Ancient outlast CR4ZY; through to DreamHack Open Summer semi-finals

Ancient bested CR4ZY 2-1 in the group B decider match of DreamHack Open Summer, securing a spot in the playoffs.

CR4ZY kicked off the final series of the day with a convincing T side on the first map, Train. Nemanja "huNter" Kovač opened the first pistol with a spectacular triple kill and following a second-round upset, the Serbian-majority squad proceeded to gain momentum and developed a healthy economy off the back of a 9-1 lead. The tables turned towards the latter portion of the half, as Ancient stabilised, softening the halftime blow with five consecutive rounds to their name.

freddieb's performance on Nuke ensured Ancient's success

The European mix's defence saw further domination as the leaders rolled over their Swedish adversaries with ease, closing Train 16-6 following a consecutive pistol round victory followed by seven additional rounds.

Inferno followed, as did CR4ZY's solid CT performance. A third pistol round victory, featuring a triple kill from Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas, further propelled an already fired up squad, and despite Fredrik "freddieb" Buö and company taking their first rifle round, the Swedes' momentum saw no longevity, meaning a gradually developing lead for CR4ZY. Ancient were subsequently able to effectively breach sites, allowing for a total of six rounds prior to switching sides.

EspiranTo topped the scoreboard on Train with a 2.10 rating

The concluding half of Inferno saw William "draken" Sundin open affairs up with a USP triple kill, in addition to a 3v5 clutch conversion, but once more the Swedes failed to keep the ball rolling, conceding the reins to CR4ZY. Affairs were looking dire for the Swedish camp, as the Ts managed to accrue septuple map and series point, but, against the odds, the local representatives managed to come back, taking Inferno into overtime.

The first overtime saw the two sides exchange 2-1 T halves, meanwhile in OT2, Ancient were finally able to grind their opponents out, extending their series life with a close 22-20 score.

Plopski spearheaded the comeback on Inferno with a 1.29 rating

Nuke was the concluding map of the series, witnessing yet another solid start from CR4ZY, who secured a four-round lead off the bat. After finances had leveled, Ancient slowly steered the advantage their way, and subsequently managed to shatter the T economy, producing an 8-7 advantage going into the latter half.

A productive T-side pistol for the Swedes assisted the team in leaping towards a more significant lead. Rifles in hand, CR4ZY were able to accrue two back-to-back rounds, shortly followed by more progress from Ancient, who made their way to a 14-9 surplus, looking to close out. But a single additional round was landed by the Serbian-majority roster, meanwhile, two went in the way of the Swedes, seeing to a 16-10 conclusion and a spectacular comeback for Ancient.

16th June 2019
 Ancient K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden William 'draken' Sundindraken 59 - 56 +3 72.1 1.06
Sweden Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski 59 - 67 -8 87.6 1.06
Sweden Alfred 'RuStY' KarlssonRuStY 62 - 61 +1 71.0 1.00
Sweden Fredrik 'freddieb' Buöfreddieb 58 - 67 -9 73.6 0.94
Sweden Joakim 'disco doplan' Gidetundisco doplan 43 - 66 -23 52.1 0.74
 CR4ZY K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Serbia Nemanja 'huNter' KovačhuNter 89 - 56 +33 102.4 1.48
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' MilasauskasEspiranTo 74 - 56 +18 82.7 1.26
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isakovićnexa 66 - 60 +6 82.1 1.17
Finland Otto 'ottoNd' SihvoottoNd 47 - 52 -5 56.0 0.89
Serbia Nestor 'LETN1' TanićLETN1 40 - 57 -17 50.2 0.81

Below are the schedule and match-ups for the DreamHack Open Summer 2019 playoffs:

10:00 - Denmark OpTic vs. Denmark Tricked
13:00 - Poland Aristocracy vs. Sweden Ancient
17:00 - Grand final

Serbia Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden William 'draken' Sundin
William 'draken' Sundin
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden Fredrik 'freddieb' Buö
Fredrik 'freddieb' Buö
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Sweden ThorinEk 
nice draken this team has potential
2019-06-17 00:00
NEO | 
Poland kola5410 
Tbh I see them rekt by aristocracy so idk if they're this good
2019-06-17 00:02
Denmark ghostan11 
Flag checks out
2019-06-17 04:37
jks | 
North America onionmesh 
Both > m16r
2019-06-17 05:21
smooya | 
Russia GolBOB 
2019-06-17 09:44
NEO | 
Poland kola5410 
2-1 (I guess) in jönköping
2019-06-17 16:30
huNter vs. 9 OMEGALUL expected from cousin of the best player of all time
2019-06-17 00:04
hahahaha lol delusional best player of all time is without a doubt set
2019-06-17 00:15
huNter is device’s cousin? Interesting.
2019-06-17 00:20
Sweden ThorinEk 
Nope. He is Lekr0s little brother.
2019-06-17 00:31
United Kingdom XNL 
I thought he was Smooya's sister?
2019-06-17 09:12
Sweden ThorinEk 
Now that does ring a bell!
2019-06-17 09:14
2019-06-17 00:38
Niko had like 2 or 3 years he played well, one if them he was contending for no 1. But hes very far away from being the best player ever.
2019-06-17 06:20
I didn't know BnTeT has a Serb cousin
2019-06-17 10:49
2019-06-17 00:09
Tbh yes atm
2019-06-17 02:22
Twistzz | 
Sweden Unluko 
Ancient > FaZe
2019-06-17 07:04
Romania cyber8 
Ancient best swedish team.
2019-06-17 00:00
Sweden wyv0 
2019-06-17 00:03
Norway Triplex02 
2019-06-17 00:09
Nah fnatic is #1 I think
2019-06-17 02:22
Nice! Ancient needs an org.
2019-06-17 00:00
Sweden Bakkmann 
c9 plz
2019-06-17 00:37
United Kingdom XNL 
Very very unlikely.
2019-06-17 09:13
Godsent soon my friend
2019-06-17 02:22
Europe b8police 
Ancient is an org right?
2019-06-17 13:34
2019-06-17 13:53
I guess they stay true to their name.
2019-06-17 00:01
Duki | 
Argentina XxSunsh1ne 
Bruh moment
2019-06-17 00:01
hunter wtf
2019-06-17 00:01
North America potatomato 
I thought Ancient won the whole event lol
2019-06-17 00:02
Sweden wyv0 
They will now. Tricked and TaZ definetly wont beat Them, i dont think optic can either in a bo3 tbh
2019-06-17 00:04
Myanmar xdcc 
That's crazy
2019-06-17 00:02
Another matchfix, nothing new
2019-06-17 00:03
How much?
2019-06-17 00:04
United Kingdom XNL 
His hut in Kazakhstan.
2019-06-17 09:14
Indonesia Joji6661 
2019-06-17 06:41
gj Ancient! EspiranTo should retire soon.
2019-06-17 00:04
hell yeah bruv
2019-06-17 00:04
France J0riS 
Holy shit what a choke by cr4zy
2019-06-17 00:05
gg god freddieb
2019-06-17 00:05
2019-06-17 00:06
United States Sillychubs 
It’s cr4zy that they lost
2019-06-17 00:07
Here's the real truth with Ancient, yes I have them roughly as a Top-10~12 team based on performance as of this tournament but here's the deal, next tournament they likely drop off to 25th or so and could lose to Cr4zy 2-0 because they are in the honeymoon period where everything is exciting and they put lots of effort coming into this tournament being on their home soil and they might even become an org (there was some hints of "exciting things to come" from a draken review which I think he was hinting about) so everyone in the team is feeling it rn. Remember when draken got to be a stand-in for dennis in NiP, he hardcarried NiP with amazing stats on Overpass especially in the first match but then dropped off to T3 lvl some matches later. This is the situation Ancient is in rn, they look like they have the potential to reach top-15 but they don't necessarily have the consistency to really pull it off. I'd hope to be wrong as I quite enjoy watching this team but I like keeping my expectations realistic.
2019-06-17 00:08
United States caliprep 
I disagree, I think Draken haas better chemistry and synergy with the Ancient team then he ever did with NiP. Plus freddie/disco/draken were part of the epsilon core when epsilon looked unstoppable.
2019-06-17 00:21
I agree on this but it wasn't the point of the post about draken and NiP, it was to point out Ancient still needs to prove their consistency, I wouldn't put too much things into it yet even if they go win this tournament, if they keep doing well the next 2 tournaments then I'll change my mind. Especially players like draken is a lot affected by his mental state you can tell, immediatly when he gets put into a new exciting lineup he performs always well for the first couple of matches as he's in the right mental state but as time passes by he drops off considerably. I believe Ancient in this tournament is riding far on the case of being in the right mental state as things are exciting for the players rn so they perform perhaps a bit better than they would do in average. It's the most difficult to keep up the good spirit in the team.
2019-06-17 00:27
United States caliprep 
Agreed at this stage it is more mental than anything else. I mean on paper Cr4zy has the best talent out of any of the teams playing at this event. You also bring up a good point with Draken's mental state often times being the reason for him under performing but then again, he was never the guy on NiP to carry , where as on Ancient hes the GO TO man when shit hits the fan. Maybe that difference in perception is the reason why hes doing so well with Ancient. Also as I mentioned before, people are overlooking the influence that BarrBarr has on this team. I honestly think the way he boosted their morale on the second map was how they came back on Inferno and ended up winning the series.
2019-06-17 00:50
Yea I think you might be right about BarrBarr, he might be the difference maker and indeed I'm not used to see these players especially draken clutch or do impact frags on several occasions. Will be interesting to see how the team develops for sure.
2019-06-17 00:52
epsilul being unstoppable ?
2019-06-17 11:40
Well we will see, as Ancient core is quite an old team (ex-CG from 2015/2016). Perhaps with two new players and much bigger experience from the core, they can reach much higher ceiling than they were able beforehand.
2019-06-17 00:28
United States caliprep 
True, and the obvious point here is that the player with the most experience on Ancient is Draken. Followed by Freddieb/Disco. I think what people are really looking past this team is the coach BarrBarr.
2019-06-17 00:23
Italy Fil0Nerd 
Hunter 89-56 wtf
2019-06-17 00:10
How they lost lol look hunter and espiranto
2019-06-17 00:10
Brazil Saint_Jatai 
CS is a team game
2019-06-17 00:16
nice ancient
2019-06-17 00:11
United States Frotha 
NT Hunter
2019-06-17 00:12
Sweden Akalsky 
hunter should leave this pathetic org ..or soon will be doomed ...they will disband soon for sure
2019-06-17 00:13
Russia M13f 
trash onliners
2019-06-17 00:14
Cr4zy had bootcamp 2 days ago and they played like 4 games a day that is really hard they will show their best on minor i am sure
2019-06-17 00:16
Latvia latvianguy 
They need to prove they can show their online results on lan, because right now it seems they perform only when there's no pressure on them.
2019-06-17 05:11
So true m8 i hope they will get better on lan
2019-06-17 10:54
Sweden Jackoberto 
I must say this game was Cr4zy Btw they should kick LETN1 if he doesn't improve soon he isn't even the igl now
2019-06-17 00:54
2019-06-17 01:32
moose | 
United States BATSPEED 
Imagine if they add SuNny though. That roster would clap cheeks
2019-06-17 05:41
-olof (washed up) +hunter Lurker on lurker
2019-06-17 01:31
CR4ZY inferno choke cost them this game. Imagine you are leading 1:0 maps in best of three and second game score is 15:8 if I am not wrong and you manage to lose whole best of three game 1:2. Choke of the year?
2019-06-17 01:38
Choke of the year is TL vs Ence on the same map in the major QF.
2019-06-17 01:49
Sweden rtn1 
those B retakes were insane though.
2019-06-17 07:46
Draken is so relieved.
2019-06-17 02:35
no chance against hunden
2019-06-17 06:39
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Gg wp Nice comeback ancient
2019-06-17 10:18
thats CRAZY
2019-06-17 13:54
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