BIG fend off Endpoint, Heroic spoil MAD Lions' innocent debut at DreamHack Open
After returning from their well-deserved break, current No.1 team in the world, BIG, looked rather shaky early on in their first match of the season against Endpoint, who had gotten the chance to warm up ahead if their campaign at DreamHack Open Summer.
The British side were on the verge of causing a huge upset when they secured a close Vertigo opener against the Germans and looked on course to a late comeback on Dust2, but despite their efforts Endpoint faltered in overtime of the second map before getting decimated on Mirage at the hands of a red-hot Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş.
In the other Group A opening match, MAD Lions hoped to get off to a good start with their surprising new addition, Paweł "innocent" Mocek, in their first match in a month and a half. However, their Danish derby with Heroic quickly got out of their hands, as Casper "cadiaN" Møller led his team to straightforward wins on Mirage and Inferno with an immaculate, 1.61-rated performance.
The North American part of DreamHack Open Summer will now follow with Liquid's debut with Michael "Grim" Wince against the Will "dazzLe" Loafman-infused Ze Pug Godz. The European tournament will continue on Sunday with Group B's opening series between Complexity and forZe (13:00 ) as well as OG and Spirit (16:00 ).