DreamHack Open Leipzig viewer's guide
Three Danish teams in one group and a number of new rosters debuting on LAN ensure excitement at DreamHack Open Leipzig, which takes place on January 24-26.
To help lead you through the $100,000 event, we put together a viewer's guide, including information on the teams attending, schedule, talent lineup, and prize distribution of the tournament.
The four invited teams were BIG, North, Virtus.pro, and for the first time at a DreamHack Open, Renegades (formerly Grayhound). Winning the ESL Meisterschaft Winter gave Sprout a spot at the event, while the last three spots were distributed through qualifiers.
Heroic and MAD Lions grabbed the two European slots and ended up drawn into group B alongside North to ensure exciting Danish derbies right from the start. Finally, completing the team list is Cloud9 who qualified over Complexity and eUnited.
You can find the two groups below:
The event will use the tried-and-tested DreamHack Open format, with six BO1s taking place on the opening day and BO3s following for the remaining two days. The group stage will be played using the GSL system, with a single-elimination playoff stage following.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, 24th January
11:00 Virtus.pro vs. BIG | BO1
12:30 North vs. Sprout | BO1
14:00 Cloud9 vs. Renegades | BO1
15:30 Heroic vs. MAD Lions | BO1
17:00 Group A winners' match | BO1
18:30 Group B winners' match | BO1
Saturday, 25th January
11:00 Group A elimination match | BO3
14:00 Group B elimination match | BO3
17:00 Group A decider match | BO3
20:00 Group B decider match | BO3
Sunday, 26th January
10:00 Semi-final #1 | BO3
14:00 Semi-final #2 | BO3
18:00 Grand final | BO3
Talking about the on-air team, Conner "Scrawny" Girvan and Mohan "launders" Govindasamy will be casting the action while Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez will be on the analyst desk, among other members of talent that will be present in Leipzig.
The full talent list is:
Freya Spiers - Desk Host
Aside from money, teams competing at DreamHack Open Leipzig will also gain Pro Tour Points which help them to qualify for ESL and DreamHack Masters Championship events, such as ESL One Cologne.
The prize pool for DreamHack Open Leipzig is:
1. $50,000 + 100 Pro Tour points
2. $20,000 + 80 Pro Tour points
3-4. $10,000 + 40 Pro Tour points
5-6. $3,000 + 20 Pro Tour points