StarCraft II and Counter-Strike: GO head into finals at DreamHack Bucharest

World's best players from around the world travel to Romania to compete for over $40,000.

The best StarCraft II players and Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the world have come to Bucharest, Romania to compete for over $40,000 at DreamHack’s Open Bucharest event.

Image credit: Helena Kristiansson

The final day of competition has now arrived for what is said to be the most competitive DreamHack StarCraft II tournament in the event's long history. Players competing this weekend include Blizzard WCS Season 1 Champion Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung, Artur "Nerchio" Bloch, Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong, Samuli "elfi" Sihvonen, Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok, Lee "Life" Seung Hyun, and Mun "MMA" Seong Won, and are among the final 16 players remaining. Brood War legend and favorite Lee "Flash" Young Ho was eliminated in the first day of competition, with losses to MMA and Jung "YugiOh" Seung Il.

The winner of the StarCraft II tournament will earn $9,240, and 750 WCS points to help in their quest to qualify for the WCS Grand Finals at BlizzCon later this year.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament has only four teams remaining, featuring reigning Swedish champions Ninjas in Pyjamas led by Christopher "GeT_RiGhT Alesund, Ukraine’s Na’Vi and Astana Dragons, and Sweden’s Lemondogs. Each of the teams dispatched their opponents convincingly 2-0 in the quarterfinals, while Lemondogs eliminated fellow countrymen Fnatic from the event in what was the biggest upset from the first day of competition.

Both tournaments resume in the morning hours of Sunday, September 15, beginning at 5 a.m. EST/2 a.m. PST. Watch the StarCraft II event at DreamHack's Twitch channel, and CS:GO also through Twitch.

Check out more eSports coverage at the GameSpot eSports hub.

Image credit: Helena Kristiansson, eSportPhoto.

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24 comments
Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I think it would be really cool to see a major tournament where a team of players all competed across many different games of all genres. Would be an interesting tournament to watch and see how the top players of one genre dominate theirs and get stomped in another. Also comparing them to more well rounded teams that never place first on any game but place well in many games and stay high in the standings because of it.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

finally REAL competitive games, none of that WOT and COD bs that ESL prostituted itself to. 

i'm so glad Dreamhack is keeping it real.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"World's best players from around the world".

That sentence bothers me.

DeathProofDelta
DeathProofDelta

I've never played counter strike, I feel I've missed out. 

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Isn't having that many virgins in one place one of the signs of the Apocalypse? 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

these are the only 2 games that interest me in competitive gaming. They should have names of the players on the backs of jerseys in CS, be way better and a better spectate, TV broadcast style presentation

GOD_Radu
GOD_Radu

careful with your wallets 

SickHammer
SickHammer

glad that DreamHack made it's way for the second time to my hometown.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

@wizzzer_thy_133 I could maybe force myself to watch a game of WoT (Probably before I could get myself to watch LoL)... But how CoD is considered an e-sport is beyond me.  How do they do it? Do they play with the random respawn on?

Starcraft is pretty much the only e-sport I watch somewhat frequently.

kabalzer0
kabalzer0

@naryanrobinson why? imo it is by far the worlds best sentence of the world from all around the world!

Daian
Daian

@DeathProofDelta You have, it was the original modern warfare multiplayer FPS kingpin, long before CoD became a fan favorite.

Daian
Daian

@JBStone1981 oh we all bet you have women all over you because you said that.

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@JBStone1981 Believing in that kind of superstitious nonsense...

What are you? Some kind of religious fanatic?

Daian
Daian

@_el_Greco_ the tournament is in Romania. It's in the freakin article.