Well well well, if it isn’t a French roster choking a Grand Final again.
DreamHack open Fall saw a bunch of surprises in the early stages, but before long it seemed as if we were getting the same old same old. By the upper Semis, we were seeing Astralis vs Fnatic and Vitality vs BIG, with the former coming out on top in both cases.
But in the lower bracket, another Danish team was going on a tear after their disappointing group stage showing. Heroic defeated North, Sprout, BIG, NiP and Astralis on their way to the grand final where Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut couldn’t manage to carry his underperforming team to victory in a 3:2 Grand Final loss.
In the CIS, Virtus.Pro went undefeated in IEM New York 2020, winning with Na’Vi and Nemiga in the knockout stages without dropping a map. Na’Vi surprisingly also fell to Spirit in the 3rd place decider, although their underperformance may have been connected to Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy contracting the coronavirus last week.
In roster moves, we’re still waiting for a confirmation for the big move for Nikola “NiKo” Kovac, who has been rumoured to be moving to G2 for almost a month. HLTV reports that the move is due to happen this week with the Bosnian replacing Francois “AmaNek” Deaulanay. The move would reunite NiKo with his cousin Nemanja “huNter-” Kovac and leave the G2 Esports a primarily Balkan affair.
In confirmed moves, the dissolution of 100 Thieves continues as Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad joins his fellow Norwegians in Apex, while Aussie superstar Justin “jks” Savage has officially moved to Complexity, finally replacing Owen “oBo” Schlattery who left the team last month due to homesickness.
Speaking of Aussies, the Esports Integrity Commission banned seven players from the Australian Mountain Dew League for match-fixing. None of the names are “big-time”, but this certainly is another symptom of trouble brewing with the scene down under ever since the then-Renegades roster left Oceania for Detroit.
That’s all for this week! A bit of a slower week this time, but there ain’t no rest for the esports wicked, with Blast Fall starting today, with the first top-tier intercontinental action since the pandemic started as Evil Geniuses have troubled to Europe for the tournament. This, along with the fact that team plans on competing in Europe after IEM Beijing shows that the North American scene is reeling. You can read all about that in our newest Medium article.
See you next week for another serving of esports news!