Heroic, OG through to DreamHack Open Summer playoffs
Heroic kicked off their Group A clash with Endpoint in red-hot form, taking the fight straight to the British squad on the CT side of Inferno. With the team firing on all cylinders, the Danes stormed to a 12-3 half on their opponent’s map pick and soon wrapped proceedings up with four consecutive rounds at the side switch to record a commanding 16-3 scoreline.
Endpoint once again started slow on Mirage, conceding four rounds off the bat before finding their footing in the matchup. The Max "MiGHTYMAX" Heath-led team buckled down on the defence to win out eight of the following eleven rounds to claim a narrow 8-7 lead at the midway point. Spearheaded by Joey "CRUC1AL" Steusel on the AWP, Endpoint extended the advantage to 13-7, but the team ran out of steam moving forward. Heroic came alive on the CT side with a map defeat in sight to overwhelm Endpoint and successfully mount the comeback for a 16-13 victory.
In Group B, forZe looked on course for a map one victory with a convincing nine-round offence on their map selection of Mirage and a positive showing from Bogdan "xsepower" Chernikov. The Russian squad quickly added three more rounds once they switched sides, but the momentum soon came to a halt. Consistent opening kills and large damage output from the OG duo of Issa "ISSAA" Murad and Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså flipped the match on its head as the international roster snatched the win from forZe’s hands, 16-14.
A similar scenario occurred on Nuke as forZe took an early lead, but OG swiftly found their rhythm. An eight-round streak at the end of the first half put Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and company in a strong position heading into the break, and the team wasted no time getting over the line. Working as a unit, OG shut down forZe time and again to take the map 16-10, and the series 2-0, to book their place in the playoffs.