Team Liquid, Tempo Storm, and CLG are the three North American teams who have secured spots at DreamHack Masters Malmö via the North American closed qualifier bracket.
The $250,000 DreamHack Masters Malmö event taking place from April 12-17 in Sweden's third largest city will see eight invited teams (most of whom fall into our top eight Global Ranking) battle with eight who have advanced via four separate regional qualifiers, two for Europe and one apiece for North America and Asia.
The North American qualifier for DreamHack Masters Malmö similarly featured eight invited teams such as Cloud9, Liquid, and Renegades battling eight teams coming from an open qualifier for three spots to the Swedish tournament.
The single elimination, best-of-three bracket saw the likes of Echo Fox, Splyce, NRG, and OpTic drop out by the round of eight, with the latter two teams playing close games against Cloud9 and Tempo Storm respectively.
The first decider game to take place was between North American rivals Liquid and CLG with the former team sporting their newfound addition Kenneth "koosta" Suen as well as the talk-of-the-town in Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.
The series was a complete blowout as Liquid dismantled CLG 16-1 on de_mirage and 16-4 on de_dust2.
K - D
Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE
37 - 16
Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0
35 - 18
Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko
34 - 13
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple
32 - 21
Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta
31 - 20
The second semifinal was a repeat of the IEM Katowice North American qualifier final as Cloud9 and Tempo Storm dueled for a slot; the Brazilian team clinched de_inferno 16-8 whereas Cloud9 took de_train 16-10.
The final map saw Tempo Storm overwhelming Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and his men on their T-side as they finished the first half up 12-3 however a minor attempt at a comeback by Cloud9 did give the Brazilians a moment's hesitation before they closed out de_dust2 16-8.
K - D
Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1
62 - 32
João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps
63 - 49
Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz
62 - 44
Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1
38 - 45
Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME
38 - 51
CLG and Cloud9 then locked horns in the third place decider to settle which team would be the third and final to represent North America in Malmö.
Despite a sluggish start on de_cache, CLG put up a defensive wall on their CT side and took the map 16-12. The second map of de_cbble was also a story of CLG's strong defensive game as Stephen "reltuC" Cutler & co. took the map 16-3 off of the back of a 12-3 CT side.
K - D
Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik
45 - 27
Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64
36 - 23
Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC
37 - 26
James 'hazed' Cobbhazed
33 - 26
Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy
32 - 28
The current list of teams who will attend DreamHack Masters Malmö is:
|fnatic||Astralis||Liquid||EU Qualifier #1|
|NiP||Virtus.pro||Tempo Storm||EU Qualifier #1|
|EnVyUs||Natus Vincere||CLG||EU Qualifier #2|
|Luminosity||FaZe||Asian Qualifier||EU Qualifier #2|
The next qualifier will be the first European qualifier which will run from March 12-13.
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