North Wins DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, MSL Bags MVP Award
Posted 5th September 2018 By: Derpina    305 Views
Esports News – The grand final of the DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 went down to North defeating Astralis in two out of three maps (16-1 Dust2, 6-16 Train, 16-11 Overpass). The winning team secured their title and went home with the $100,000 prize pool. In total, this is North’s 3rd title in 2018 after winning DreamHack Open Valencia and DreamHack Open Tours.
The first match in Dust2, Astralis’ map pick, saw North charging aggressively after acquiring a 6-0 T-side lead to put the opponent at a disadvantage. Right after the tactical timeout, Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen helped his team catch the swift B-split while Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye guards and attacks Emil “Magisk” Reif. The match continued with Astralis’ Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth trying to catch up with North’s 10-0 score. However, MSL secured all three kills in a 2v3 afterplant and Kjaerbye managed to break Astralis’ bank.
On Train, Astralis tried to execute a fast B approach but failed, letting North grab the 3-0 lead. Gla1ve, surprisingly, muster another rifle round and destroyed North’s economy, moving the score to a 3-3 tie and up to 8-4 shortly after. Nicolai “device” Reedtz prevented North from adding another round to their tally through A-splits. In the end, Astralis secured three guns and strike with a three-man B halls aggression strategy, finishing the Train map with a 16-6 tally.
With North winning the first game and Astralis dominating the second round, the decider round took place in Overpass. For the first half of the game, the score tied at 3-3 after Magisk helped Astralis won the T-pistol round while Kjaerbye aggressively attacked the first rifle round. After the tie, Astralis, headed by Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, let the B-site work in their favor for a couple of rounds. However, it didn’t take long for North to find their footing. They won the pistol and moved the score to another tie, 9-9, before leading the tally by breaking into Astralis’ economy and B site defenses. North then closed off the map with a 16-11 score.
It was a tight race, but North’s in-game leader Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen won the MVP award of DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 by HLTV.org and Betway. Over the course of the tournament, he secured 40 opening kills and 94 AWP frags. Moreover, he was responsible for Astralis’ defeat at Dust2 and Overpass where he earned 1.59 and 1.53 ratings respectively.