Written by Winning Willie
We have a battle between two Danish squads taking place as North is set to take on Heroic. This match is part of the final day of action in Group A of the DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe. Heroic has to win this match in order to stay alive in the tournament. On the other hand, North can lock up their bid to the Playoffs of the tournament with a win, although it will be in the Lower Bracket.
The DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe is broken into two stages, Group Stage which is currently taking place and Playoffs. The event features 16 teams from the European region. During the Group Stage, the teams are split into four groups of four and they take place in a round-robin style bracket featuring best-of-three map matches taking place over three days. The winners of each group will move into the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs while second and third place will move into the Lower Bracket.
North comes in ranking 25th in the world. The team has not missed a beat in this tournament despite playing with kristou on loan as Kjaerbye as stepped away from the team for a period due to health reasons. They opened group play with an awesome 2-1 upset of G2, a team that is ranked 5th in the world. They ran into the wall that is the world's top team Astralis last time and fell flat 2-0, but that was expected.
This event hasn't been kind to Heroic. The 36th ranked squad suffered a 2-0 defeat opening day at the hands of Astralis, and then followed that with a 2-1 loss to another one of the world's best in G2. Heroic's recent under-performances leaves many questions as to how good the team really is. They have seen a ton of success in lower-tier events against decent opponents, but they have yet to translate that into success on the big stage.
I could understand why Heroic would be the favorite here seeing as how they have more to play for. North is basically guaranteed a trip to the Playoffs of this event, granted that they don't lose. Heroic is a good Tier-B team, but they have not played well when facing better opponents. This should be no different. I love getting this at plus money as North is the better team and I expect they will see victory.