North gets the job done
It would have been nice to see North and Immortals play an entire best-of three for the grand final. The event was a “must win” for North, though, when you analyze the level of teams in attendance and the spark Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså has provided since his acquisition. I believe the final would have been a 2-0 victory for North if played traditionally, especially after North trounced Immortals on Cobblestone. But the result as it took place was bit tarnished. No match should be ruined by the tardiness of professional players, especially when those players are backed by an organization like Immortals.
Show up on time
A majority of the discussion from Immortals’ tardiness and first map forfeit centered around the reason for the players being late, but that’s largely irrelevant. Every player should be at liberty to do as they wish, so long as they get the job done to the best of their ability. It doesn’t matter if Henrique “HEN1” Teles, Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles and Vito “kNg” Giuseppe were partying too late or simply really like to sleep. They were late. Late is unacceptable as professionals and I’m unbelievably thankful this happened at a $100,000 DreamHack event rather than the Major. Gambit winning that best-of three after playing one map would have been even more bittersweet than the North victory this weekend.
Social Media training
This weekend gave another example where players should almost certainly think twice before posting on social media. Tweeting while emotional can get the best of anyone, which happened to kNg this weekend. Do I believe he actually wanted to kill Pujan “FNS” Mehta? No, I don’t. That said, it’s just not something anybody should say, especially right before they attempt to seek out the person in a hotel. It’s about time players are disciplined for their behavior on Twitter or other social media platforms because this was an easily avoidable situation. The sad part is now FNS will likely think twice before making a joke in the future, which sucks. The guy is hilarious.
Victim to the schedule
The unfortunate theme for DreamHack was a lack of talented teams, which made predictions extremely bland. I expected North to win the event with Immortals or Cloud9 taking a runner up spot, which is exactly what happened. Due to the chaotic event schedule, there was nothing that could be done. It just so happened ELEAGUE and ESG also ran the same weekend, so I’m hoping DreamHack Denver will be a bit better. Throwing SK Gaming, Team Liquid and maybe one more team into the mix would make it much more interesting.
Team Liquid, NA’s best by far
Considering one of the better teams in North America (OpTic) is a European roster, the North American throne is even less contested. Cloud9 is fresh off adding two ex-OpTic players leaving the door wide open for Liquid, who impressed at ESG with a final appearance. I believe Liquid have a chance to remain the better team indefinitely, but the skill of Cloud9 can’t be ignored. I will give C9 a couple months before I start begging for a real in-game leader, someone like Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer. I’m hoping we get to see Cloud9 and Liquid play each other this weekend at ESL One New York. Let’s see which team is better.
Cover photo by Jennika Ojala/DreamHack