BIG win DreamHack Open Leipzig over Renegades
The German side came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team, sitting in 46th place, but went through the tournament without dropping a single map to claim the title. This is their first tournament win since ESEA MDL Global Challenge Season 27 in May of 2018.
The grand final was the rematch of the Group A winners' match, where BIG was victorious, 16-8, on Nuke. That map was banned out in the BO3, with the German side selecting Mirage to start off. It was Renegades who had a 4-1 lead at the beginning, but then Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş' double entry with the Deagle on an eco turned things around.
BIG took control of the half, trading kills effectively to get control of bombsites and forcing the Australians to save time and time again. Nine out of the next 10 rounds went their way, with the style becoming more individualistic as BIG gained momentum. After a 10-5 half, Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz and co. picked up the second half pistol and powered on to a dominant 16-5 win on Mirage.
Similarly to on Mirage, Renegades picked up a 3-0 lead on Dust2 before BIG started causing issues on the full buy rounds. Their offenses were unstoppable to Renegades round after round, with Nils "k1to" Gruhne leading the charge for the Germans. He resolved a 2v2 in his team's favor to make it 8-4, with BIG riding that wave to an impressive 11-4 T-half finish.
Christopher "dexter" Nong and co. didn't give up, though, claiming the pistol and winning the first gun round to chain five rounds together, 11-9. The Australians extended that streak to equalize the scoreline, but that is when BIG bounced back and won a crucial 2v4 to stay ahead (13-11). The match was neck-and-neck, but BIG's low-buy win brought them on to map point and XANTARES closed out the series with a triple kill to make it 16-12, 2-0 for BIG.
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico||31 - 32||-1||72.3||0.96|
|Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter||34 - 38||-4||76.1||0.94|
|Joshua 'INS' PotterINS||28 - 39||-11||74.5||0.84|
|Jordan 'Hatz' BajicHatz||17 - 35||-18||44.3||0.68|
|Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta||15 - 36||-21||46.4||0.48|
|BIG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nils 'k1to' Gruhnek1to||48 - 28||+20||97.9||1.43|
|Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN||41 - 30||+11||97.7||1.39|
|Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES||35 - 23||+12||69.0||1.20|
|Florian 'syrsoN' RischesyrsoN||31 - 24||+7||66.7||1.19|
|Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN||25 - 20||+5||60.6||1.04|
By winning the tournament, BIG have also qualified for DreamHack Masters Jönköping, the first DreamHack Masters event that takes place in June.