After a packed CS:GO schedule due to the Intel Extreme Masters, the professional scene turns to the DreamHack Open. DraftKings is opening the tournament with a $30K contest on Thursday. We break down the players to consider for Thursday’s five-game slate.
device ($13,200 CP)
It’s hard to leave out NiKo ($13,500 CP) as Captain, but BIG is a quality opponent for FaZe. After a period of underwhelming form earlier this year, device has returned in typically aggressive fashion. He has been one of the best proponents of long-range weapons in professional CS:GO. That won’t change now, especially with momentum on his side.
Others to consider: huNter- ($15,000 CP)
High-priced FLEX Options
His price on this slate is slightly higher than it probably should be. However, he and G2 will like their chances against an opponent that can often be too passive. That could easily translate to a few more kills than his usual output. Is it worth paying that much more for that delta of kills? I’d say yes.
FaZe has undergone a tumultuous period in CS:GO. Performances have been sub-par at best, at least compared to the roster’s level of skill. NiKo, however, has done all he can to try and turn that around. He is currently averaging 68.3 DKFP per game, highest among all players on this slate. He should use the AK to good effect in this game, too.
Opposite FaZe and NiKo will be BIG and syrsoN. This has been a breakout year for both the team as well as syrsoN personally. Proof of that lies in his fantasy output of 64.0 DKFP per game. That exceptional level of offensive production led BIG to the top of the CS:GO rankings. FaZe will not be pushed over, but syrsoN should still have a steady game.
Others to consider: mantuu ($8,000)
Value FLEX Options
A noted long-range specialist, allu often takes the AWP and dominates with the AK or the M4A4. He has been consistent, even as ENCE has moved up and down the CS:GO rankings in these last few months. He has averaged 55.4 DKFP per game. Most of these performances have come against teams ranked higher than ENCE in the CS:GO circuit.
Yes, it’s true that Fnatic has struggled in these last few months. However, that still doesn’t quite justify this price for one of the best players in the world. Brollan has kept Fnatic above water throughout this year. The nature of this sport involves topsy-turvy periods of form. That aside, Brollan has been fantastic, at least from an offensive perspective.
Others to consider: magisk ($7,800)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.