There were quite a few surprises at DreamHack Summer 2018 with the surprising win of The Imperial. The CSGO event featured top teams like Optic, Complexity, Renegades and Red Reserve. The favourite Counter-Strike squads of the game were North, Gambit as well as AGO Esports.
Complexity and The Imperial earned their spots at the DreamHack Summer 2018 through the regional qualifying matches of Europe and North America. However, the only qualified team that went through the group stages to the main event was The Imperial, joined by North, Optic and Gambit, proceeding to the main event.
The Imperial is the DreamHack Summer 2018 winners to break a record, being the first uninvited squad to win a DH competition. Other top teams were in attendance of another CSGO tournament ESL One Belo Horizonte that was held just a few days apart, giving more opportunity for other top Counter-Strike units to reach the top rankings.
The DreamHack weekend kicked off with Group Stage A as Imperial beat North in the opening match with a score of 16-12. In the Winner’s tournament, Imperial defeated AGO Esports with an unbeatable 16-4, a definite result that showed they are indeed a strong esports team.
The CS team outplayed Gambit Esports in the Semi-finals, taking on the Counter-Terrorist side on the Cache map with a record 16-12 and Mirage 16-9. The Imperial sniper, Rokas ‘EspiranTo’ Milasauskas showed incredible skill on Cache with 35 kills, inflicting 123 damage per round on the opposing squad, Gambit.
Optic managed to go through to the finals after a close win over North in double overtime on the third map, Train with a score of 2-1. However, Optic struggled against The Imperial with their violent Counter-Strike tactics. In the first map, Overpass, Imperial quickly took the lead with a score of 6-1 before Optic found some footing in the game. In the second map, Imperial started strong on the CT side as Žygimantas ‘nukkye’ Chmieliauskas and EspiranTo played their best to lead their team to a victory with a record of 16-7. In the third map, Mirage chosen by The Imperial, Optic started to pick up their pace on the T side pistol round; however, Imperial fought back to rise again above the stunned Danes, closing the winning match with a fantastic score of 2-0.
The Counter-Strike European team of Imperial players consist of Tenzki from Denmark, Serbian gamer nexa, EspiranTo and nukkye, the Lithuanian duo and the German team captain, kRYSTAL. Together the unit never wavered from the goal at hand and surprised the gaming fans winning DreamHack Summer 2018 title, taking home their second highest prize of $50K.
The British esports club, The Imperial have been competing in Counter-Strike since 2009, winning two majors so far, the Copenhagen Games 2018 and DH Summer 18 after acquiring the MANS NOT HOT lineup in March 2018. If the CSGO unit keeps up their winning streak, you will hear about The Imperial in the future.
The MVP Player of DreamHack Summer 2018
The MVP award of Dreamhack Summer 2018 went to Imperial’s pro player Rokas ‘EspiranTo’ Milasauskas. In fact, his scores came close to those of Optic gamers, k0nfig and JUGi but his fighting gaming skills in the main matches proved who is the youngest master of CSGO, winning the award.
EspiranTo is a professional player from Lithuania who has been competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive since 2016. Rokas has a way of showing his potential and will get noticed by many other top esports teams, gathering a fan base that will see him in many prestigious tournaments.