27 May 2020

With ESL ONE: Road to Rio all wrapped up, CS:GO pros are diving into another action-packed tournament: DreamHack Masters. Established by DreamHack in 2016, the event sets the stage for 32 teams across Europe, NA, Asia, and Oceania to stake their claim to the $300,000 prize pool in one of the biggest esports events of the year. 

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This year, the roaring Malmo arena is off-limits to our favourite CS:GO professional teams and players. Much like the ESL ONE: Road to Rio, the regional DreamHack tournaments are going to take place entirely online. Before we unpack the lineups of this year’s DreamHack Masters, let’s have a look at the final standings of ESL One: Road to Rio. 

ESL ONE: Road to Rio Recap

The world’s 56 best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to secure one of the 24 qualifier places for the upcoming ESL CS:GO Major in Brazil, the 16th Valve-sponsored event featuring a massive $2,000,000 prize pool.

Europe: First place went to Astralis, followed by G2 Esports, Faze Clan, and last year’s DreamHack Masters runners-up Team Vitality. 

North America: Furia Esports ceded the crown to newcomers Gen.G Esports. The third and fourth places went to Cloud9 and Team Liquid. 

CIS: Team Spirit were victorious, trailed by Winstrike Team, Hard Legion Esports, and Russia’s Virtus.pro.

South America: BOOM Esports blasted through the competition, leaving 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places to Isurus, Imperial e-Sports, and Red Canids. 

Asia: TIGER triumphed over TYLOO in the grand finals, while D13 and ViCi Gaming tied for the last two qualifiers of the season. 

Oceania: Fan-favourite Renegades topped the charts, followed by ORDER, Chiefs Esports Club, and the WESG 2019 Oceania winners Ground Zero Gaming.

Dreamhack Masters Format

The 32 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing in this spring’s DreamHack Masters are spread across four major regions: Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. The regional tournaments will feature unique prize pools, with the larger purses attributed to EU and NA due to the greater number of competing teams. 


Europe’s DreamHack Masters Group Stage is running through 30 May, with playoffs set to begin on 8 June. The 16 qualifying teams include ESL’s top four: Astralis, G2, Faze Clan, and Team Vitality. Four groups of four teams are playing round-robin best-of-three, with the first-place winners in each group heading to the playoffs in the upper bracket. Second and third-place teams will compete in the lower bracket, while fourth-placed teams will be eliminated. All playoffs are best-of-three, except the finals — a best-of-five round with a 1-0 advantage to the team from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, ENCE, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Heroic, MAD Lions, mousesports, Natus Vincere, North, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, GODSENT, Team Spirit, and BIG. 

Prize Pool: $160,000

North America

North American DreamHack Masters follows a similar structure to EU’s format. The eight teams will wrap up Group Stage matches on 30 May, with the top CS:GO teams advancing to playoffs in early June. Teams compete in two groups of four, playing round-robin best-of-three matches. First place advances to the playoffs in the upper bracket, second and third take lower, and fourth will be eliminated. FURIA are leading Group A, closely followed by Team Liquid. Group B’s standings will shift through Sunday when Gen.G meet Cloud9. 

Teams: 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, MIBR, Cloud9, Chaos Esports Club, and Gen.G Esports. 

Prize Pool: $100,000


With only four CS:GO teams competing in Asia, the teams are seeded directly into a double-elimination bracket. The playoffs open on 2 June, and all matches will be played best-of-three. The final face-off is a best-of-five match with a 1-0 advantage to the team coming from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Beyond Esports, Lucid Dream, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000


ESL ONE: Road to Rio’s top three are ready for another gruelling conflict! Renegades, Chiefs Esports Club, and ORDER are heading into a double-elimination bracket, with Avant Gaming as the fourth and final team. The format is identical to Asia’s: best-of-threes beginning on 2 June, with a 1-0 map advantage to the upper bracket contenders in the final best-of-five. 

Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000


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