DreamHack Open Summer didn’t go as expected at all, with everyone expecting the event to be rather one sided. Powerful teams like Gambit Esports, AGO Gaming and North were pitted against teams like Red Reserve, Optic Gaming, Renegades, compLexity Gaming and The Imperial, and most analysts expected the event to be a walkover for the former teams. North and Gambit Esports especially were favorites to win the event, as was AGO Gaming, to a lesser extent. However, The Imperial came in out of nowhere, and as you’ll see, they had their own plans for this event.
The Imperial… in yet another avatar
They are a British esports organization which was disbanded in 2011. After five years of absence, they returned to CS:GO with a new roster in 2016. They once again disbanded in the same year, making a return the next year with yet another roster, which again disbanded a few months later.
This year has seen the advent of the latest avatar of The Imperial, with them signing on the roster of MANS NOT HOT in March. They have managed to win two qualifiers, one minor and one major so far, and that’s not counting DreamHack Open Summer itself. If you count that, then The Imperial have two majors under their belts already. Their latest addition to the team is their new in game leader kRYSTAL, a former Sprout player, who was chosen after their old in game leader AcilioN left the team.
This seems like the most successful avatar of The Imperial yet, and we hope it will resist the organization’s old tradition of ritual disbanding.
The Imperial dominate their Group
The Imperial were in Group A at DreamHack, and their first match was against North, and against all expectations, The Imperial defeated North by four rounds. The map was Train, and the reason they won is because they are a balanced team, who can play both Counter Terrorists and Terrorists evenly. Later, on the same day, The Imperial went up against AGO Esports, and crushed them in Mirage, winning by a difference of twelve rounds. In other words, The Imperial went up against two of the most powerful teams at DreamHack in their Group, and defeated them.
North’s performances at DreamHack were fairly unexceptional
North managed to qualify for the Playoffs of DreamHack after winning two best of three matches, one against Red Reserve, and another against AGO Esports. However, while those matches did count as victories, they were only achieved after a desperate struggle for dominance that could really have gone either way. For example, North’s first map against AGO Esports entered overtime twice before North won the map. North have a long way to go before they can rank with the event-dominating teams in the CS:GO universe, while The Imperial have already taken giant strides in that direction.
Later, in the Playoffs at DreamHack, North went up against OpTic Gaming, and had a hard time of it once again, though this time they lost. The last map, Train, went into overtime twice and ended in a victory for OpTic Gaming.
OpTic Gaming aced their Group matches
OpTic Gaming’s first match was against the supposedly best team at DreamHack, Gambit Esports. However, Gambit’s reputation was no defence, as OpTic Gaming virtually steamrolled them in Mirage, winning the map by nine rounds. OpTic Gaming’s second match was against compLexity Gaming, and it was another easy win for OpTic Gaming. The map player here was Nuke, and OpTic Gaming won by eleven rounds. Overall, OpTic Gaming’s journey through the Group matches was hardly as tough as The Imperial’s.
Flawless plays throughout the event by The Imperial
The Imperial did not suffer a single loss in the Group matches, and defeated teams that were supposedly much superior to them. Their matches in the Playoffs were also flawless. Gambit Esports, who came second in their Group matches, went down disastrously before The Imperial. Gambit Esports failed to win any maps against The Imperial, with The Imperial winning the first map played by four rounds, and the second by seven rounds.
Similarly, The Imperial dominated OpTic Gaming in the finals, taking the five-map finals in just two maps. The scores were almost similar to the ones they racked up against Gambit Esports.
In short, The Imperial quite simply took this event by storm, allowing no one the time or breathing space in which to adapt to them, and sweeping up both the trophy and the fifty thousand dollar cash prize. We look forward to seeing this roster become a dominating force in the CS:GO universe.
The MVP of the event
The Imperial’s EspiranTo won the MVP award for the event. His scores were very close to k0nfig and JUGi, but his performances in both the semifinals and finals won him the award. EspiranTo’s real name is Rokas Milasauskas, and he is a seventeen year old from Lithuania. He has been playing CS:GO since 2015, but started playing in a professional team just twenty one months back.
He is new to the CS:GO universe, and if he keeps playing like this, might well catch the eye of tier one organizations. In a short period of time, he has played for eight different teams, including The Imperials, his current team. This means that he certainly has the potential to be noticed by dominating teams in the CS:GO universe, and we could potentially be seeing him at top events for years to come.
Here are some tweets from the youngest member of the team.
— Rokas Milasauskas (@EspiranToCSGO) June 18, 2018
I carry my team in @DreamHackCSGO summer , they will carry me out after afterparty
— Rokas Milasauskas (@EspiranToCSGO) June 18, 2018