BIG, Gambit advance to DreamHack Open January Europe semi-finals

Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz and Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov were the difference makers for their teams.

BIG and Gambit are the first teams qualified for DreamHack Open January Europe playoffs as they defeated Evil Geniuses and Spirit in group A and B winners' bracket on Thursday.

They will now rest and prepare for the semifinals on Saturday, while Evil Geniuses and Spirit will have to play an elimination series against the winner of FunPlus Phoenix vs. HellRaisers and Sprout vs. forZe on Friday.

tabseN led BIG by example

Evil Geniuses had a rough start on their map pick Inferno, losing six of the first eight rounds, but managed to win the first half by 8-7. The North Americans carried the momentum to their CT side and chained six together to put BIG on the ropes. The Germans didn't surrender and almost pushed the game to overtime, but Evil Geniuses closed it 16-13 as Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik had a massive impact in the last two rounds, contributing with seven kills on his own.

BIG had a great start once again, this time on Dust2, and held on to their initial 6-0 lead, winning the half 9-6. The Germans displayed their best once they switched to the T side as they didn't concede a single round to Evil Geniuses. Tizian "⁠tiziaN⁠" Feldbusch and Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne had a great match and finished with 22 and 21 frags respectively.

The scoreboard was tied 4-4 on Nuke when BIG took the reins and won the last seven rounds of the half on their CT side. Evil Geniuses grabbed a lifeline as they won the second pistol, but the Germans denied them any chance of comeback thanks to tabseN's 1v3 Desert Eagle clutch in the antieco. BIG lost only two more rounds after that as the North Americans didn't have the strength nor the economy to fight back.

Germany
Matchpage
2
1
28th January 2021
13
Inferno
16
16
Dust2
6
16
Nuke
7
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 46 +18 101.5 1.44
48 - 39 +9 68.1 1.13
50 - 42 +8 72.5 1.12
55 - 52 +3 81.6 1.11
44 - 44 0 62.6 1.01
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 53 +2 85.2 1.15
50 - 48 +2 71.0 1.01
44 - 54 -10 69.4 0.94
43 - 51 -8 61.0 0.85
31 - 59 -28 49.9 0.66

Spirit played Inferno with Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov instead of Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov and their strategy absolutely paid off as the 17-year-old had 22 kills and just 11 deaths, helping them to take down Gambit 16-6.

Spirit curiously left their in-game leader Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov on the bench for Overpass and played with degster and Patsi. They were 14-10 ahead on their T side but failed to close the map as Gambit fixed their setup on the B bombsite. sh1ro and co. carried the momentum to overtime and cleanly swept their adversaries to take the series to Train.

On Train, Nikolay "⁠Certus⁠" Poluyanov subbed in chopper for Patsi and the 23-year-old successfully led his team to win their T side by 9-6. Gambit, however, had a nearly flawless run in the second half after they conceded the pistol round and the antieco. Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov was having a great game, but It was sh1ro who closed the game with an astonishing ace in the after-plant.

Matchpage
2
1
28th January 2021
6
Inferno
16
19
Overpass
15
16
Train
12
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 51 +21 93.0 1.38
59 - 52 +7 80.0 1.12
61 - 56 +5 80.1 1.09
47 - 65 -18 72.3 0.90
40 - 53 -13 49.2 0.80
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 59 -1 77.3 1.16
48 - 43 +5 77.6 1.07
32 - 34 -2 78.1 1.06
56 - 58 -2 70.1 1.05
48 - 52 -4 67.5 1.05
35 - 36 -1 66.7 0.97
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1613
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
853
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
634
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1388
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
927
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
571
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.54
Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
307
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
433
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Losing to BIG hahahaha
2021-01-28 19:23
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
NICE
2021-01-28 19:23
2 replies
VERY NICE
2021-01-29 15:31
1 reply
#41
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Finland Cucumber))
I ARE HAVE THE AGREEMENT
2021-01-29 15:47
#3
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Turkey ok4N__
Expected
2021-01-28 19:24
ok
2021-01-28 19:24
These guys from Gambit always somehow make comebacks happen. Weird replacements by Spirit throughout the game. No awp on Inferno can make sense but no IGL on 2nd map ? thats very strange.
2021-01-28 19:26
11 replies
+1 smth like they were testing
2021-01-28 19:40
1 reply
yea feels like they didnt got Patsi and Degster on loan for that long and want to make or test the most out of them they can.
2021-01-28 19:48
#12
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Russia Kalacia
Should still be pretty easy for them to make playoffs, but today was strange
2021-01-28 19:52
4 replies
yea should be easy for them against either Sprout or Forze to make to playoffs.
2021-01-28 19:55
2 replies
#17
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Russia Kalacia
Maybe just testing different strats before the playoffs began
2021-01-28 20:12
1 reply
seems to be the case.
2021-01-28 20:21
#37
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Russia M1shV4T
Right after the game interz said that they not really in shape and this is why they play kind of worse than they used to
2021-01-29 12:55
I think that sdy was igl before so he kinda is an igl but yeah weird decision
2021-01-28 20:18
3 replies
i very much agree with your name.
2021-01-28 20:21
2 replies
Ty mens)) I'm proud that tabseN stepped up today and showed that he can still be a starplayer
2021-01-28 20:25
1 reply
yea he fell off in the second half of last year but hopefully the year end break has got him refueled again.
2021-01-28 20:35
#7
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Germany Nachofish
go jermans!
2021-01-28 19:28
expected
2021-01-28 19:41
booohooo tier3 cs
2021-01-28 19:55
1 reply
Actually better than tier 2 C9 cs
2021-01-28 22:01
#15
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India Pranav3112
Ez
2021-01-28 19:58
Tarik do céu ... And sh1ro God as always
2021-01-28 20:48
Gambit on top10 this year for sure
2021-01-28 22:15
1 reply
yeah they worked hard and still do
2021-01-29 15:22
Brehze top20 for sure.
2021-01-28 23:28
lmao ez for the boiys
2021-01-29 00:44
#34
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
BIG is showing some kind of potential, the core of tabseN, XANTARES and syrsoN can build such a insane team. Gambit is insane, TOP 5 team for me.
2021-01-29 07:54
Gambit will win another dh, so easy for them when teams choke too.
2021-01-29 08:55
Yay for Gambit LEGO
2021-01-29 15:17
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