DreamHack Open Anaheim Team Preview, Storylines
Posted 21st February 2020 By: Derpina    112 Views
Esports News – DreamHack Open Anaheim, the second major CS:GO event of the year, is approaching. From February 21 to 23, 8 teams from different regions will battle it out for the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize pool and a spot at DreamHack Masters Jönköping in June.
Four invited and qualified teams will compete at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020. The invites were handed out by DreamHack and its major sponsors, while the remaining spots were given away to the winners of European qualifiers, North American qualifiers, and ESL Premiership Winter.
Like in most DreamHack-sponsored events, Open Anaheim utilizes the GSL and playoffs formats. The 8 participants are divided into two groups with four teams each to compete in BO1 opening and winners’ matches and BO3 match-ups. Only four teams advance to the playoffs on Sunday, February 23 to settle the winner.
Here’s the complete list of the CS:GO teams competing in the GSL:
Most of these teams have attended BLAST Premier Spring Series earlier this year. After a short break, they’re ready for another fight at DreamHack Open Anaheim to secure a slot in the next DreamHack event and attend IEM Katowice in March.
Among the heavy favorites are Forze, North, and Endpoint. Forze recently finished 1st at ESEA MDL Season 32 Global Challenge, ESEA MDL Season 32 Europe Finals, and DreamHack Open Winter 2019. North and Endpoint bagged trophies at DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019 and ESL Premiership Winter 2019 Finals, respectively.
All eyes are also on Brazilian squad Furia and the recently-formed CS:GO team Gen.G. Furia had a bumpy start this year, but they sealed a respectable finish at Champions Cup Finals. Gen.G, meanwhile, seems to offer a promising roster with the addition of Indonesian player Hansel ‘BnTeT’ Ferdinand. BnTeT secured Gen.G’s 1.39 rating in the closed qualifier of Open Anaheim.
Although MIBR, Endpoint, Complexity, and ENCE are among the underdogs this weekend, tournament upsets are just around the corner. Expect each team to the competition with an improved roster and newly-formed strategies.