ENCE Esports ended the Cinderella run of South African team Bravado Gaming to win the DreamHack Open Winter 2018.
Aleksi "allu" Jalli’s all-Finnish group emerged on top of the eight team tournament that include G2 Esports, Optic gaming, Complexity Gaming, Heroic and Team LDLC.
Both Bravado and ENCE hailed from the same Group B but they didn’t meet each other until the grand finals. The South Africans surprised many as they took down Optic and G2 respectively to gain top seed while ENCE experienced a slight scare after a flat opening against G2.
Map 1: Train
ENCE started with their map pick ablaze with a 3-0 opening. Despite Bravado’s Deagle buy that gave them a 4th round win, allu and his men kept their fast-pace strat at T side to lead even further at 7-1. The half was finished by both teams exchanging rounds until Bravado closes out with a 10-5 deficit.
Switching sides, the Finnish team went further to lead as much as 13-6 before Bravado can inch closer with clutch plays from Dimitri "Detrony" Hadjipaschali. However, they were quickly reset by allu’s 1v2 retake win to eventually close out Train 16-9.
Map 2: Inferno
ENCE brought their momentum at Inferno as they win their third pistol round on CT side. After asserting dominance in a fast paced Train, they went for a tight defensive stance at Inferno. Sami "xseveN" Laasanen led the way for ENCE that resulted to a humongous 14-1 lead at the half.
With their backs against the wall, Bravado finally take their own pistol win at the switch. They managed to follow it up with a couple of anti-ecos and a gun round win to trim the gap 14-5 but they sooner found out that ENCE was too much as the Finns went on behind allu’s 4k to close out Inferno and win the Dreamhack Winter 2018 title.