The fall season of Starcraft 2’s DreamHack Masters series is coming to an end this month, with the global finals kicking off on September 7.
It’s a special event for the SC2 community, finally giving us some international tournament action – something that was last seen at the start of July. This means we’ll see the best of the best from all over the globe battling it out, giving us some matchups we only see a handful of times a year.
Make sure to check out our guide on How to Bet on Starcraft 2 and let’s take a look at the event in more detail.
Who’s Playing At DreamHack Masters Fall Season Finals?
The event is set to feature 16 players, with representatives qualifying from almost every region in the world. This means we’ll see some of the usual western favorites like Serral, Clem and Scarlett, as well as six Korean titans, and Latin American, Chinese, Southeast Asian and Oceanic representatives.
However, it is heavily skewed toward the major regions, with 12 of the 16 players coming from Europe, North America and Korea. So, while there aren’t really any up-and-coming names, we’re at least sure to see some high-level gameplay.
Going over the event format, it’s a standard SC2 deal. Players first start in four groups of four and the first two players to win two series advance, while the other two are eliminated. This is followed by an eight-player playoff, which is played in a single-elimination format, meaning one loss spells elimination.
Odds as of September 1 at Sportsbook
Dark Enters DreamHack Masters In Hot Form
It’s not too surprising to see Dark enter the tournament as the favorite as he comes in off a very impressive first-place finish at GSL Season 2.
The Zerg managed to convincingly win Starcraft’s hardest league at the end of July, making a solid case for being considered as the best player in the world at the moment. He even managed to take down the second favorite, Trap, 4-1 in the grand finals, showing just how dominant he can be.
Dark will be looking to continue his hot form here and potentially add another trophy to his collection.
Can Trap Continue Strong GSL Performance?
When it comes to odds, Trap comes in just behind Dark and again it’s rather expected. Trap is definitely up there in the rankings, having finished second in GSL Season 2 and claiming multiple tournament wins throughout the year.
However, the Korean is also one of the few players who has played a tournament match recently, so it’s a little easier to judge his form going into the event and it’s looking good.
Trap has already finished his group stage matches at GSL Season 3 and managed to qualify for the playoffs fairly easily. Other than dropping a tight series to Zest, the Protoss player demolished both Special and Keen, showing a very strong performance. He’ll no doubt be aiming to do so again at DreamHack Masters, and if he can play like he did in the GSL, he has a very good shot of going all the way.
Is Clem The Latest ‘Western Hope’?
When it comes to Starcraft 2, Koreans have always been king. Multiple players from the country have dominated the game since release and it’s quite rare to see Europeans or Americans (aka western players) doing well.
This has somewhat changed over the last couple of years, with Serral and Reynor rising up and taking home a few international tournaments here and there. However, Korean players are still some of the best in the business, and competition is always tough.
At DreamHack Masters, however, Clem enters with the best odds of any western player and looks to be carrying the banner of “Western Hope” – the player who both European and American fans can back to take home the trophy.
He has earned this title due to his recent performances, most notably first-place finishes at DreamHack Masters Summer and Fall. At those events, he defeated the two other best players in Europe, Serral and Reynor, showing he could very well be the best in the West.
Now, all that remains to be seen is how well he can perform at international events against a different caliber of competition.