Extra Salt through to DH Open March grand final over High Coast

The No. 24 ranked side will face off against paiN in the grand finals at 22:00 on Sunday.

Extra Salt have become the second DreamHack Open March North America finalists after besting High Coast 2-0 in the semi-finals, setting up a best-of-five battle against paiN for the lion's share of the $70,000 prize pool and a spot at IEM Summer 2021.

"We did really want to play Liquid since they've been in Europe for a while," Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek stated in a post-match interview, "but I guess we're just going to have to wait for that opportunity. As for paiN, I know they've been prepping pretty hard, especially to beat us, so I think it's going to be a good match."

Sonic also praised the evolution in Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou's leadership, stating that the South African captain's reads had become "really good lately" and that he had grown as an individual. He then wished paiN good luck in the grand final on Sunday, saying: "they're good friends, wonderful guys and definitely one of my favourite Brazilian teams, but this is CS man - there's only one winner on the table."

Sonic led the way for Extra Salt with a 1.61 rating in the series

The series between the two teams kicked off on Dust2, where Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy was unable to claim revenge over his former teammates despite a close affair. What started off as a three-round lead for Extra Salt quickly gave way to strong offensive effort from High Coast, who managed to fight back and pull ahead 10-5 by the break.

The tides quickly turned in the second half, however, and it was Extra Salt who put the pressure on their opposition, with Sonic leading the way with a 1.80 rating and 33-19 K-D as Extra Salt narrowly edged out a victory in round 30.

JT's troops maintained momentum heading into their pick of Vertigo, kicking off the map with a 6-0 lead. High Coast rallied back, bringing themselves within one round by halftime before taking the lead off the break, 10-8. A triple kill from Edgar "⁠MarKE⁠" Maldonado put Extra Salt back in the running, and from there they gave up just one additional round as they put an end to High Coast's hopes of a third map, taking the victory 16-11.

 Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 38 +20 112.8 1.61
51 - 34 +17 88.0 1.39
41 - 35 +6 78.5 1.26
36 - 35 +1 73.5 1.08
34 - 37 -3 63.9 1.02
 High Coast K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 46 -2 73.8 0.98
33 - 39 -6 67.3 0.90
35 - 47 -12 79.0 0.87
31 - 50 -19 58.8 0.79
35 - 42 -7 63.2 0.78
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
756
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado
Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
683
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
668
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
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#1
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Estonia whosmans
nice one
2021-03-14 04:04
13 replies
#3
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
ez for oSee
2021-03-14 04:07
12 replies
#4
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Estonia whosmans
sonic with most kills and most deaths, true team player
2021-03-14 04:07
11 replies
#5
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
yeah sonic is really underrated imo without motm, he goes in first more but still does very well
2021-03-14 04:08
10 replies
#7
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United States Festive_
i dont think it's much to do with the motm replacement. i think he's been given a lot more room without floppy in the team. he's put in more clutch or 2vX scenarios on t side for example
2021-03-14 04:40
9 replies
#11
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Estonia whosmans
i agree that removing floppy gives sonic a lot more space
2021-03-14 08:22
8 replies
No NA teams in NA tournament finals, pathetic display as always, they never fail to disappoint
2021-03-14 09:08
7 replies
#18
JT | 
North America b00tleg
? 3 NA players on Extra Salt and 2 South Africans who chose to play in NA bc their region is dead/irrelevant?
2021-03-14 16:31
6 replies
MarkE is LATAM not NA get lost majorless yankee
2021-03-14 19:08
5 replies
#20
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North America b00tleg
Mexico is in the continent of North America As for major see C9 :)
2021-03-14 19:10
4 replies
C9 major didnt count, there wasnt any top 20 team playing on it and mexico is in central america go learn geography burger
2021-03-14 19:11
3 replies
#22
JT | 
North America b00tleg
ROFL ok malding BR, I guess SK wasn't a top 20 team when C9 beat them then? Central America is not a continent, North America is, Mexico is in North America. You're just doing the thing where NA=USA bc fuck burgers right
2021-03-14 19:17
1 reply
yes burger you guessed it right, not even the french part of canada is NA #FaZeUp 😎
2021-03-14 19:23
#24
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Sweden fawku
Lol brazilian education. Mexico is part of na. He made you look special ed af
2021-03-14 20:20
Fuck im slow ;(
2021-03-14 04:05
#6
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United States Festive_
extra salt saving NA pls. gl tomorrow boys
2021-03-14 04:39
Let's go Danny's boys!
2021-03-14 05:41
#9
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United States B0b3rT
gg :(
2021-03-14 06:12
Poor motm
2021-03-14 06:50
motm deserves better
2021-03-14 08:24
Unlucko
2021-03-14 09:33
#15
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Poland SebL
Extra Salt is looking great, I think they will make TOP 20 after this tournament, they should travel to EU to face some real opposition, this final they should win, but paiN isn't the team that can't win this either, it will be a great final. High Coast showed potential, they just need more time and practice and it could work.
2021-03-14 12:00
Disappointed no Liquid vs Extra Salt, would really be a proving ground for them. But alas another NA tourny absolutely dunked on by a team that shouldn't have been dropped
2021-03-14 13:07
extra salt>clown9
2021-03-14 13:33
1 reply
Same
2021-03-15 00:23
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