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Heroic edge out Vitality in five-map thriller to win DreamHack Open Fall

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Heroic took down Vitality 3-2 in the grand final of DreamHack Open Fall, winning 2500 Regional Major Ranking (RMR) points and assuring themselves of a spot at the IEM Global Challenge in Cologne, scheduled for December 15-20 in Cologne.

The Danish team showed incredible resilience and intensity in this slugfest that lasted over six hours. They came back from a map down and closed out the series in style with a blowout of a Mirage game, where Casper “⁠cadiaN⁠” Møller produced one of the best performances of his career with a 2.08 rating. It was a fitting end to a remarkable lower bracket run that saw Heroic survive five elimination matches before repeating the ESL One Cologne final victory against the Frenchmen.

“The tournament started pretty rough for us, I think it was one of the most insane comebacks in a tournament that I have at least witnessed in my fairly long career,” cadiaN said after the match. “We started in the lower bracket and we made it all the way to the top. I’m so proud of the boys. Who would have thought that we could make this achievement? When we won Cologne, everyone was like, ‘there is no way they are going to win another trophy’, and here we are. We did it again. I’m so happy.”

Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut opened up the action on Overpass with a trio of kills to help kick Vitality into the lead on their map choice. Heroic responded after buying up as they put together five rounds, with their streak then coming to an end as Kévin “⁠misutaaa⁠” Rabier added four kills to his name. The rest of the half was controlled by the French side, who went into the break with a three-round cushion following a beautiful 1v2 clutch by Dan “⁠apEX⁠” Madesclaire in the final round with a well-placed Molotov.

cadiaN ended the series in style with a 30-bomb

Vitality looked intent on locking down the map after switching to the CT side as they held the Danes back during the early stages of the half, bringing the scoreline to a 14-7 advantage. The game appeared out of reach for Heroic, but then the Danes upped the pace and gradually took the upper hand. Nikolaj “⁠niko⁠” Kristensen kept his team in the game with a jaw-dropping 1v4 clutch in the 24th round to inflict a damaging blow on the Frenchmen, who were unable to prevent the game from going to overtime. Despite the setback, Vitality remained calm and collected, picking up two rounds in both halves to secure the map, with Richard “⁠shox⁠” Papillon being the hero with two key plays.

Nuke began with aces from René “⁠TeSeS⁠” Madsen and cadiaN as Heroic took an early lead on the offensive side of the map. The landscape of the game changed dramatically once Vitality had money in the bank, however, as the French side were in control for the remainder of the half — apart from a brief period in which the Danes strung three rounds together.

Heroic hit back after switching sides, restoring parity at 9-9, but then Vitality chained four rounds together to build a solid lead and amp up the pressure on their opponents. With very little room for error, the Danes tightened up and reached map point at 15-14 before their opponents responded for another overtime. The first set of extra rounds could not determine a winner, but then Heroic pulled through thanks to a 2v5 by Martin “⁠stavn⁠” Lund and TeSeS in the final round to equalise the series.

ZywOo came to life in the first half of Inferno, racking up 17 kills as Vitality secured a 9-6 lead after a solid first half in which they were always one step ahead and kept Heroic from stringing rounds together. The No.1 player of 2019 further added to his tally with a trio of kills in the following pistol to put Vitality on double-digits, but then things fell apart for the French team. Heroic took the game by the throat and did not let go, locking down the map in convincing fashion after going on an impressive 10-1 run.

Things looked dire for Vitality as they went into Vertigo, one of their least-played maps in the past three months — just five times, the last three of which had ended in defeats. The French team had a slow start as Heroic took the game to them with some impressive multi-kills by stavn, but they improved as the half wore on and managed to bring the deficit to a single round before the break.

Now playing on the CT side, Heroic further added to their lead with a clean pistol round, but their defense was heavily exposed once Vitality had money to work with. The Danes were outclassed and out-fought for the rest of the half as apEX‘s charges ran riot during this one-sided half, winning nine rounds without response to take the series to an all-deciding fifth map.

Vitality came out the brighter of the two sides on Mirage, but their flame was extinguished once the game hit the gun rounds. Heroic put their fearsome double AWP setup to use and kept the French players at bay to grab a commanding 10-5 lead, with cadiaN ending the half with an 18-3 score. The Danish in-game leader continued his brilliant form in the second half with 13 more frags to his name as Heroic continuously cut through the French defence with ease.

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DreamHack Open Fall standings:

1. Denmark Heroic – $33,000 + IEM Global Challenge spot + 2500 RMR Points
2. France Vitality – $21,500 + 2344 RMR Points
3. Denmark Astralis – $14,000 + 2188 RMR Points
4. Sweden NiP – $10,000 + 2031 RMR Points
5. Germany BIG – $7,500 + 1875 RMR Points
6. Sweden fnatic – $6,500 + 1719 RMR Points
7. Europe OG – $6,000 + 1563 RMR Points
8. Germany Sprout – $5,000 + 1406 RMR Points
9. Europe FaZe – $3,250 + 1250 RMR Points
10. Denmark North – $2,500 + 1094 RMR Points
11. Europe GODSENT – $2,250 + 938 RMR Points
12. France G2 – $1,500 + 781 RMR Points
13-16. Portugal sAw – $500 + 390.75 RMR Points
13-16. Finland ENCE – $500 + 390.75 RMR Points
13-16. Europe mousesports – $500 + 390.75 RMR Points
13-16. Europe Endpoint – $500 + 390.75 RMR Points

European RMR standings:

1. France Vitality – 5879 points (Legends spot)
2. Denmark Heroic – 4125 points (Legends spot)
3. Sweden NiP – 4116 points (Legends spot)
4. Germany BIG – 3875 points (Challenger spot)
5. Sweden fnatic – 3594 points (Challenger spot)
6. France G2 – 3461 points (Challenger spot)
7. Europe OG – 3313 points (Challenger spot)
8. Denmark Astralis – 3286.4 points (Challenger spot)
9. Europe GODSENT – 3238 points (Challenger spot)
10. Europe FaZe – 2861.2 points (Contender spot)
11. Denmark North – 2614 points (Contender spot)
12. Finland ENCE – 2545.75 points
13. Germany Sprout – 1406 points
14. Europe mousesports – 1160.75 points
15. France Heretics – 1130 points
16. Europe Movistar Riders – 735 points
17. Portugal sAw – 390.75 points
17. Europe Endpoint – 390.75 points
19. Bulgaria FATE – 312.15 points
20. Europe Complexity – 280 points
21. Europe c0ntact – 158.4 points
22. Sweden Dignitas – 90 points

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30529/heroic-edge-out-vitality-in-five-map-thriller-to-win-dreamhack-open-fall

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NiP announce “Path of a Ninja” talent program

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NiP has unveiled its talent program which will work on scouting, recruiting, and supporting a new generation of players together with the Swedish CS:GO tournament series Elitserien. After each season of Elitserien, two to three players that stand out will be added to the “Path of a Ninja” program, which aims to lower the gap between grassroots and professional CS:GO.

The players will be selected by a jury featuring Potti, a member of the original Ninjas in Pyjamas team and co-founder of the organization, as well as the team’s current coach Björn “⁠THREAT⁠” Pers, their COO Jonas Gundersen, and Area Academy’s Frederik “⁠JAEGARN⁠” Andersson.

THREAT will help select the players for the talent program

Jonas Gundersen, NiP‘s Chief Operating Officer and a former CS 1.6 professional himself, sees the benefits of academy teams and six-player rosters, but points out there is a step before that which their project aims to help with: “We see the need to support the underlying ecosystem and provide ways into a potential academy team in the future”.

Potti, the CEO of the company behind the Elitserien, Area Academy, adds that this project feels like “a full circle” as “the reason we became so successful during my first session in NIP 20 years ago is because we picked up young talents who we saw huge potential in”.

The Svenska Elitserien Fall 2020 season will conclude the upcoming weekend, with four teams still in competition, including Max “⁠quix⁠” Lindkvist‘s Lilmix and DreamHack Open November attendees flowskola.

NiP‘s project makes them the latest Nordic organization to put emphasis on nurturing young talent. North have unveiled their long-term talent development strategy and partnership with Danish team AGF in September, while Astralis followed by launching their development program in November.

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30759/nip-announce-path-of-a-ninja-talent-program

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Valve releases Operation Broken Fang; adds premier matchmaking, ping system

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The tenth operation for CS:GO, titled Operation Broken Fang, brings gameplay updates for all players as well as special features for those that opt to purchase the operation pass.

The dynamic ping system added to the game is the biggest gameplay update, as the new feature will allow players to mark where they spotted an enemy or where they want to move through a quick chat wheel.

Ancient is one of the newly added maps

The update that came as a part of the operation also brought seven new maps, including Ancient, Engage, and Apollo, that were added to the Scrimmage mode. From the existing maps, Cache has been updated, with excessive details removed, according to the patch notes.

For operation pass holders, the Broken Fang Premier matchmaking feature will be available, where a map veto phase will lead up to the match. Operation Broken Fang also brings a new set of weekly missions, a stats page, as well as agents, weapon collections, stickers, and patches.

Release notes for 12/3/2020:

[OPERATION BROKEN FANG]
— Introducing Operation Broken Fang, featuring new game modes like Broken Fang Premier and Retakes, stats page, agents, weapon collections, missions, maps, and more!
— For more details visit www.counter-strike.net/brokenfang

[ GAMEPLAY ]
— Added Broken Fang Premier Mode.
— Added Retakes game mode.
— Added dynamic ping system to more game modes.
— Added new customizable chat wheel feature.
— Chat wheel can be customized under Keyboard/Mouse > Chat Wheel Keys options.

[ MAPS ]
— Added Ancient, Engage, and Apollo to Scrimmage, Casual and Deathmatch game modes.
— Added Frostbite to Danger Zone game mode.
— Added Guard and Elysion to Wingman game mode.
— Removed Mutiny and Swamp.

Cache:
— Removed excessive details.
— Generally smoothed visual experience.
— Visual clarity improvements for very low resolution users.
— Minor tweaks. (Thanks hzx_fps!)
— Mild optimizations at the A Bombsite and Mid.
— Finishing visual touches.

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30758/valve-releases-operation-broken-fang-adds-premier-matchmaking-ping-system

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European Development Championship 1 Fantasy game live

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The first season of the European Development Championship will take place from December 7-20, with 16 teams kicking the tournament off in four GSL groups to determine the eight sides that will progress to the single-elimination playoffs.

Three top 30 teams in forZe, Espada and Endpoint will be competing at the $30,000 event, with the likes of sAw, Movistar Riders and Copenhagen Flames also in attendance.

Movistar Riders’ players all come in at affordable prices

Users will have the option to choose from an array of players to fill their five slots. Abdul “⁠degster⁠” Gasanov ($247,000), Bogdan “⁠xsepower⁠” Chernikov ($227,000) and Ilya “⁠m0NESY⁠” Osipov ($225,000) come in as some of the most expensive assets, while HereticsTimothée “⁠DEVIL⁠” Démolon can be picked up for $150,000 for those strapped for cash.

The Fantasy users playing in the HLTV x Parimatch league will have a chance to win the following prizes:

1. Shadow Daggers | Crimson Web (Field-Tested)
2. AWP | Asiimov (Field-Tested)
3. AK-47 | Redline (Field-Tested)

The winners of the official Fantasy leagues will be contacted via the email provided in their HLTV profile, and are required to respond to the email within a month to be eligible to receive their prizes.

Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30757/european-development-championship-1-fantasy-game-live

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fnatic take down MIBR; to face Virtus.pro in Flashpoint 2 upper bracket final

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A series with two quite different maps took place in the Flashpoint 2 upper bracket semi-final match between fnatic and MIBR, with the Swedes fighting back time after time to secure their map pick, 25-21, and then trouncing the Brazilians 16-4 on their own map pick, Vertigo.

The result sees fnatic reach the upper bracket final where they will face Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali‘s Virtus.pro, who took down BIG in their semi-final match. MIBR, who were fined by Flashpoint for a “breach of competitive integrity” shortly before the match, have dropped to the lower bracket where they will take on MAD Lions in an elimination game.

JW and KRIMZ caused issues for MIBR on both maps

Overpass was a highly contested map from the start, albeit fnatic‘s run to take the 5-4 lead on the Terrorist side did show some promise. However, MIBR pulled it back to keep the score close, 8-7 for the half, before Leonardo “⁠leo_drk⁠” Oliveira stepped up to the plate to push his team into the lead at 12-11.

The Brazilians looked to have the upper hand as the end of regulation neared, but Jesper “⁠JW⁠” Wecksell and Freddy “⁠KRIMZ⁠” Johansson pulled off heroics as the last seven rounds were traded back and forth. Going into overtime, MIBR were again on the edge of victory, but failed to close on a number of map points which fnatic capitalized on to steal away Overpass, 25-21.

Vertigo, a go-to map for MIBR since the new lineup came together, looked anything but comfortable for Vito “⁠kNgV-⁠” Giuseppe and co. in this match. The Brazilians started on the back foot after the disappointing Overpass loss and struggled to shut down JW, who pushed his team to an 8-1 lead swiftly. Not much changed after MIBR got their second round on the T side, as Lucas “⁠LUCAS1⁠” Teles‘s clutch attempt in the followup was denied by Robin “⁠flusha⁠” Rönnquist. fnatic continued their reign on Vertigo for a convincing victory, 16-4.

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Source: https://www.hltv.org/news/30755/fnatic-take-down-mibr-to-face-virtuspro-in-flashpoint-2-upper-bracket-final

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