Dreamhack Malmö starts today, and we’ll be bringing you the latest info on the roster changes, the participating teams, and important announcements.
The DreamHack Malmö tournament takes place at Malmö, Sweden from April 12th to April 17th. The group stage games will be played on a closed studio from April 12th to 15th. On the 16th the teams will compete live at the Malmö Arena for a spot in the semifinals, leaving the last day of the event for both semifinals and finals. The winner of this tournament will be crowned “Master Champion” and will claim a $100,000 prize.
The Participating Teams:
Eight teams were directly invited and the eight remaining spots went to teams that qualified through the Region Qualifiers during February and March.
For the invited teams we have: Astralis, Team EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports (taking Fnatic’s spot), Luminosity Gaming, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Virtus.pro.
The eight qualifying spots went to: mousesports, Lounge Gaming, Team Dignitas, GODSENT, Counter Logic Gaming, Team Liquid, Tempo Storm and TyLoo.
Injuries and roster changes:
- Fnatic won’t be participating at the DreamHack Malmö due to a recent injury in Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer’s wrist that forced him to step out of the team temporarily. Niclas ‘Plessen’ Plessen will be taking Olof’s place in future tournaments until the player recovers. G2 Esports will be replacing Fnatic at this tournament.
- NaVi’s awp player Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács won’t be attending this tournament due to a wrist injury and will be replaced by Na’Vi’s coach Sergey “starix” Ischuk.
- FaZe’s player Mikail “Maikelele” Fiey won’t be participating at this event. The player announced his intentions of leaving the team but is still under contract with them. The European team acquired French player Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey who will be playing for the first time with them in Malmö.
- North American Team Liquid will be replacing Eric “adreN” Hoag with Kenneth “koosta” Suen. This will be Kenneth’s first appearance at an international Lan event.
- While is not considered a “roster change,” NiP will be playing with their team including Jacob “pyth” Mourujärvi. The Swedish squad was unable to compete with their full team at the Columbus Major, as pyth could not get his visa on time for the tournament, forcing NiP to play with their Coach as a stand-in.
On the first day we’ll see a round robin on the group stage. Here the top two teams will be picked, leading to the Qualifiers which will play out on April 16th at the Malmo Arena
Below you can see the four groups of teams that will be fighting it out for a spot in the playoffs.