Last weekend we witnessed an incredible CSGO Major in Cluj-Napoca hosted by DreamHack in association with PGL. Here’s a round up of the tournament as a whole from cool storylines to results and funny bits.
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 Results
1. EnVyUs – $100,000
2. Na`Vi – $50,000
3-4. G2 – $22,000
3-4. NiP – $22,000
5-8. TSM – $10,000
5-8. Virtus.pro – $10,000
5-8. Luminosity – $10,000
5-8. fnatic – $10,000
9-12. CLG – $2,000
9-12. Cloud9 – $2,000
9-12. mousesports – $2,000
9-12. Titan – $2,000
13-16. FlipSid3 – $2,000
13-16. Liquid – $2,000
13-16. dignitas – $2,000
13-16. Vexed – $2,000
Aizy played his socks off this major, it was a shame his team couldn’t play on his level. Dignitas left the tournament in 13th-16th without winning a match.
Cloud9 n0thing was a lot luckier with these wallbangs than his team with the tournament
— Johannes Schiefer (@JoSchiefer) October 30, 2015
In the group stage we saw Luminosity, the Brazilian team, face off against fnatic in a best of one. Previously we have seen Luminosity beat fnatic on single maps so we knew it could happen, but noone actually thought it would. Luminosity beat fnatic in the groups to take first seed coming out of the groups. NiP magic is ridiculously powerful. It must have been tampered with last major by Richard Lewis hiring a fortune teller because this major NiP magic was in full force. NiP, after months of poor performances, manage to beat Titan 2-0 and TSM 2-0 until the magic ran out getting stomped by Na`Vi. This could mean we see this lineup stick together for a little longer despite roster changes being rumoured about for months now. Fifflaren gave us some insight in to the NiP magic G2 had a great tournament too, I had them going out in the groups to mousesports but they managed to step it up and go through the group in second seed. Now that isn’t the only great thing G2 did, they also managed to beat Virtus.pro in a best of three 2-0 and took a map from EnVyUs, the tournament winners. In the end I always had EnVyUs to win, I really think they’re the best team in the world right now. They don’t seem as dominant as the old fnatic and I don’t think the top 6 teams really represented themselves well at this event apart from Na`Vi. Na`Vi’s success was down to GuardiaN having an immense tournament fragging left, right and center. Device breaks down the EnVyUs vs fnatic first map The lineup of talent was amazing at this event and really made the tournament one to remember. The constant banter on the analyst desk between Richard, Thorin and the other desk members was incredibly fun. SirScoots did an amazing job with his interviews with the players, it was nice to see him try and interview managers but starix didn’t seem the most interview trained. ReDeYe was a quality stage host as we have come to expect from the Counter Strike legend. Pala was a lot better suited to the featured shorts where he’d hang out with the players doing informal chats and getting to know the players. Don’t forget the casters, as ever they were amazing. Also, I love that we can get away with having the first thing a caster says is ‘DreamHack raise your dongers’. Production quality was outstanding this major, lights that flashed with the bomb, pyrotechnics, players faces that went away when they died, soundproof booths, valve documentaries, player snippets and much much more made this major the best produced yet in my opinion. The only issue I had was that the crowd was a little quiet, but it is understandable after the tragedy, search for Colectiv Club Incendiu for more information.
Player pics change on damage, flash, smoked, on fire, or dead. Leds in mid = health. Other leds flash red for plant. pic.twitter.com/FzodOKvK4p
— Scott Smith (@SirScoots) October 29, 2015
— Jason O’Toole (@JmosesOT) October 29, 2015
This is how it should be There’s an age limit on the game, players should be allowed to swear occasionally The randomiser did come under some scrutiny in the first couple of days with Cobblestone being played for 6 out of 9 games. Apparently the PCs were laggy and the monitors were poor but it seemed to be fixed for the elimination bracket.
Good news. The “lag” issues with the PC are being addressed and we’re hoping that will be the end of it for the tournament.
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) October 30, 2015
Overall we saw some amazing Counter Strike played by the top teams in the world produced by the very best talent with high production value. Definitely one of my favourite majors, I would have liked a little more hype but it’s understandable we didn’t see too much excitement from the crowd during a time of grief. EnVyUs were a worthy winner, the banter was top notch and the casting was insightful and interesting which we don’t always get when ESL do a major.