Gen.G and FURIA to Face Off in DreamHack Finals
DreamHack Open Anaheim is reaching its climax as the grand finalists have been determined. The four group stage survivors have been culled to two as Gen.G and FURIA have advanced to the marquee match. They bested North and FURIA respectively in best-of-threes this afternoon to get there.
Gen.G 2 – 0 North
The first DreamHack semifinal saw the top seeded Gen.G face off against North. While Gen.G were by no means clear favorites coming in, they were the better team on the day. The best way to describe this match is a “close” 2-0 sweep.
North’s map pick was Dust2. Since Gen.G took the favored T side start, North’s defense would be tested first. Gen.G exposed it rather quickly. After North took the pistol round, Gen.G immediately fired back to steal the force buy. They then won nine of the next ten rounds. North managed to take two rounds at the end of the half, but still trailed 4-11.
North’s attack was also explosive, allowing them to make a massive comeback. After winning nine of eleven rounds, the score was tied at 13-13. With their economy on the edge of collapse, Gen.G needed a miracle. Then, Timothy “automatic” Ta pulled off a massive AWP 4k to help his team regain control.
This momentum swing was enough for Gen.G win their final three rounds in a row. They took map one 16-13.
Map two shaped up to be a very close one from the start. Gen.G’s Mirage pick saw the teams trade rounds back and forth early. From the T side, Gen.G took the first three rounds before North stabilized to take seven of the next eight. The half ended with North at an 8-7 lead.
North extended their lead to three rounds before Gen.G’s economy recovered. Once it did, Gen.G made their comeback by taking seven rounds. North made their last stand as Gen.G were on series point. The Danish squad managed to get to 14 rounds before Gen.G closed the map out in round 30. The 16-14 win sent Gen.G to the grand finals.
FURIA Esports 2 – 1 Complexity
Another variable clash awaited in the second DreamHack semifinal matchup. Both Complexity and FURIA had the potential to advance.
The first map was Complexity’s pick of Mirage. Right off the bat, Complexity displayed their T side preparation. Their offense was consistent and oppressive, resulting in one long win streak after another. FURIA could only manage scattered rounds. The first half ended 12-3 for Complexity from the weaker side.