DreamHack clarifies Endpoint's ownership of Anaheim slot
DreamHack has issued a statement confirming that the spot at the Open event in Anaheim spot belongs to the Endpoint trio of Robin "robiin" Sjögren, Max "MiGHTYMAX" Heath, and Thomas "Thomas" Utting.
The event organiser sought to quell uncertainty regarding the spot in Anaheim after two players and the UK-based organisation had staked a claim for the berth in the $100,000 tournament.
In Twitlonger posts, Reece "Puls3" Marrs and Saif "Sayf" Jibraeel had argued that the ownership of the spot should go to the players who had won ESL Premiership Winter 2019, which held qualification for DreamHack Open Anaheim as part of the ESL Pro Tour, and not the Endpoint organisation.
MiGHTYMAX, robiin and Thomas were all part of the main line-up that was submitted by Endpoint at the start of the season, but the latter two players ended up being barred from the LAN Finals - the Swede because he had attended the second group stage of ESL Pro League Season 10 Americas with Singularity, the British player due to having competed in ESEA MDL Season 32 with Phoenix.
DreamHack explained that it sees "the full season of ESL Premiership as a 'tournament' or 'qualifier', not just the offline finals by itself." With robiin, Thomas and MiGHTYMAX having all "played a minimum of 50% of the matches during the full season", the trio meet the necessary requirements to be considered the core of the team that won the competition. Sayf and Filip "tudsoN" Tudev were registered as substitutes and played in a stand-in capacity.
DreamHack Open Anaheim will take place from February 21-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, with $100,000 on the line. The complete team list for the tournament is the following: