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DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018: Tournament Preview

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DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 is the last tournament before the upcoming FACEIT Major 2018 Main Qualifier. This competition will be a preview of the seven teams that have come to Sweden to compete in the final qualifiers for the Major. It’s noteworthy that HellRaisers made it to Stockholm through the European qualifiers.

There will be sixteen teams total:

  •  Astralis 1st in hltv.org rankings
  •  Natus Vincere — 2nd in hltv.org rankings
  •  FaZe — 4th in hltv.org rankings
  •  mousesports — 5th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Mibr — 7th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Fnatic 8th in hltv.org rankings
  •  NRG — 9th in hltv.org rankings
  •  North10th in hltv.org rankings
  •  TyLoo — 12th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Ninjas in Pyjamas — 14th in hltv.org rankings
  •  OpTic — 15th in hltv.org rankings
  •  HellRaisers — 16th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Gambit — 18th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Heroic — 30th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Ghost — 37th in hltv.org rankings
  •  Grayhound Gaming 40th in hltv.org rankings

The group stage will feature a GSL system, while the playoffs will be single elimination. Sixteen participants will be divided into four groups. The opening matches will have only one map, and all the following games will be best-of-three. The two best teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. In the final stage, the top eight will compete in a single-elimination best-of-three format.

The prize pool is $250,000. It is going to be distributed like so:

  • 1st place — $100,000
  • 2nd place — $50,000
  • 3rd & 4th places — $22,000
  • 5th & 8th places — $10,000
  • 9th & 12th places — $2,000
  • 13th &16th places — $2,000

The games will kick off on August 29 and will end on September 2. The competition is going to be intense. 1хBet offers excellent odds for all the matches: for example, the odds of us beating MIBR are 2.6. If you’re confident in your analytical skills, then it’s time you made a few bets. Keep in mind that the promo code “HellRaisers” can give you up to €130 for the first deposit!

 Ivan “Johnta” Shevtsov on the upcoming event:

DreamHack is a unique tournament with an interesting history, which is kind of a symbol of esports for me. The first time I participated in a DreamHack championship was in 2008, in Jönköping, at DreamHack Summer. I had to put off my graduate thesis for a year as it couldn’t be rescheduled and missing DreamHack was just unacceptable to me.

It’s hard to say how ready for the tournament the team is to be honest. All the teams have just returned from vacation, and their online form is not a strong indicator. We’ve been executing some things very well in practice and looking to improve on others . The LAN will tell. The teams will be looking to find their form before the major, so we should expect unexpected results“.

We’ll soon publish an article on the event with a more detailed schedule. Follow us on social media to stay updated!