It was just back in early October when we watched Cloud9 fight for victory in the DreamHack Open Denver. Yet, we’re already looking forward to DreamHack Open Winter 2017, which starts on 1 December. The three-day event will take place in Jönköping, Sweden, with each of the eight teams playing for a top prize of $50,000.
We’re already guaranteed a stellar lineup that includes: Mousesports, Fnatic, Team Liquid, and Gambit. Two more renowned squads have also just been added to the event: Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) and Heroic. The format will see the teams placed into two groups for a group stage, before the format reverts to a best-of-three.
Each of the teams taking part has the chance to win, especially as the likes of G2 and FaZe won’t be in attendance. However, given what has gone on previously, can the latest additions to the Jönköping lineup really take it all the way?
Na’Vi has been on unstable ground for a while now, which is sad to see, after 2016 proved such a good year. In addition, they’ve still to find a suitable replacement for Seized, who left in October.
Heroic also have something to prove, after a year filled with too many third-place (or lower) finishes. Not being able to attend the 2017 ELEAGUE Major Boston was a huge blow for Heroic, with the group now needing to pick themselves up and dust themselves off. If they manage that, the odds on them could greatly improve.
Currently, there are still two teams to be decided: one from the EU qualifier and the other from the North American qualifier. This means things are still up in the air as we look ahead to next month’s exciting DreamHack Open Winter 2017.
Betting Tips for the DreamHack Open Winter 2017
At this early stage, the big bookies, such as Betway and Pinnacle, are keeping quiet about their odds. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start to get a sense of the lay of the land. Of the teams we know are going to compete, Fnatic, Team Liquid, and Gambit are all strong contenders for the top spot. We expect bookmakers to offer odds accordingly. Our advice would therefore be to shop around with the trusted sportsbooks we’ve reviewed, to see which give you the best odds on the event. These are subject to change, but they’ll give you a guide to work with.
With the closed qualifiers for the last two places taking place on 12 November, we’re sure to see more online betting movement soon. Maybe the last additions to the DreamHack lineup will shake things up even more. Watch this space.