Format for DH Open Cluj revealed

DreamHack has announced the format and schedule for the upcoming CS:GO major, in Cluj-Napoca.

From October 28 to November 1, the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca will play host to what is likely to be the last CS:GO major tournament of the year, where 16 teams from all over the world will duke it out for their share of a $250,000 prize pool.

The tournament will kick off with a double-elimination group stage in which every match will be played in a best-of-one format except the decider game, which will be a best-of-three clash. The biggest difference from the format used at ESL One Cologne is the fact that the Lower Bracket teams will no longer be drawn into new groups after day one.


Cluj major will be played at the Polyvalent Hall 

At the end of the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the best-of-three, single-elimination playoffs.

DreamHack Open Cluj full schedule:

Wednesday, October 28
10:00 Group A - Match #1
11:25 Group A - Match #2
12:50 Group B - Match #1
14:15 Group B - Match #2
15:40 Group C - Match #1
17:05 Group C - Match #2
18:30 Group D - Match #1
19:55 Group D - Match #2
Thursday, October 29
10:00 Group A - Elimination Match
11:25 Group B - Elimination Match
12:50 Group C - Elimination Match
14:15 Group D - Elimination Match
15:40 Group A - Upper Bracket Final
17:05 Group B - Upper Bracket Final
18:30 Group C - Upper Bracket Final
19:55 Group D - Upper Bracket Final
Friday, October 30
10:00 Group A - Decider Match
13:00 Group B - Decider Match
16:00 Group C - Decider Match
19:00 Group D - Decider Match
Saturday, October 31
10:00 Quarter-final #1
13:00 Quarter-final #2
16:00 Quarter-final #3
19:00 Quarter-final #4
Sunday, November 1
11:00 Semi-final #1
14:00 Semi-final #2
18:00 Grand final

On the first day of the event, the Polyvalent Hall will be closed to the public, so the doors will only be open from Thursday to Sunday. To purchase tickets for the major, head over to Esportshop.eu 

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bo1 groups? meh
2015-10-16 16:23
45 replies
sickest major coming, bo3 decider match gonna be good
2015-10-16 16:30
37 replies
bo3 deciders isn't perfect but it's a good compromise. Looks good!
2015-10-16 16:45
23 replies
Yea saves a lot of time and makes it fair at the same time.
2015-10-16 17:12
bo3 in the Elimination Match would be better or both. But now its possible that 4 teams will got out 0-2 with 2 bo1 loses.
2015-10-16 17:23
21 replies
still better then esl
2015-10-16 17:36
13 replies
true.
2015-10-16 17:41
12 replies
This format is the best way you can compromise without spending too much time
2015-10-16 17:42
11 replies
not rlly, as I said the Elimination Match would be better with a bo3.
2015-10-16 17:43
9 replies
Wait the elimination isn't Bo3?
2015-10-16 17:45
8 replies
no. Only the decider is bo3 inside the group stage.
2015-10-16 17:46
7 replies
Of course it's better but I can see why they did that, they have the venue booked for 9hrs each day
2015-10-16 17:48
6 replies
yup that's true. But it's not good to all the teams that need major practice. AKA 2 BO1 lost and you're out. bb. :(
2015-10-16 20:35
5 replies
Which would require another day of venue which they didn't book
2015-10-16 20:37
4 replies
Like I said, yup, that's true. Maybe next time? :p
2015-10-16 20:39
Doesn't matter International takes a week. They could just do the matches in a room in the back or another stage if they wanted to keep the schedule. IEM San Jose has two stages opposite of each other on one wall. Going out in 2 bo1's is so dumb.
2015-10-16 21:19
2 replies
I agree, it's not so annoying for the spectators but for the teams that lose 2 in a row, I can't imagine the feeling. They should change that in future...
2015-10-17 00:49
1 reply
Exactly those teams are getting screwed with only 2 maps and they practice for a month and fly across the world.
2015-10-17 01:35
The best format for 8-16 team events has been Bo2 Round Robin, Bo3 brackets with a Bo3 or Bo5 finals.
2015-10-16 22:12
bo1 for the first game, bo3 for all the rest. that would be perfect. I don't think that bo3 for first games would be good because they should allow one map upsets once in a while.
2015-10-16 17:45
6 replies
So we just need a bo3 in the Elimination Match & we are good to go.
2015-10-16 17:57
5 replies
yes, I forgot about the upper bracket potential upset as well. I mean, it's exciting to see the upsets...
2015-10-16 18:03
4 replies
That would require another 2 days venue though
2015-10-16 20:38
2 replies
They got $8 million in just the stickers/autographs I think 2 more days is ez pz. Also double stage setup or
2015-10-16 21:20
LoL WCS takes 1month (they dont play all days,but still)... CSGO should do at least 1week tournament
2015-10-19 21:06
idk top 4 EU is like elite so upper final groups just bo1 it but elmin's need bo3. Although would be good to see them earn the win out of groups.
2015-10-16 21:21
They had that at cologne though. It's not an improvement
2015-10-16 16:50
5 replies
They didn't wiki.teamliquid.net/counterstrike/ESL/On.. Are you mistaking it to Dreamhack stockholm, the qulifiers for the major?
2015-10-16 16:59
2 replies
probably mistaking with esl dubai
2015-10-16 17:18
1 reply
I was :'(
2015-10-16 17:27
wrong
2015-10-16 17:07
They had Day 1, if you win both games in your group, you go through, if you lose, you go to loser bracket, then you go to bo1 elimination to get to second seed.
2015-10-16 20:49
meh
2015-10-16 16:51
lmao, not even close to Dubai, the best csgo major by far
2015-10-16 17:04
4 replies
Dubai wasn't a major
2015-10-16 17:10
3 replies
it was a major turnament but not a major in the csgo definition of it
2015-10-16 17:30
lmao, i know swedes are dumb but u r the new low of dumb
2015-10-16 17:35
1 reply
low quality bait
2015-10-16 17:37
tell me why Grand final and fucking semis are in same day?
2015-10-17 00:03
bo3 decider tho
2015-10-16 16:31
What did u expect?
2015-10-16 16:40
more maps more drops :::DDD
2015-10-16 18:34
2 replies
More drops less value
2015-10-17 08:05
1 reply
k yeah but more chance of drop, and cbble is always expensive
2015-10-17 08:19
bo1 but DOUBLE elimination, technically you need to lose two times, so it's good .. What do you expect? Double elimination and bo3, it will take lot of time ..
2015-10-16 19:47
1 reply
It's been bo1 double elimination since years.
2015-10-16 22:54
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Romania HardCorePvP
nice
2015-10-16 16:23
nice
2015-10-16 16:23
#4
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Finland Al_Aziz
:(
2015-10-16 16:23
nice
2015-10-16 16:23
And its fucking garbage. Fuck off Valve
2015-10-16 16:23
1 reply
bo1 and bo3 decider is better than a kick in the teeth, relax
2015-10-16 16:25
n1
2015-10-16 16:23
#9
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Germany 1criT
At least the decider is a BO3
2015-10-16 16:24
n1 volvo
2015-10-16 16:24
#13
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Finland Emvi
On paper this will be the best major yet. Best talent-line-up, no matches played at the same time, b03 deciders, the most competetive teams yet... Hype! :D
2015-10-16 16:24
VUCK FALVE
2015-10-16 16:24
#23
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Sweden impossibru
Oh well...
2015-10-16 16:27
fuck off with this bo1 shit again
2015-10-16 16:27
3 replies
They cant play 1 tournament 2 weeks moron
2015-10-16 20:20
2 replies
bo3 instead of bo1 - 2 weeks. k den smartass
2015-10-16 21:19
1 reply
Yeah?
2015-10-17 19:34
#25
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Switzerland XEMBAO
Bo1, lg legend again is real
2015-10-16 16:27
great!!! finally bo3 for the decider!!! next time, bo3 for the whole loser bracker
2015-10-16 16:27
Atleast decider is BO3 so that gives hope
2015-10-16 16:28
#31
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Portugal maguire
group draw when?
2015-10-16 16:28
Wasn't it said before that it will be BO3? This is fucking shit.
2015-10-16 16:28
Well at least bo3 decider
2015-10-16 16:28
5 replies
1st or 2nd place is irrelevant though. If any single group stage match should be bo3, it should be the elimination match because that one is actually important.
2015-10-16 16:30
4 replies
#56
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Denmark JKN-.-
Ehm you don't get it I guess. Decider match is to decide 2nd and 3rd, ie. who goes to play off. Most important match, yes.
2015-10-16 16:34
2 replies
#86
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Russia stat1c
and then there still will be a team that'll go out in 2 maps (2 bo1s)
2015-10-16 16:57
1 reply
#201
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Denmark JKN-.-
Yes but there will be greater chance that we get the best of 2nd/3rd best teams in each group to quarterfinals
2015-10-17 00:06
Its not irrelevant, it has a big difference in seeding, but then again, there are most probably some upsets in the BO1's and the randomizing the pairs after the seeds.
2015-10-16 16:35
still incredible terrible format
2015-10-16 16:29
Edit: nvm :(
2015-10-16 16:32
nice
2015-10-16 16:31
Two bo1s to reach top 8 and qualify for next major. n1
2015-10-16 16:31
gg
2015-10-16 16:32
looking forward
2015-10-16 16:33
#52
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Brazil Nobuga
no b03 groups no b05 finals get out valve
2015-10-16 16:34
n1
2015-10-16 16:34
Should we start the "guess the delay" game now?
2015-10-16 16:34
1 reply
Majors is the only tournament that dont have delay
2015-10-16 16:38
Still no bo3 elimination series'............
2015-10-16 16:35
2 replies
Yeah! :-( i would want BO1 first match and elimination and decider BO3 at least.
2015-10-16 16:39
1 reply
Yep. :(((
2015-10-16 16:41
#64
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World Noldi_alb
Why Wednesday :( I will miss the first matches of the group stage sadly :(
2015-10-16 16:40
#65
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Portugal dascouves
again DREAMHACK WAYYYYYYY AHEAD THEN ESL BO3 DECIDER NO WALRUS(PANSY), DEMAN, OR KAPLAN DDK AND BLACK DDK MANTROUSSE, INSTEAD OF THAT FAMILY SHOW PRICK
2015-10-16 16:40
n1
2015-10-16 16:40
#69
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Sweden Kasidro
Bring bo5 finals you lazy Bastards.
2015-10-16 16:44
why reveal a format wich is always the same ... BO1 in groups .. same shitty format , as always , give the oportunity for upsets .. i guess ESL love upsets , maybe it get them more viewers , i dont see any other explanations ..
2015-10-16 16:45
1 reply
I guess you missed, "except the decider game, which will be a best-of-three clash."
2015-10-16 16:46
Can someone confirm if the losers match in groups is bo3? or just the "winner of the losers" vs "loser of winners" match?
2015-10-16 16:47
2 replies
#81
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Germany andoRRR
It's just the deciders match. Loser vs Loser is still BO1
2015-10-16 16:54
1 reply
That's annoying, but still steps in the right direction.
2015-10-16 17:00
BO3 elim? Well that's a step forward at least.
2015-10-16 16:47
4 replies
It's best of 3 deciders, not bo3 elimination. Eliminations are still bo1 unfortunately. Decider is for like who takes top spot in the group or w/e.
2015-10-16 16:57
3 replies
Hmmm that's stupid then. Elimination matches should be BO3.
2015-10-16 17:02
2 replies
Yeah, I know. >.< Love seeing teams like C9 and Mousesports getting eliminated in groups to second rate teams and having the Quarter finals all be 2-0's because there are undeserving teams in the mix that cheesed a bo1. Hopefully this major the more deserving and competitive teams that actually stand a chance in the quarters actually win the bo1 elims.
2015-10-16 17:07
1 reply
Exactly, well here's to hoping.
2015-10-16 17:08
#75
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Russia Reph
5 days omfg
2015-10-16 16:47
HYPE, ez for fnatic tho
2015-10-16 16:48
nice
2015-10-16 16:48
#80
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Sweden godname
gamingparadise 3.0? :)
2015-10-16 16:53
IMO there's no better format than this one. Bo1 in groups is always random because of either maps or current players' form. And if you lose match you still have a chance to reach playoffs but you have to win bo3 that isn't so random like bo1. Team simply has to confirm that they deserve for slot. Personally i think the best option is when all games are in bo3 format and in addition there is looser bracket, but it's never happened because the major'll last too long. This DH's going to be great!
2015-10-16 16:57
3 replies
You dont always have that chance after losing your match. If you lose your first two Bo1's you're still OUT.
2015-10-16 17:02
2 replies
Yes, thats true but if u are not able to win at least one bo1 in group it means that u don't deserve for playoffs, u are too weak to go through the group and its quite fair. But I have to admit that this format isn't perfect .Grand final should be bo5 anyway. It will be better for audience and teams as well.
2015-10-16 17:20
1 reply
You could still have bad luck. IMO the first lower bracket match should also be Bo3. Then it would be perfect. Because after that Bo1 one team goes home. It could be a good team with 2 unlucky Bo1 that goes home.
2015-10-16 17:52
#90
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Latvia Ke]R[4u
bo3 final, cmon volvo..
2015-10-16 16:59
1 reply
smirk
2015-10-16 17:04
#98
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Norway teztu
not bad
2015-10-16 17:05
bo1's at majors are so fucking stupid i can't get over it.
2015-10-16 17:09
Bo1 groups ayy lmao But seriously, I don't get why people want a bo5 final, 3 is fine.
2015-10-16 17:10
1 reply
well, pretty much every other tourney expect major has bo5 finals..
2015-10-16 17:25
just like esl 1 cologne i see
2015-10-16 17:10
expected
2015-10-16 17:26
Best teams and best format. Best major inc
2015-10-16 17:26
bo1 groups but atleast bo3 on decider matches who gets out of groups
2015-10-16 17:32
n1 DROPS INC
2015-10-16 17:34
So nice!
2015-10-16 17:37
still no bo3...
2015-10-16 17:39
Step in the right direction, still need BO5 final though. This article doesn't explicitly say the final will be BO3, but idk
2015-10-16 17:41
I booked Thursday & Friday as holiday $$
2015-10-16 17:48
anyone think that the Elimination Match should be a BO3?
2015-10-16 17:49
1 reply
#149
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Finland jayss
Yea, each team should be able to play at least one bo3 before dropping out from the tournament.
2015-10-16 18:09
The First lower bracket match should also be a best of three because it's also a decider match -> one team goes home after that best of one. But good thing that at least the last lower bracket match is best of 3 now.
2015-10-16 17:50
The final will not bo5? bo1 groups...
2015-10-16 17:52
#145
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Germany Bennime
pls no random 3rd map tho
2015-10-16 18:02
Why not a group of 8 teams playing each other in a bo3 for playoff spots,then the rest of the games will be bo5 2 weeks major kappa
2015-10-16 18:09
just did not like this md3 in the group phase, I had to leave in the old format
2015-10-16 18:17
Nice GoodJob
2015-10-16 18:20
Stickers will be there?
2015-10-16 18:26
1 reply
like in every major
2015-10-16 18:51
people crying for Bo3 groups... even with Bo1 + Bo3 decider, this is a full 5 day event assuming no delays. Bo3 groupstage is just not feasible for a major.
2015-10-16 18:45
1 reply
It is if you extend the event. Make it like a week.
2015-10-16 18:56
250K prize pool lol weak ass shit
2015-10-16 18:49
For the people saying it should be the elim match that's bo3: even if it was that way you can still be eliminated playing bo1's. Imo it would be worse if you could lose with a 1-2 record in bo1s, while some teams that lost their first matches earn the chance to bo3 for who goes home. Doesn't really make any more sense. Ideally it would all be bo3, but bo3 decider > bo3 elim since it's more likely the bad teams will be in the elim matches. You still need to lose 2 maps to get eliminated; so win at least one map and you guarantee you'll play a bo3.
2015-10-16 18:57
Stil BO3 final it's ridiculous...
2015-10-16 19:03
How about best of 2 group stages and if two ties its round difference that decides who wins???? 4 maps minimum for each team, not bad....
2015-10-16 19:53
All matches should be bo3 and the final bo5
2015-10-16 20:04
DECIDER BO3 + STREAM ALL GAMES + BEST CASTERS = BEST MAJOR EVENT YET (only thing missing is BO5 finnals)
2015-10-16 20:08
They never learn do they? BO1 GTFO
2015-10-16 20:42
no BO5 groups and BO7 finals? Shit event.
2015-10-16 21:14
will there be stickers and pickem?
2015-10-16 21:37
IMO grandfinal should be BO5 and add BO3 to the elimination matches if needed give us more days of majors, like maybe a whole week... but nonetheless, Best cast crew, all games live(no games played the same time), decider match BO3 and all matches played on stage = best major "ever" so far can't wait for the pick'em, for teams and for signatures... hope it isn't shit like last dreamhack
2015-10-16 21:58
final BO5, cmon guys!
2015-10-16 22:44
BO1's is ridiculous in top level professional gaming
2015-10-17 00:43
faster pls <3
2015-10-17 10:21
5 days? YAAYYY
2015-10-17 13:00
#214
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Poland coincc
grand final b03 or b05?
2015-10-17 13:02
Will there be drops?
2015-10-17 13:40
when are the groups going to be drawn!
2015-10-17 15:10
all these shitters complaining about best of 1s clearly love betting on the overdogs and losing. Bo1 are so excellent for profit
2015-10-17 16:35
2 replies
or people who want to watch good counter strike?
2015-10-18 01:59
1 reply
not according to the new generation no one does that anymore xD
2015-10-19 00:52
pls groups
2015-10-17 18:20
n1
2015-10-18 13:00
#230
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United Kingdom LeLewk
holy shit such a good meme
2015-10-18 17:35
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