DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 Day 1
Sixteen teams, $250,000 prize money
Topic: DreamHack Masters Spring
At DreamHack Masters Spring 2021, a total of 16 teams will play for the title and 250,000 USD in prize money over the next two weeks. The lineups are divided into two groups and the first round will be played as bo1. The top of the group will advance directly to the semifinals of the single-elimination playoffs. Pretty much the entire world's top teams will be represented at the event, and there will be eight matches on the first day of play.
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Game 1: Gambit vs. Fiend
On the first matchday, Gambit will face the big underdogs Fiend, who surprisingly beat OG and Cloud9 in the qualifying tournament. Even though the Bulgarians have already defeated two big teams, Gambit is known for their focused style of play. Even in the duel with underdogs, the team was recently always fully on the point and showed sovereign performances.
Game 2: Spirit vs. G2
The second match of the first day will already be an exciting one. Just a week ago, the two teams met. Back then, G2 won 2-1 at the BLAST Spring Showdown to advance to the finals. Will Spirit get revenge? The odds favor the Russian top team in this duel.
Game 3: NAVI vs. mousesports
While mousesports played eight bo3 duels in the last two days, NAVI has already been without an official game for three weeks. It is expected that Natus Vincere will also compete with B1T as a fixed fifth player, but has now had enough time to prepare sufficiently for this situation. The odds clearly favor the Russian top team between NAVI and mousesports, but they have not been fully convincing in recent weeks, while mousesports is well rehearsed.
Game 4: FaZe vs. Virtus.Pro
With FaZe and Virtus.Pro two teams that recently had to struggle with form problems are facing each other. While FaZe did not quite find their top form under the new IGL karrigan, the last games were very disappointing for Virtus.Pro. After the second place at the IEM Katowice the team did not find back to its old consistency. At the FunSpark ULTI Virtus.Pro finished on the last place.
Game 5: Astralis vs. Extra Salt
The Danes as the clear favorite? Between Astralis and Extra Salt the odds are quite one-sided, but the last results contradict them. Extra Salt is currently performing consistently well against solid teams like BIG, forZe and Dignitas and almost won the FunSpark ULTI in the final match with BIG Clan. Astralis is certainly weakened after the departure of device and has lost their star player for years.
Game 6: Complexity vs. Vitality
Vitality signed Kyojin as a replacement for RpK, who left the team after disappointing performances at the ESL Pro League and the BLAST Showdown. The young Frenchman is best known for his highlight videos of the Faceit Pro League and is an aim-technical diamond in the rough. How well he has already settled into the team is uncertain and will be shown in the game between Complexity and Vitality.
Game 7: FURIA vs. BIG
Between FURIA and BIG, the odds don't really make a favorite. While the German top team surprisingly won the tournament at the FunSpark ULTI, both teams were eliminated after two games at the Qualifier for the IEM Summer 2021. Disappointing performances of both lineups, FURIA even managed a double-digit result in only one map.
Game 8: paiN vs. Heroic
paiN is a Brazilian lineup and the second heavy underdog of the tournament. The team was assigned one of the toughest possible opponents in Heroic in the first round and needed an absolute dream day to win against the Danish top team. In just one map, however, a lot is always possible and underdog betting is tempting.
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