After taking down Tricked during the DreamHack Open winter this afternoon, Russia-based CS:GO team ForZe are the new champions of the 2019 tournament.
Following their 2-1 victory of Tricked during the DreamHack Open Winter taking place in Jönköping, Sweden this afternoon, ForZe will be crowned the new champions of the event. The CS:GO win today marks the second major LAN event that ForZe has won in 2019. ForZe were previously the champions of the Copenhagen Games in April before finishing in the runner-up position at the BLAST Pro Series Moscow that took place in September. ForZe will take home a prize of $50,000 for winning DreamHack Open Winter.
The Russia-based team started off the grand finals with a win on their map choice of Inferno. Starting the round off 16-11, Andrey “Jerry” Mekhryakov, Almaz “almazer” Asadullin, and Jenya “FL1T” Lebedev led the team to victory on the map pick with a combined 61 kills between the three players.
Vertigo, however, was a much tougher fight for ForZe as Tricked ended things at 16-14. ForZe was almost able to push the second half to overtime, but veteran Fredrik “roeJ” Jørgensen finished with 29 kills, helping Tricked seal the victory.
The next map, Train, started off rather even with Tricked finishing the first half 8-7. However, Tricked was only able to secure a single round victory on their own T-side as ForZe showed off their defensive skills on the map. Almazer led ForZe on Train with a 30 kill,12 death top-frag display, allowing the player reach over 125 ADR.
With the team currently sitting at the 18th spot in the HLTV world rankings, ForZe’s victory at DreamHack Open Winter today could potentially see the team sliding into the top 10. ForZe has reached as high as the 12th position in the world rankings after their runner-up finish at BLAST Pro Series Moscow in September. The finish at DreamHack Open Winter is sure to be a morale boost for the team heading into 2020 and will certainly provide extra motivation for the team before the new year.