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paiN, Rebirth win DreamHack January NA openers

Field Level Media
28 Jan 2021, 15:19 GMT+10

paiN Gaming rallied for a dramatic win while Rebirth Esports swept its match Wednesday as play opened in the DreamHack Open January 2021: North America.

The $30,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event features four teams competing in a double-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three until the Sunday final, which will be best-of-five with the winners-bracket team starting with a one-map advantage.

The champion will receive $16,000 and 60 ESL Pro Tour points. The runner-up will get $8,000 and 40 ESL Pro Tour points.

Triumph opened with a 16-11 win over paiN on Nuke, then jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Vertigo. paiN recovered to claim Vertigo 16-8, then sealed the series with a 22-18 double-overtime decision on Inferno.

Vinicios "PKL" Coelho and Gabriel "NEKIZ" Schenato each had 65 kills for paiN's all-Brazilian squad while Rafael "saffee" Costa produced a team-best plus-6 kill-death differential. Brendan "Bwills" Williams recorded 67 kills and a plus-7 K-D differential for Triumph's all-United States roster.

Rebirth cruised past Extra Salt 16-3 on Overpass, then sealed the match with a 16-12 win on Dust II.

The United States' Rahul "curry" Nemani amassed 45 kills and a plus-17 K-D differential for Rebirth. South Africa's Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek posted 30 kills and a minus-3 K-D differential for Extra Salt.

Rebirth and paiN will square off Friday for a berth in the final. Triumph and Extra Salt will meet Thursday in the losers bracket.

--Field Level Media

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