Triumph, Ze Pug Godz qualify for DreamHack Open Summer North America
The closed bracket saw three out of the four open qualifier teams emerge victorious in the first-round matches, with unranked side Kinship the only one of those that did not progress to the semi-finals as Triumph made short work of the inexperienced squad in two maps. Meanwhile, the two Brazilian teams, Yeah and TeamOne, recorded wins over Recon 5 and New England Whalers, respectively, to move on to the semis.
The most surprising result in the opening round featured a Chaos team with a returning Joshua "steel" Nissan, who had been absent from the North American squad’s previous tournament at cs_summit 6 due to his ban from Valve-sponsored events. Despite topping the scoreboard for his team, steel’s men fell to Ze Pug Godz in a 2-0 series with defeats on Mirage (16-5) and Dust2 (16-14).
In the semi-finals, Triumph and Yeah unexpectedly traded each other’s map picks, with Alan "Shakezullah" Hardeman’s troops claiming a commanding 16-5 win on Dust2 to kick the matchup off. However, the Americans could not replicate their form on Overpass as a Arthur "f4stzin" Schmitt 30-bomb helped Yeah tie the series. The matchup headed to Mirage to determine a winner, where a highly-contested first half saw Triumph narrowly edge ahead at the midway point. At the side switch, Michael "Grim" Wince came alive to one-up f4stzin from the previous map and lead his team to victory with a 31-kill game.
Ze Pug Godz took the fight straight to TeamOne in their semi-final battle, with a fantastic Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado showing on the T side of Nuke spearheading his team to a successful 9-6 half. The Brazilians were unable to mount any comeback at the half switch as the North American side swiftly wrapped up the map 16-8. Overpass proved to be even more dominant as an unstoppable Austin "Cooper" Abadir took charge and stormed his team to victory with a 2.13-rated performance and send them to DreamHack Open Summer.
Triumph and Ze Pug Godz are the first confirmed sides at the eight-team main event, which is set to take place from August 8-16 and feature a $90,000 prize pool, with six invited teams to be revealed at a later date.
The DreamHack Open Summer 2020 North America closed qualifier standings look as follows:
1-2. Triumph - DH Open Summer 2020 North America
1-2. Ze Pug Godz - DH Open Summer 2020 North America
3-4. Yeah - $3,000
3-4. TeamOne - $3,000
5-8. Chaos - $1,000
5-8. New England Whalers - $1,000
5-8. Recon 5 - $1,000
5-8. Kinship - $1,000