BIG defeat Heroic to win DreamHack Open Summer Europe
BIG and Heroic squared off in the DreamHack Open Summer championship decider in a rematch of their group stage encounter, which the Germans had won after two maps. This time around, Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz's troops battled back from early deficits on Overpass and Inferno to cement their position as the current no.1 team in the world with another title under their belts.
The grand final commenced on BIG’s map pick of Overpass, where the German side was overwhelmed by an unexpected four-man push through connector from Heroic in the opening pistol. A team ace earned BIG their first round on the board, but a triple kill from Martin "stavn" Lund in the next put the Danish defenders back in control, with tabseN and company’s economy in dire straits. Down 2-8, an outstanding 1v3 AWP clutch from Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch provided BIG with a spark of life as the team locked down a five-round streak and narrowed the score deficit to a solitary round at the midway point.
stavn kicked off Heroic’s T side pistol with a crisp quad kill, with the subsequent round also going in their favour. The two teams then traded a round apiece before Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş and tiziaN rose to the occasion. A series of kills and high damage output from the BIG duo tallied up a string of rounds for the German squad to allow the team, who found some breathing room in the match for the first time. Unfortunately for Heroic, the rounds kept coming for BIG, with yet another tiziaN clutch, this time in a 1v2, helping push his side over the line at 16-11.
A hyper-aggressive push down banana from Nils "k1to" Gruhne with Dual Berettas in hand proved unstoppable in the opening round of Inferno as the German player secured a swift ace to help his team to a 2-0 start. Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen and stavn turned around a 2v5 after Florian "syrsoN" Rische had picked off three Heroic players in the next to flip the momentum and claim a 7-3 lead. However, the rest of the half mirrored that of Overpass, with BIG regaining control late on to chase a 7-8 scoreline at the half switch.
Heroic responded promptly in the second half after conceding the pistol to extend their advantage to 11-8, but the German squad refused to let the Danes pull too far ahead. BIG readjusted to find the correct timings on the offence and put the pedal to the metal. Spearheaded by syrsoN’s AWP and tabseN’s multi-kills, BIG devastated Heroic’s defence to turn the game around and storm to a 16-12 victory and secure the DreamHack Open Summer trophy.
|Heroic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|40 - 33||+7||76.6||1.10|
|38 - 36||+2||75.0||1.04|
|36 - 37||-1||80.1||1.01|
|28 - 38||-10||55.9||0.83|
|23 - 44||-21||57.4||0.70|
|BIG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|44 - 34||+10||84.2||1.23|
|40 - 31||+9||81.4||1.23|
|38 - 34||+4||83.4||1.14|
|36 - 32||+4||64.3||1.05|
|30 - 36||-6||62.1||0.94|
DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Europe final standings: