The Austin stop of DreamHack's Open tour is quickly shaping up to be an event to really keep an eye on. The first two invites for the tournament has been handed to the French all-star team G2 Esports as well as the fan favorites Cloud9. This should be a great treat for viewers, as last year's participant's list only offered teams from the North American region.
The French team has had a rough start since their assembling earlier in the year. Not only did they fail to qualify for IEM Katowice, but also have a weak 1-6 record in the current season of ESL Pro League. However, offline might be different, and so far we haven't experienced anything but online matches from Richard "shox" Papillon's squad.
Cloud9 have also been struggling a bit, as they ended 2016 with failing to qualify for the Eleague 2017 Major. On the other hand they participated in both DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and IEM Katowice, but were eliminated in the early stages in both tournaments.
The $100,000 tournament will have a total of eight participating teams. Six of them will be handed direct invites, meaning there are still four invites left, while the final two squads earn their spot via a qualifying process.
The 2017 edition of DreamHack ASTRO Open Austin will be held in Austin Convention Center on April 28-30. The tournament offers a $100,000 prize pool, where the eventual champions bring home half. Last year's edition of the event was won by Luminosity Gaming, nowadays known as SK Gaming, while the first stop in the Open 2017 tour — which was held in Leipzig, Germany — was won by FlipSid3 Tactics.