DreamHack Open Winter 2018 - Everything You Need To Know

By EsportsOnly.Com
on Nov 25, 2018

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 is an upcoming CS:GO tournament scheduled to take place in Sweden between November 30th – December 2nd. The event brings together 8 teams and offers a prize pool of $100.000.

Even though it’s a tier 2 competition, DreamHack Open Winter 2018 has several strong teams competing in it and that will guarantee a great show and also an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in CS:GO betting.

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 Participants

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 is attended by the following teams:

  • compLexity Gaming
  • ENCE eSports
  • G2 Esports
  • Heroic
  • Team LDLC
  • OpTic Gaming
  • x6tence Galaxy
  • Bravado Gaming

With the exception of the last two teams on this list, every other participant is a serious contender and could potentially win the trophy.

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Event Format At The DreamHack Open Winter 2018

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 takes place in two stages, being a standard CS:GO competition. For the Group Stage, the teams will be divided into two groups of 4. Each group will be played in a GSL format (double-elimination bracket). The opening and winners’ matches will be Bo1. All the other matches during the event will be Bo3. The top 2 teams from each group advance to the Playoffs Stage, which consists of 2 Semifinals and one Grand Final.

DreamHack Groups

The 8 teams taking part in DreamHack Open Winter 2018 will be divided into the following two groups:

Group A

  • compLexity Gaming
  • Team LDLC
  • Heroic
  • x6tence Galaxy

Group B

  • OpTic Gaming
  • ENCE eSports
  • G2 Esports
  • Bravado Gaming
DreamHack Open Winter Groups

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 Groups. Image snipped via http://www.liquipedia.net

In Group A, the strongest teams are Team LDLC and probably compLexity Gaming, although Heroic is a very serious contender as well. So in a final analysis, I would say that all of these 3 teams could qualify for the Playoffs.

In Group B the situation is similar, with OpTic Gaming, ENCE eSports and G2 Esports having similar chances of advancing to the next stage.

Prize Pool

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 offers a pretty standard prize pool for a tier 2 tournament: $100.000. The money will be divided among the 8 participants in the following way:

  • 1st place: $50.000
  • 2nd place: $20.000
  • 3rd – 4th place: $10.000
  • 5th – 6th place: $3.000
  • 7th – 8th place: $2.000

DreamHack Open Winter 2018 Team Analysis

compLexity Gaming

This is the team that placed 5th – 8th at the FACEIT Major: London 2018 back in September. Since then, we’ve only seen compLexity Gaming here and there mostly struggling but still getting some notable results: 4th place at cs_summit 3, 2nd place at MSI Gaming Arena 2018, 3rd - 4th place at DreamHack Open Atlanta 2018, 9th place at ESL Pro League Season 8 and 6th place at ECS Season 6.

compLexity Gaming Rambo and yay at the FACEIT Major London

compLexity Gaming Rambo and yay at the FACEIT Major London. Image via hltv.org

The thing that makes compLexity Gaming a strong competitor going into DreamHack Open Winter 2018 is the overall level of competition relative to this team’s experience, results and roster. This is a team that’s used to playing against strong tier 1 teams, so in a competition like this one compLexity could surprise us with an excellent run all the way to the Grand Final.

ENCE eSports

ENCE eSports is a team with a lot of potential, but it tends to be very inconsistent when it plays at a high level. This tournament is not exactly what you might call the summit of CS:GO, but it’s still pretty stacked with solid teams.

However, ENCE does have a good chance of making a deep run, as its roster includes some exceptional players such as allu and its recent results have clearly shown that the Finns have what it takes to win.

Over the past 3 months, ENCE eSports had the following notable achievements: 2nd place at DreamHack Open Montreal 2018, 1st place at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6, participation and 7th – 8th place at EPICENTER 2018, and 1st place at Assembly GameXpo 2018.

Going into DreamHack Open Winter 2018, ENCE eSports is expected to get a top 4 placement overall, but for that it will have to be better than either G2 Esports or OpTic Gaming in Group B. And both of them are very strong teams at this level of competition.

G2 Esports

G2 doesn’t seem to have a very good rhythm and it’s actually quite strange that after so many months of playing together, its players didn’t manage to find a single success formula. Keep in mind that G2 Esports has a French roster. Only one player is from outside of France but he still speaks French. So communication is definitely not the main obstacle here.

G2 Esports at the FACEIT Major London

G2 Esports at the FACEIT Major London. Image via hltv.org

Over the last 3 months, G2 Esports had 3 notable achievements: 9th – 11th place at FACEIT Major: London 2018, 5th – 6th place at ESL One: New York 2018 and 7th – 8th place at cs_summit 3.

Normally, at this level of competition, G2 Esports should easily make it to the Grand Final. However, with the team being in such a poor condition, I’m not even sure if it will make it out of the groups.


At the time of this writing, Heroic was waiting to play in the Grand Final of TOYOTA Master CS:GO Bangkok 2018. So friberg and his teammates are without a doubt at the peak of their game right now. Ever since he joined the team earlier this year, Heroic has been playing good Counter-Strike, achieving a high number of important results. Over the past 4-5 months, Heroic placed 5th – 6th at CS:GO Asia Championships 2018, 3rd – 4th at DreamHack Open Valencia 2018, 3rd – 4th at DreamHack Open Austin 2018, 5th – 6th at cs_summit 3,  5th – 8th at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, and 1st at Games Clash Masters 2018.

Not bad at all I would say. Looking at the rest of the teams in Group A, I think Heroic could definitely advance to the Playoffs and possibly even win the whole event.


This is another French team with some very good players in it. Over the past few months, LDLC has had a few breakthroughs at important events, proving that it is no longer a totally unknown underdog. It won for instance the title at ESL Pro European Championship 2018 and ESL Championnat National Winter 2018. It also placed 5th – 6th at Intel Extreme Masters XIII Chicago and 6th in the Esports Championship Series Season 6 (Europe).

LDLC ALEX at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII Chicago

LDLC ALEX at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII Chicago. Image via hltv.org

Going into DreamHack Open Winter 2018, LDLC has a moderate chance of making it out of Group A, but it will be challenging to beat one of its 2 direct rivals, namely Heroic and compLexity Gaming.

OpTic Gaming

Over the last 3 months, OpTic has had two 2nd place results (at cs_summit 3 and GG.BET Shuffle) and one 3rd – 4th place result at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6. This is the kind of team that tends to struggle in big tournaments, but is very dangerous in tier 2 and tier 3 ones. Which is why I believe in OpTic’s chances at DreamHack Open Winter 2018, even though it won’t have an easy time in Group B.

Optic Gaming cajunb at the StarSeries i-League CS:GO Season 6

Optic Gaming cajunb at the StarSeries i-League CS:GO Season 6. Image via hltv.org

x6tence Galaxy & Bravado Gaming

These two teams are complete underdogs with little to no chance at this level of competition. Analyzing them would be pointless given how little they have achieved up until this point. Expect both of them to finish 4th in their groups, unless some of the stronger teams have a really bad tournament.

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