Caroline Rutledge

Caroline Rutledge

Caroline is an esports journalist focusing on CS:GO. Starting out as a casual CS:GO fan, her interest quickly turned into a passion as she spent years studying the game. She has put that knowledge to use as a journalist, now writing about professional CS:GO for multiple websites including TheGamer.

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CS:GO: BIG Defeat Renegades to Win DreamHack Open Leipzig

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BIG has taken home the DreamHack Open Leipzig CS:GO title after handily defeating Renegades in the best-of-three Grand Final. The German squad advanced to the Final after taking down Heroic, while their Australian opponents bested MAD Lions in the semi-finals. BIG’s home soil victory earns them the $50,000 grand prize and a spot in DreamHack Masters Jönköping in June.

The series kicked off on BIG’s map choice of Mirage, where a pistol round win for Renegades allowed them a 3-0 lead. The initial gun round went to BIG’s offensive side, though Renegades immediately pulled themselves to a 4-1 lead in the following round. A double kill from İsmailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş secured the following eco-round for BIG. The German side rode that momentum forward, winning seven straight rounds before Renegades could find their fifth. BIG concluded the first half up 10-5.

The hometown heroes took their hot streak into their defensive half as double kills from Nils "k1to" Gruhne and Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz earned them the second pistol round. With no sign of slowing down, BIG took the next five rounds to win map one 16-5.

On to Dust2

The series next went to Dust2, the map pick of Renegades. The Aussie side took the opening pistol once again, converting it into another 3-0 lead. A triple kill from tabseN secured the first gun round for BIG, propelling the team on another dominant run of eight consecutive rounds. Efforts from Florian "syrsoN" Rische pushed the team through their offensive half, the German side ending up 11-4.

Renegades found their footing on their own offense, and two kills from Joshua "INS" Potter securing the second pistol. The momentum pushed them forward, the Aussie side stringing together seven total rounds to even the scoreline at eleven. BIG finally fought back, impactful rounds from tabseN and k1to, allowing the German team to reach match point. Renegades were left with a weak buy in the final round, and a quick triple kill from XANTARES secured a 16-12 victory for BIG.

BIG take home the DreamHack Open Leipzig title and the $50,000 first-place prize. This victory also earns them a spot in DreamHack Masters Jönköping, which is set to begin on June 9th. BIG is not currently scheduled to appear at any upcoming events, while Renegades will compete at IEM Katowice 2020 next month.

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