The title says it all: Our CS:GO team has started off 2017 on the right foot, shutting out surprise hometown team BIG by a 2-0 margin to win the first Dreamhack Open tournament of the year. F3.CSGO actually had BIG in their Group, along with Vega Squadron and Rogue. F3.CSGO started off our group by beating BIG 16-11 on Overpass (12-4; 4-8), and followed up with a closely-fought victory over Vega Squadron on Nuke 16-14 (9-6; 7-8) to finish 2-0 atop Group B. In the semi-finals, we took on LDLC in a Best-of-3 and defeated them 2-0, winning 16-8 on Cache followed by 16-10 on Nuke to punch our ticket to the Grand Finals.

Map 1 (de_cache) – Flipsid3 def. BIG 16-11 (9-6; 7-5) (Youtube VOD)

The first half of Cache was very tight, as F3.CSGO (starting on the T Side) had to come back from an early 2-0 deficit after losing the pistol round. With both teams shooting well, F3.CSGO ultimately won the first half 9-6. New pickup Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov came up big for F3, leading both teams with 15 kills to 9 deaths. Yegor ‘markeloff’ Markeloff chimed in with 13 kills, and Jan ‘wayLander’ Rahkonen and Georgi ‘WorldEdit’ Yaskin each added a dozen of their own. The success continued into the second half, as despite BIG’s pressure on their economy, F3.CSGO pulled away early and ultimately took the first map 16-11. electroNic led all players with a plus/minus of +12, along with an average damage per round of 105.1.

Map 2 (de_train) – Flipside def. BIG 16-11 (8-7; 8-4) (Youtube VOD)

Train started much like Caches, with F3.CSGO (once again starting on the T Side) losing the pistol round, and being forced to make a comeback from an early deficit. But after being down 3-0, F3.CSGO really turned it up, winning 8 of the next 9 rounds before finishing the first half with an 8-7 lead. F3.CSGO lost another pistol round to open the second half to tie the score at 8-all, and dropped 3 of the first 4 rounds to trail 10-9. But, much like the first round, we found our stride and ran away with the half, winning 7 of the last 8 rounds to finish BIG off 8-4, and win the game and match with a 16-11 victory!

electroNic finished Train by leading all players once again with a plus/minus of +11, and an ADR of 99.3. His overall match stats give him an incredible +23, the only player in the match with a positive differential in double digits. Next up for the team is of course, the ELEAGUE Major, to be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA next week, from January 22nd through the 29th. Keep it locked here on Flipsidetactics.com, as well as our Twitter, Facebook, and all our social media to get the latest news, scores, and recaps from all our divisions!

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