Heroic, Gambit through to DreamHack Masters Winter playoffs; Spirit, Complexity knocked down to lower bracket

Complexity and Spirit will play do-or-die matches in the lower bracket against FaZe and Cloud9 in a final attempt to reach the playoffs.

Gambit are continuing to put forth a solid brand of Counter-Strike at DreamHack Masters Winter after their opening match victory over Cloud9, now disposing of Complexity in dominating fashion in a two-map series that gives them a spot in the playoffs.

The DreamHack Open November champions took out Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer and company on Train and Mirage, both maps with 16-5 score lines, and have yet to drop a map in the ongoing tournament.

Heroic also made it straight to the playoffs after two matches, dodging the Group A lower bracket with a 2-0 win in their opening match against c0ntact followed by a second 2-0 victory over Spirit, where it took the Danes four overtimes on Nuke to close the series out.

Complexity and Spirit will now go on to play the Group A lower bracket semi-finals against FaZe and Cloud9, respectively, in a set of matches that will see the winners through to the playoffs and the losers eliminated in 9-12th place.

Heroic persisted on Nuke to come back from a 3-12 deficit and win in OT

Spirit had a great start on Mirage, going up 1-5 on the attacking side, but they lost their lead by the half, as Heroic turned it to a 9-6 in their favor. The Danes continued to treat Spirit’s map pick as their playground, hitting double digits after the second pistol round and running away to close it out 16-9.

Spirit once again built up a nice cushion early on, this time on the CT side of Nuke, winning eleven rounds out of the first twelve, and winning the first half 13-2. Heroic didn’t let up, however, taking the second pistol round and slowly but surely building themselves up on the defense all the way to a tie in the last round of regulation, 15-15.

It was finally on the fourth round of OT after constant back-and-forth play that Heroic were able secure the series, 28-26, to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

Matchpage
2
0
1st December 2020
16
Mirage
9
28
Nuke
26
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 53 +19 90.6 1.33
57 - 45 +12 71.5 1.09
49 - 52 -3 68.7 1.05
50 - 57 -7 78.8 1.02
53 - 51 +2 71.4 1.01
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 56 +2 72.5 1.05
49 - 51 -2 70.0 1.05
55 - 63 -8 84.6 1.04
53 - 58 -5 74.4 0.94
42 - 53 -11 61.7 0.89

Gambit put together a nuanced performance on Train against Complexity, a map Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov and company have won ten out of the last eleven times they've played it. Starting on the attacking side, largely considered the harder of the two, Gambit did not falter and took an impressive 10-5 lead at the half. With the whole team firing on all cylinders, it didn't take them long to close their map pick out with a hefty 16-5 score line.

Gambit keep delivering high level play and are through to the playoffs

The CIS squad carried their momentum over to Mirage, where they put on a clinic, once again on the attacking side, going up 8-0 before Complexity could stop them for the first time.

Gambit continued to charge ahead relentlessly, giving up just a smattering of rounds and taking the half 12-3 before winning the CT-side pistol round. They then hit match point after the first three rounds on the defense, losing just two rounds before closing the map and series out, once again 16-5, to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Matchpage
2
0
1st December 2020
16
Train
5
16
Mirage
5
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 20 +21 89.1 1.55
36 - 17 +19 91.2 1.54
30 - 24 +6 84.6 1.34
30 - 26 +4 75.9 1.24
30 - 24 +6 73.9 1.21
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
28 - 31 -3 78.5 0.87
23 - 36 -13 74.9 0.76
21 - 32 -11 63.9 0.71
25 - 34 -9 70.6 0.69
14 - 35 -21 36.2 0.50
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
862
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
591
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
LET'S GO
2020-12-01 23:23
10 replies
gj cis and hobbit
2020-12-01 23:24
9 replies
#8
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Finland Cucumber))
I was so scared for Gambit when they benched supra after they were having a good winning streak and that Hobbit would just be like a 0.98 rating player but thankfully they proved me wrong
2020-12-01 23:30
8 replies
I was also wondering if +H0bbit would work out at first
2020-12-01 23:35
7 replies
Agreed. Thought they were on the up anyway and didn't need any changes at the time, but seems they're proving everyone wrong
2020-12-01 23:51
#23
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United States Gonginator
I still miss supra being on the team. Who knows where Gambit could've been by now. Hobbit is also a great player, but with supra being younger I think he had more potential.
2020-12-02 01:21
4 replies
Hobbit was added to give the players experience. The other four have enough potential
2020-12-02 01:27
3 replies
#26
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United States Gonginator
Yeah, I get that part. It was just kind of sad to see supra get the axe because I thought he was the best player on the team at the time.
2020-12-02 01:30
2 replies
Yeah, At the time it kinda felt bad, I also liked seeing supra on the roster
2020-12-02 08:37
#40
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Poland Astoner55
Actually they chose Hobbit because they were bootcamping and supra couldn't join them because of Estonia's anti-covid policy of no travelling etc
2020-12-02 08:49
#41
ZywOo | 
India aR__
I agree, adding Hobbit I also had my doubts I thought he would be an average washed up player to help calm them down and be their mentor. But turns out instead of 1.04 rating he's DeStRoYiNg teams and doing the aformentioned together with it PogU
2020-12-02 09:57
coLUL
2020-12-01 23:24
ok
2020-12-01 23:25
EZ FOR GAMBIT YOUNGSTERS
2020-12-01 23:26
#6
STYKO | 
Slovakia DR_GON
Gambit is back
2020-12-01 23:26
SO EZ FOR GOD SH1RO
2020-12-01 23:30
gambit absolutely insane, respect
2020-12-01 23:54
#13
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Russia Syonamaru
gj!
2020-12-01 23:56
Wp gambit and what the fuck spirit
2020-12-01 23:58
#15
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Poland SebL
Heroic is showing some potential, with small changes they could be the best team in the world again I think. Gambit is actually looking good, I'm surprised by them, with small changes they could be maybe even a TOP 5 team. Spirit is looking really good, unlucky game for them. And Complexity is showing a little bit of life left in them, with small changes they could still be really good.
2020-12-01 23:58
2 replies
Your positivity is outstanding mate +1 to that!
2020-12-02 03:45
1 reply
#39
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Poland SebL
I'm always trying to be positive.
2020-12-02 08:41
Sh1ro > Cadian > Poison
2020-12-02 00:05
4 replies
Cadian > Sh1ro > Poizon
2020-12-02 00:15
3 replies
who is Cadian
2020-12-02 12:00
2 replies
Casper
2020-12-02 17:41
1 reply
oh I see, the BIG guy. Why did cadian pop up in this dialogue? One should compare shiro to syrson (snipers)?
2020-12-03 10:42
Ez top1
2020-12-02 00:05
HAAAAHAHAHHA 2 EZ 4 GAMBIT
2020-12-02 00:22
Gambit so strong
2020-12-02 00:39
#24
jks | 
Australia opzy
Gambit hasn’t lost since october 25th holy shit
2020-12-02 01:25
wtf Gambit?? 32-10
2020-12-02 02:15
Expected destroyment once again by super tier pro gamers from GAMBIT, wow, unreal, such amaze, many wow!
2020-12-02 03:15
You need to be more active to be able to create new forum topics
2020-12-02 03:18
Absolutely banger performance from Gambit! Enjoyed the match eventhough the juggernaut got crushed! GGWP!
2020-12-02 03:43
Gambit is amazing . Well played boys
2020-12-02 03:49
#35
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African Union mikecool
Got rekt hard
2020-12-02 04:27
a "juggernaut" who only got 10 rounds with interz topfragging against them smh
2020-12-02 05:30
Gambit Pog
2020-12-02 12:40
okkk
2020-12-02 13:51
Ez my boys
2020-12-02 15:43
What did you expect? "Top" teams nowadays it's more about fan base, sponsors and (as a result) partnership with organizers. Even if they lose every single game, they still get invites to tournaments cuz of the reasons above.
2020-12-02 18:39
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