In a match that saw numerous momentum shifts, Cloud9 held off Evil Geniuses 2-1 to win the Group B opener at the DreamHack Masters Spring – North America event Monday.
After EG took a 10-5 lead at halftime on the opening map — Dust2 — Cloud9 took control, winning the map 16-13. Cloud9 took a 9-6 lead into the half on the next map, but EG responded to win Nuke 16-13.
On the deciding map, Cloud9 rebounded to take a 12-3 lead at the half then held off an EG rally to capture Train 16-12.
In all three maps, the team that held the lead at the half was outscored in the second half.
The DreamHack Masters Jonkoping, a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, originally was scheduled to be contested with 16 teams June 9-14 in Jonkoping, Sweden. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to move to an online format featuring regional competitions for Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania.
The DreamHack Masters Spring – North America, which saw Group A play wrap Sunday, includes eight teams vying for a $100,000 prize pool. The sides are divided into two four-team groups for round-robin play consisting of best-of-three matches.
Both group winners will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the second- and third-place teams from each group will enter the lower bracket of the playoffs. All playoff matches will be best-of-three except for the best-of-five final on June 14.
The DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe bracket, with 16 teams competing for $160,000, started last week and runs through June 14. The four-team tournaments for both Asia and Oceania, each with a $20,000 prize pool, are scheduled for June 2-7.
FURIA Esports won Group A to advance to the upper-bracket final. Team Liquid and MIBR finished second and third, respectively, in Group A.