In its second year running, the Dreamhack Masters Malmo 2017 will will be held on the 30 Aug till 3 September. Sixteen units will go to battle for their share from a prize pool of $250K. Many CS fans will be watching their favourite esports teams intently at the CS: GO event, a thrilling experience full of action.
DreamHack Masters all started in 2016, gathering all gaming masters to the Malmo Arena. The event will offer avid fans the opportunity to watch live Counter-Strike tournaments as well as Meet ‘n’ Greet professional teams for more insight and their autographs. The festival will also have an DreamExpo area and a wide selection of stores selling esports merchandise.
DreamHack Masters in Malmo, held in 2016 proved to be the most viewed with around 10K fans attending the CS: GO event live in the arena. Last year’s winners of the DreamHack Masters Malmo 2016 were Ninjas in Pyjamas, making history in the world of DH CS competitions. The event was memorable especially in the Finals when NiP took the DH Masters title, beating Natus Vincere 2:0.
The format of the DH Masters Malmo 2017 will open with the group stages on the 30th August till 1st September. Four groups will compete against each other so that the top two units from each group will proceed to the Playoffs. The remaining eight squads face off in a single elimination bracket, to reveal the best four CS: GO units in the Semi-Finals. The top two units will go head to head on the world stage for their rightful DH Masters title.
Sixteen teams have proven themselves having the potential to be at the top. Twelve professional Counter-Strike squads received direct invites. While the remaining four had to go through qualifier matches, from Asia-Oceania region, two European qualifiers and the North American region.
The world’s top ranking CS: GO team is SK Gaming at the moment. They have won esports tournaments like ESL One: Cologne 2017, ECS Season 3 – Finals and DreamHack Summer 2017.
The Danish team, Astralis is the second ranked CS: GO team according to HLTV.org. For the past few months they have kept up their performance in competitions, placing in the top four since November 2016 at the IEM XI Oakland.
Placing third is Faze Clan in the world’s CS: GO rankings according to HLTV.org. Although the unit did not do so well in the PGL Major Krakow, they have kept up their Counter-Strike gameplays, to be where they are today, a team that wants to go through a winning Faze.
Fnatic is a popular esports team that manage to qualify for major and premier tournaments. Their latest results in premier leagues have left disappointing results but on the other hand, they are a pro team that is full of surprises being a group of fanatic CS: GO players.
BOOT-dream(S)cape is an esports team from Singapore. They are a pro squad that has risen above the likes of Chinese units, Tyloo and Vici Gaming in the DH Masters qualifying stage. Their gaming worth is yet to be seen in the International stage but since the Chinese are usually disciplined, esports fans could be in for an entertaining season.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Another team worth mentioning is Ninjas in Pyjamas, last year’s DH Masters Champions. Since November 2016, NiP have been on a losing streak however they have made a winning comeback astonishing esports spectators with their Major win at DreamHack Valencia 2017.
Which team will hold the DreamHack Masters Malmo 2017 championship title? Will NiP rule again this year?