A rerun on past DreamHacks
DreamHack is a LAN party widely known for its gaming competitions. DreamHack holds the world record (as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records and Twin Galaxies) for the world's largest LAN party and computer festival. In this article, we will take a look back at all of the past DreamHack events involving Hearthstone.
The first ever Hearthstone event organised by DreamHack was Bucharest 2014, which featured a $10,000 prize pool. The event was hosted and commented by a panel of experts composed of Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan, Dan “Frodan” Chou and Tudor “ptz” Pițigoi. The winner of the event was Petar "Gaara" Stevanovic, who cashed in on $4,000 and made his name known with the first major win of his career.
Less than two months later, we had the Viagame Hearthstone Championship, which saw a huge leap in the prizepool with $25,000 on the line. The winner of the event was Dima "Rdu" Radu, who managed to get his own first big win in a tournament and take the lion’s share of $10,000 from the prizepool. Rdu most recently won DreamHack Summer 2016 to become the only two-time DreamHack Hearthstone Champion in the history of the event.
Up next, Valencia Hearthstone Tournament was organised. Javier "Thalai" Dominguez, a local Spanish player, cashed out with € 1,500 by winning the event, which saw nine local players in the top 16.
In the fall of 2014, DreamHack Masters Bucharest took place and featured another $10,000 prizepool. Thijs "Thijs" Molendijk was the star and triumphed in the event by defeating the first ever DH Hearthstone Champion, Gaara.
At the DreamHack Hearthstone Championship, Thijs wasn't so lucky. He made it to the finals of the tournament, but was eventually the runner-up to Aleksandr "Kolento" Malsh. Kolento claimed a $10,000 prize by winning the tournament.
2015 was a busy year for DreamHack, as they organised no less than six events.
DreamHack Bucharest 2015 marked the first event of the year with, Stanislav "StanCifka" Cifka winning over the reigning World Champion, James "Firebat" Kostesich.
A few days later at DreamHack Tours 2015, an event that took place in France, Rémi "Tars" Roesch prevailed over his compatriots and won € 1,500.
DreamHack Summer 2015 would mark the first time that the champion would not come from Europe, and it would also set the highest prizepool to date of $40,000. The final was between American player David "Dog" Caero and Chinese Wang "Tiddler Celestial" Xieyu, with the latter winning the series.
In DreamHack Valencia 2015, the title would return in European hands. In an all-English finals between James "Greensheep" Luo and Lewis "Blackout" Spencer, Greensheep walked away with a championship and $5,000.
DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 took place in late October and would mark the second time a Romanian conquered DreamHack, with Andrei "hanniballz2" Militaru earning the premier title and cashing $10,000.
With 2015 coming to an end, DreamHack Winter 2015 would crown a non-European champion for the second time in its history. Ryan "PurpleDrank" Murphy-Root, the 2015 HWC - Americas Champion, took the title and $12,500 in Jönkoping, Sweden.
The first event for this year, the ASUS ROG 10th Anniversary Tournament, was hosted by DreamHack at Leipzig. Jon "Orange" Westberg managed to win the event, being the only non-German player in the top four, after winning against Jan "SuperJJ" Janßen in the grand finals.
Just over a month ago, DreamHack Austin took place. For the third time we saw a non-European champion, as local Keaton "Chakki" Gill of Team Dignitas won the event and cashed out with $8,000 and 15 valuable HCT points.
Finally, just a few days ago we saw Rdu become the first ever two-time DreamHack Hearthstone Champion by winning $8,000 at DreamHack Summer 2016 and earning 15 HCT points.
In terms of medals won per country, Germany has the lead with eight (one gold, three silver and four bronze), but Romania is catching up with their five (two gold, one silver and two bronze). In terms of medals won per team, Cloud9 is on the top with five (one gold, one silver and three bronze), followed by Team Dignitas with four (one gold, one silver and two bronze).
DreamHack has offered the possibility to many players to prove themselves and make a name, as they organise big and prestigious events that everyone can take part in. So if you are looking for a way to get into competitive Hearthstone, then you should be on the look out for the next Grand Prix tournament at DreamHack Valencia from July 14-17.
Image credits to the official DreamHack Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamhack/albums).