DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 has been full of surprises, with the likes of Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan crashing out in 5-8th place and North making it all the way to the final series of the tournament. The shocks didn't stop there though, the all-Danish final went in the way of North - a result nobody would have predicted coming into the event.
It's not particularly surprising to see Astralis make their way into the grand finals of an event, but it wasn't entirely plain sailing for them. They placed second in the groups - falling behind North - and moved on to the playoffs. Lukas "gla1ve" Rossanderand co. dismantled MIBR in the quarterfinals and managed to overcome Ninjas in Pyjamas in the semifinals, leading them to the grand finals.
North's path to the grand finals was exceptional. They topped their group, and their first obstacle in the playoffs was Natus Vincere - they convincinly took down the CIS squad too, winning 2:0 in the best-of-three series. Moving on the semfinals, they narrowly managed to take down mousesports to move on to face their fellow Danes in the grand finals.
The first map of the best-of-three grand finals was Dust II, and it was an utter blowout. North took their Terrorist side with a scoreline of 14:11, winning the pistol and following round on their Counter-Terrorist side to close it out and carry some momentum into Train.
The second map started off much the same, with North taking the pistol round and simply outmatching the side of Astralis. However, the best team in the world turned things around - as you'd perhaps expect - and started to control the match. Going into the second half, the scoreline was 10:5. The second half was back and forth, but the match was ultimately closed out by Astralis with a 16:6 scoreline.
The third and final map of the grand finals was Overpass, and it was a tense affair. Astralis ended their Terrorist side with a 9-6 lead, proving they wasn't in full control but they certainly had the upperhand. The final half of the entire tournament saw North assume the role of Terrorists, and they got off to a good start by winning the pistol round. They made the most of this advantage by winning the majority of the rounds in the half and ultimately taking the championship!
Here are the final placements for DreamHack Masters Stockholm:
1. North - $100,000
2. Astralis - $50,000
3-4. Ninjas in Pyjamas, mousesports - $22,000
5-8. Heroic, MIBR, FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere - $10,000
9-12. TyLoo, Ghost Gaming, OpTic Gaming, HellRaisers - $2,000
13-16. Grayhound Gaming, NRG Esports, Fnatic, Gambit Esports - $2,000
The next CS:GO tournament is the FACEIT Major — London 2018, which kicks off on Sep. 5. It's the thirteenth Major in the history of the game, and a mighty $1,000,000 is up for grabs.