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Viewer's guide: DreamHack Astro Open Valencia

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On the brink of the major, a side tournament is rising on the west side of Europe. This week, we'll see eight teams compete in the heat of Spain as the DreamHack circuit embraces Valencia yet again.
The DreamHack stop in the Spanish city of Valencia will count as the series' fifth stop under the Astro Open title. Eight teams will compete over the course of three days with a total prize pool of $100,000 on the line. Team Envyus, who recently qualified for DreamHack Masters Malmö, will also be sharpened as they will enter Valencia together with Ninjas in Pyjamas and, among others, Heroic.

Participating teams

After a quick glance at the participants, we find ourselves with promising teams that surely hope to find their strength against their greater counterparts in Valencia.

The native team, in form of KPI Gaming, has been placed in Group A. Joined by the likes of Team Envyus, Misfits, and Heroic, the Spaniards will certainly have a tough task in front of them. Team Envyus, despite missing out on the major, have proven fit as they recently qualified for Masters Malmö.

Moving over to Group B, we find that Red Reserve are sharing the group with their fellow countrymen, NiP Gaming. Interestingly enough, both NRG and CLG complete the group, creating yet another internal rivalry, surely to be contested.


Group A

Denmark Heroic
es3tag, JUGi, MODDII, niko, Snappi, FeTiSh (coach)

France Team Envyus
Happy, RpK, ScreaM, SIXER, xms, maLeK (coach)

USA Misfits
AmaNEk, devoduvek, sgares, ShahZaM, SicK

Spain KPI Gaming
ALEX, donQ, dragunov, meisoN, mopoz

Group B

Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas
draken, f0rest, GeT_RiGhT, REZ, Xizt, threat (coach)

Sweden Red Reserve
FREDDyFROG, hampus, Maikelele, Relaxa, Rusty, djL (coach)

USA Counter Logic Gaming
FNS, koosta, nahtE, reltuC, Rickeh, Schartzbruder (coach)

USA NRG Esports
ANj, Brahze, daps, FugLy, ptr

Schedule and structure

The Astro Open tournaments are played with a group stage, which is using the GSL-format, and a playoff that sets off in the semifinals.
Throughout the first two days, the group stage will make its path as the Saturday is set aside entirely for the playoffs.

All the games throughout the first day will be played in a best-of-one format, moving over to a best-of-three format in the remaining days.


Thursday, 13 July

France Envyus vs. Spain KPI
USA CLG vs. USA NRG
USA Misfits vs. Denmark Heroic
Sweden NiP vs. Sweden Red Reserve
USA CLG vs. Sweden NiP
Spain KPI vs. Denmark Heroic



Friday, 14 July
France Envyus vs. USA Misfits
USA NRG vs. Sweden Red Reserve
Spain KPI vs. France Envyus
USA CLG vs. Sweden Red Reserve


Saturday, 15 July
Denmark Heroic vs. Sweden Red Reserve
Sweden NiP vs. France Envyus
Sweden Red Reserve vs. Sweden NiP

Prize distribution

As usual, when it comes to DreamHack and the Astro Open tournaments, the prize pool is $100,000 with the winner returning home with half of the amount.
A complete breakdown of the prize distribution can be found below.

1. — $50,000
2. — $20,000
3-4. — $10,000
5-6. — $3,000
7-8. — $2,000

Broadcasting team

Our host in Valencia will be James Duffield, last seen at the Americas Minor, who surely will warrant a pleasant stay in Valencia.

The analyst desk will be guided by the experts of Niels "rizc" Topp and Jacob "Pimp" Winneche while the commentators have the names of Lauren "Pansy" Scott and Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl at the summit.

USA Tres "stunna" Saranthus (Interviewer)

United Kingdom James Duffield (Host)
Denmark Niels "rizc" Topp (Expert)
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche (Expert)

United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott (Commentator)
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl (Commentator)
United Kingdom Harry "JustHarry" Russell (Commentator)
Canada Conner "Scrawny" Girvan (Commentator)

You'll find the whole tournament broadcasted on DreamHack's Twitch-channel, twitch.tv/dreamhackcs.


Header: NiP Gaming

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