Sometimes the organizer will test out new concepts and formats. Therefore always check the tournament page if you would like to study a specific tournament.
The format of the events has been changed over the last couple of years since the organizers are trying to build the event in such a way that would maximize the fun and the experience that people seek by coming to DreamHack Open.
In modern days of the tournament, events are hosting six teams who get a direct invitation, and two more who qualify through minor tournaments, one of them being from Europe and the other from North America.
Each event is being played with 2 stages – The group stage and The Playoffs.
The group stage is separated into 2 different groups, each containing 4 teams.
Opening matches, and also the Winners’ matches are played as BO1.
While matches who are played for Elimination, and Deciders are played as BO3.
The top 2 ranked teams from each group go to the Playoffs.
The playoff matches use the single-elimination bracket, all of them being played as BO3, including the final.
Whats special about Dreamhack Open
DreamHack Open is a circuit of highly competitive events. It is a respected, offline A-tier type of tournament with a lot of the best teams participating
It consists of 8 elite teams who earn their spot through hard work, years of presence on the Counter-Strike scene and dedication – all that combined brings us the best possible entertainment and sportsmanship that Counter-Strike can offer today.
Dreamhack Open's first event
DreamHack Tours was the first event to introduce us with what would go on to become the great DreamHack Open circuit. It was organized back in 2015, from May 9th – 10th in the city of Tours, France.
8 teams had the honor of starting a tradition that lasts to this day.
The prize pool was a modest $40,000 but has significantly grown over the years.
Their first champion ever was fnatic, followed by Envy taking the 2nd place.