DreamHack expanding Hearthstone tournament at its Winter event
The Swedish organizer ran their Hearthstone tournament as a swiss-format event for the first time at its summer event. Pros and fans have called for swiss tournaments for a long time, and the event was widely considered successful. Wang "TiddlerCelestial" Xieyu took home the trophy and the $12,500 first prize.
For the Hearthstone tournament at DreamHack Winter, the swiss format will return. This time, instead of a strict 128 spots for players, the tournament will have an initial 200 places. If those places are oversubscribed, that number will more than likely be increased.
To go along with the larger player pool, a larger number of players will reach the playoff stage—16, instead of eight for DreamHack Summer. They'll be playing for a $40,000 prize pool.
DreamHack came in for criticism after places in the DreamHack Summer swiss were reserved for teams ahead of open sign ups, meaning that only a limited number of places were actually available. With the flexible player cap for DreamHack Winter, however, this may no longer be an issue.
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