Imperial ease past GODSENT to qualify for DreamHack Open Summer
Imperial have sealed their place at DreamHack Open Summer after defeating GODSENT 2-0 (16-9 on Mirage, 16-3 on Train) in the grand final of the European closed qualifier.
Both finalists had made it to the last stage on the back of great individual performances from young talents. In Imperial's case, it had been Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut, who temporarily replaced Asger "AcilioN" Larsen on the roster, leading the charge, while for GODSENT it had been Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin doing the heavy work.
The final kicked off on Mirage, Imperial's map pick, with the Swedish side opening things up with a successful CT pistol. Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and co. responded immediately in a force-buy, however, and strung four rounds together to take control of proceedings.
GODSENT responded with their own four-round streak, but Imperial showed great composure and lost just a single round before switching sides. In the second half, the Swedes still rallied back after losing the pistol round, but Imperial quickly retook control of proceedings and locked down the map, 16-9 scoreline.
The Copenhagen Games champions carried that momentum into the next map, Train. This was GODSENT's map pick, yet Imperial kept shutting the Swedes down with a very tight defence, losing just a single round in the first half.
K - D
Fredrik 'freddieb' Buöfreddieb
22 - 37
Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist
24 - 38
Hampus 'hampus' Poserhampus
24 - 37
Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan
23 - 37
Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetundisco doplan
23 - 37
K - D
Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo
48 - 20
Jesper 'TENZKI' PlougmannTENZKI
39 - 25
Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa
35 - 19
Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo
36 - 29
Žygimantas 'nukkye' Chmieliauskasnukkye
28 - 23
Imperial are the first confirmed team for DreamHack Open Summer 2018, which is scheduled for June 16-18 in Jönköping, Sweden, where eight teams will battle it out for a share of the $100,000 prize-pool. Later on Sunday, the North American closed qualifier will determine the next team for the Swedish event.