Each event will consist of six direct invites, issued to teams based on merits through ranking and results. Teams will have the chance to qualify for the events via online qualifiers, each event will feature one qualifier for the European region and one covering North America. For selected events, five direct invites will be issued, one spot for each of qualifiers in Europe and North America, the last spot will be handed to a wildcard team in a region not covered by a qualifier.
The tournament will span across three days and have the eight teams split into groups of four, playing double elimination bracket to determine the two teams advancing to the playoffs. Initial and Winner’s matches will be played best-of-one map, while the remainder of the group stage will be played best-of-three maps. The four teams advancing to the playoffs will compete in a single elimination bracket playing best-of-three maps.
Want to experience one of the DreamHack Open stops yourself? We have already now put up tickets for multiple of the events coming in 2017, they are available at ticket.dreamhack.com and we will continue to add more in very near future.
All matches will be broadcasted live from the events. Tune in at http://www.twitch.tv/dreamhackcs for a free English broadcast produced by DreamHack TV! For multi-language coverage be sure to check out http://www.dreamhack.tv for all streams available!
TOURNAMENT FORMAT & RULES
Qualification:: 6 teams through direct invitation, 2 teams via online qualification
Tournament Structure: 8 teams will be matched in 2 groups of 4, teams will compete in BO1/BO3 group stage matches with the top 2 moving on to the playffs.
Group Stage Format: All group matches will be played using the Dual Tournament (GSL format).
Ruleset: See full ruleset here.
Prize Pool Breakdown:
1st – $50,000
2nd – $20,000
3-4th – $10,000
5-6th – $3,000
7-8th – $2,000