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DreamHack Open: Valencia 2012 Preview

By Ivan 'mmdollar' Batakov
Sep 20, 2012 17:47


ImageValencia is the third stop on the 2012 DreamHack Open series of tournaments with a prize pool of 150,000 SEK (~$21,500). Once again the event will feature a free HD (720p) stream with a great pool players and casters.

DreamHack's main stream will be available here and will be broadcasted in High-definition for free. On Saturday it will feature highlighted matches from the group stage. On Sunday we continue with the playoffs. The main show with the last 7 matches (Round of 8, Semifinals and Grand Final) will start 15.45 CEST and the first game is 16.00 CEST. Grand Final is played 22.00 CEST.
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Official Valencia casters:
UK Shaun 'Apollo' Clark (Caster)
US Kevin Knocke (Caster)
US Rachel "SeltzerPlease" Quirico (Host)
CA Mike "Adebisi" Van Driel (Observer)


In addition to that, DreamHack will have multiple community-streams broadcasting various matches from the groupstage. All streams will be avaiable here.

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Format
Ro64: Group Stage format.
* Round-robin.
* Best of 3.
* Top 2 advance to Ro32.
Ro32: Group Stage format.
* Round-robin.
* Best of 3.
* Top 2 advance to Single Elimination playoffs..
Single Elimination playoffs are Best of 3 till Finals.
* Finals: Best of 5.


List of notable competitors that will participate in the event
(14 Protoss, 11 Terran & 15 Zerg players)


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A total of 8 players will be direct qualified for the Grand Finals held at DreamHack Winter 2012.


Qualified to grand finals by points


A total of 12 players will be qualified for the Grand Finals held at DreamHack Winter 2012. Final 12 players will be determined after the last DreamHack Open-stop in Bucharest 20-21st October. Players will be determined according to following:

1) Ranking points
2) Best placement
3) Match score
4) Map score
If tied, DreamHack will arrange tie-breaker match.

Prize money at the Grand Finals will be a total of 550 000 SEK ~ 76 149 USD.
1st Place - 250 000 SEK ~ 38 074 USD
2nd Place - 100 000 SEK ~ 15 229 USD
3-4th Place - 50 000 SEK ~ 7 614 USD
5-8th Place - 25 000 SEK ~ 3 807 USD

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Each player will have one blind vetos. The played maps and order will be random generated.
DreamHack Antiga Shipyard - cross spawn only -gold bases exchanged to neutral - fixed lower right base so pylon power cant reach.
DreamHack GSL Daybreak - GSL version with the limited forward third base - building blockers at mainbase ramp.
DreamHack ESV Cloud Kingdom - building blockers at mainbase ramp.
DreamHack ESV Ohana - building blockers at mainbase ramp.
TSL 4 Metropolis LE

The groups can be found here.

Schedule (GMT+2)
Day 1 - Saturday - 22 September
09:30 - Player setup (Group 1-8)
11:00 - Group 1-8 – Round 1 (BO3)
12:00 - Group 1-8 – Round 2 (BO3)
13:00 - Group 1-8 – Round 3 (BO3)
14:00 - Player setup (Group 9-16)
15:30 - Group 9-16 – Round 1 (BO3)
16:30 - Group 9-16 – Round 2 (BO3)
17:30 - Group 9-16 – Round 3 (BO3)
18:30 - Player setup (Group A-H) Second Group Stage
20:00 - Group A-H – Round 1 (BO3)
21:00 - Group A-H – Round 2 (BO3)
22:00 - Group A-H – Round 3 (BO3)
23:00 - END -

Day 2 - Sunday - 22 September
09:00 - Setup time
10:00 - Eight Finals 1-2 (BO3)
11:00 - Eight Finals 3-4 (BO3)
12:00 - Eight Finals 5-6 (BO3)
13:00 - Eight Finals 7-8 (BO3)
15:30 - Show begins
16:00 - Quarter Final RO8 Set 1 (BO3)
17:00 - Quarter Final RO8 Set 2 (BO3)
18:00 - Quarter Final RO8 Set 3 (BO3)
19:00 - Quarter Final RO8 Set 4 (BO3)
20:00 - Semi Final RO4 Set 1 (BO3)
21:00 - Semi Final RO4 Set 2 (BO3)
22:00 - Grand Final (BO5)
23:30 - END -

Unfortunately Namutin, Origine have had to cancel and have been replaced.
Ret announced on Twitter a couple of minutes ago that he wont be able to attend DreamHack, because his flight was overbooked.
"Alternative gets me to dh tomorrow after my games start. I cant go :( Im sad. I trained hard for this and wcs was shitty. Life sucks atm."


According to Robert Ohlén's twitter, Dustin Browder himself will attend DreamHack.

"Ben Goldhaber ‏@FishStix
Rumor has it that Dustin Browder was added to the Valencia #eSports Congress lineup last minute. Confirm/deny? #VEC #DHVLC

Robert Ohlén
‏@robertohlen
@FishStix correct, he’s already here."


Tune in on the 22th for our DreamHack Coverage, here at SK-Gaming.com.

All images are courtesy of DreamHack

Source: DreamHack, Twitter1, 2


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