DreamHack Winter 2014

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DreamHack Winter 2014
2014
Dreamhack Winter 2014 CSGO Logo.png
Tournament information
SportCounter-Strike: Global Offensive
LocationJönköping, Sweden
DatesNovember 27, 2014–December 29, 2014
Administrator(s)DreamHack
Tournament
format(s)
16 team round-robin group stage
Eight team single-elimination playoff
Host(s)DreamHack
VenueElmia
Teams16
Purse$250,000 USD
Final positions
ChampionsFrance Team LDLC.com
1st runners-upSweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
2nd runners-upPoland Virtus.pro
Ukraine Natus Vincere
MVPFrance Vincent "Happy" Cervoni

DreamHack Winter 2014 was the fourth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship that was held from November 27–29, 2014 at Elmia in Jönköping. It was organized by DreamHack.

The tournament had a total prize pool of $250,000 USD.[1] The eight quarter-finalists from the previous major, ESL One Cologne 2014 were invited, while qualifiers were held for the other eight spots.

LDLC was the winner of the event after beating Ninjas in Pyjamas 16-10, 16-4, 19-16 in the finals.[2]

Format[edit]

The top six teams of the ESL One Cologne 2014 qualified as Legends. Five teams from Europe, one team from North America, and two teams from the Last LAN Qualifier qualified from the tournament. In addition, two teams were invited to the major.

Teams will be split up into four groups. All group matches are best of one. The highest seed will play the lowest seed in each group and the second and third seeds will play against each other. The winner of those two matches will play to determine which team moves on to the Playoffs; the loser of that match will play another match against the winner of the two losing teams. The loser of the lower match is eliminated from the tournament. The last two teams will play each other and the winner of that match moves on to the playoffs.

The playoffs bracket consists of eight teams, two from each group. All of these matches are a best of three, single elimination format. Teams advance in the bracket until a winner is decided.

Map Pool[edit]

The same map pool was kept at this major.

There were seven maps to choose from. In the group stage, both teams can delete two maps. From the remaining three maps, the map is randomly selected, which is played in the end. In the playoffs, each team will first remove one map. Then, each side chooses a map, which will be played in the first two matches. If the series were to go to a third map, that map is randomly selected among the three remaining maps.

Maps
  • Cache
  • Cobblestone
  • Dust II
  • Inferno
  • Mirage
  • Nuke
  • Overpass

Regional Qualifiers[edit]

European Closed Qualifier[edit]

European Qualifier
Round 1 Round 2 DH Winter 2014 DH Winter 2014
            
France Team LDLC.com 2
Sweden AliGon 0
France Team LDLC.com 2
Denmark myXMG 0
Commonwealth of Independent States dAT Team 1
Denmark myXMG 2
France Team LDLC.com Q
Germany Planetkey Dynamics Q
Finland 3DMAX 1
Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 2
Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 0
Germany Planetkey Dynamics 2
European Union mousesports 0
Germany Planetkey Dynamics 2
DreamHack Winter 2014
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Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 0
Poland ESC Gaming 2
Poland ESC Gaming 2
Germany Team Alternate 0
Norway London Conspiracy 1
Germany Team Alternate 2
Poland ESC Gaming Q
Germany PENTA Sports Q
Spain x6tence 0
Germany PENTA Sports 2
Germany PENTA Sports 2
Ukraine HellRaisers 0
Ukraine HellRaisers 2
Sweden duttdutt 0
5th Place Decider DH Winter 2014
      
Poland myXMG 2
Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 1
Poland myXMG 0
Ukraine HellRaisers 2
Germany Team Alternate 0
Ukraine HellRaisers 2

North America Closed Qualifier[edit]

North America Qualifier
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
United States Team iBUYPOWER 16
United States WeRidePonies 2
United States Team iBUYPOWER 16
United States eLevate 7
United States eLevate 16
United States 'SapphireKelwona 5
United States Team iBUYPOWER 2
United States NetCodeGuides.com 1
United States NetCodeGuides.com 16
United States dxm 5
United States NetCodeGuides.com 16
United States Denial eSports 10
United States Denial eSports 16
United States The Stream Team 14

Last Call LAN Qualifier[edit]

Last Chance Qualifier; Stockholm, Sweden
5th Place Decider DH Winter 2014
      
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 2
Finland 3DMAX 1
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 16
Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 6
Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 2
Norway London Conspiracy 0

Broadcast Talent[edit]

Host

  • United States Scott "SirScoots" Smith

Stage Host

  • United Kingdom James Duffield

Analyst

  • United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields

Commentators

  • United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat
  • Denmark Anders Blume
  • Sweden Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson
  • United Kingdom Stuart "TosspoT" Saw

Teams[edit]

Legends
Challengers

1Bravado Gaming and myXMG were invited to the tournament. Bravado did not have to play in any qualifier. myXMG failed to qualify through the European qualifier but was still invited.

Prior to the major, changes took place.

The biggest change came after the scandal of three French players. Two teams that achieved Legends statuses at the previous major, ESL One Cologne 2014, were dropped from their Legends spots. Titan, which achieved Legends status with Team LDLC.com,[3] was disqualified from the tournament after Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian was found cheating. In the same incident, Epsilon eSports was disqualified after Gordon "Sf" Giry was found to be cheating. The two players and Simon "smn" Beck were then VAC banned by Valve and were permanently banned from any Valve-sponsored tournaments, including any majors. The two remaining spots were then filled up in the Last Call LAN qualifier, taken by Copenhagen Wolves and Flipsid3 Tactics.[4]

After KQLY, Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, and Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez left for Titan, Team LDLC.com released Kévin "Uzzziii" Vernel and signed Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, Richard "shox" Papillon, Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux.[5]

Team Dignitas released Philip "aizy" Aistrup and signed René "cajunb" Borg from the Copenhagen Wolves.[6] Copenhagen Wolves also released Finn "karrigan" Andersen and Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen along with cajunb and sign Casper "cadiaN" Møller, Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye, and Jesper "tenzki" Mikalski.[7][8]

HellRaisers drop Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev in favor of Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev[9]

iBuyPower dropped Sam "DaZeD" Marine and Joshua "steel" Nissan despite being considered to be the best North American team. The team brings in Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella and Derek "desi" Branchen in their place.[10]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 Ukraine HellRaisers 2 0 32 19 +13 6
2 Sweden Fnatic 2 1 46 23 +23 6
3 United States Cloud9 1 2 26 33 -7 3
4 South Africa Bravado Gaming 0 2 3 32 -29 0
Group A Matches
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Fnatic 16 Mirage 2 South Africa Bravado Gaming
United States Cloud9 5 Inferno 16 Ukraine HellRaisers
Sweden Fnatic 14 Mirage 16 Ukraine HellRaisers
United States Cloud9 16 Cache 1 South Africa Bravado Gaming
Sweden Fnatic 16 Dust II 5 United States Cloud9

Group B[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 Denmark Team Dignitas 2 0 32 16 +16 6
2 Germany PENTA Sports 2 1 41 41 +0 6
3 United States Team iBUYPOWER 1 2 36 36 +0 3
4 Denmark Copenhagen Wolves 0 2 16 32 -16 0
Group B Matches
Team Score Map Score Team
Denmark Team Dignitas 16 Nuke 9 Germany PENTA Sports
United States Team iBUYPOWER 16 Nuke 4 Denmark Copenhagen Wolves
Denmark Team Dignitas 16 Nuke 7 United States Team iBUYPOWER
Germany PENTA Sports 16 Dust II 12 Denmark Copenhagen Wolves
United States Team iBUYPOWER 13 Inferno 16 Germany PENTA Sports

Group C[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 France Team LDLC.com 2 0 32 17 +15 6
2 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2 1 41 36 +5 6
3 Poland ESC Gaming 1 2 33 45 -12 3
4 Germany Planetkey Dynamics 0 2 15 32 -17 0
Group C Matches
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Overpass 2 Germany Planetkey Dynamics
France Team LDLC.com 16 Cobblestone 4 Poland ESC Gaming
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 13 Overpass 16 France Team LDLC.com
Poland ESC Gaming 16 Mirage 13 Germany Planetkey Dynamics
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Cache 13 Poland ESC Gaming

Group D[edit]

Pos Team W L RF RA RD Pts
1 Poland Virtus.pro 2 0 32 4 +28 6
2 Ukraine Natus Vincere 2 1 37 39 -2 6
3 Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 1 2 39 46 -7 3
4 Denmark myXMG 0 2 13 32 -19 0
Group D Matches
Team Score Map Score Team
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Inferno 2 Denmark myXMG
Ukraine Natus Vincere 16 Mirage 8 Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Nuke 2 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics 16 Mirage 11 Denmark myXMG
Ukraine Natus Vincere 19 Overpass 15 Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
Ukraine HellRaisers 0
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 2
Poland Virtus.pro 0
Poland Virtus.pro 2
Germany PENTA Sports 0
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 1
France Team LDLC.com 2
France Team LDLC.com 21
Sweden Fnatic 1
France Team LDLC.com 2
Ukraine Natus Vincere 0
Denmark Team Dignitas 0
Ukraine Natus Vincere 2

1The third map originally ended with a Fnatic win. However, the match was to be replayed due to both teams violating in-game rules. Fnatic refused to replay the map and LDLC was given the win

Quarterfinals Scores[edit]

HellRaisers vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas[edit]

HellRaisers had a surprise run to the playoffs, as it easily took down Cloud9 and upset Fnatic in the winner's match to take the first seed of Group A. Meanwhile, Ninjas in Pyjamas easily took down Planetkey Dynamics before losing a close match to Team LDLC.com. The Swedes had to edge its way past ESC Gaming to reach the playoffs.

Casters: Anders Blume & Semmler

Ukraine HellRaisers vs. Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Team Score Map Score Team
Ukraine HellRaisers 5 Dust II 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ukraine HellRaisers 5 Inferno 16 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ukraine HellRaisers Overpass Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas

Virtus.pro vs. PENTA Sports[edit]

Virtus.pro took care of business in Group D, giving up only four rounds in two maps to easily move on to the playoffs. PENTA Sports had an early loss to Team Dignitas but came back to defeat Copenhagen Wolves of Denmark and Team iBUYPOWER of the United States to claim the second seed of Group B.

Casters: TosspoT & Fifflaren

Poland Virtus.pro vs. Germany PENTA Sports
Team Score Map Score Team
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Cache 9 Germany PENTA Sports
Poland Virtus.pro 16 Mirage 5 Germany PENTA Sports
Poland Virtus.pro Nuke Germany PENTA Sports

Team LDLC.com vs. Fnatic[edit]

Team LDLC.com had an easy game against ESC Gaming and took down the Swedish powerhouse of the Ninjas in Pyjamas to top Group C. Fnatic easily took down the South Africans of Bravado Gaming but suffered an upset to HellRaisers. However, it came back and beat Cloud9 in the elimination match. The third map of this series would become one of the most infamous matches in CSGO history.

Casters: Anders Blume & Semmler

France Team LDLC.com vs. Sweden Fnatic
Team Score Map Score Team
France Team LDLC.com 16 Dust II 10 Sweden Fnatic
France Team LDLC.com 8 Cache 16 Sweden Fnatic
France Team LDLC.com W Overpass F Sweden Fnatic

Team Dignitas vs. Natus Vincere[edit]

Team Dignitas topped Group B after defeating Germany's PENTA Sports and USA's Team iBUYPOWER. Natus Vincere defeated Sweden's Flipsid3 Tactics twice in the initial matches and the elimination match, but was stomped on by Poland's Virtus.pro in the winner's match of Group D.

Casters: TosspoT & Fifflaren

Denmark Team Dignitas vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere
Team Score Map Score Team
Denmark Team Dignitas 3 Cobblestone 16 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Denmark Team Dignitas 13 Mirage 16 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Denmark Team Dignitas Overpass Ukraine Natus Vincere

Semifinals Scores[edit]

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Virtus.pro[edit]

The runner-up of Group C faced off against the winner of Group D. The Swedish legends easily took care of HellRaisers, winning each map by 11 rounds. The Polish legends also had a relatively easy time against PENTA Sports, with the Germans not getting to double digits in either of the two maps.

Casters: TosspoT vs. Fifflaren

Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Poland Virtus.pro
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 22 Nuke 20 Poland Virtus.pro
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 10 Cache 16 Poland Virtus.pro
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Inferno 8 Poland Virtus.pro

Team LDLC.com vs. Natus Vincere[edit]

After the controversial series against Fnatic, Team LDLC.com had a ticket to the semifinals against the Ukrainians of Natus Vincere which defeated Team Dignitas in a 2-0 sweep.

Casters: Anders Blume & Semmler

France Team LDLC.com vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere
Team Score Map Score Team
France Team LDLC.com 16 Mirage 11 Ukraine Natus Vincere
France Team LDLC.com 16 Inferno 11 Ukraine Natus Vincere
France Team LDLC.com Cobblestone Ukraine Natus Vincere

Finals Scores[edit]

The Ninjas in Pyjamas had a close series against Virtus.pro and was back in the finals. NiP was the defending major champions and looked to defend it; it was also NiP's fourth straight major final appearance. Team LDLC.com became the first French team to make it to a major final, taking down Natus Vincere by five rounds in both maps in the semifinals.

Casters: Anders Blume & Semmler

Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. France Team LDLC.com
Team Score Map Score Team
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 10 Dust II 16 France Team LDLC.com
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Inferno 4 France Team LDLC.com
Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas 16 Overpass 19 France Team LDLC.com

Final standings[edit]

Place Prize Money Team Seed Roster Coach
1st US$100,000 France Team LDLC.com ESL One Katowice 2015 France kioShiMa, France Happy, France SmithZz, France NBK, France shox France MoMaN
2nd US$50,000 Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas Sweden f0rest, Sweden GeT RiGhT, Sweden Xizt, Sweden friberg, Sweden Maikelele Bosnia and Herzegovina pita
3rd–4th US$22,000 Ukraine Natus Vincere Ukraine Edward, Ukraine Zeus, Ukraine starix, Russia seized, Slovakia GuardiaN
Poland Virtus.pro Poland TaZ, Poland NEO, Poland pashaBiceps, Poland byali, Poland Snax
5–8th US$10,000 Ukraine HellRaisers Ukraine ANGE1, Ukraine kucher, Ukraine markeloff, Ukraine s1mple Russia Dosia Ukraine Blad3
Sweden Fnatic Sweden JW, Sweden flusha, Sweden pronax, Sweden olofmeister, Sweden KRiMZ Sweden Devilwalk
Denmark Team Dignitas Denmark FeTiSh, Denmark dev1ce, Denmark cajunb, Denmark dupreeh, Denmark Xyp9x Denmark 3k2
Germany PENTA Sports Germany r0bs3n, Germany Spidii, Germany denis, Germany kRYSTAL, Germany fel1x
9–12th US$2,000 Sweden Flipsid3 Tactics ESL One Katowice 2015 Main Qualifier Sweden twist, Sweden berg, Sweden zende, Bosnia and Herzegovina BENDJI, Bosnia and Herzegovina Dumas
Poland ESC Gaming Poland innocent, Poland SZPERO, Poland mouz, Poland MINISE, Poland rallen
United States Cloud9 United States ShahZam, United States sgares, United States n0thing Canada shroud, Canada Semphis
United States Team iBuyPower United States nitr0, United States Skadoodle, United States swag, United States desi, Canada AZK United States lrukandji
13–16th US$2,000 South Africa Bravado Gaming South Africa Cent, South Africa Detrony, South Africa Racno, South Africa bLacKpoisoN, South Africa deviaNt
Denmark Copenhagen Wolves Denmark gla1ve, Denmark Pimp, Denmark tenzki, Denmark Kjaerbye, Denmark cadiaN
Germany Planetkey Dynamics Germany strux1, Germany alexRr, Germany Troubley, Germany nex, Greece stavros
Denmark myXMG Denmark MSL, Denmark HUNDEN, Denmark AcilioN, Denmark Friis, Denmark smF

References[edit]

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