Gambit have been crowned champions at DreamHack Open Austin following a 2-0 win against Immortals in the grand final (Train 16-12, Inferno 16-12).
Train kicked off the grand final of DreamHack Open Austin as the choice of Gambit, who started as Terrorists and conceded the first three rounds after Lincoln "fnx" Lau put up three kills in the initial pistol round.
The CIS-based side then began abusing weaknesses in the B bombsite, sending Immortals on ecos three times in a row en route to a 6-3 lead. Switching up to the A bombsite afterwards didn't work out, however, as the Brazilians picked Gambit off one by one and went on to retake their lead at 7-6.
mou and Dosia led the way on Train
Rustem "mou" Telepov's quick double turned a disadvantageous situation in Gambit's favor in the following pistol round, and with Zeus single-handedly taking control of T main in the first gunround, his team grabbed the first four rounds.
However, Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov's triple and a 1v1 clutch started a streak for his team, who then retook B in a 2v2 and denied two A executes at the end to clinch the first map 16-12.
The second map was Inferno, where Gambit grabbed a 3-0 lead following mou and Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov each getting doubles in B defense. Immortals replied in the first gunround with an A execute, but another variation of the strategy ended up in flames as the Brazilians' economy was reset.
Hobbit was the man of the hour afterwards with a triple and a 1v2 in two of the following four rounds, while a smart A stack from Zeus in a 3v4 gave Gambit a dominating 9-1 lead. Lucas "steel" Lopes's squad then woke up and closed out the half with five rounds in a row when the CIS-based squad couldn't trade kills on either bombsite.
Gambit clinched their second DreamHack Open trophy after Winter edition
With that, Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's squad began racking up rounds, keeping their three Mac10's in the first gunround and turning it into a huge economic advantage thanks to an explosive A tactic.
Hobbit's breathtaking double entry with that same weapon on B forced Immortals to save three guns, including an M4 on Henrique "HEN1" Teles who used it to open up banana with two kills and finish the round by clutching a 1v2. That sparked life in his team who went on to win a 2v2 on B and decimated the next few attacks towards A, closing the gap to 12-14.
However, a well-timed attack with only Tec9's and armor from apps allowed Gambit to reach match point and subsequently clinch their second DreamHack Open trophy at 16-12.
K - D
Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel
39 - 39
Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz
37 - 41
Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1
35 - 38
Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1
30 - 39
Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx
31 - 44
Final standings of DreamHack Open Austin:
1. Gambit - $50,000 2. Immortals - $20,000 3-4. G2 - $10,000 3-4. Heroic - $10,000 5-6. HellRaisers - $3,000 5-6. Cloud9 - $3,000 7-8. Liquid - $2,000 7-8. Luminosity - $2,000