Esports week in review: Astralis win DreamHack Masters, Go Ahead Eagles first Keuken Kampioen Divisie Rocket League champion.

René Treur with his exciting esports news from this week

DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 prey for Astralis.

Astralis have beaten Mousesports 3-1 in the best of five grand final of DreamHack Masters Winter 2020. The Danes picked up 60.000 $ for their efforts. Mousesports, who came agonizingly close to a win fueled by Robin “Ropz” Kool, had to make due with 30.000 $.

Astralis completely dominated Train with a 16-5 scoreline, but Mousesports ran the show on Inferno with a massive statement 16-3 win. Nuke went the way of Astralis with 16-13, while on Vertigo they needed oveftime to clinch the 22-19 victory map.

The Danes came out firing on all cylinders on the last two maps, with Nicolai Hvilshøj “dev1ce” Reedtz once again an untamable force, but Mouse recovered and made their opponents really earn the victory. While Mouse again fielded their trusted five players in Ropz, Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras, David “frozen” Čerňanský, Chris “chrisJ” de Jong and Finn “karrigan” Andersen, Astralis used their six-man roster to the full extend. A six man roster is not something we have not seen before in CS:GO, this time Astralis rotated Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth for some of the maps.

Astralis key man dev1ce once again posted massive numbers, with a 1.37 rating for their sniper. Nobody will be surprised with him bagging a very likely MVP award once again. Ropz powered Mouse’ efforts during the grand final and may very well be as deserving of the individual honours, as the young Estonian came up trumps in the fragging department. However, with his team falling over the final hurdle, the Dane is the most likely suspect. 

dev1ce was an absolute terror for Mousesports.

Furia and Godsent each took 12.000 $ for their efforts which landed them a 3rd 4th place, while Gambit, compLexity, Heroic and Cloud9 took place five to eight which earned them each 5.000 $ of prizemoney.

DreamHack Masters may have concluded, but the Scandinavian esports giant has another big event on the way, as next weekend DreamHack Open December will take place. For Proximus, a Belgian telecom provider who are very active in esports and will be launching a fulltime esports TV channel soon, I will be covering the action live as it unfolds during the 100.000 $ tournament. 

Go Ahead Eagles win first pediodic title in Rocket League championship Keuken Kampioen Divisie.

Go Ahead Eagles win first pediodic title in Rocket League championship Keuken Kampioen Divisie. In a thrilling final Excelsior was beaten with a 3-2 scoreline.

The Keuken Kampioen Divisie, the second highest Dutch football league, recently launched their own esports competition in cooperation with Predator. Where Italy also saw an official league for their Serie B clubs, with Pro Evolution Soccer as the game of choice, the Dutch championship went for the game Rocket League.

Much like in the actual competition the league is divided in four periods, with the first just having concluded and delivering the first contender for the championship. At the end of the competition the four champions, as well as the overall champion, will take part in the play-offs. 

Whether the setup for the esports grand final is the same, is yet to be announced. Obviously, the results in the esports championship will not dictate which club makes it into Eredivisie, and thus it’s esports counterpart eDivisie , featuring EA sports’ top shelf digital football title FIFA. The results in the football competition determine who makes the cut, and who will need to acquire a FIFA squad besides, or instead of, their Rocket League squad.

After seven rounds of play the Keuken Kampioen Divisie saw their periodic finals for Rocket League, which is already different setup compared to the football competition. In the sports league the first 9 or 10 matches determine who is periodic champion, and there are only playoffs at the end of the season. For the esports league, each period will see a playoff event to determine who is worthy of the periodic title. Exciting competition for esports betting enthusiasts.

The top six teams clashed, with FC Volendam, SC Cambuur, Telstar, and TOP Oss completing the grand finalists Go Ahead Eagles and Excelsior. Excelsior had been the most impressive in the regular season, but fell short at the final hurdle. 

Go Ahead Eagles managed to beat TOP Oss (3-1), Telstar (3-1), SC Cambuur (3-0) and FC Volendam (3-1) on their run to the grand final. Against Excelsior Rotterdam, who finished four points above them in the regular competition, they went above and beyond the call of Duty. ZiXTER was without a doubt Go Aheads star performer for the first period, with 23 goals and 11 assists, as well as 10 saves, in just 12 games played. 

Full statistics for GAE players during the first period.
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