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DreamHack has kicked off 2016 in style with its ZOWIE Open in Leipzig, Germany, the first of its gaming tournaments for the year. We have seen a lot of excitement from the match-ups with eight Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from all over the world who’ve traveled to compete, looking for their half of the $100,000 prize pool. As you can imagine how these things go, some will be returning home happier than others.
The battles were intense as some of the top players faced off to take home the first trophy of the year. The intensity was increased even further with two of the matches going into double overtime, leaving the heartache of defeat all the more painful.
One match that was particularly interesting was the elimination match between Luminosity and FaZe Clan at the opening of the second day of DreamHack. While any other day this would not have been no big deal, but just one day before FaZe sent Luminosity down to the lower bracket with a big loss in the first round. This was Luminosity’s chance for redemption and continued life in the tournament. Luminosity managed to turn it around on Faze and hand them two losses at even worse scores than the one that FaZe won by the previous day.
They rode the wave of their momentum all the way past a 2-0 victory over Astralis on their way to the grand final.
A hard-fought match ensued between Luminosity and Na’Vi for the $50,000 grand prize. Na’Vi took the reigns and won the match by winning both maps. The second map was all the action a final could ask for by going into overtime. But alas, Na’Vi played hard when it matter most and made the first tournament of the year their victory story.
For those paying attention and wondering about the other half of that $100,000 prize money: StarCraft II player PtitDrogo managed to best his opponent Bly across five maps, 4-1. This not only marks a win for the SC2 side of DreamHack’s ZOWIE Open, but in the first StarCraft II World Champion Series circuit for this year as well.
The next DreamHack ZOWIE Open tournament will be taking place in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center between May 6 – 8.
Source: DreamHack ZOWIE Open