We’re set to see a slightly different tournament in North America as all the elite teams are traveling to Europe from mid-November to mid-December, leaving the usual underdogs to fight for the DreamHack Masters Winter North America trophy.
The event will take place from November 30 to December 6 and is likely to be one full of unexpected results. Every team at the event is one of the weaker American sides, meaning we’re likely to see less consistency and an overall lower level across the board.
Who’s Playing at DreamHack Masters Winter North America?
When it comes to the format, it’s a usual eight-team event featuring two groups and a single-elimination bracket. The big twist from normal American events is that Evil Geniuses, Furia and Liquid are all missing, leaving it in the hands of the lower-tier teams.
This includes the usual teams that we see at the tail end of events like Chaos, TeamOne, Triumph and New England Whalers, as well as some up-and-comers like Rebirth and Rugratz.
Chaos enters as the strong favorite, followed by TeamOne and Triumph. But with the skill gap among all the teams being so small, since none of the teams are elite sides, anything could happen.
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Is it Finally Chaos’ Time to Win?
Chaos has been the one team in North America to really challenge the top three of Furia, Evil Geniuses and Liquid, claiming some map and even series wins in recent months.
However, despite some impressive showings, they’ve never been able to maintain their performances to claim a trophy and always ended up tumbling out of events in the early stages of playoffs.
Now that they enter an event as the favorite and all of the big dogs are missing, it may finally be time for a Chaos trophy. However, as mentioned, the skill gap between the better teams here isn’t too large, and Chaos has slipped against some of these opponents before.
DreamHack’s Collection of Teams Means Anything Could Happen
While Chaos does enter as quite a decisive favorite, the event isn’t so cut-and-dried. Every team here has shown some level of inconsistency and the skill level of players in general is very similar. Chaos has even been defeated by some of the teams here in crucial matches, such as a 2-1 loss to TeamOne at IEM New York and multiple map losses to Rugratz, Triumph and New England Whalers.
With a single-elimination playoff bracket, all it takes is one bad series or one above-normal performance for an unexpected result and there is considerable potential for it here.
TeamOne is the most likely team to pull off an upset, being the second-best, but New England Whalers, Triumph and even Rugratz could all end up coming out on top.