Sep 8 2016 - 11:45 am

DreamHack Austin is back in 2017, two new US locations to be announced

After a successful first event in North America, DreamHack will be back next year
Saira Mueller
Dot Esports Managing Editor

After a successful first event in North America, DreamHack will be back next year. The popular LAN and esports event will return to Austin and also expand to two new locations in the U.S.

Founded in Sweden in 1994, DreamHack has since expanded to six European countries, with multiple events held every year. This year was the first time DreamHack ventured outside of Europe, with the Austin event in May and the first-ever Canadian event in Montreal in August.

DreamHack announced its return with a video yesterday, saying that the two new locations will be announced on Sept. 14 on the DreamHack website. The video also seems to hint at the two locations being on America’s east and west coast.

The event held at the Austin Convention Center earlier this year sold out of multiple different passes in 24 hours. Alongside the LAN setup, competition was held for multiple titles, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Street Fighter.
Jan 10 2017 - 7:15 pm

GODSENT won't be attending DreamHack Masters Las Vegas

The Swedes went out in unexpected fashion.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

The final European teams competing at the upcoming $450,000 DreamHack Masters Las Vegas event were decided last night, but a shocking upset saw one of the qualifier's favorites knocked out of contention.

By the end of the closed qualifier, Fnatic, mousesports, Gambit, and FaZe Clan stood as victors and now join the impressive cadre of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams that will be attending the event. With teams like Virtus pro, Astralis, OpTic Gaming, SK Gaming, and North attending, DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is shaping up to be one of the most stacked events to take place following the conclusion of the ELEAGUE Major on Jan. 29.

Despite the four qualifying teams' best efforts, the big talking point of the evening was GODSENT. The Swedish roster, which includes three of the Fnatic players that competed during the organization's dominance, recently showed incredible promise at the ELEAGUE Major qualifiers this past month. Winning all three of their games, the team left the qualifiers undefeated, and secured a spot at the upcoming ELEAGUE Major in emphatic fashion.

But despite their impressive showing in Atlanta, GODSENT suffered a shocking defeat in last night's qualifier, as the team was eliminated by underdogs Pride. Hailing from Poland, the roster defeated GODSENT by a 2-1 map score in what could be argued was Pride's most significant match yet.

Heading into their final match against Gambit, Pride looked impressive and scored a map win on Overpass. The veterans on Gambit fought back, however, and eventually eliminated the Polish underdogs in a brutal 16-6 performance on dust2.

Despite being one game shy of qualifying, Pride made a statement in yesterday's games. The same can be said for GODSENT, who keep showing flashes of brilliance only to disappoint at the most important moments.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.