they can achieve. I hope for their sake they dont become the 2nd HR.
2014-09-25 10:32
#32
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Think Titan and LDLC are actually closer in skill level than this article suggests. This is backed up by their single match so far which went well into overtime and had very even stats between the teams. If you average out their player stats LDLC do come out just on top (1.1 compared to 1.07) but the two "weak" players who drag Titan's stats down (ex6 and maniac) both seem to be playing very well in the new team, better than they did in previous incarnations. Should be a good match, I think LDLC are likely to be the longterm stronger team but Titan do seem to be working as a team better than a lot of people predicted they would and apeX and Kenny are both great on Lan. fnatic to win the whole thing anyway, they have a huge mental advantage at the moment and the most balanced and skilled team in the game.
2014-09-25 10:56
Hoping for NiP/LDLC vs fnatic final..
2014-09-25 10:57
#37
 | 
Poland trancemeister 
No VP , No Navi , No HR , No Mousesports :) alternate , 3DMAX ? best eu tournament hahaha
2014-09-25 11:26
3dmax will win over fnatic. I would like to see finns win over nip but not gonna happend cuz 3d drops them on semis.
2014-09-25 11:27
#39
 | 
Hungary lemusz 
No VP no Party!
2014-09-25 11:35
hateNIP.org dont even mention fifflarens name :D
2014-09-25 12:08
#43
Poland perM 
WHERE IS DREAMTEAM? HLTV.ORG! WE WANT DREAMTEAM BACK!!!
2014-09-25 13:27
Nip WINING!
2014-09-25 13:54
LDLC vs fnatic in the final
2014-09-25 17:02
goodbye nip
2014-09-25 21:16
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