The tournament saw them face a number of well-known international teams including OpTic Gaming, G2 Esports and ENCE.
Having won their first two (close-fought) matches on day one of the event, the Bravado team secured their spot in Sunday’s playoff rounds. Match one on Sunday was a best-of-three match against Swedish team x6tence Galaxy. Bravado Gaming took the match 2-0 to head into the finals where ENCE waited. The Finnish team are currently ranked 14th in the world and would always be one of the biggest challenges for the Bravado team.
The final saw Train, Inferno and Dust2 as the accepted maps, but unfortunately for the South Africans, the series only needed two of them. ENCE took the series and tournament 2-0 to secure the $50,000 first place prize. Bravado Gaming picked up $20,000 for their efforts.
Final placings from Dreamhack Winter 2018:
- 1st Place: ENCE [$50,000]
- 2nd Place: Bravado Gaming [$20,000]
- 3rd-4th Place: Heroic [$10,000]
- 5th-6th Place: x6tence Galaxy and compLexity [$3,000 each]
- 7th-8th Place: LDLC and OpTic Gaming [$2,000]
South Africa will have a few more opportunities to show the world what they’re capable of in the next few months. Energy Esports have been invited to the PLG Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi and WESG will be happening in the new year in China.
**UPDATE** With their placing at DreamHack, the Bravado Gaming team have jumped 22 spots in the world rankings. They now hold the 27th spot on the leaderboard.
[Header image via DreamHack/Adela Sznajder]