Valiance, Space Soldiers qualify for DreamHack Masters Marseille

Valiance are through to DreamHack Masters Marseille after stunning Heroic in two maps, while Space Soldiers have booked their spot in France with a 2-1 victory over North.

The first semi-final of the European closed qualifier saw Valiance take on Heroic after they beat Quantum Bellator Fire and EURONICS, respectively, in the previous stage of the competition.

The series began on Valiance's map pick, Inferno, with Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač and co. securing a quick 3-1 lead after countering Heroic's pistol round win. From there, Valiance lost only three more rounds until half-time to grab an 11-4 score.

NENO led the way for Valiance with 47 kills

Just like in the first half, Heroic picked up the pistol round but could not follow that up. After that, Valiance went on to hit map-point, and then finished things off after conceding just one more round, 16-6.

Next up was Train, and Aleksa "⁠Impulse⁠" Stankić's new squad got off to a flying start on their opponents' map pick as they strung the first seven rounds together. It was only then that Heroic hit their first round on the board, but Valiance remained in the driving seat and secured yet another 11-4 half-time lead.

Heroic came from the break ready to turn things around, eventually reducing the deficit to 8-11 after picking up their third pistol round of the series. But that was simply too little, too late, as the Serbians tightened up their defence to wrap things up, 16-9, and book their place at DreamHack Masters Marseille.

 Valiance K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Macedonia Anel 'NENO' CekovićNENO 47 - 30 +17 99.5 1.54
Serbia Luka 'emi' Vukovićemi 41 - 32 +9 88.8 1.38
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' KovačhuNter- 37 - 28 +9 89.6 1.37
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' TanićLETN1 36 - 28 +8 73.1 1.18
Serbia Aleksa 'Impulse' StankićImpulse 30 - 27 +3 79.3 1.17
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 33 - 37 -4 76.4 1.02
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 32 - 36 -4 68.6 0.86
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 23 - 40 -17 73.9 0.82
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansenes3tag 30 - 38 -8 69.6 0.80
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 25 - 40 -15 67.1 0.71

The second semi-final of the closed qualifier kicked off on Space Soldiers' map pick, Cobblestone. North began the series with a successful CT pistol, but the Turkish side immediately replied with a four-round winning streak to take control of proceedings.

Although the Danes then won four rounds of their own, Space Soldiers remained calm and collected, losing only one more round to bag a 9-6 half-time lead. From there, the map was a keenly contested affair, but Space Soldiers managed to prevail in overtime, with Buğra "⁠Calyx⁠" Arkın sealing the deal, 19-16, with an impressive 1v4 clutch.

North opened up their map pick, Nuke, winning their third pistol round of the series. Still, Space Soldiers responded well in the third round thanks to two entries from Ahmet "⁠paz⁠" Karahoca with a saved MAC10, and, from that point, kept pressing on the Danish team with a very tight defence.

XANTARES was the highest-rated player of the series with 1.44

Down 6-9 by half-time, North won their fourth pistol of the encounter and kept denying Space Soldiers' strategies. The Danes did not let Engin "⁠MAJ3R⁠" Küpeli's men build up any economy, losing only two rounds before taking the series to a third map with a 16-11 victory.

Starting out as CTs on the decider map, Inferno, Space Soldiers picked up their first pistol round of the series. North were able to win their force-buy, however, and then string two more rounds together. Still, Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş and co. never let their opponents chain rounds together, and switched sides with a one-round lead.

Nevertheless, the course of the game changed drastically in the second half, with Space Soldiers having a near-flawless CT-side to wrap things up, 16-8, and secure their spot in Marseille.

 Space Soldiers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 86 - 63 +23 102.0 1.44
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R 67 - 54 +13 82.5 1.16
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz 66 - 56 +10 79.6 1.14
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' ArkınCalyx 55 - 56 -1 77.6 1.05
Turkey Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN 42 - 52 -10 55.8 0.85
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 61 - 64 -3 79.6 1.05
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertzmertz 58 - 62 -4 75.4 0.97
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 57 - 62 -5 69.4 0.96
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 54 - 61 -7 69.5 0.96
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 50 - 68 -18 64.2 0.89

Denmark Astralis Brazil SK
Europe mousesports France G2
Europe FaZe United States Cloud9
Ukraine Natus Vincere North America Liquid
Kazakhstan Gambit
Sweden NiP
Sweden fnatic
France Envy
China TYLOO Serbia Valiance
Turkey Space Soldiers
North America North America qual.

DreamHack Masters Marseille will run on April 18-22 with 16 teams battling it out for a share of the $250,000 prize-pool. The playoffs stage of the tournament will be held at Le Dôme, and you can purchase tickets to the event here.

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1253
KPR:
0.83
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter-' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Turkey Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Turkey Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
771
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Serbia Aleksa 'Impulse' Stankić
Aleksa 'Impulse' Stankić
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
559
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
826
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
fak
2018-03-25 21:13
#9
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United Kingdom iMarbot
Denmark got cucked
2018-03-25 21:13
#67
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Turkey Mustafa-
Space Soldiers > Astralis > North
2018-03-25 21:58
you changed mustafa. you used to b8, not state the facts....
2018-03-25 22:01
True dat my friend
2018-03-25 23:47
#98
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Turkey Mustafa-
yes my friend
2018-03-26 06:26
wanted to comment for mousesports win not this thrash
2018-03-25 21:14
space soldiers finally rated top10 in the world? well done
2018-03-25 21:14
vactaresGOD
2018-03-25 21:19
#2
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Switzerland Alpollo
Nice
2018-03-25 21:13
#3
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Spain VIKTORAL
Close
2018-03-25 21:13
1
2018-03-25 21:13
#5
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United States MrNoodle
Nice to see SS continuing to make lan.
2018-03-25 21:16
#6
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Europe fjallraven
Lol
2018-03-25 21:13
#7
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Brazil eoteamo
ll
2018-03-25 21:13
yooooo
2018-03-25 21:13
#11
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United States pes0man
wow
2018-03-25 21:13
xantares top1 2018
2018-03-25 21:13
#33
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Ukraine django_cs
lol
2018-03-25 21:16
#81
paz | 
Russia Feodor
+1
2018-03-25 23:12
Top5
2018-03-26 09:53
ez
2018-03-25 21:13
ez
2018-03-25 21:13
gg
2018-03-25 21:14
Kjaerbye left astralis for this LUL
2018-03-25 21:14
hahhahaa expected karma 4 kjaerbye "2faced" potato
2018-03-25 21:59
EZ
2018-03-25 21:14
north overrated af or ss rocks idk
2018-03-25 21:14
deserved, wp SS will make playoffs, mark this!
2018-03-25 21:14
Xantares carried the whole team once again
2018-03-25 21:14
VIRTUS 4Head PRO 4Head
2018-03-25 21:14
#24
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz
gucci
2018-03-25 21:14
#40
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Turkey ArmuTTino
gang
2018-03-25 21:18
finally...
2018-03-25 21:14
Finally amk
2018-03-25 21:14
godtares <3
2018-03-25 21:14
#29
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France StickyRice
Maj3r one of the best IGL, congrats
2018-03-25 21:15
lol no
2018-03-27 22:19
86 - 63 +23 ezzzzz
2018-03-25 21:15
What a joke...
2018-03-25 21:15
#38
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Turkey HitMachine
Vp lose chokesports yeah joke xd
2018-03-25 21:17
I mean, why there were some tier 10 teams in qualifiers instead of decent t2 teams that weren't even invited to quali...
2018-03-25 22:17
vactares
2018-03-25 21:16
Lantares coming <3
2018-03-25 21:16
Feel bad for North. They are better than all other teams in qualifier
2018-03-25 21:16
#42
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Turkey ArmuTTino
They didnt win, so they are not better Good logic
2018-03-25 21:19
I mean except SS
2018-03-25 21:21
rip danish cs
2018-03-25 21:16
*** near flawless T side, not CT
2018-03-25 21:17
Gj boyz
2018-03-25 21:17
#41
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Finland t33mu
great job bois
2018-03-25 21:18
niko's silver cousin lul
2018-03-25 21:19
I am so fucking happy.
2018-03-25 21:20
BALKAN!
2018-03-25 21:20
SS is kinda Balkan tho :)
2018-03-25 21:23
+1, was just gonna say nice to see 2 balkan teams make it to DH. Well deserved!
2018-03-25 21:45
POWER !
2018-03-26 03:17
Easy for little niko
2018-03-25 21:20
#49
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France plagueis
Valiance PogChamp
2018-03-25 21:22
#51
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New Zealand onelover11
xantarEZ
2018-03-25 21:24
LUL
2018-03-26 01:10
XANTARES directly translates to lunches, and he made a lunch out of danish cookies.
2018-03-25 21:25
#65
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Vietnam ALLAHTARES
:DDDDDDD
2018-03-25 21:55
#53
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Turkey DebbSoray
My 2 favourite in this qualifier team go to France. I'm really happy.
2018-03-25 21:25
nice xd
2018-03-25 21:31
86-64 KD OMG Impressive....
2018-03-25 21:37
#56
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Australia StVincent
xantareasy
2018-03-25 21:38
-ngin+woxic=turkish super team
2018-03-25 21:42
+1
2018-03-25 21:52
+1
2018-03-26 10:00
Niko's cousin gonna be like: "Niko! It's your cousin! Let's go bowling!" GGWP
2018-03-25 21:45
#64
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Vietnam ALLAHTARES
lol, niko makouzin, welkom 2 murica
2018-03-25 21:55
"Do you seriously mean that you don't like fake titties, cousin?" lmao
2018-03-25 22:00
#79
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Turkey evansgc
luuul
2018-03-25 22:44
vactares !
2018-03-25 21:45
Valiance will win dh masters
2018-03-25 21:51
Nice Space Soldiers ! YOU'RE INSANE XANTARES..
2018-03-25 21:54
First time SS in dreamhack!!!
2018-03-25 21:56
#68
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Brazil HEN1_
valiance are the most inconsistent tier 2 team ever. what happened to them in the iem katowice 2018 qualifiers?
2018-03-25 21:58
tier2? 0/8
2018-03-25 22:38
#105
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Brazil HEN1_
tier3 then?
2018-03-27 00:28
tier2?? ofc they're inconsistent they have a different 5th everytime I check
2018-03-26 01:31
#72
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Turkey casmere
Non stop performance, ss is tier 1 soon, mark my words.
2018-03-25 22:04
#73
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Turkey Jarrod
XANTARES KD ratio lul this MAN is another level
2018-03-25 22:07
like major tournament, look that teams :) Astralis #8 SK #5 mousesports #6 G2 #9 FaZe #1 Cloud9 #2 Natus Vincere #7 Liquid #4 Gambit #15 NiP #10 fnatic #3 EnVyUs #30 TyLoo #24 Valiance #53 Space Soldiers #12 top 10 teams + 12 + 15 + 24 + 30 + 53
2018-03-25 22:09
#76
sXe | 
Russia Duzzle
hunter and niko on one tournament)
2018-03-25 22:26
niko in ss next year confirmed
2018-03-25 22:34
Valiance wtf lol ... GJ I guess
2018-03-25 22:46
Im feeling thank you
2018-03-25 23:34
#85
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Brazil hugoooo
Nice, a different team attending a lan with good teams.
2018-03-26 00:18
#86
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Russia Nikosimus
If XANTARES isnt cheating, I dont know what he is made of It's beyond insane
2018-03-26 00:42
HE IS NOT CHEATING BRO...
2018-03-26 01:09
I am glad 4 Valiance, only qualifying on this kind of event is great achievement. Ofc, they will probably be crushed there, but still that is great experience 4 them. So guys show us some good fight over there !!!
2018-03-26 00:57
WATCH OUT FOR ENVYUS.... Dont place any wrong bets..
2018-03-26 01:12
#99
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Pakistan perth
+1 Be sure to bet against EnVy everytime
2018-03-26 06:28
#91
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Sweden bycarel
Nice
2018-03-26 01:20
-magisk -konfig nice job MSLUL
2018-03-26 02:07
#96
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Serbia dzigiii
Gj Valiance, finally some team from Serbia, big thing for serbian csgo community for sure :)
2018-03-26 03:34
Ss is not really surprise, but valiance... How?
2018-03-26 03:52
#100
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Poland Snoozie1
Rip vp
2018-03-26 08:54
lulroic
2018-03-26 16:46
Thank you for the support! lets gooo!
2018-03-27 22:15
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