The DreamHack Open Tours 2019 event is right around the corner. The event takes place from May 17th to May 19th. Teams will be battling it out for their share of the $100,000 prize pool, with the winners taking home a tasty $50,000.
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Outright odds for the event
There are eight teams in attendance this weekend, six of which were invited, and the final two teams came from the European qualifier and the French qualifier. However, there are only a couple of teams that appear to be a real threat when it comes to winning the event.
Below you will find the odds for each team to win the event, courtesy of Betway:
- Mousesports at 3.00 odds
- G2 at 4.50 odds
- AVANGAR at 5.00 odds
- Valiance at 7.00 odds
- Windigo at 7.50 odds
- FrenchFrogs at 21.00 odds
- Ghost Gaming at 21.00 odds
- Instinct at 34.00 odds
- Group Stage:
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
- Each group has 4 teams
- Opening & Winners’ matches are Bo1
- Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
- Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
- Single-Elimination bracket
- All matches are Bo3
|Group A||Group B|
Prize Pool Breakdown
1st = $50,000
2nd = $20,000
3rd-4th = $10,000
5th-6th = $3,000
7th-8th = $2,000
Without taking too many factors into consideration, G2 and mousesports appear to be the two likely teams to be battling it out in the grand final. With the event being split into two groups of four, I think it makes it slightly easier to predict how things will go.
Mousesports did look stronger during their recent event outing. After overhauling their roster earlier in the year, they managed to bounce back with a 5th-6th placing at IEM Sydney after falling short against MiBR. Whilst this isn’t close to the success the organisation has seen in the past, it’s without a doubt a step in the right direction.
I think it’s a guarantee that they will find themselves in the grand final, it just becomes a matter of whether or not they can close it out. On paper, they have the most talented roster and after bringing in a veteran like Karrigan, you would expect them to have much more stability and composure.
The main team we are looking at to challenge mousesports is G2. However, they have become a bit of a mess recently with so many roster changes and struggling to get in a stride. They’re another organisation that is nothing like its past self and is hoping to change that.
A Sleeper Squad?
I love a good underdog story, I think everyone does. I’ve set my eyes on Windigo on the team that has the potential to do so. The Bulgarian roster have already proven this year that they can hang with the best, having caused upsets in recent tournaments.
They caused the massive upset at WESG 2018 Grand Finals in March, going on to win the event and take home $500,000. It all depends on whether they can make it to bracket play. That will fall to their face off against regular rivals Valiance, with the winner likely to take advance from the group.
I think it’s fair to say that it is always worth keeping an eye on AVANGAR. They’ve become known for being a tricky team in some cases. Despite this, we often see them struggle in the long run due to a lack of consistency with their map pool.
Who makes it through groups?
I think it will be a likely outcome that mousesports and G2 come out on top in the group stages. With mousesports looking set to win Group A, it will be a true battle of the underdogs, Valiance and Windigo to see who secures second play in Group A.
On the flip G2 are favoured to win Group B, but I think AVANGAR will really push them all the way for this. Both G2 and AVANGAR are rosters that struggle with inconsistencies, it’ll be a case of who will stumble the most. Neither Ghost or FrenchFrogs appear to be a real threat in Group B.
I believe this has the potential to be a rather entertaining event, something that is rarely said by fans when their beloved top teams aren’t featured. Both G2 and Windigo have qualified for the DreamHack Masters that takes place in Dallas later this month.
This should act as a perfect opportunity for them to develop their map pools and build confidence heading into the major to face off against the likes of FaZe, Liquid, Astralis and ENCE.
All in all, mousesports are my favourites to win DreamHack Open Tours 2019. It will be very interesting to see which team they will battle against for the Championship.