DreamHack Leipzig EU closed qualifier set to start

The European qualifying process for DreamHack Open Leipzig has reached the closed stage, with eight teams set to duke it out for two spots at the $100,000 event.

SKADE, Gambit Youngsters, Defusekids and Secret all came through the grueling open bracket and will join four invited teams, two of whom currently in the top 20 in the rankings, in the closed tournament on Sunday.

The qualifier will mark the debut of the new Heretics lineup after the French team signed Alexandre "⁠xms⁠" Forté and brought back Jérémy "⁠jeyN⁠" Nguyen. They face a very tricky challenge in the first round of the qualifier in the form of Gambit Youngsters, who are 14 places above them in the rankings.

Heroic will take on Secret in the first round of the closed qualifier

Expectations are high for MAD Lions after the Danish team managed to qualify for IEM Katowice - their first-ever Big Event - on Friday by defeating ENCE in convincing fashion. In case of a victory over SKADE, Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen's charges are likely to meet CR4ZY - whom they beat last month at DreamHack Open Winter - in the semi-finals for a spot in Leipzig.

Below you can find the first-round match-ups for the qualifier:

Denmark Heroic vs. Europe Secret
France Heretics vs. Russia Gambit Youngsters
Denmark MAD Lions vs. Bulgaria SKADE
Europe CR4ZY vs. Netherlands Defusekids

The German event will take place from January 24-26 and will have $100,000 on offer. Renegades, North, Virtus.pro, BIG and Sprout are the teams confirmed so far, with the last three tournament spots being filled through online qualifiers (two for Europe and one for North America).

France Jérémy 'jeyN' Nguyen
Jérémy 'jeyN' Nguyen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
112
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1578
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
#1
jOELZ | 
Europe skrekc
EZ4HUNDEN
2020-01-11 19:45
#3
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United States Bonger
Ok
2020-01-11 19:45
Ok
2020-01-11 19:48
Ok
2020-01-11 19:54
#26
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Czech Republic Xedys
Ok
2020-01-11 20:22
Ok no
2020-01-11 21:45
Nice
2020-01-11 19:45
Pog
2020-01-11 19:45
#5
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Europe Ignotuspuer
Heroic Times needed
2020-01-11 19:45
#8
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Myanmar xdcc
what a bait its only tomrrow)
2020-01-11 19:46
I really hope Heretic doesnt qualify because they don't deserve the spot in the closer
2020-01-11 19:47
+1
2020-01-11 19:47
Davidp is a snake (((
2020-01-11 22:12
No. Heretics are snakes. Kicked Davidp and tried to steal the MTN DEW league spot from him LOL.
2020-01-11 23:12
he's a mad kick because he was kicked
2020-01-12 00:28
#21
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Portugal Blastieee
+1
2020-01-11 19:56
If they qualify it's the only thing that means they deserved their spot x')
2020-01-11 20:30
mad
2020-01-11 22:12
lets go gambit ! :)
2020-01-11 19:47
Please GambitY crush Heretics.
2020-01-11 19:47
teams in qualifier >> teams invited
2020-01-11 19:47
+1 Why invite North... but Mad Lions, Heoric and Crazy have to qualify?
2020-01-11 20:36
the biggest joke is cr4zy & mad lions are both in top 30 but they invite big with rank 46 lmao. is that because of hometown?
2020-01-12 00:04
#46
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Myanmar xdcc
It definitely is a popularity thing. 2 German teams, north, renegades to get AU crowd. Cr4zy attended all dh opens last year and with this iteration they have 1st, 2nd, 2 3-4th placements. Though at least it's not 1 spot like in the past so I don't mind dreamhack opens actually being more open.
2020-01-12 06:12
#14
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Sweden Mouz_no1
Defusekids lets go
2020-01-11 19:48
Would be such a stunt
2020-01-11 19:50
#15
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr
too bad, but absolutely 0 chance for DK
2020-01-11 19:49
#47
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr
Kappa
2020-01-12 15:48
Go defusekids! Sad that you wont beat lions but at least try
2020-01-11 19:50
#45
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Montenegro LakaZakon
They are level under CR4ZY
2020-01-12 00:52
MAD LEGION > SKADE
2020-01-11 19:50
Go defusekids!
2020-01-11 19:53
ok
2020-01-11 19:58
Would be really nice to see Sh1ro on LAN
2020-01-11 19:58
GOD HUNDEN EZ
2020-01-11 20:12
#25
OK | 
Albania Edjon
you put the wrong secret team in the beggining of article
2020-01-11 20:16
#30
OK | 
Albania Edjon
fixed btw
2020-01-11 20:53
I hope defusekids make it, wanna see d0cc at a big lan
2020-01-11 20:49
highly doubt it. GF will be Heroic/Mad Lions/Cr4zyspiranto
2020-01-11 21:04
so easy for Mad Lions actually, why the hell are cr4zy and Mad Lions on the same side though? The best 2 teams by far
2020-01-11 21:44
Expected! Best of Luck in the future!
2020-01-11 22:07
wtf are those teams who cars
2020-01-11 22:13
#40
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Finland Vkims
Why not ence? Surely they dont think they are better than this?
2020-01-11 22:29
#43
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Japan pawbeast
SECRET GAMBIT MAD LIONS CRAZY ez
2020-01-12 00:15
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