Last weekend, the Anaheim Convention Center hosted the second stop of the 2020 DreamHack Open circuit.
This competition is part of the ESL Pro Tour, which offers an opportunity for teams from regional leagues and a reliable system to access the most important tournaments of the year.
As far as the local competition is concerned, the British team Endpoint had the opportunity to fight against big names on the international scene thanks to its victory in the winter season of the “ESL Premiership”.
The remaining participants ensured their presence at the Californian event through the customary number of invitations to some of the most prominent teams on the competitive scene, along with the overcoming of a qualifying preliminary phase.
The course of the competition provided us with great moments and a show worthy of the ESL Pro Tour, which did not leave any of the numerous fans who watched it disappointed, both physically at the event and through the usual broadcast channels.
After three days of intense action, the lessons learned can be separated into two groups, namely the ones who frustrated our expectations and the ones that exceed them.
In the first one, there are two teams called who were expected to be protagonists of this DreamHack Open Anaheim, forZe and MIBR. Both came to the Californian city with serious aspirations to go the distance and ended up dropping out in the group phase leaving a rather poor impression.
On the other hand, the best FURIA version was seen again. The Brazilian team impressed last year with an aggressive style that allowed them to reap great victories against all odds, but as weeks went by, they began to be countered by their rivals. However, in this stop they showed their best side again reaching a well-deserved final.
Both North and Complexity, also left California with a good feeling, even though were both eliminated in the semi-finals, their progress in these last days has been quite remarkable.
But the biggest surprise of the competition, was the champion of DreamHack Open in Anaheim, Gen.G.
The North American team was playing its first live competition and the result was outstanding. An important title and a dominant performance, they did not concede a single map during the entire course of the competition.
On an individual level, it is worth highlighting the performance of young Sam “s0m” Oh, who emerged as the best player of the tournament at just 17 years old.
With this victory, in addition to the monetary prize, Gen.G receives both an invitation to the DreamHack Masters in Jönköping next June, and a good amount of points in the ESL Pro Tour that places them close to being able to play ESL One in Cologne.