DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018: Preview

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Teams, format and predictions

DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 will be held in Stockholm (Sweden) from August 29th to September 2nd with 250 000$ prize pool. Here is the most important information regarding upcoming event and some brief preview

Location

The tournament will be held in Stockholm. The Ericsson Globe arena was chosen as the venue for the event. The arena is able to fit 16,000 people over concerts and 13,850 during hockey matches.

Teams

There are 16 teams compete for the first place on the tournament:

  • Astralis
  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • Gambit Esports
  • MIBR
  • mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • North
  • NRG Esports
  • OpTic Gaming
  • HellRaisers
  • Heroic
  • Ghost Gaming
  • TyLoo
  • Grayhound Gaming

They are split into four double-elimination groups:

Group stage

The group stage will feature a GSL system with bo1 matches in the first stage and bo3 in the following. The top two teams will go through to the playoffs.

Playoff stage

Playoffs will be a single-elimination bracket with the best-of-three match system.

Who is going to win DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018?

It's hard to predict the performance from the top teams on DH in the lead of FACEIT Major: London 2018. On the one hand, we dare to assume that the teams will try to play from their defaults and will not show any top-secret preparations and tactics. On the other hand, it is possible to show everyone "who is the boss right here and right now".

Astralis

The strongest team in the world right now. A month ago these guys won ELEAGUE CS: GO Premier 2018 and earned $ 500,000. Danes can easily take the next trophy and prepare for the Major in a good mood.

Natus Vincere

The top-2 team of the world`s rating and the second contender for the victory on DH. Like the Scandinavians, Na`Vi will fight for the first place and try to improve the team`s confidence in front of the Major. If the main striking force of the team ("s1mple", "electronic" and "flamie") will be in good shape, the guys will be able to win only at the expense of their personal skills, which will allow the team to save more tactics for FACEIT Major: London 2018.

FaZe Clan

The American team will try to intervene in the struggle of Astralis and Natus Vincere. But who knows… During the last events, FaZe Clan did not quite succeed before DreamHack Masters can be a good assessment for the team. Anyway, it will be interesting to watch their games in front of the Major.

The rest

Within the framework of this championship teams like mousesports, MIBR, Fnatic and others will try to show themselves and compete for the highest places. By the way, the Brazilians won the ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 couple days ago, which certainly added confidence to the team from South America. And the rest of the teams should not be forgotten - anything can happen.

How will the teams perform in the tournament and what will they show? We will know very soon. Good luck to all your favorite teams!

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