DH Open Stockholm Group C synopsis

With Group C up next at DreamHack Open Stockholm, we return with a synopsis of the four teams that will be competing tomorrow: mousesports, Winterfox, Renegades, and Team Liquid.

Today's Group D action saw CLG join their North American compatriots of Cloud9 as the second team to qualify for DreamHack Open Cluj while Lounge Gaming went out of the tournament with two consecutive best-of-three losses.

Group C will kick off next in Stockholm, which is again out of order as Group B features Skyred, a Vietnamese team who came in as a last minute replacement to the Chinese QeeYou and who ran into their own roster difficulties as well, thus delaying the group.

Tomorrow, another team will officially qualify for the next major at DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, while two Group C teams will have to wait until the consolidation matches on Saturday at the Annexet Global Arena. We will also see a third team leave the tournament early.


Hiko will debut tomorrow for Team Liquid in an offline tournament

With the full schedule for this week's remaining games at DreamHack Open Stockholm available here, we meanwhile progress with our attempt to briefly introduce all 16 competitors to you as well as to provide short historical overviews of recent occurrences in each respective team.

Next up is Group C, which features two North American teams looking to make their first major, an Australian enigma, and a German team that has been constantly competing for a top ten status.

Germany mousesports

Since mousesports' upset group stage exit at ESL One Cologne, which saw Fatih "gob b" Dayik and his men lose to Cloud9 and then FlipSid3 in groups and leave the tournament unexpectedly early, the team have made one major roster change: replacing Timo "Spiidi" Richter with European star player Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, who had been previously sitting on the team's bench.

Since then, the team have only taken part in one offline tournament: the disastrous Gaming Paradise where mouz managed to finish 5-6th, however there's not much you can take away from the showing considering the odd format, hardware issues, and overall awkwardness of playing at that event.


It's showtime for NiKo in Stockholm

With NiKo and Johannes "nex" Maget hitting their shots, mousesports are poised to yet again qualify for a major, and especially to win their opener against Winterfox (who are weaker ratings-wise across the board); however the recent months' cooldown of Dutchman Chris "chrisJ" de Jong is an anomaly in this team that could certainly be done away with.

Player Age Majors Attended Rating (past 3 months)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač 18 0 1.16
Germany Johannes "nex" Maget 23 3 1.13
Netherlands Chris "chrisJ" de Jong 25 2 1.06
Germany Denis "denis" Howell 21 3 0.98
Germany Fatih "gob b" Dayik 28 1 0.80

Europe Winterfox

It's a longstanding phenomenon that teams which receive a newfangled sponsorship ahead of an important event tend to play better or at least with more passion to prove themselves: this may very well be the case with the North American-European Winterfox conglomerate.

Since Winterfox decided to sign this team, whose roster includes Swedes, Americans, and a native Frenchman-turned-American, so close to the event itself, there is not much to guage Winterfox's performance by.

The team, who fielded Peter "ptr" Gurney until the American AWPer left of his own accord in August, were playing under the Luminosity organisation at both ESWC 2015 and CEVO-P Season 7 finals, and failed to exit groups both times.


pyth will be playing in his native Sweden while repping North America as a whole

Meanwhile, the team's sole offline performance under the Mythic name (merely a paperweight until a new orgnisation could be found) was at the ESL One Cologne North American qualifier where Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi & co. once again failed to leave groups after a close loss to eLevate.

However, with the addition of previous eLevate player David "Xp3" Garrido and some time for Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg to gel in North America, the team have performed better online as of late. The biggest concern continues to be a poor ratings spread for this team, with perhaps too few "carrys" and too many "supports."

Player Age Majors Attended Rating (past 3 months)
Sweden Jacob "pyth" Mourujärvi 22 0 1.09
France David "Xp3" Garrido 28 0 0.99
United States Todd "anger" Williams 28 2 0.98
United States Alexander "LeX" Deily 25 0 0.89
Sweden Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg 24 2 0.80

Australia Renegades

Oddly enough, following such a high profile signing as that which the ex-Vox Eminor team received from the Los Angeles-based Renegades organisation, this team's lodestar has been slightly dimmed as of late.

At ESL One Cologne, Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill's men managed to defeat Titan and send the French-Belgian-Swiss team humbled out of the tournament; however, they were easily manhandled by NiP in the decider match and thus left in groups yet again.

But the team's performance at DreamHack Open London this past weekend was the most watered-down display yet by the Australians in the past few months, with a loss to dignitas (revenge by the Danes for losing to Vox at the Katowice qualifiers in a way) and then inexplicably to the British EZSkins team, thereby going out in groups.


The Renegades' recent results are befitting of true renegades

The brightest two spots on this team in terms of fragging have been youngster Justin "jks" Savage as well as the slightly more seasoned Aaron "AZR" Ward. If these two don't show up in the team's opener with Team Liquid tomorrow, results such as this 2-0 defeat of Liquid at Gfinity Spring Masters II will seem unlikely.

Player Age Majors Attended Rating (past 3 months)
Australia Justin "jks" Savage 19 3 1.06
Australia Aaron "AZR" Ward 22 4 1.01
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill 26 4 0.95
Australia Luke "Havoc" Paton 25 4 0.89
Australia Yaman "yam" Ergenekon 26 1 0.86

United States Team Liquid

Team Liquid are one of the most exciting squads to keep an eye on at DreamHack Open Stockholm, and there is good reason why. With the addition of Spencer "Hiko" Martin and a string of impressive online performances, this team's stock has one of the highest potentials to rise compared to past major qualification attempts (Liquid has failed at both qualifiers so far this year).

However, that does not mean you should wager horse and home on Team Liquid, as any lineup with Eric "adreN" Hoag on board (going as far back as the Curse days) is prone to a curse of choking on European servers.


EliGE has been the biggest liability offline for Liquid, and not just in terms of sitting position

The addition of James "GBjames" O'Connor as coach by the team may therefore be a gambit to try and alleviate some of the pressures of calling off adreN's shoulders.

With two frag-oriented players in Nick "nitr0" Cannella and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski (who remain the most vulnerable to slowing down offline however), one of the best North American anchors in Jacob "FugLy" Medina, and the versatility of Hiko, this team appears poised to go far.

But you never know, this is that one team that has an invisible mental hurdle to clear which only they themselves can find, identify, and set aside.

Player Age Majors Attended Rating (past 3 months)
United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella 20 1 1.12
United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski 18 0 1.10
United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin 25 4 1.09
United States Jacob "FugLy" Medina 20 0 1.06
United States Eric "adreN" Hoag 25 2 0.98

Group B

We will return tomorrow with the final synopsis, which will be a Group B that features Vexed, Titan, Skyred, and HellRaisers.

By the end of these four groups, four teams will already have an assured spot in the next CS:GO major at DreamHack Cluj. Four more teams will emerge from each group at the consolidation match showdown in the Annexet Global Arena on Saturday, September 26. Two of these match-ups are already known: dignitas vs. Immunity and FlipSid3 vs. CPH Wolves.

We will continue posting actively on Twitter and HLTV.org as the matches get underway tomorrow, and you can also check out the Group A and Group D synopses if complex words and long written statements are to your taste.

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

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1168
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Peter 'ptr' Gurney
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
820
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
597
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
United States Todd 'anger' Williams
Todd 'anger' Williams
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
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
Australia Luke 'Havoc' Paton
Luke 'Havoc' Paton
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
100
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
France David 'Xp3' Garrido
David 'Xp3' Garrido
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
158
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Germany Denis 'denis' Howell
Denis 'denis' Howell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.14
United States Alexander 'LeX' Deily
Alexander 'LeX' Deily
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
378
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Australia Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Yaman 'yam' Ergenekon
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
496
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
ayy lmao
2015-09-24 02:05
liquid on lan? ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
2015-09-24 02:48
lmao
2015-09-24 04:10
ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy pronet
2015-09-24 20:55
#2
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Germany Chris Walker 
gl mouz
2015-09-24 02:05
g0 mouz
2015-09-24 02:06
+1 lets go niko, nex, chris, denis, and kebab b!
2015-09-24 02:49
Liquid to go direct through
2015-09-24 02:06
i hope so but don't you think that mouse sports are the wild card here.
2015-09-24 02:27
i do.. but they have played bad since niko join.. trust me Liquid will get through
2015-09-24 02:30
alright m8 3 NA teams through.
2015-09-24 02:45
u wot
2015-09-24 02:09
ez mouz imo. Liquid never do well on LAN. Winterfox=????? on LAN and the same goes with Renegades
2015-09-24 02:09
gl mouz
2015-09-24 02:09
Im calling liquid first to qualify for this group. Im feeling a mouz choke
2015-09-24 02:09
#9
Jame | 
Bangladesh NyAn_NeKo 
cool story
2015-09-24 02:10
#10
forsaken | 
Sweden !drop 
"EliGE has been the biggest liability offline for Liquid, and not just in terms of sitting position" ayy lmao
2015-09-24 02:10
3rd NA TEAM QUALIFIEZ PLS
2015-09-24 02:10
Gon be gud
2015-09-24 02:11
"a native Frenchman-turned-American" I thought he was a Frenchman 'turned' Canadian living in the United States.
2015-09-24 02:12
#33
NAF | 
Canada ozboz 
He lives in Canada...
2015-09-24 02:50
I know he lived in Montreal, but IIRC he's currently living in the States with his girlfriend Emuhleet. idk if he moved back or nah
2015-09-24 03:17
last time I checked he seemed to be living in the US, but I'll try and clear it up
2015-09-24 06:03
i hope RIP liquid and mouz but seems unlikely :(
2015-09-24 02:13
liquid can do it <3
2015-09-24 02:14
I hope liquid goes all the way if so then NA won all the qualifiers they could
2015-09-24 02:20
#17
 | 
Russia YQKKE Q_Q 
>one of the best North American anchors in Jacob "FugLy" Medina What does it mean? He carries his team on the bottom and they're calling him anchor or what?
2015-09-24 02:20
I just use it in the sense of holding together a bombsite, and solid defensive play. Kind of a krimz playstyle basically.
2015-09-24 02:28
funny, when we use this term in slovak or czech, it means that someone is dragging his team down. Basicly that he is the weakest player. :D
2015-09-24 09:50
Someone who is good at holding A or B site solo is called an anchor. Example- Krimz on B site of inferno
2015-09-24 02:29
#27
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North America druz 
boat anchors hold the ship steady they're basically saying he is consistant and reliable
2015-09-24 02:36
>anchors hold the ship steady wat.
2015-09-24 10:31
#68
 | 
North America druz 
He said "He carries his team on the bottom" He took anchor in the sense that he IS an anchor which sits at the bottom of the sea floor. He equated it to being a bottom fragger. It has other meanings in CS which many people have posted, being an anchor in a site, being an anchor for the team etc In my case an anchor holds the ship in place so it doesn't move, aka holding it *steady* = being a consistent player
2015-09-24 23:30
He's a site anchor as opposed to a site rotator, i.e. the guy who stays on the site and keeps all his utility while the rotator smokes first and rotates when the other site is called.
2015-09-24 04:33
Liquid ProNET
2015-09-24 02:26
ez renegades
2015-09-24 02:29
this is the hardest group out of all of them because these are all tier two team and only two have not been to a major. mouse will be a wild card as will winter fox be.
2015-09-24 02:29
#26
Australia so0n 
Rng
2015-09-24 02:36
rip au
2015-09-24 02:38
i think this is the most unpredictable group, should be a lot of fun to watch
2015-09-24 02:43
#34
NAF | 
Canada ozboz 
"and a native Frenchman-turned-American" He lives in Canada
2015-09-24 02:52
gl liquid and mousesports i love the roster and spirit of renegades, but i'm not sure they will make it out this time. i feel like liquid vs rng will be a very exciting matchup.
2015-09-24 02:54
#36
Norway apEZ 
Mouz and liquid
2015-09-24 02:57
Liquid, Renegades and Mouz all deserve to be in a major imo
2015-09-24 03:26
GOOO WINTERFOX AND TEAM LIQUID <3 NA
2015-09-24 03:27
liquid and mouz
2015-09-24 03:45
I'm rooting for you team liquid. Also on a related note the liquid logo looks good af so it makes a great sticker
2015-09-24 04:18
This is literally the group of death.. Mousesports are clearly favorites no idea who comes second.. TL need to prove themselves or make some serious changes. WINTERFOX have a decent chance but i can't see them winning this. Renegades are inconsistent somehow, sometimes you see them going head to head with fnatic sometimes they lose against teams that are lesser than them on paper.
2015-09-24 04:35
lets go mythic
2015-09-24 05:37
by far the hardest group. However, that does not mean you should wager horse and home on Team Liquid, as any lineup with Eric "adreN" Hoag on board (going as far back as the Curse days) is prone to a curse of choking on European servers. I feel so guilty agreeing with this. Adren has never overcome his mental barriers after three years of competitive GO IMO mousesports will finish at the group's top. Not sure if it'll be Renegades or Winterfox to crash out at the bottom.
2015-09-24 06:41
or liquid..
2015-09-24 06:57
renegades and winterfox seem weaker than liquid
2015-09-24 08:57
do one or two teams get out of this group?
2015-09-24 06:57
Liquid on LAN LMAOOOOOO go mythic
2015-09-24 07:02
GL pyth gl winterfox GL Liquid
2015-09-24 07:34
Time for Team Liquid to shine. I have a feeling Liquid is going to make it through, and hopefully don't choke like previous tournaments before the roster change. Hiko better have "disciplined" them. >:)
2015-09-24 07:51
liquid should beat renegades, if winterfox even win a single map at this whole lan ill be shocked, so liquid - mousesports winners match. should be interesting, i hope mousesports beat them
2015-09-24 08:34
#55
Norway Bjvf 
Elige is gonna choke like fuck, but nitr0, hiko and fugly is gonna carry
2015-09-24 09:04
mouz, liquid, renegades, wf
2015-09-24 11:01
imo liquid and mouz are most likely to go through
2015-09-24 11:05
#60
 | 
Germany Dayjay 
ez 4 mouz
2015-09-24 11:17
"there is not much to guage Winterfox's performance" Just saying.
2015-09-24 12:32
ez renegades
2015-09-24 13:40
Let's go Liquid!
2015-09-24 19:03
LanJ smashed all today
2015-09-24 23:12
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