OpTic Gaming and North Clash in a Danish Derby for a Spot in the DreamHack Summer Grand Final

Ross Deason. Last updated: May 20, 2022
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OpTic Gaming’s Danish CS:GO team has made it to the Grand Final of the DreamHack Open Summer tournament after defeating North in a Danish derby.

The Danish members of the OpTic Gaming roster came under fire after they decided that they couldn’t work with their North American teammates, Shahzeeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan and Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz, and the roster saw a major overhaul.

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OpTic brought Heroic’s Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen and Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer on board as replacements and the team showed some promise with a top eight finish at the stacked ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals.

Unfortunately, a disappointing 5th – 6th finish at DreamHack Austin, an event where OpTic was one of the heavy favorites, once again brought the team’s decision to change the roster into question.

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But the Danes have had the bit between their teeth at DreamHack Summer 2018, defeating their old teammates with ease during the group stages and looking untouchable in their other matches. The biggest test so far came during their semifinal matchup against their fellow Danes on North.

North has long been seen as the number two team in Denmark behind Astralis, and has recently found some of its old form, but couldn’t outlast JUGi and co. in a marathon best of three series that ended with a 22-18 overtime win on the final map.

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OpTic’s win over North was an important one as they look to prove that the decisions they made with the previous lineup were the right ones.

OpTic will meet Imperial in the Grand Final after the international team shocked Gambit with a comfortable 2-0 victory in the second semifinal.

A win at the Swedish event would be a huge feather in the cap of the Danish team and prove that the choice to go with a full Danish roster has paid off.