By Pavo Jurkic
May 15, 2019
Now that the latest Game of Thrones episode has left us all furious, it’s the perfect time to try and forget about all that Westeros nonsense by returning to our favorite esports title, CS:GO. And what better way to do that than to explore the upcoming DreamHack event in France. Tours, to be more precise. Well, welcome to our quick DreamHack Open Tours 2019 Preview which will get you up to speed on the next offline CS:GO gathering.
With ECS and ESL quals still in full flow, DH Tours is set to make a proper statement with a solid array of participating teams. Let’s take a look at all of them:
As is the case with all other CS:GO events, DreamHack Open Tours 2019 also has several interesting facts to take note of. Whether we’re talking about the venue, start/end dates, or prize pool, the French spectacle is bound to amaze you.
So, without further ado, let’s check out the most interesting facts about DreamHack Open Tours 2019!
As mentioned above, the total prize pool amounts to $100,000. The money is distributed in the following order:
|3rd – 4th||$10,000|
|5th – 6th||$3,000|
|7th – 8th||$2,000|
Now let’s talk about the tournament format. As most of you know, the French and European Qualifiers yielded the last two remaining teams (Windigo and Instinct) so the tournament can kick off without any unknowns. All eight teams have already started packing their bags, eagerly anticipating the start of the Group Stage.
DreamHack Open Tours 2019 will feature two double-elimination groups with four teams in each. The Group Stage will sport a mixture of matchups, Bo1 for Opening and Winners’ matches, and Bo1 for Elimination and Deciders. Two top teams from each group advance to the playoffs which are scheduled for the final day of the competition (Sunday, May 19th).
The playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket with all matches nicely poised as Bo3 contests. This will further up the tensions and eliminate any one-map upsets. Something that became a common occurrence in the world of CS:GO. Especially lately…
As always, I’ll use this part of my DreamHack Open Tours 2019 Preview to tell you all about the competing teams. Since this tournament has eight participants, it’d take too much space to give you detailed info on all of them. That’s why, instead of doing that, I’ll just focus on the best ones.
Four most prominent names that ought to be fighting for the title, what do you say about that?
Well, if you’re ready, let’s kick things off with the first name on my list!
Coming into this tournament, G2 Esports players will be hoping to make a proper statement. Need I remind you; this French squad already qualified for the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals and had a solid IEM Katowice run in February. However, they had no real title aspirations in 2019. Even though their roster is top quality, results have somehow avoided them all this time. Perhaps they’ll show their true colors in their home country?
It would be a splendid occasion, that’s for sure” Finally winning a trophy in front of their own fans would be a dream come true for all these players. They’ll open this event by playing against FrenchFrogs. Even though FF is a solid all-around team, I doubt they’ll make too much trouble for kennyS, shox and the boys.
Needless to say, Mousesports is the favorite team to take the DH Open Tours 2019 title home. Their recent performances have been pretty solid so woxic and the boys clearly hope to build upon them. Knowing the strengths of these teams, one thing is for sure, it won’t be easy. Mousesports’ biggest competitors are G2, AVANGAR, and the up-and-coming Serbian team Valiance.
Ropz, frozen and woxic will want to get off on the right foot by defeating Instinct Gaming in their opening match. It shouldn’t be too difficult for this potent Mousesports roster. After all, this French teams is a mere mixture of ex LDLC members playing under the Instinct Gaming colors.
AVANGAR’s top achievement in 2019 is reaching the Legends Stage of IEM Katowice Major in February. Additionally, they’re only one step away from qualifying for the ECS Season 7 Finals, a prestigious event that would mean a lot to these players.
When it comes to their expectations from DH Open Tours, I’d say they’ll be hoping to reach the playoffs. Jame has been on fire during the last three months, enjoying +742 k/d difference across 100 maps. With Jame playing in top-form, alongside solid performances from both qikert and buster, AVANGAR has a lot to expect from their Tours campaign. If they can outperform Ghost (the most thrilling round 1 matchup), I believe they could even top their group and get an easier opponent in the quarterfinals. It will be tricky, but knowing AVANGAR’s tenacity and resilience, everything is possible!
At last, let’s focus on one of the potential dark horses of this tournament. Valiance, a team which isn’t yet at the top of the food chain, is always somewhat near the big boys. They almost qualified for the Major and had a splendid season in tier B CS:GO competitions. Their expectations must be huge so we can expect them to perform at their best throughout this tournament,
Their first match is against Windigo and I expect them to easily win it. The Serbian team is in much better form and their recent head to head matches rule slightly in their favor. HuNter and nexa are enjoying themselves out there and should be the key figures to help their teams reach the playoffs in Tours.
That’s basically it as far as the teams are concerned. The most prominent ones, at least. With that in mind, our DreamHack Open Tours 2019 Preview is almost done. All we have to do is take a quick look at the schedule and we’re all done. Due to the fact that DH Open Tours features a double-elimination group stage, only the first four matches are known.
Finally, let’s wrap up this DreamHack Open Tours 2019 Preview by listing out the schedule of the first four Group Stage matches:
Winners’ matches will be played on the same day while Elimination and Decider matches are set for Saturday. Sunday is reserved for all three playoffs matches. For updates on Dreamhack be sure to follow us on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out!