On Day 1 of Dreamhack Masters Spring, Astralis, Complexity, and others won their matches, while Fiend and Mousesports were eliminated from the tournament. All games played today – apart from the elimination matches – were all best of one matches. Elimination matches are best of three.
Astralis win despite losing dev1ce
Just days ago, Astralis let go of legendary AWPer Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz. They sold his contact to NIP. With dev1ce gone, Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen took his place. With his lackluster results as the sixth man on the roster, many expected the team to lose. However, Bubzkji did great in his debut match, posting 20 kills and the second-highest ADR (average damage per round) on his team. With dev1ce gone, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen has become the team’s primary AWPer, and despite a few missed shots, he was great with the sniper rifle.
On Twitter, dupreeh wrote about his debut: “Oh, and obviously I play a bit more AWP right now. Big shoes to fill, but I’ll do my best to help my team. Expect missed shots and odd positions. At least I’m having a ton of fun! And happy about today’s debut!”
Astralis take on Complexity next on April 30, a match that pits dupreeh against legendary AWPer Valentin “poizon” Vasilev.
Oh, and obviously I play bit more AWP right now. Big shoes to fill, but I’ll do my best to help my team. Expect missed shots and odd positions. At least I’m having a ton of fun! 😁 and happy about today’s debut!
— Peter Rasmussen (@dupreeh) April 29, 2021
Vitality’s Kyojin looked out of place
Dreamhack Masters marked Vitality’s first tournament without Cédric “RpK” Guipouy following the signing of Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen. “Stepping in after the @BLASTPremier Spring Showdown as our new 5th man, please allow us to introduce the young and extremely talented @KyojinCSGO! We cannot wait for you guys to support him fully under his new colors! #VforVictory,” Team Vitality tweeted about the signing.
In Kyojin’s first match, it seemed as if he was not integrated properly into Vitality’s T side strategies. Across eleven rounds on the T side, Kyojin had two kills and seemed confused on what exactly to do. While it is just his debut match, hopefully Vitality can catch Kyojin up on the team’s strategies. After all, his aim and playstyle are incredible, but the roster will need time to work together.
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) April 12, 2021
Mousesports take down FaZe
Following the signing of Christopher “dexter” Nong and the departure of Finn “karrigan” Andersen, Mousesports have failed stay true to form. After loosing map one, fans expected the same result, but Mousesports looked revitalized by Robin “ropz” Kool’s solid play. Mouse crushed FaZe on map two, Nuke, 16-5. On map three, Mosuesports changed up their playstyle and slowly played every round on their T side. While their strategy might have cost them a few rounds due to running out of time, the strategy saved them and led to victory. Additionally, Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand had one of his best games on Mousesports with 30+ kills on map three.
— DreamHack Counter-Strike (@DreamHackCSGO) April 29, 2021
Big back in form
Before Dreamhack Masters, BIG had not been doing well and bombed out of ESL Pro League after winning only one match. Many analysts expected BIG to not do as well, but off the momentum of their win at FunSpark ULTI, they took down Furia in a 16-6.
“Guns blazing in our first #DHMasters Match! GGWP @FURIA! #GOBIG” the BIG account tweeted after the match.
— BIG (@BIGCLANgg) April 29, 2021
Day Two Dreamhack Masters Preview
Tomorrow’s matches are as following and all times are in EDT. You can convert the time to your timezone here.
- Extra Salt vs. Vitality (7:30 am)
- FURIA vs. paiN (7:30 am)
- Astralis vs. Complexity (10:45 am)
- Virtual Pro vs. Spirit (10:45 am)
- BIG vs. Heroic (2:00 pm)
- G2 vs. Mousesports (2:00 pm)
Zain Merchant is an Esports writer who has previously worked with Team Dignitas. He loves FPS games such as Valorant, Counter-Strike and Valorant.