DreamHack Winter group draw

The draw for the group stage of DreamHack ZOWIE Open Winter has taken place, with the eight participating teams having been placed into two groups.

The 2016 DreamHack ZOWIE Open season will come to a close this Saturday with a tournament at the iconic DreamHack Winter event, which will be held in Jönköping.

Eight teams - five European, two North American and one Australian - will be pitting their wits against each other in this competition as they fight for the lion's share of a $100,000 prize pool.

dignitas will open the tournament against Kinguin 

The tournament will begin with a double-elimination group stage, featuring best-of-three clashes in the Lower Bracket, with the top two from both groups advancing to the single-elimination playoffs.

Below you can find the group draw in full:

Group A Group B
Denmark Dignitas United States Cloud9
Sweden GODSENT North America OpTic
CIS FlipSid3 Kazakhstan Gambit
Poland Kinguin Australia Renegades

The schedule for the three-day competition looks as follows:

Thursday, November 24
12:30 Denmark Dignitas  vs. Poland Kinguin BO1
14:00 United States Cloud9 vs. Australia Renegades BO1
16:30 Sweden GODSENT vs. CIS FlipSid3 BO1
18:00 North America OpTic vs. Kazakhstan Gambit BO1
19:30 Group A winners' match BO1
21:00 Group B winners' match BO1
Friday, November 25
12:00 Group A elimination match BO3
15:00 Group B elimination match BO3
18:00 Group A decider BO3
21:00 Group B decider BO3

Saturday, November 26

11:00 Semi-final #1 (B1 vs. A2) BO3
14:00 Semi-final #2 (A1 vs. B2) BO3
18:00 Grand final BO3
2016-11-21 22:49
For Renegades!
2016-11-23 03:23
2016-11-21 22:49
4rd for allu fan club
2016-11-21 22:49
finally a good tournament!
2016-11-21 22:49
But Cloud9 and Dig are gonna crush theyre opponents i think...so it could be one sided and kind of boring
2016-11-21 23:10
ubi chetnika
2016-11-21 23:11
2016-11-21 23:19
sXe | 
Russia Duzzle 
ubi shiptara
2016-11-22 04:25
2016-11-21 22:49
Finland CoFmo 
2016-11-21 22:49
Germany DiesesMars 
2016-11-21 22:49
c9 win groups ez
2016-11-21 22:49
ayaya | 
Ireland skend 
2016-11-21 22:49
Ez Cloud9
2016-11-21 22:49
ez 4 rng
2016-11-21 22:49
ez for HOMESENT ;>
2016-11-21 22:49
HOMESENT is not playing this tournament
2016-11-21 22:54
2016-11-21 23:01
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
RIP Kinguin.
2016-11-21 22:49
Finland Doom_69 
tier 3 tourament
2016-11-21 22:49
Europe wai7ing 
I totally agree, although I liked it as a major in '14 (unfortunately I haven't seen the '13 one)
2016-11-21 22:54
2016-11-21 23:10
Europe wai7ing 
I agree with the previous comment, but I liked Dreamhack Winter back at 2014 when it was a major, but unfortunately I can't say if it was that good in 2013 since I haven't seen in.
2016-11-21 23:12
lol I totally misread it nvm
2016-11-21 23:20
no sk shit tourney
2016-11-21 22:50
sXe | 
Russia Duzzle 
electronic > SK
2016-11-22 04:27
shit>sk lulululu
2016-11-22 07:19
Poland kurwafa 
these groups are so uneven lol
2016-11-21 22:50
Not really, you just think in your mind that Godsent is a good team, even though all they've done is qualify for a major qualifier.
2016-11-21 22:53
Dignitas x C9 FINAL
2016-11-21 22:50
Fix dreamhack autumn. not winter
2016-11-21 22:50
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
Well there's already was couple of days with -32 here in Syberia. So for me "Winter" name is perfect.
2016-11-22 19:07
How fast can you fucking be
2016-11-21 22:50
dig and f3 out c9 and optic group b final c9 vs dig dig win
2016-11-21 22:50
Brazil wdks 
dat dreamhack winter
2016-11-21 22:50
DH winter more like dignitas and C9 vs tier 3
2016-11-21 22:50
France Chagror 
Final : Dignitas vs Cloud9 2 - 0 Optic can maybe upset
2016-11-21 22:50
nice. expecting a c9 v dig final
2016-11-21 22:51
flusha | 
Germany sanos 
2016-11-21 22:52
France kennySsSsS 
godsent pls win this
2016-11-21 22:52
xek | 
Finally tournament where we can see other teams than Nip,VP,SK etc.
2016-11-21 22:52
Europe wai7ing 
You can see them everywhere, but they aren't so shiny
2016-11-21 22:55
Brazil hugoooo 
Tier 2.5 tournament. Four tier 2 teams. Four tier 3 teams.
2016-11-21 22:54
Ukraine kalitajke 
Tier 2
2016-11-21 22:54
Finally tournament where i can watch the finals
2016-11-21 22:54
Portugal mrsc 
sad to see dreamhack winter is now a tier2 tournament it held such a big place in the past years. hoping for a great tournament nonetheless
2016-11-21 22:55
Its probably because winter is more of a lan for people to actually attend than just one big tournament for cs. Dreamhack still got bigger tournaments
2016-11-21 23:02
Portugal mrsc 
that and the fact that it has lost its major status
2016-11-21 23:41
yea. hopefully they will get to host another major in the new year
2016-11-21 23:51
Brazil prkz0r 
no BR team, they are scared of brazilian dominancy
2016-11-21 22:56
2016-11-21 22:58
Yeah we saw the Dominancy in Oakland and at ESL One New York...
2016-11-21 23:14
don't argue with him he's just retarded favela baiter
2016-11-22 22:19
dig kinguin c9 optic
2016-11-21 22:56
ez dignitas
2016-11-21 22:57
Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Ez for C9 Optic Dignitas Godsent Nice Final: Dignitas-C9
2016-11-21 22:57
lul godsent and i think dig and c9 will be close 2-1 c9
2016-11-22 22:21
Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Why shouldnt Godsent move on from group lol? F3 and Kinguin are trash, (Yes, Godsent might be meh as well, but they are better than Kinguin/F3)
2016-11-22 23:11
i think kinguin can beat them
2016-11-22 23:13
Sweden 4Sweeeden 
Ofc, all teams can beat each other :) But hopefully Godsent can "pull their shit together" and win.
2016-11-22 23:25
sure hope so would love to see them succeed i hope they can get into the form they were in in fnatic
2016-11-22 23:25
Sweden 4Sweeeden 
hltv.org/match/2306765-virtuspro-godsent.. Well, this is kinda good (Played a couple of hours ago)
2016-11-23 02:25
hope they can do the same on lan
2016-11-23 09:05
Sweden freddew0w 
Can't wait!! :D
2016-11-21 22:57
Worst DH ever, wtf teams LOL!!
2016-11-21 22:58
Sweden godname 
Why so Shity teams? what has happend to Dreamhack ?
2016-11-21 22:58
C9, OpTic, and Renegades all in the same group. That's an overloading of jetlag.
2016-11-21 22:59
Then we have A with Kinguin, GODSENT, and F3.....lol.
2016-11-22 02:02
France stambert 
who da fuck is godsent?
2016-11-21 23:00
Australia WaxNWayne 
GL renegades. I hope they can upset.
2016-11-21 23:01
Ez tournament
2016-11-21 23:08
Yes they will upset us fans like they always do :(
2016-11-22 01:00
Ayy lmao :(
2016-11-22 06:11
flusha | 
Netherlands davin 
GODSENT will win this!! you read it here first!
2016-11-21 23:01
Cloud9 Optic and Renegades all in the same group? Wow ... that's abit unfair considering other group has flipsid3 kinguin and godsent in one group ... easy as fuck for Dignitas
2016-11-21 23:07
One year ago, Dreamhack Winter and Dreamhack Summer had just top tier teams, now just tier 2-3.....
2016-11-21 23:08
DrLejos | 
North America hillR 
c9 vs dig ez
2016-11-21 23:08
ez for homesent
2016-11-21 23:10
sadly no NiP in swedish tour :(
2016-11-21 23:11
Should be Dignitas - C9 final. I hope Optic can win though.
2016-11-21 23:12
one person deserves to win this event - Zeus
2016-11-21 23:13
so ez for godsent
2016-11-21 23:15
godsent forced to play in shit tournament to get a chance to win something. maybe
2016-11-21 23:15
ez 4 Youthful Stewart Two-thousand & co.
2016-11-21 23:15
2016-11-21 23:18
Ez 4 Optic
2016-11-21 23:25
I guess this is a weird thing to not like, but I prefer when tournaments try to spread out the teams from different countries. There are three non EU teams in this tournament and they're all in the same group. Maybe that's a weird criteria, I just think the group matches might be better if they swapped optic with godsent or something.
2016-11-21 23:29
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
I don't think it should be country based but rather skill based. Unless godsent finally step up their game I think renegades aren't much worse than them. But now with optic and c9 in one group I don't see rng qualify. If renegades and godsent swapped it would be more fair. But with the jet lag upsets might happen but I'd doubt it. Hopefully F3 won't get destroyed :(
2016-11-22 03:52
Obviously I think it should be skill based. but I personally think these groups are pretty balanced
2016-11-22 03:58
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
Yeah it's decent. But F3, Gambit and Kinguin shouldn't stand a chance where as I think renegades might be able to upset godsent if they were in the other group.
2016-11-22 10:32
ez for dignitas on paper.
2016-11-21 23:30
c9 optic finals
2016-11-21 23:33
Lithuania LuXe 
can someone explain me, how does dreamhack invites work? are there any rules how often particular team should be invited?
2016-11-21 23:37
Godsent are winning this, I'm calling it
2016-11-21 23:40
a tournament which homesent actually has a chance to win
2016-11-21 23:48
Optic has a good match up against Cloud9 I think they will win against them to get out of groups in first with Cloud9 in second. Diggy will go out in first , the second place spot for that group is a toss up lets just say Godsent for argument sake. Dig vs Cloud9 will be a good game, C9 should ban out nuke and Dig will have a lot of room to ban what they want although they will probably ban cache. both teams play cobble, overpass, mirage, while Dig plays a little of Train and dust 2. this gives cloud 9 a slight advantage on decided what they want to play although I think they will try to get on Train if possible. I think Dig really needs to get on overpass or Cobble to have the best chance, but this should be a great series to watch as both teams are good at both maps. optic over whoever I expect them to win they just outclass the other 3 teams maybe train for godsent but besides that I don't seem them not winning. My money is on C9 vs OpTic Final where Cloud9 takes it in 2 maps. :)
2016-11-21 23:49
Their good match up is online, not LAN.
2016-11-22 02:01
the fact that tier 1 isn't invited except mby dignitas and c9 makes it more exciting to watch.
2016-11-21 23:53
This tournament is for Tier 2/3 teams and i'll glad to se this teams in game! Good luck for everyone and Kinguin let's win!
2016-11-21 23:56
dignitas vs c9 final
2016-11-22 00:03
shit teams only, but where's Envyus?
2016-11-22 00:20
Sweden crindz 
2016-11-22 00:37
more tier 3 shit! LOL
2016-11-22 00:26
gl to gambit and f3
2016-11-22 00:53
Kazakhstan nuxyjlbka 
2016-11-22 10:13
Finland jayss 
GODSENT to win
2016-11-22 01:04
lets hope it is a cool tournament, DH Winter was always my favorite, shame it isnt a major this year
2016-11-22 01:06
2016-11-22 01:33
godsent to win Kappa. on a serious note, its great to see games within other tier teams and not always the top tiers. gives them a chance to improve as well. gl all.
2016-11-22 01:35
LOL group A is just a little lopsided....my God.
2016-11-22 02:01
dignitas Cloud9 OpTic
2016-11-22 02:06
this is too easy for dignitas
2016-11-22 02:18
ez for dig
2016-11-22 02:46
FlipSide vs Gambit in finals
2016-11-22 03:18
Finland Sandetek 
Finally a tournament that godsent can play
2016-11-22 03:42
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
i remember back when dreamhack winter was a t1 event.
2016-11-22 03:48
Russia fleg 
Flipside - Gambit easy final
2016-11-22 04:32
United States Free_Swag 
good tournament, should be c9/optic v dig in final.
2016-11-22 04:35
Sweden Hampzuka 
Cloud9 - Dignitas in the final, GODSENT will choke.
2016-11-22 04:52
to choke u have to gain the lead
2016-11-22 22:25
Teams are kinda expected with this kind of price pool. Hope they make DH Winter a masters next year, even though Malmö was very nice.
2016-11-22 06:15
Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
2 tier 1 teams (dig, C9), 2 tier 2 teams (F3, Gambit). Will be interesting tournament.
2016-11-22 06:24
Finland coswell 
Optic has shown that they are at least tier 2 also. Gambit and F3 aren't really tier 2, even if they still have their legendary spot. They've dropped in the rankings a lot as they have performed really poorly online and haven't attended that many LANs.
2016-11-22 07:04
hello finland scene top500
2016-11-22 12:54
Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
Oops, forgot Optic. Not sure why I did, but yeah definitely agree that Optic > Gambit + F3 atm. They're definitely borderline and close to tier 1. All I really wanted to do was point out how fucking godawful GODSENT are, haha
2016-11-23 05:46
Finland coswell 
Hehe, yea i understand. Godsent are so up and down, no idea what to expect from them. The fact that they won against fnatic twice in ECS shows that they clearly can play the tactical game and they have fire power... They just need to have 3-4 players performing really well (and the 1-2 playing like bots, good old fnatic times ;)). *edit* And dont get me wrong, im not saying they can win, but give some teams a hard time at least... :D
2016-11-23 11:12
lol this is the easiest tournament for c9 ive ever seen, maybe dig can win, but only if auti and stew don't show up. if ska and auti show up it's 2-0 for c9 in the finals
2016-11-22 06:38
Finland coswell 
Dig, C9 and Optic are the clear favorites, but the "legendary" teams, Flipside and Gambit, should be really ready for this tournament, as the major is soon coming up... Renegades can always surprise and go far, but i don't see them winning against the favorites. Also Godsent has shown some signs of waking up lately, so if their star players perform well... It might go well for them. Still i see them losing to the likes of Kinguin 16-1 surprisingly and then shocking a team like Dignitas if it comes to that. A lot of inconsistent teams in the tournament, so gonna be fun to bet on the underdogs and win some €A$Y M0N€Y.
2016-11-22 07:00
Faroe Islands _shubaN 
C9 vs Dignitas
2016-11-22 07:03
dignitas cloud9 optic and godsent favorites, But I think optic will win the tournament
2016-11-22 07:18
Easiest tournament for Dignitas in a long time :D
2016-11-22 08:03
Dignitas vs C9\Gambit Dig ez win
2016-11-22 08:30
mark my words, gambit and renegades in grand final
2016-11-22 08:36
Norway syregutten99 
Dig ez win
2016-11-22 08:36
Cloud9 vs Dignitas in the Grandfinal.
2016-11-22 09:02
Finland f0pZ 
Should be EZ 4 ENCE
2016-11-22 09:24
Turkey powergs 
Marik win another tourney
2016-11-22 09:38
Renegades upset yew
2016-11-22 10:31
izi for Godsent Jebaited
2016-11-22 10:34
dig won tournament already on final dignitas sick clutch confirmed
2016-11-22 10:37
A: dignitas - Kinguin GODSENT - Flipsid3 dignitas - GODSENT Kinguin - Flipsid3 GODSENT - Kinguin B: Cloud9 - Renegades OpTic - Gambit Cloud9 - OpTic Renegades - Gambit Cloud9 - Gambit 1/2: dignitas - Cloud9 GODSENT - OpTic Final: dignitas - OpTic
2016-11-22 11:15
Ok, but WHEN is this competition going to happen ?
2016-11-22 11:57
The schedule for the three-day competition looks as follows: Thursday, November 24 12:30 dignitas vs. Kinguin BO1 14:00 Cloud9 vs. Renegades BO1 16:30 GODSENT vs. FlipSid3 BO1 18:00 OpTic vs. Gambit BO1 19:30 Group A winners' match BO1 21:00 Group B winners' match BO1 Friday, November 25 12:00 Group A elimination match BO3 15:00 Group B elimination match BO3 18:00 Group A decider BO3 21:00 Group B decider BO3 Saturday, November 26 11:00 Semi-final #1 (B1 vs. A2) BO3 14:00 Semi-final #2 (A1 vs. B2) BO3 18:00 Grand final BO3
2016-11-22 18:16
Thank you!
2016-11-22 18:51
Russia AR4ER 
gL Lanbit and f3
2016-11-22 12:01
ton | 
Brazil FavelaJz 
no big teams n1
2016-11-22 12:31
godsent can take this one
2016-11-22 13:47
Actually, with some attendin teams being on the rise It could be interestink C:
2016-11-22 14:29
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
n1 actually something different from all the top elite LANs *yaaaaaawn*... gonna watch 100% :)
2016-11-22 14:48
ez for c9
2016-11-22 14:49
So easy for dig
2016-11-22 16:08
Tier2 very good yes
2016-11-22 17:19
Dignitas vs C9 in grand final 4sure!
2016-11-22 17:52
New site: society.gg Code: splinter (for 5$)
2016-11-22 23:58
United States darkun 
this is going to be such a badass tournament to watch... there is going to be so many crazy ass rounds and matches with these teams.
2016-11-23 00:41
2016-11-23 01:49
dignitas became the great team in CS:GO.
2016-11-23 02:26
Turkey xxxjet 
Optic gonna win
2016-11-23 03:25
wut? only 2 group?
2016-11-23 03:48
wtf why is it only shit tier 3 teams lmao
2016-11-23 03:58
hoping to see RNG in Playoffs
2016-11-23 04:08
Australia starpyur 
Renegades will make it to the Finals and than choke
2016-11-23 12:56
Hungary FHarbor 
if Dig not win this they dont deserve to be in the top 5
2016-11-23 09:05
Pretty much this
2016-11-23 09:28
Australia starpyur 
2016-11-23 12:57
why bo1 i think rng can upset cloud9 ez in a bo1 was hoping for a bo3 :( but c9 are bo1 kings so we'll see what happens
2016-11-23 10:11
Stewie2K | 
Thailand nBz 
Godsent vs C9/Dignitas in the final Sad to not see better teams at a prestige event like DH...
2016-11-23 10:14
Australia starpyur 
EZ Godsent Flusha will toggle
2016-11-23 12:55
India nicebaitm8 
DH is no more a tier 1 event like it used to be in pre 2015 era. Now its all about deciding the best of tier 2 teams 5 times a year with $100000 prizepool
2016-11-23 14:20
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