The Swedish-English side didn’t lose a single map on their way to the final, and then swept the Germans 3-0 in a Bo5 Final to take the title home.
After a year and a half of underwhelming results during the Coronavirus pandemic, things are finally looking up for fnatic. The 3 time Major winning org, parted ways with ‘flusha’ first, to add ‘Jackinho’. Then they also benched veteran ‘JW’ and ‘Golden’ to add ‘ALEX’ and ‘mezii’, the ex-Cloud9 duo. They then signed ‘smooya’, placing their trust in him after his shock benching/stepping down from BIG right before the Katowice 2019 Major saw him out of any tier 1 teams for 2.5 years.
The British core of a new look fnatic has been on the up ever since, first qualifying for IEM Winter with him and now winning DreamHack Open November with a flawless run.
‘Brollan’ found his 2019 groove again as he was awarded the MVP for the event with a 1.40 rating across 9 maps. Smooya and mezii too had ratings of 1.27 and 1.23 to help their side secure the title, their first win at an event that wasn’t a qualifier in 19 months.
In the final fnatic annihilated BIG on Inferno, winning 16-3 with a tremendous showing on the T side with 12 rounds. BIG couldnt do anything and succumbed to a defeat easily.
Vertigo was a close call, with both sides showing good defenses, as fnatic posted 10 on theirs. BIG retaliated with a stellar showing as well and the score was even at 12-12 at one point, but the Swede-English team pulled through to win 16-12.
Ancient was even closer, with the closest score line of 8-7 at the half in favour of BIG. fnatic then showed their masterclass on the CT side, playing their second official on the map EVER, no one expected this out of them. ‘tabseN’s men couldn’t do much on the T side as they got only 2 rounds as fnatic won the map 16-10 with ease. Brollan had 25 kills and a 1.82 rating on the last map to keep it sailing smoothly for his side.
It was only fitting that the team which won the FIRST DreamHack Open event in CS:GO would win the last one as well. After the takeover of DH by ESL, DH Open events would be renamed to ESL Challengers, and teams would compete in the tournament under