The international roster of Imperial has shocked OpTic Gaming in the DreamHack Summer CS:GO Grand Final to claim the title in one of the most surprising results of 2018 so far.
The Grand Final started on OpTic Gaming’s map pick, Overpass, but Imperial started strong and quickly raced ahead to a 6-1 lead before René ‘cajunb’ Borg and company started to find their groove.
Imperial held a 9-6 lead heading into the second half and once again got off to a strong start on the CT side. Žygimantas ‘nukkye’ Chmieliauskas was playing particularly well and Rokas ‘EspiranTo’ Milasauskas soon joined the party to extend the lead and eventually help the international roster close out the first map against OpTic with a score of 16-7.
Moving over to Imperial's map choice, Mirage, OpTic Gaming managed to pick up the T side pistol round win but Imperial bounced right back with a force buy win off the back of a jumping Zeus kill from Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend which was sure to knock the confidence of the Danes.
OpTic struggled to deal with Imperial’s dynamic early round setups on the CT side but some strong rounds from the likes of Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke eventually managed to even the playing field and reduce Imperial’s lead to 8-7 by halftime.
OpTic took the second pistol, took the lead, and quickly started to race towards a score of 12-8 before Imperial finally came back to life off of the back of an EspiranTo clutch. Imperial went on a streak of their own and eventually regained the lead in round 25.
The team made up of Lithuanians, a Serbian, a German, and a Dane never looked back once they took the lead and eventually closed things out with a score of 16-12 to take the series 2-0 and become one of the most surprising winners at an international tournament in the history of CS:GO.
Imperial will take home a total of $50,000 while OpTic will get £20,000 and be left to wonder how they fell to such an unexpected team after defeating the likes of Gambit and North earlier in the tournament.
The final placements are as follows:
2nd. OpTic Gaming
5th-6th. AGO Esports
5th-6th. compLexity Gaming
7th-8th. Red Reserver