Cloud9 take down eUnited to finalize DreamHack Open Leipzig team list
Johnny "JT" Theodosiou's troops began their bracket run by comfortably securing a win over Triumph in their opening matchup, setting up a rematch of the IEM Katowice 2020 closed qualifier upper bracket final against Complexity. Cloud9 did one better than in their previous bout against Benjamin "blameF" Bremer and company as this time they took the victory in two maps, albeit in narrow fashion as they both went the distance, seeing Cloud9 narrowly edge out a pair of 16-14 wins on Dust2 and Inferno.
Meanwhile, eUnited fought their way through the opposite side of the bracket, utilizing recently-benched Chaos rifler Gage "Infinite" Green in place of Kaleb "moose" Jayne amid reports of a possible move to a new TSM roster for the Canadian. The swap proved to be a boon for the team as they swiftly pushed past Chaos and Gen.G, with the latter squad playing their final match with Hunter "SicK" Mims as a stand-in before the arrival of Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand.
The grand final began on Overpass, where eUnited were able to initially maintain a lead following a pistol round win; however, control of the latter portion of the first half went firmly in the favor of Cloud9 as they rebounded from a 2-5 deficit to pull ahead by three rounds at the break.
It didn't take long for Cloud9 to claim match point in the second half as they pushed up to a 15-9 scoreline, but the AWP of Austin "Cooper" Abadir began to wreak havoc around the map to allow eUnited to rally back and force overtime. There, with the economy on even footing, Cloud9 were able to counter eUnited's sniper with utility and executes, only conceding a single round on the road to a 19-16 map one victory.
Cloud9 maintained momentum as Inferno got underway, dominating eUnited for much of the first half as they won eight of the first nine rounds. A late resurgence allowed eUnited to bring themselves within three rounds of their opposition at halftime, with a pistol round victory helping to tie up the scoreline at 9-9. Cloud9 did not concede the lead though, quickly regaining their footing through relentless grenade damage and the AWPs of Josh "oSee" Ohm and Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek to lock out eUnited and secure the map victory 16-10.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|45 - 41||+4||76.4||1.17|
|44 - 36||+8||74.9||1.14|
|40 - 41||-1||82.9||1.10|
|44 - 42||+2||78.3||1.08|
|37 - 43||-6||64.9||0.88|
|eUnited||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|50 - 44||+6||78.5||1.15|
|42 - 43||-1||76.5||1.12|
|43 - 39||+4||78.7||1.08|
|38 - 43||-5||71.5||1.02|
|30 - 43||-13||63.2||0.85|
The complete team list for DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020, which is set to run from January 24-26 with $100,000 on offer, looks as follows: