What an exciting day it has been for all the attendees here at the DreamHack India 2018 being held in Mumbai at the Mumbai Exhibition Center, NESCO.
The esport carnival that started today on 21st December was packed to the brim with gaming competitions being held across multiple platforms ranging in titles from PUBG Mobile, Fifa 19, CS:GO, Dota 2 and a lot more.
The day showcased the Finals of the North-East Championship taking place on the main stage followed by the start of the DreamHack India Invitational 2018 for both CS:GO and Dota 2. On the side, the BYOC qualifiers were also taking place in full force as some of the top local teams were spotted including ATE Gaming, Entity, 2ez Gaming and even the newly announced Signify.
Although everything started off smoothly there were some technical difficulties experienced before the NEC –CS:GO Finals which led to quite a delay, resulting in the rescheduling of the event to a later time slot.
DreamHack India Invitational 2018 – CS:GO
The CS:GO Invitational Tournament began with the clash of the kings as both the international teams invited for the event, Bravado Gaming and Energy Esports went straight-up against each other in the Upper Bracket Round – 1.
The BO3 series was the highlight of the evening when it came to CS:GO with Bravado Gaming defeating their opponent Energy Esports after an intense match-up between the old South-African adversaries witnessed the latter drop down to the Lower Bracket.
The teams clashed on Dust 2 in the first match of the series where a great performance was put up by Bravado but the victory did not come easy as both bLacKpoisoN and KaNi helped Energy fight back time and again. Energy was finally able to catch up to their opponents in the 22nd round only to see Bravado string the next few rounds in succession to run away with the match.
Mirage witnessed a second victory for Bravado as they faced an unflinching Energy Esport who tried their level best to keep up the pace but ran short on fuel as Bravado mustered enough strength to make their way through to the Upper Bracket Finals.
BYOC CS:GO Qualifier – 1
The first BYOC qualifier for CS:GO came to an end with the newly announced Signify roster making it all the way through to the DreamHack India Invitational after defeating ATE, Entity and finally 2ez Gaming.
Signify showcased great dominance with their new line-up who performed better than expected. Yb led the team beautifully as everyone pitched in by doing their jobs in a perfect manner.
ATE Gaming made a mistake of playing against Marzil on Overpass which is where he shines the brightest and true to his abilities, he did. Signify defeated ATE by a score of ‘16-11’ to move on to the semifinals.
Signify faced off against Entity on Cache and boy oh boy this match had the crowd really riled up pretty hard. Much to everyone's surprise the match was not as closely contested as anticipated by many, maybe the element of surprise gave the advantage to Signify this time around who took down Entity by a score of ‘16-5’.
The final match for Signify was up against 2ez Gaming on Dust 2 where the former showcased another phenomenal performance to take down their adversaries by a score of ‘16-5’ to qualify onto the DreamHack India Invitational – CS:GO.
The day also featured the Opening Ceremony followed by the Cosplay Competitions. The second BYOC qualifier for CS:GO is currently on-going and will be updated upon as soon as it concludes.