DreamHack Summer 2017 is about to start in Jönköping, Sweden. A few tier 1 teams mixed in with a couple tier 2 teams have been invited and qualified for the tournament. A total of 8 teams will be fighting for the $50,000 1st place prize pool. As usual, there will be the group stages followed by the playoffs. Group stages will be played on the standard GSL Bo1 format while the tiebreakers will have the GSL Bo3 series. Once the playoff begins, it will be a single elimination bracket played in a Bo3 series.
The 8 teams joining this tournament are fnatic, Cloud9, SK Gaming, mousesports, Counter Logic Gaming, Gambit Esports, Immortals and Team Singularity. Both Counter Logic Gaming and Team Singularity came from the qualifiers while the others received direct invites to join the tournament in Sweden. Both will also be heavy underdogs throughout the tournament. A total of 6 games will be played on the first day of the tournament. It will be followed by another 4 games to finish the group stages and tiebreakers if necessary.
Dreamhack Summer 2017 – Tournament Preview
SK Gaming will be heavy favourites for the tournament
SK Gaming has been one of the favourites for big tournaments like this for so long now. They won’t be going anywhere out of the conversation when it comes to taking the trophy. We expect ‘coldzera’ and FalleN’ to lead the team in frags and overall show great chemistry as a whole. It will be hard to topple the Brazilian giants as not much threat are presented in the tournament as compared to Premier events. Our Dreamhack Summer 2017 pick to win.
Fnatic’s shot at redemption
Its been quite some time since fnatic have been relevant in the scene. Once getting their team back together again a few months ago, they have been looking like they could go back to those days where they would dominate and be the team to beat in every tournament. This would be a step in the right direction if they were able to bring this trophy home. It would be certainly easier to take this tournament and gain some ground for Esports Championship Series Season 3 which holds much higher stakes with bigger competition.
Mousesports winning first trophy with ropz
Mousesports showed great form during the ESL Pro League Finals Season 5 just a few weeks ago. They certainly have that pizzazz that could turn them into the best team in the scene. After losing their ace ‘NiKo’, ropz had some big shoes to fill. He could definitely bring a lot to the table especially at such a young age. It will be interesting and exciting to see if they could take this one and what it would take this organisation to.