DH Open Stockholm Group A synopsis

With DreamHack Open Stockholm running the gamut of this entire week with best-of-three major qualification action, we have prepared a light series of notes on each group's teams to help you prepare for the event: today we explore the variegated Group A.

Tournament organiser DreamHack will have seemingly no rest, as just a day after the conclusion of DreamHack Open London, the organiser's next event commences in Stockholm, Sweden and will run from September 22-26.

This event is quite unlike many others however as its prestige is not in prize-money but rather the eight coveted major qualification spots for next month's CS:GO major at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca which the event will reward.


Cloud9 will kick off DH Open Stockholm with an opener against the Finns of ROCCAT

HLTV.org felt that it was appropriate to conjure up a little prepatory dish ahead of each group stage (with each one playing out in the course of a day this week) to help prepare you with some notes on each team's background.

While not in the full-length, quantitative, and comprehensive style of a true preview, hopefully these synopses will answer any questions about lesser-known teams as well as the past few months' histories of certain teams.

We begin with a synopsis of Group A, which features two European contenders, a North American icon, and an Australian underdog. With teams already bootcamping at the hotel in Stockholm ahead of the best-of-three action in a few hours' time, let us take a glance at each of the outfits involved.

United States Cloud9 

What might have been called the best team out of the four assembled in Group A during the midsummer months is no longer presumed to be the top dog, a noteworthy development in and of itself that could make fine room for hours of analysis.

Following a string of impressive summer performances, Cloud9 walked into ESL One Cologne with a tough task ahead of themselves, which involved defeating two ongoing rivals in the form of mousesports and Virtus.pro. The team succeeded in the former task, but then fell to Virtus.pro rather characteristically: and then the real shocker for Cloud9 was being sent out from the event in the second group stage by Mikail "Maikelele" Bill's Kinguin.

Humbled and crestfallen, Cloud9 attended the ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational where, after a closely fought loss to the new EnVyUs lineup on de_cbble, the Canadian-American team continued to display one of the shakiest de_dust2 playstyles with a a grueling overtime loss to an Indian-summer-playing NiP lineup.


Facepalm times for freakazoid and crew

Time and time again we hear: the skill for Cloud9 is there, and this sentiment bodes true. What is lacking for this team at the current moment is a confidence and certainty over player positions and roles that is leading to late-game chokes and overall entropy in C9's achievements. DreamHack Stockholm might just be the final chance to fix their act.

Player Age Majors Rating (past 3 months)
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham 22 5 1.16
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek 21 4 1.08
United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert 24 6 1.03
United States Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir 22 1 0.86
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares 27 6 0.81

Finland ROCCAT

Cloud9's opponents in the day-one opener will be the Finns of ROCCAT, who qualified for DreamHack Open Stockholm via the European Open qualifier under the name of MIXCAT. Ironically, a big part of this team's qualification strength, and a large reason for its subsequent notoriety in the current scene, will be missing from this event in a rather "dodgy" fashion.

The core of this team (in Mikko "xartE" Välimaa and Miikka "suNny" Kemppiwere already known as ROCCAT in mid-July before that particular Finnish concoction erupted following a disastrous run at the ESL One Cologne European qualifier that included losses to Hungarian k1ck and being crushed by Kinguin.


xartE is given another chance to put Finland back on the map

xartE, who is no stranger to showing up to major qualifiers and going on a tear, will also try to make use of former 3DMAX teammate Tom "stonde" Glad along with Finnish talent Niko "naSu" Kovanen and the relatively lesser known Juho "juho" Lampinen.

Player Age Majors Rating (past 3 months)
Finland Miikka "suNny" Kemppi 21 0 1.09
Finland Tom "stonde" Glad 22 1 1.01
Finland Juho "juho" Lampinen 20 0 0.99
Finland Niko "naSu" Kovanen 25 0 0.91
Finland Mikko "xartE" Välimaa 23 1 0.89

Denmark dignitas

The lineup that has had to settle for the moniker of "Denmark's second best team" will have to make another go of it following a disappointing run at Cologne's European qualifier this summer where the team lost to both Kinguin and then FlipSid3 in an overtime thriller.

Jacob "Pimp" Winneche and co. have been searching for a spiritual answer to their obvious team dynamic problems and found an apparent one in the replacement of Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen with Swede and ex-fnatic player Andreas "znajder" Lindberg.

This change came into fairly good effect recently when dignitas were able to make it out of groups at DreamHack Open London, although the team were no match for their fellow countrymen of TSM in the semifinal (despite a close showing on de_overpass).


2015 has been a year of growing pains for aizy and friends of dignitas

dignitas will certainly be favourites in their opener against Immunity, although the Australian team are no walkover and have been able to take European teams to their limits. Another failed major qualification (following equally distressing runs at the offline qualifiers for Katowice and Cologne this year) would surely be a death knell for this team.

Player Age Majors Rating (past 3 months)
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup 19 3 1.17
Sweden Andreas "znajder" Lindberg 22 2 1.11
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye 17 1 1.07
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche 20 4 1.06
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen 20 3 0.92

Australia Immunity

Immunity's players showed a bit of a devil-may-care attitude at Cologne and this underdog mentality may continue to work in their favour ahead of a best-of-three brawl in Stockholm come tomorrow. After all, the team narrowly lost to Kinguin on de_dust2 in the last major's elimination match.

Previously this year, Immunity also managed to upset Team Liquid at the FACEIT Stage 1 finals and have taken teams such as NiP and Titan to their limits at both FACEIT S1 and Gfinity Spring Masters 2.


Nothing to lose for Rickeh's lads

Although the variables and intangibles needed to become a top ten team in CS:GO are a certain mixture of fixed skill and mindset to which some teams may never ascend, this Immunity team remain a sort of ticking time bomb.

With each event and map they play on European terrain, they improve and develop. Although dignitas are heavily favoured in the opener, expect the boys from Australia to put up a hell of a fight as they put their previously acquired knowledge to use.

Player Age Majors Rating (past 3 months)
Australia Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland 23 1 1.31
Australia Karlo "USTILO" Pivac 22 1 1.21
Australia Chris "emagine" Rowlands 24 1 1.04
Australia Iain "SnypeR" Turner 29 2 0.91
Australia James "James" Quinn 21 1 0.86

Groups D, C, and B

We will return tomorrow with the next group's synopsis, however keep in mind that it will be Group D as Groups C and B will play out afterward due to visa issues and late arrivals from certain teams.

The winner of the opener and then the winner's match tomorrow will be the first team to advance to a major spot at DreamHack Cluj-Napoca whereas the elimination match winner and winner's match loser will both have to wait all the way until Saturday for the Group A decider match.

For the time being, stay tuned to our Hot Matches panel as well as our News section for up-to-date match write-ups, stats, and updates as first game is less than twelve hours away.

stich writes for HLTV.org and also posts other CS:GO thoughts to his Twitter.

United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
714
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Finland Niko 'naSu' Kovanen
Niko 'naSu' Kovanen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
220
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Finland Tom 'stonde' Glad
Tom 'stonde' Glad
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
219
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
Sweden Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Andreas 'znajder' Lindberg
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1026
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
721
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Australia James 'James' Quinn
James 'James' Quinn
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
331
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
Finland Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Mikko 'xartE' Välimaa
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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
Australia Iain 'SnypeR' Turner
Iain 'SnypeR' Turner
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
149
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
954
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1305
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Juho 'juho' Lampinen
Juho 'juho' Lampinen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
715
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
#2
Norway DeanW 
good read
2015-09-22 01:28
do they only play one match each? And qualify if they win their match?
2015-09-22 02:33
idk but nice question evil japan
2015-09-22 02:38
Great read stich.
2015-09-22 08:51
nice try evil japan...
2015-09-22 02:38
k meme is dead now guys gj
2015-09-22 04:27
NT LIBERIA
2015-09-22 08:54
nt vertical netherlands
2015-09-22 15:41
#85
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United States Bacon987 
OMG I LOLED
2015-09-22 16:19
nt scrambled belgium
2015-09-22 16:48
It's double elimination. Win any 2 of 3 matches and you're in. Lose any 2 of 3 and you're out. They also only play within their group.
2015-09-22 02:53
ez for c9
2015-09-22 01:29
EZ for my skabeezy
2015-09-22 04:27
ez c9
2015-09-22 01:30
XANTARES RIP IN KQLYFORNIA
2015-09-22 01:31
#9
Sweden sebb7 
just fyi the "Age Major Rating" is clamped up because of the paranthesis. looks a bit wierd :)
2015-09-22 01:31
gl roccat
2015-09-22 01:40
Hope dig makes it out
2015-09-22 01:42
#30
Australia glib 
hope iM makes it out
2015-09-22 02:49
They will
2015-09-22 09:25
#75
Australia glib 
You are much more optimistic than me my friend
2015-09-22 11:44
#14
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Turkey OdinA 
ez 4 cloud9
2015-09-22 01:46
"Ironically, a big part of this team's qualification strength, and a large reason for its subsequent notoriety in the current scene, will be missing from this event in a rather "dodgy" fashion." lol
2015-09-22 02:01
this is awesome xd I loled +1 Good Job OP! :D
2015-09-22 03:22
#55
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
Lol wp
2015-09-22 07:00
Good job hltv.org :D
2015-09-22 07:10
#18
Estonia rYm 
Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir 22 1 0.86 Sean "seang@res" Gares 27 6 0.81 SO BAD
2015-09-22 02:08
bad but not worst, some countries like estonia never qualified for such events
2015-09-22 02:23
#23
Estonia rYm 
btw no ru teams as well
2015-09-22 02:29
but russian players
2015-09-22 02:41
No RU teams tho
2015-09-22 03:16
Thanks, I can read
2015-09-22 03:45
No RU teams tho
2015-09-22 04:42
No canada teams tho
2015-09-22 05:03
have a timbit
2015-09-22 05:54
Id love a timbit.
2015-09-22 12:47
expected :D
2015-09-22 13:09
ez4aizy
2015-09-22 02:16
NO JOELZ? NO PARTY!
2015-09-22 02:46
As usual, Cloud9 have the easy way to go through groups.
2015-09-22 02:47
In all honesty i think this is the most difficult group. All the others have clear cut winners imho.
2015-09-22 04:44
Ofc it is not. Group A - C9 and Dignitas. Group B - Hellraisers and Titan. Group C - It could be Renegades, Mouz or Liquid. Group D - It could be anyone qualifying.
2015-09-22 09:36
+1 and imo immunity can surprise dignitas
2015-09-22 12:10
n/16000 n1
2015-09-22 03:38
eeeeeeeeeeeZ for Winterfox
2015-09-22 03:47
I'm pretty sure C9 are still heavy favorites to win their group
2015-09-22 04:24
Hope C9 don't make it out so I can have extra C9 fangay salt on my next packet of Doritos.
2015-09-22 04:44
who the fuck puts salt on doritos
2015-09-22 05:22
+1 hahaha
2015-09-22 05:23
It's a joke lmao, I don't put extra salt on although I only eat original Doritos if any.
2015-09-22 05:24
Easy for schneider.
2015-09-22 04:57
let's go c9
2015-09-22 05:11
your analysis of the teams and their positions with their sponsors is pretentious and presumptuous, you should be objective with your writing and not impose your personal feelings
2015-09-22 05:34
#52
Australia so0n 
Hope iM cause an upset
2015-09-22 06:05
#54
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Brazil hugoooo 
ez c9? You guys will be surprised
2015-09-22 06:47
Hoping for iM and c9
2015-09-22 07:12
Sean so old wow
2015-09-22 07:56
joelz best major player
2015-09-22 09:01
The 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams. Each group will have 2 spots for the CS:GO Major at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca. The first 4 days will be played from the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios, which will be closed to the public, but every single match will be broadcast online for free. Each group is played in a double-elimination bracket, with all matches played best-of-three maps. Each day one team will qualify for the CS:GO Major at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca. The last match of each group, the Final Match, will be played on Saturday inside the Annexet Globe Arenas, where 4 teams will qualify for the CS:GO Major.
2015-09-22 09:04
#65
Slovenia mejo 
Looking at rickeh's rating and how he plays with an awp, renegades should seriously consider getting him instead of yam...
2015-09-22 09:32
Yea dont see why he isn't in their squad lol. If they wanna be dominant they need to make that change
2015-09-22 11:20
Cheering for digimons, a young team with lots of potential.
2015-09-22 10:05
lol Joelz being dodgy. Who woulda thunk it
2015-09-22 10:08
#69
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Turkey powergs 
aizy for Dig
2015-09-22 10:36
I would say iM and C9 gonna take this
2015-09-22 10:59
along with Finnish talent Niko "naSu" Kovanen. Yeah the only player amongst them to have been in the tier 1 is the talented one. He is 25, the days of calling him a talent is over. It would be more prudent to call him the experienced addition. Stonde is the real talent, unfulfilled, yet he has some of the best awp skills I have seen (good enough for being a top10 awp player). If he then just got his timings sorted when playing matches. Then I am sure he would show some of that talent. Dignitas reasons for not going the distance is lack of teamplay, coordination and inexperience, which is weird with four former tier 1 players. The addition of schneider who has the experience is a good thing now that Nico never found his old game despite showing flashes of it. Kjaerbye shows his inexperience time and time again making poor decisions in the mid game, but its a general problem that this team takes way too many 1on1 aim duels when not needed. Arrogance or selfconfidence does not prevail against teamplay, unless you're EnVyUs. And sometimes dignitas are simply out of sync.
2015-09-22 11:15
If C9 loses, I will lose all hope in NA.
2015-09-22 11:19
"Facepalm times for freakazoid and crew" :DDDDDDDDDD
2015-09-22 15:35
AYYY LMAO
2015-09-22 15:58
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