The DreamHack Open Winter 2018 has not seen a big presence from the big and international teams, perhaps because of their concern with the SUPERNOVA CS: GO MALTA.
ENCE kicked off their map pick, Train, with a 3-0 lead after winning the pistol round, against a forcebuy, and an anti-eco. With a full buy in the third round, Bravado were able to keep ENCE at bay, albeit barely as it came down to Johnny “JT”Theodosiou winning a 1vs1 afterplant against Aleksi “allu” Jalli to get his team on the board. ENCE then changed the pace, going fast outer, resetting Bravado and taking a 6-1 lead after the anti-ecos.
Bravado were able to win a Desert Eagle buy, making it 2-7, which they were able to follow up as Rhys “Fadey” Armstrong got a double while defending B alone in a 3vs3. ENCE kept dominating the half, giving up only two more before the half, making it 10-5.
Bravado tried a push on A through Ivy and Main, but clinical doubles by Jani “Aerial” Jussila and Sami “xseveN” Laasanengave the second pistol round to the Finns. The South African side then won the first gun round, lost the second, and won an eco to reset ENCE. They then won the anti-eco and followed it up with Dimitri “Detrony” Hadjipaschali winning a 1vs1 afterplant on B against xseveN to close the gap, 9-13. ENCE were then able to run away with it, as allu was able to win a 1vs2 on the retake with the AWP to get on match point, and the Finns closed it out the following round, 16-9.
The final standings at DreamHack Winter 2018 are:
1. ENCE – $50,000
2. Bravado – $20,000
3-4. Heroic – $10,000
3-4. x6tence Galaxy – $10,000
5-6. compLexity – $3,000
5-6. G2 – $3,000
7-8. LDLC – $2,000
7-8. OpTic – $2,000