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ATK and Eros top first DreamHack Open September qualifier
Despite a lackluster start to their Advanced season, the majority South African side showed they are a legitimate threat.
Written by: tolkienfanatic    September 4th 2021 1:40 pm    #DreamHack #DreamHackOpenSeptember #ATK #Eros #Levitate #NorthernForces #motm #Mythic #TouchPoint #YeniCherry #cam #Valkyrie #X13 #ThirdImpact #sam #D4rtyMontana #SynergyReborn #Pluto #Rectify #Cryptic #ram  

motm and ATK can take the weekend off after advancing to the DreamHack Open September Closed Qualifier

The first open qualifier for DreamHack Open September played out over the the tail end of the week, seeing 36 teams participate for a shot to move on to the Closed Qualifier for the $70,000 event.

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Given the odd number of teams, the first round saw a scant four matches played, while 28 teams received free passes to the next round.

The second round, fittingly, saw two significant upsets, as Mythic fell to Touch Point 16-12 on Vertigo, and Advanced imports YeniCherry were battered 16-5 on Inferno by Main side Valkyrie. The round also saw a Cameron "cam" Kern-less University of New Haven side sent packing by Uncharted Territory, and X13 defeat Rebirth.

In the round of 16, Northern Forces stunned Third Impact 19-15 in overtime, helped by both Matthew "D4rtyMontana" Paplawskas and Sam "sam" Donaldson dropping 30 or more frags.

In the final round of best-of-one play, Northern Forces defeated upstart Ecuadorian side SKULLCRACKER, and ATK dominated Synergy Reborn. Top Advanced sides Levitate and Touch Point went blow for blow, but the former ultimately emerged with a 19-16 victory, largely helped by stand-in Saad "Pluto" Siraj of Rectify dropping 36 kills.

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The second day of play saw the remaining four teams face off in two best-of-threes. Continued strong form from sam helped Northern Forces start off on the right foot against ATK, taking Mirage 16-12. That was by far the most competitive Northern Forces would look in the series, however, as the South African team roared back on Nuke and Dust2, only allowing sam and co. a further eleven rounds.

DreamHack Open September 2021 North America Open Qualifier 1
Best of three maps
ATK
2 - 1
Northern Forces
de_mirage 12 - 16 de_mirage
de_nuke 16 - 8 de_nuke
de_dust2 16 - 3 de_dust2

The series between Eros and Levitate was a much closer affair, starting off with a 16-13 win on Inferno for the former side. Levitate returned the favor on Overpass, notching a 16-10 map win to send the series to the decider of Mirage.

With a spot in the Closed Qualifier on the line, Levitate leapt out to a 10-5 lead on their CT-side. Despite fielding Nathan "ram" Trans in place off Matthew "Cryptic" Whitmore, Eros were up to the task of matching the feat, sending the map to overtime, where they would eventually prevail 22-19. While Levitate were actually the statistically superior team on Mirage, Eros secured nine clutches, which were their saving grace.

DreamHack Open September 2021 North America Open Qualifier 1
Best of three maps
Eros
2 - 1
Levitate
de_inferno 16 - 13 de_inferno
de_overpass 10 - 16 de_overpass
de_mirage 22 - 19 de_mirage

The full qualifier bracket is available here.

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The team list for the DreamHack Open September Closed Qualifier currently is:

us ChocoCheck us GGPR
us Strife us Triumph
za ATK us Eros
nam TBD nam TBD

The second open qualifier, with two more spots to the Closed Qualifier on offer, will commence later today at 6PM EDT. Registration will be open up to 5:45 PM EDT.

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