“What’s on this week?” is ESI’s weekly feature letting you know just what’s going on in the wonderful world of esports in the next seven days. Each week, ESI picks three events and provide a brief overview of what’s going down, where it’s taking place and how you can watch it.
Last week we put a focus on shooters, with the Overwatch Contenders, Gfinity Australia and ECS Season 6 Finals. This week we will be focusing on the annual DreamHack Winter event, hosted in Jönköping, Sweden. With multiple events, BYOC tournaments and end of season esports, DreamHack Winter is always a fabulous event for esports fans.
DreamHack Winter 2018: RAINBOW SIX: WINTER
Rainbow Six is quickly becoming the talk-of-the-town, so it’s no surprise to see it featuring at DreamHack Winter 2018 as one of their main events. The teams will be split into four groups playing in a Bo3 format with the top two teams advancing. Playoffs will be single elimination, again in a best of three.
With $50,000 (£40,000) on the line and some top R6 teams including Chaos Esports Club, Team Empire, ENCE eSports, Team Liquid, Millenium, Mock-it, PENTA, Spacestation Gaming and R6 super team G2 Esports. These sides will be joined by two more yet unannounced invited sides and four teams from the BYOC Qualifier.
Stream: Rainbow6 – Location: Jönköping, Sweden – Date: 30/11 – 3/12 – Sponsors: Monster, Com Hem, H4X, Komplett – Organiser: DreamHack/Ubisoft – Prize pool: $50,000 (£40,000)
DreamHack Winter 2018: HCT Grand Prix
We’ve yet to feature Blizzard’s premier card game yet, so what better time than the DreamHack Hearthstone Grand Prix? With a huge roster of 256 competitors and $15,000 (£11,000) on the line, the DreamHack HS Grand Prix will certainly be one to keep an eye on.
Here is a selection of some of the notable players: Muzzy, Furyhunter, Xixo, Casie, Cydonia, A83650, Crane, Pnc, BoarControl, Faeli and Swedish locals Orange & Ostkaka. With this being the final Grand Prix event of 2018, it’s all on the line at DH Winter. Will one of the lesser-known players pick up points? Or will the pros triumph? Find out this weekend.
Stream: DreamHack TV – Location: Jönköping, Sweden – Date: 30/11 – 3/12 – Sponsors: Monster, Com Hem, H4X, Komplett – Organiser: DreamHack/Blizzard – Prize pool: $15,000 (£11,000)
DreamHack Winter 2018: DreamHack Open
Last week we featured CS:GO in form of the ECS Season 6 finals where Astralis took yet another victory. They won’t feature at DreamHack, so all is on the line for those who are attending. Two groups of four will compete in a double-elimination, with the top two sides advancing to the Semifinals.
The teams that will take part in the DH Open are, G2 Esports, Heroic, compLexity Gaming, ENCE eSports, Team LDLC, OpTic Gaming, x6tence Galaxy and Bravado Gaming. With $100,000 (£75,000) on the line, the DreamHack Open might be considered outside of tier-one competition, but it’ll undoubtedly throw up some exceptional Counter-Strike nonetheless.
Stream: DreamHack TV – Location: Jönköping, Sweden – Date: 30/11 – 3/12 – Sponsors: Monster, Com Hem, H4X, Komplett – Organiser: DreamHack/Valve – Prize pool: $100,000 (£75,000)
That’s a wrap on this week’s picks, be sure to check back next Monday for another edition of the ESI weekly picks.
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