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eUnited defeat INTZ to qualify for DreamHack Open Rio
A 2-1 victory in the grand finals sees eUnited become the fifth team to snag a spot at Rio.
Written by: Nohte    March 10th 2019 10:29 pm    #DreamHack #DreamHackOpen #DreamHackOpen2019 #DreamHackRio #SwolePatrol #INTZ #oNe #Spacestation #eUnited #iNTACT #FULLSEND #LiviD  

vanity and the rest of eUnited will make their way down to Rio shortly after ESL Pro League

The DreamHack Open Rio North America Closed Qualifier has concluded, seeing eUnited earn a spot at the $100,000 event in Rio de Janeiro after defeating INTZ 2-1 in the grand finals.

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The day saw the entire single-elimination, best-of-three bracket play out, with all of the quarterfinal matchups ending in 2-0 wins for the favored team. The Brazilian side of oNe were the quickest to dispatch of their opposition, granting FULL SEND just three rounds combined on Dust2 and Inferno for a swift two-map victory. 

DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
TeamOne
2 - 0
FULL SEND
de_dust2 16 - 2 de_dust2
de_inferno 16 - 1 de_inferno
de_train de_train

The other Brazilian team in the qualifier, INTZ, were not far behind their countrymen as they eliminated iNTACT with a 2-0 win of their own. A 12-3 half on the CT side of Nuke allowed for Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe's side to take their opponent's map pick 16-7, before closing out their own pick of Cache 16-11 by winning seven rounds straight in the second half.

DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
INTZ
2 - 0
iNTACT
de_nuke 16 - 7 de_nuke
de_cache 16 - 11 de_cache
de_dust2 de_dust2

Similar scorelines occured between eUnited and LiviD, with Austin "Cooper-" Abadir's side taking the French Canadian team's map pick of Overpass 16-13. Notably, LiviD were fielding just 3/5 of their usual roster, with Abdo "c4lypso" Agha and Bruno "WiGGY" Rabani standing in for Mathieu "INCREDIBLE" Bergerone and Danny "huynh" Huynh. eUnited's own pick of Train was a far more simple affair, with the recently-minted roster grabbing 12 T side rounds before closing out the series with a 16-8 map win.

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DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
eUnited
2 - 0
LiviD
de_overpass 16 - 13 de_overpass
de_train 16 - 8 de_train
de_nuke de_nuke

The closest 2-0 of the quarterfinals saw Swole Patrol narrowly edge out a 16-14 win on Mirage against Spacestation. The second map saw far less contention, despite it being Spacestation's pick, with Swole Patrol locking David "DAVEY" Stafford and co. out of Train with a 12-3 CT half and bringing the series to an end with a 16-5 victory.

DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
Spacestation
0 - 2
Swole Patrol
de_mirage 14 - 16 de_mirage
de_train 5 - 16 de_train
de_cache de_cache

The semifinal round of matches saw a clash between the two Brazilian teams and a rematch of the IEM Sydney Closed Qualifier grand finals between eUnited and Swole Patrol, although both teams now fielded completely different rosters. The first team to earn a spot in the grand finals was eUnited, who defeated Swole Patrol 2-0 with wins on Dust2 and Inferno. 

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Although eUnited got off to a hot start by winning the first five rounds of Dust2, Swole Patrol were able to return fire with seven rounds straight of their own. eUnited still managed to close out the half with a one-round lead, but found themselves quickly on the backfoot as Swole Patrol won seven of the first eight rounds in the second half to sit upon a 14-9 scoreline. The entire eUnited roster stepped up as they rallied back, taking the remaining rounds of the map to inch out a 16-14 win on the first map of the series.

Another solid start allowed for eUnited to start Inferno with a 6-0 lead, with Swole Patrol once again managing to get on the board late into the half. A trio of rounds went Swole Patrol's way before eUnited picked up one of their own, but Swole Patrol were quick to reset Cooper- and co. to take another four rounds for themselves. eUnited yet again barely edged out an 8-7 lead as they swapped over to their own CT side.

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This time it was a completely different story in the second half, with eUnited winning the first four rounds. Swole Patrol grabbed a single round for themselves, but were swiftly dealt an economic reset as eUnited took an additional quartet of rounds to close out the map 16-8, bringing the series to an end.

DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
eUnited
2 - 0
Swole Patrol
de_dust2 16 - 14 de_dust2
de_inferno 16 - 8 de_inferno
de_mirage de_mirage

The Brazilian showdown between INTZ and oNe saw far more one-sided scorelines, with the two teams winning their own map picks 16-7. INTZ were unrelenting on the T side of Cache to win their map, whereas oNe took nine rounds on the T side of Inferno before granting INTZ just one T side round of their own to close out their own pick.

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The deciding map saw little contention as well, with kNgV- powering his side to a 12-1 lead on the CT side of Train. Although oNe managed to take the final two rounds of the half, INTZ left no room for a comeback after the sides swapped and closed out the series with a 16-3 map win.

DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
INTZ
2 - 1
TeamOne
de_cache 16 - 7 de_cache
de_inferno 7 - 16 de_inferno
de_train 16 - 3 de_train

INTZ were the first to draw blood in the grand final, winning their own map pick of Train 16-13. An initial 4-0 lead on the T side saw the Brazilians get off to a good start, with eUnited managing two rounds of their own before INTZ put up a fifth for themselves. Cooper-'s side managed to stabilize despite their economic turmoil, pushing back to win all of the remaining rounds on their CT side to pull ahead 10-5 at halftime.

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INTZ refused to let their map pick slip away however, with kNgV- and Marcelo "chelo" Cespedes combining to get their team back on the board. The CT side continued to reign supreme on Train as eUnited mustered just three rounds after the side swap, with INTZ dismantling the eUnited offense for a 16-13 map win.

An identical start to Overpass saw INTZ take a 4-0 lead before eUnited got two on the board, with the Brazilians once again replying back to regain control. This time however, INTZ managed to maintain control, winning five of the ensuing six rounds before eUnited took the final trio of the half for a 9-6 scoreline in the favor of INTZ. 

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eUnited rapidly reduced that deficit as they gained control with four straight rounds at the start of the half, following up with another two rounds after INTZ got their first to gain the lead 12-10.

Three kills by Gustavo "yeL" Knittel on an eco round allowed for his side to get back into the action, winning another two rounds to steal away the lead from eUnited. Edgar "MarKE" Maldonado picked up four kills with the AUG to help his team equalize the score, moving up to 14 rounds before INTZ tied up the match with a round of their own, but the Brazilians were unable to maintain momentum as eUnited won the remaining two rounds to narrowly edge out Overpass 16-14.

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kNgV- continued his good form into the deciding map of Nuke, allowing for INTZ to begin the map with a 5-1 lead on the T side. That lead didn't hold for long however, as Kaleb "moose" Jayne and Anthony "vanity" Malaspina combined to help eUnited win twelve rounds, with INTZ managing just a single one of their own thanks to a four-kill AWP round by kNgV-.

The Brazilians finally grabbed themselves three rounds in the second half to get back on the board, but eUnited ensured a swift victory for themselves as they took a final trio of rounds to close out the map 16-9 and qualify for Rio.

DreamHack Open Rio 2019 North America Closed Qualifier
Best of three maps
eUnited
2 - 1
INTZ
de_train 13 - 16 de_train
de_overpass 16 - 14 de_overpass
de_nuke 16 - 9 de_nuke

The teamlist for DreamHack Open Rio now consists of:

kz AVANGAR br FURIA
br Luminosity br Sharks
world Invite world Invite
us eUnited br BR/SLAM qualifier

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The Brazil and South Latin America qualifier will begin on March 31st, with two additional teams receiving direct invites to the event. DreamHack Open Rio is set to run from April 19th - 21st, with eUnited now set to make their way down following their ESL Pro League Season 9 LAN debut.

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