Grayhound have sent the North Americans home having now eliminated Team Liquid after pushing Evil Geniuses into their lower bracket match against mousesports where they found themselves packing bags.
The Australian team came into the event ranked 28th in the world and have now picked up wins over the number 1 and 2 teams as they move into their next match.
Liquid’s elimination marks the first time they’ve dropped out of a tournament during the group stage following 10 Finals appearances, a Top 4, and two Top 8 finishes. The team which went on a run of six tier 1 tournament wins in a row seems to have reached their lowest dip since their streak began.
Having flown in from ESL One New York just before kicking off the event, there were many questions about whether jet lag had an impact on both North American teams’ performance. It was an easier argument to make when they fell to OpTic in their opening, less so of a case to be made on day three.
While excuses are still excuses, sometimes it seems there’s some validity and the closeness of these two events which are owned by the same parent company seems to be one with a bit more substance.
DreamHack and ESL are both part of Modern Times Group MTG AB and were recently tied together in another way with the reveal of the ESL Pro Tour. This has apparently not stopped the near overlapping of the events that has seen this jet lag problem appear in such force.