Extra Salt cruised past O PLANO in a one-sided grand final to win DreamHack Open June North America, securing a victory in three maps (16-2 Vertigo, 16-9 Dust2, 16-12 Overpass) to earn the lion’s share of the $70,000 prize pool, as well as 100 points in the ESL Pro Tour circuit.
The tournament win grants Johnny “JT” Theodosiou and company a spot in the IEM Fall North America Play-In, where they will face off against the winner of DreamHack Open September North America to book a ticket to the main event. However, the team’s hopes of attaining a spot in ESL Pro League Season 14 via the ESL World Rankings are likely to remain unfulfilled as they trail BIG and Spirit by nearly 150 points, a gap that is entirely unlikely to dwindle in the next month as Extra Salt will not be in attendance at IEM Cologne.
It was the oSee show from the onset of the series as the sniper powered Extra Salt to a 13-2 lead on the T side of Vertigo, securing a post-plant ace in the process and combining with JT to bring a swift end to the first map. oSee‘s reign of terror continued on Dust2, although there O PLANO were able to put on a stronger face, mustering five rounds in the first half only for Extra Salt tp quickly attain match point following the side swap, closing out the map shortly after.
O PLANO seemed to finally stabilise on Overpass, with a Deagle ace from Vito “kNgV-” Giuseppe swinging momentum in favour of the Brazilian side as they put up solid effort on the defense, posting a 10-5 lead at the break. However, the tables turned once it was Extra Salt guarding the bombsites, and O PLANO were able to garner just two additional rounds as FaNg took control to bring the series to a swift end for his side to secure the tournament victory.
DreamHack Open June North America final standings:
1. Extra Salt – $35,000 + IEM Fall North America Play-In
2. O PLANO – $15,000
3-4. paiN – $6,000
3-4. Party Astronauts – $6,000
5-6. GODSENT – $2,500
5-6. RBG – $2,500
7-8. Third Impact – $1,500
7-8. Triumph – $1,500