ViCi defeat TIGER to win DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Asia

by Juandi

ViCi are the champions of DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Asia following a comprehensive 3-0 victory over TIGER in the final (1-0 on Default, 16-6 on Inferno, and 16-14 on Train). This tournament marks the fifth title that ViCi holds in 2020 after defeating their Chinese compatriot TYLOO at IEM Beijing Haidian 2020 Asia earlier in November.

DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Asia is the second tournament series organized by DreamHack for the region this year. All eyes were on TIGER after they won the closed qualifier by beating Paper Rex and D13 in the process. The playoffs included three invited Chinese teams (Invictus, TYLOO, ViCi), and TIGER who come from the closed qualifier. These four teams are considered the best teams in the region right now.

The playoffs started with TIGER upsetting the status quo, sending TYLOO to the lower bracket after a 2-1 victory over the Chinese powerhouse. After making quick work of Invictus, TYLOO went on to re-match TIGER, only to drop 2-0 in an intense match that saw the two teams go neck-to-neck (22-19, 16-14).

Ultimately, it was ViCi who came out on top after a great run in the upper bracket, defeating Invictus Gaming and TIGER and dropping only one map. In the grand finals of DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Asia, ZhiHong “aumaN” Liu‘s squad defeated the Mongolians, winning the best-of-five series with a 3-0 score (including a map advantage after the team came from the upper bracket). The Chinese side will take home the US$8,000 first-place prize alongside 185 ESL Pro Tour points.

The Grand Final – ViCi vs TIGER

ViCi started out strong on Inferno to strike first blood in the series, racking up a 3-0 start on the defense. The Mongolian side responded with one of their own before the Chinese came out hot, extending their lead 10-2. In the 13th round, TIGER finally got back the board with a crucial win to end the first half with a reasonable score, 10-5. ViCi overwhelmed TIGER for the remainder of the second half and went to wrap up proceedings with a flawless 16-6 score to wrap up the first map.

Next up was Train, with a similar story from the first map, where Andrew “kaze” Khong and friends carried over the momentum and dominating the early game (10-1 as CT), but luckily TIGER was able to wake up and claim four more rounds to once again make the game reasonable to be played at during the second half where they switched over to CT side.

ViCi found a lifeline as they picked up the second pistol round before both teams see-sawed back-and-forth. Unfortunately for TIGER, they were unable to force out the overtime and ViCi managed to claim a 16-14 map win securing the series 3-0.

Data patched from HLTV

DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Asia final standings:

PlaceTeamESL Pro Tour PointsPrize
1st🇨🇳 ViCi185ptsUS$8,000
2nd🇲🇳 TIGER85ptsUS$4,000
3rd🇨🇳 TYLOO45ptsUS$2,000
4th🇨🇳 InvictusUS$1,000

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