The Roundup: CS:GO Dreamhack, IEM Shanghai Oceanic, and Curse Rivals Updates

Welcome to the roundup – The Roundup is a piece of quick, factual news about the results around the world of esports in a litany of different games and tournaments. The bulk of today’s load was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive qualifying events. Here’s how each one played out:

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Dreamhack Masters Stockholm North American Qualifier

  • GhostGaming, who qualified out of the open bracket to even have a chance to play in this qualifier, ended up beating the favorites eUnited (2-1), and Complexity (2-1), who was on a bye. GhostGaming put themselves in a big spot to potentially upset Rogue in winners and make it to Dreamhack Masters Stockholm.
  • The even comes down to four teams and four games: Rogue vs. GhostGaming, eUnited vs. Complexity. On the outset, Rogue looks like the clear favorite to take the only qualifying spot, but either of Complexity or eUnited coming out of the lower-bracket can give them trouble if GhostGaming doesn’t play at this level tomorrow.
  • On the European side, Optic Gaming will face Nobodo, who took out the top-seeded Virtus. Pro, and winner will advance to face HellRaisers.

IEM Shanghai Oceanic Closed Qualifiers

  • In no surprise, Greyhound ended up taking a decisive victory over the Chiefs to qualify for IEM Shanghai. The best team in that region showed up and only dropped a few maps during their run.
  • Greyhound started the finals winning 16-0, only to come back a game later and lose 16-14 against the Chiefs, Luckily, they figured it out and ended up winning 3-1.

Curse Rivals 2v2 PUBG Monthly

  • Curse puts on a double tournament every month and here are June’s winners:

 

 

 

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Team Gates Comes From Behind on Day Three to Win the PGI NA Qualifier

When GhostGaming came out of the backstage after it was announced that they finished second overall, after carrying the lead for eleven straight rounds, they carried a look of pure despair. Team Gates, a middling team that doesn’t have any significant wins on the record, played solid PUBG all weekend which allowed them to steal a win away from the top-ranked GhostGaming.

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Photo via twitch.tv/playBattlegrounds

After GhostGaming barely survived the onslaught of day two, Team Gates seemed to slowly and methodically close the gap between the two.  It wasn’t a heroic kill effort that put Team Gates over the top, but their constant movement towards better positioning and using vehicles safely. TG never matched GhostGaming’s 42-kills one day-one, but no team came close in top-five finishes. TG ended up with six top-five placements and eight top-10.

Luckily, GhostGaming qualifies for the finals in Berlin regardless of losing out on the top prize. Along with those two teams, Honey Badger Nation, who had a very impressive showing, winning a few rounds along the way. Across the board, HBN showed up in a strong way. Five games HBN tallied double-digit kill totals and ended day one with the second highest kill total.

The Next Three Team

SlimeSquad, Cloud 9, Optic, and Tempo Storm, all esteemed teams in North America all missed out by a few hundred points. The problem was the inconsistency with these teams. Take Optic Gaming for example, who had an incredible weekend in terms of placing, but the lack of heavy-kill rounds significantly set them back.

Looking at Wildcard Gaming, they started in last place on day one, dropped the highest kill scores on day two, only to have a conservative total on day three and finish in eigtht. Same goes for The God Squad that dropped 43 total kills today, giving themselves a chance in the end. However, Team Gates was able to do it all and eventually surpass the juggernaut Ghost Gaming to win it all.

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