StarLadder Major rookie: DreamEaters

Five squads will be going into their first Major event come Friday, and as part of our run-up coverage of the New Challenger Stage, we have prepared a series of introductory articles educating you about these teams. Fourth on our list are DreamEaters.

The New Challengers stage of the Berlin Major is kicking off in mere days, seeing 16 teams duke it out for eight slots in the New Legends stage. Among this list of contenders are five teams that are breaking the seal on their Major endeavors, three of which have already been introduced.

DreamEaters defied the odds at the Minor Play-in, booking a spot in the New Challengers stage

For the StarLadder Berlin Major we decided to produce articles covering the five rookie teams going into the 15th CS:GO Major. In these columns we introduce you to the history of the team, their results and evolution, quizz an individual from the roster on a list of topics and present our prediction for their performance in Berlin.

The fourth team we study is DreamEaters.

Line-up:

Russia Semyon "kinqie" Lisitsyn
Russia Svyatoslav "svyat" Dovbakh
Russia Vladislav "Krad" Kravchenko
Russia Anton "speed4k" Titov
Russia Igor "Forester" Bezotecheskiy

Defying the odds

DreamEaters recently demonstrated a miracle run at the CIS Minor, ensuring a spot in the New Challengers stage of the Major off the back of a victory over INTZ in the second match-up of the Minor Play-in. The team booked their Major spot against the odds and at the expense of CIS Minor long-timers such as Spirit and Nemiga. While nervousness was apparent in the final stage of the Minor circuit, expressed both physically and in-game, the squad eventually outperformed their Brazilian opponents, putting the series to bed on Dust2 after giving up a massive lead on Mirage. Prior to this LAN event, the squad had only participated at a handful of CIS-based offline events.

The current roster was assembled around Krad, Forester and kinqie, who got into the team in May 2018, joining speed4k. A fourth member, Albert "Leo" Islamov, also joined at the time, but his tenure ran its course in seven months, after which he assumed a managerial role in the organisation. The team experienced a period of stagnation, and in looks to push things forward, added Aleksandr "zoneR" Bogatiryev, former player and coach for a list of CIS-based squads, including Quantum Bellator Fire. Despite the addition, the team still struggled to ascend to a new level, and recruited a new in-game leader in svyat, who had shared squads with both Krad and Forester in the past.

svyat's arrival marked the beginning of a new era for the DreamEaters roster

Upon the arrival of their new in-game leader in December 2018, DreamEaters commenced improvement efforts. The duo of svyat and zoneR worked together on introducing a more structured and professional approach to the game and, similar to forZe, upon achieving stability, the team found gradual improvement that subsequently allowed the squad to qualify for the Major. A testament to the degree of their improvement are previous failed attempts to make the cut for the FACEIT Major and IEM Katowice, with the team falling short in the qualifiers on both occasions.

For some time the team showed solid performances against local representatives in online matches but struggled to pose a threat when it came to facing more experienced European rosters. Gradually, through the accumulation of experience and development of synergy, DreamEaters were able to pick up form and began to grind out results against established CIS sides as well as teams from the second and third competitive tiers of Europe. In what has now proven to be more than just a coincidence, the squad will be venturing into their first Major tournament, facing top tier competition that they only used to meet in practice.

Star player – Krad

Purely from a statistical standpoint, Krad is the highest impact component of the roster, but for all intents and purposes the role of the star player is shared between him and speed4k. The two players are key components in the team, where Krad’s effective rifling combined with speed4k’s AWPing can cardinally change the course of rounds. While the duo share the burden of performance on DreamEaters, a large contributing factor to the team’s success is consistency on the part of the remaining three players, as seen at the CIS Minor and Minor Play-in.

As presented above, the player’s statistics aren’t otherworldly, sporting a 1.10 rating and 1.13 impact across all competitions in 2019, but that was never the point when looking at Krad’s role on the roster. The Russian is not a star player in the traditional sense of the title, rather he is the star player in the context of his team, assuming the role of an irreplaceable supporting pillar that the team relies on.

This year, the player has sustained a sub-1.00 tournament rating just twice (both times online). Looking at LAN matches in particular, he is top of the pile in his team for both rating (1.13) and impact (1.16).

Five questions with Krad

In the run-up to the New Challengers stage we spoke with Krad to discuss a list of topics, including the nervousness described by svyat in a recent HLTV.org interview, the team's goals going into the Major and the preparation the team is undergoing prior to kick off.

The CIS Minor was your third attempt to qualify for a Major. How did the team get to a performance level where this was possible?

Prior to this Major we were unable to even make the cut of a Minor, but after the arrival of zoneR and svyat we obtained discipline, a training schedule and motivation to play with this roster, seeing as svyat brought a lot of innovation. Step by step, we improved our gameplay and subsequently made it to the Major in Berlin.

Talk about the significance of svyat's arrival - how has his in-game approach impacted the team?

Before we asked svyat to join, both myself and forester had played with him and we knew that his leadership would help advance the team to a new level. When he arrived, we started off with a blank slate - he helped us build a foundation, which we use as a baseline when we play. Additionally, he helped every member of the roster break down individual issues.

svyat mentioned that the team had issues at the Minor when it came to nerves - how do you aim to minimise the impact of this when you return to Berlin?

We didn't have time to address this prior to the Major, so everyone will be preparing individually for this specific issue. After the Major we'll need to discuss and re-adjust our approach to training and our daily routines. We will definitely be looking to introduce physical exercise and a proper diet into our regimens.

What preparation is the team undergoing before kick off on the 23rd?

Before the Major we will be going through a week-long bootcamp, where we'll be preparing new setups and work on our individual form. After the bootcamp we will be going straight to the Major.

In terms of your ambitions for the New Challengers stage, what goal has the team set out?

Our main goal is to gain team experience, and our aim is to demonstrate a respectable level of CS, but I think that the latter will change depending on our performance.

Writer's prediction

DreamEaters enter their first-ever Major with the goal of accruing as much effective experience as possible. Underdogs usually find themselves in one of two situations when the odds are stacked against them – either they play knowing there’s nothing to lose, or the LAN jitters and inexperience rear their ugly heads, getting in the way of potential upsets. DreamEaters will need to ensure the prior is adopted to be able to fulfill their goal of obtaining as much effective LAN experience against top tier contenders as possible.

With all outlined factors in mind, the prediction for DreamEaters going into the New Challengers stage is to be one of the first teams to depart from Berlin. Nervousness, lack of experience against top tier contenders and limited LAN exposure create a difficult situation for the ambitious Russian quintet. This is by no means an insult to the team, more the product of a natural progression, and Berlin is sure to provide the squad with colossal amounts of motivation moving forward, and perhaps the Russians will return come the next Major, looking to advance even further, this time with experience in hand.

Also read:

CIS StarLadder Major Rookie: Syman
Brazil StarLadder Major Rookie: INTZ
Russia StarLadder Major Rookie: forZe

Russia Anton 'speed4k' Titov
Anton 'speed4k' Titov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
366
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Russia Semyon 'kinqie' Lisitsyn
Semyon 'kinqie' Lisitsyn
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
353
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Russia Albert 'Leo' Islamov
Albert 'Leo' Islamov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
197
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.09
Russia Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Svyatoslav 'svyat' Dovbakh
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
306
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Russia Vladislav 'Krad' Kravchenko
Vladislav 'Krad' Kravchenko
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
340
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Russia Igor 'Forester' Bezotecheskiy
Igor 'Forester' Bezotecheskiy
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
353
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Russia Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Aleksandr 'zoneR' Bogatiryev
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
102
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.16
#4
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Russia Zyuwu 
Great team
2019-08-21 00:40
1-3
2019-08-21 00:44
#16
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Russia Zyuwu 
fr tho lmao i have them as my 0-3 men
2019-08-21 00:44
Intz or Syman to 0-3 bro, trust me
2019-08-21 00:54
true
2019-08-21 09:07
dreamyeeters will upset nrg
2019-08-21 10:16
wrong
2019-08-21 14:11
#78
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Austria Dooms_ 
You sure?
2019-08-25 11:38
And vitality
2019-08-24 18:55
#63
f0rest | 
Bulgaria lopGOD 
Same, only that Sayman are able to win against any Russian team. ;)
2019-08-21 14:31
I don't know man... In the last 8 games they lost 6 (just like INTZ)... Syman is my 0-3 pick for the challenge cuz I don't really trust North... think they could choke against intz
2019-08-21 16:39
0-2 to 1-3
2019-08-21 04:40
same
2019-08-21 05:55
ahahahhaha loshara
2019-08-26 19:35
#5
Lithuania feqew 
0-3 15 rounds combined all maps
2019-08-21 00:41
#59
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Yugoslavia HeavySmoker 
Math fixing 💩 eaters on the major Yikes
2019-08-21 13:15
Hi:))))))
2019-08-27 14:13
Kden
2019-08-27 14:17
#6
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
1-3/0-3 confirmed
2019-08-21 00:41
Right :)
2019-08-27 14:13
Ayy
2019-08-27 14:17
#111
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
haha
2019-08-27 22:31
Great read
2019-08-21 00:41
ez4ence
2019-08-21 00:42
#71
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Turkey montpaylit 
+1
2019-08-21 23:10
Went 0-3
2019-08-21 00:43
0-3 Even Syman will beat them
2019-08-21 00:43
Syman is dogshit
2019-08-21 00:44
They’re both dogshit but Syman can surprise on LAN. I’d say it’s 50/50 on which one of these go 0-3 (hell, they might both go 0-3 if they don’t play each other).
2019-08-21 00:48
#55
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
semen on LAN> shiteaters
2019-08-21 09:47
#60
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Yugoslavia HeavySmoker 
Both are marchfixers so everything can happen
2019-08-21 13:16
U rektered yourself child :)))
2019-08-27 14:12
Xd
2019-08-27 14:16
Choking trash
2019-08-21 00:44
Dreameaters suck
2019-08-21 00:50
#23
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Finland ENCEL 
ShitEaters
2019-08-21 01:06
#40
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Russia m8ms 
oof
2019-08-21 06:47
yikes
2019-08-21 00:58
#21
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Russia Krityra 
Russkie Vpered
2019-08-21 01:02
#70
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Turkey montpaylit 
wut ?
2019-08-21 23:09
I believe in this 0-3
2019-08-21 01:02
#24
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
Will they fix games at lan or not?
2019-08-21 01:15
#43
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Canada thelegend27 
they would honestly try
2019-08-21 07:03
I believe you have them mixed up with Syman
2019-08-21 08:38
#25
friberg | 
Russia _Arch 
Unpopular opinion: they won't go 0-3.
2019-08-21 01:27
#34
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Brazil hugoooo 
Between user using the same flag as you, it's an extremely popular opinion actually.
2019-08-21 03:25
#42
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Canada thelegend27 
most popular opinion from a ruskie
2019-08-21 07:03
#64
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France J0riS 
Syman will
2019-08-21 15:54
0-3 Bots, I lose my money in match Havu - Dreameaters, they is not Major level players
2019-08-21 01:38
They is rip $$$
2019-08-27 14:11
#27
129 | 
Montenegro Jimase 
makes me disgusted INTZ in a majo? eww
2019-08-21 01:50
#69
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Turkey montpaylit 
who ?
2019-08-21 23:09
#72
129 | 
Montenegro Jimase 
a shit team, dont worry
2019-08-23 05:40
I can see them going 3-2
2019-08-21 02:27
Tnx
2019-08-27 14:11
Syman,DE 0-3 Avangar,INTZ,Grayhound 1-3 Tyloo,G2,HR 2-3 NRG,CR4ZY 3-0 Mouz,North,Vitality 3-1 ForZe,Furia,CoL 3-2.
2019-08-21 02:32
#44
Jame | 
China cncsLUL 
col>g2?
2019-08-21 07:08
+1 LUL
2019-08-21 09:13
#52
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Reunion rolezK1 
everyone > g2 even silvers > g2
2019-08-21 09:23
NT xD
2019-08-23 15:35
#30
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Turkey DolandaX 
gl bois
2019-08-21 02:33
#31
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Brazil gresote 
who ? kkkkkk
2019-08-21 03:09
Furia last place - dreameaters next stage - thats who child :))))) haha
2019-08-27 14:11
Xdddd
2019-08-27 14:15
#32
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Austria Schwerpunkt 
Help GTR perform
2019-08-21 03:15
Nice team, still betting against them in my pick'ems tho
2019-08-21 03:25
#36
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Russia EaterDreamers 
There's no such situation that will be 0-3
2019-08-21 05:26
ez f0rester
2019-08-21 05:43
DE 3-2 check it
2019-08-21 06:25
+100500
2019-08-27 14:10
#41
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Canada thelegend27 
terrible logo. deserve a 0-3 for it
2019-08-21 07:02
4/8
2019-08-21 07:16
0-3
2019-08-21 07:15
#68
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Turkey montpaylit 
+1
2019-08-21 23:09
Nt
2019-08-27 14:09
when your starplayer is Krad there is smt wrong
2019-08-21 07:23
0-3 4sv uebki
2019-08-21 08:37
Yzhe 1-1 daun
2019-08-24 06:10
2-1
2019-08-25 05:21
3-2
2019-08-27 14:09
Xdddd
2019-08-27 14:14
0-48 v legend stadii
2019-08-27 14:37
4sv uebok
2019-08-27 15:46
ti dura znaesh 4o takoe 4sv ili prosto tak visral?
2019-08-27 16:18
A ti uveren chto sam znaesh? :Wink:
2019-08-27 16:26
da uebani ele ele cis minor proshli (ili dazhe play-in govno ya ne pomvyu), zato srazu posle dolbaeb na trenere vk kakuyuto huetu pishet kak budto oni major vigrali uje
2019-08-27 17:40
#53
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
Even krad is a star player whats up now bondick..
2019-08-21 09:39
#54
sh1ro | 
China kazuk1 
OK shiteaters
2019-08-21 09:46
#57
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Germany L1lK1M 
0-3... matchfixers on Major.. its a disgrace...
2019-08-21 10:19
Hi
2019-08-27 14:09
#58
byali | 
Poland Demeny 
0-3 ez
2019-08-21 10:58
#67
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Turkey montpaylit 
+1
2019-08-21 23:09
xaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2019-08-26 17:40
#85
byali | 
Poland Demeny 
Unlucky :(
2019-08-26 20:11
4e s ebalom?
2019-08-27 13:14
Rip
2019-08-27 14:08
#99
f0rest | 
Russia 1.6 FTW 
Poland talkin ayyy
2019-08-27 14:14
#61
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Japan Johnny_Br@Vo 
1-3
2019-08-21 13:48
#79
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Germany Amber! 
nt
2019-08-25 16:59
#80
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Japan Johnny_Br@Vo 
I had expectations for them to atleast win 1 match but they are 2-1 lol
2019-08-25 18:13
#81
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Germany Amber! 
yea haha
2019-08-25 18:22
3:2 gg
2019-08-27 14:08
#66
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Brazil DudeParad0x 
Nice team, but...
2019-08-21 16:41
#75
Jame | 
Russia Divait 
rofl
2019-08-24 17:23
Gg
2019-08-26 13:26
This didnt age well
2019-08-27 20:28
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