DH qualifiers announced

Details regarding qualification for the 3rd stop of the DreamHack Astro Open circuit have been released, with the action set to start on April 1st in both EU and NA.

As is usual with DreamHack Open events, DreamHack Tours will feature eight teams, six which will be invited and two that will earn their spot through the qualification cycle.

The action will take place on April 1-2 in both Europe and North America, with the first day being reserved for the 128-team open qualifier and the closed qualifier following on the second day. Only the best team from each region will earn a spot at the $100,000 LAN that will take place on May 6-8th.

The full schedule is as follows:

1st April – 15:00 CET – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April – 15:00 CET – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours
1st April – 4pm EST – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April- 4pm EST – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours

EU qualifier:

1st April – 15:00 CET – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April – 15:00 CET – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours

NA qualifier:

1st April – 4pm EST – Open qualifier max 128 teams, 4 teams qualifies to closed qualifier
2nd April – 4pm EST – Closed qualifier – 8 teams, 4 invited, 4 from open qualifier, 1 team qualifies to Tours

To sign up for the qualifier, a player representative must log in to the ESEA website and open a support ticket, providing information that is lined out here.

The qualifiers will be cast by Vince “Metuz” Hill on DreamHack’s Twitch channel.

North goes to Sydney

North is the last invited team to confirm their attendance to the IEM event down under.

The ~$200,000 ($260k AUD) tournament will take place from May 3-7 with the final two days being played in front of a live audience at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Following a top four finish at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas and a 5th-6th placement at IEM Katowice recently, North will be the second team from Denmark to compete at the IEM event. They will join their countrymen, Astralis and four other invited teams in Sydney.

The list of participants is as followed:

SK Renegades
Astralis OpTic
FaZe North
China qual. ANZ qual.

HellRaisers is on FIRE

With a 2-1 win over EnVyUs (Train 10-16, Mirage 16-5, Inferno 19-17), HellRaisers clinched the last spot at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals.

The invited side HellRaisers clinched their semi-final spot with 2-1 wins over eFuture and Spirit, although they missed out on their first opportunity to secure their place at StarSeries Season 3 after a loss to fnatic.

With HellRaisers clinching the last spot from the European qualifier, the final list of teams attending SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals is the following:

SK Virtus.pro North NiP
Astralis FaZe Natus Vincere Gambit
MVP Project TyLoo 5POWER Immortals
G2 fnatic CLG HellRaisers

The $300,000 event is set to take place at the National Palace of Arts “Ukraina” in Kiev, Ukraine, from April 4-9.

Pimp out of Cloud9

Jacob “Pimp” Winneche has been moved to substitute while Liquid are negotiating his transfer with interested teams, the organization revealed on their website.

Jacob “Pimp” Winneche’s spell as an active member of Liquidcomes to an end after he had been part of the team for over nine months, since June last year.

The move comes after a series of mixed results, including group stage exits at the ELEAGUE Major, IEM Oakland, and ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals, as well as a semi-finals finish at ESL One New York.

According to the release, the American organization is currently negotiating Pimp’s transfer with interested parties while they are looking for his replacement. In the meantime, the 21-year-old will act as an active substitute.

“It’s with mixed feeling of sadness and excitement that I will no longer be a part of the Team Liquid starting roster. I no longer feel that playing for Liquid fulfills my personal expectations & goals, nor do I feel I can provide the commitment necessary to continue with the team on a long term basis.” Pimp said in a statement.

“It has been a great ride and an experience I would not trade for anything in the world. I am not done as a player by any means, and I am actively looking for another team with a vision similar to mine. I want to take this time to thank Liquid for everything they’ve done and provided for me, a life experience I wouldn’t be without!”

“It’s with mixed feeling of sadness and excitement that I will no longer be a part of the Team Liquid starting roster. I no longer feel that playing for Liquid fulfills my personal expectations & goals, nor do I feel I can provide the commitment necessary to continue with the team on a long term basis.
It has been a great ride and an experience I would not trade for anything in the world. I am not done as a player by any means, and I am actively looking for another team with a vision similar to mine. I want to take this time to thank Liquid for everything they’ve done and provided for me, a life experience I wouldn’t be without!

Liquid’s roster is following:

Nick “nitr0” Cannella
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
Josh “jdm64” Marzano
Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
Jacob “Pimp” Winneche (substitute)

Wilton “zews” Prado (coach)

Yam part his way with renegades

Renegades has revealed that Yaman “yam” Ergenekon will be stepping down from the team.

Following the news of their former AWPer Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland joining CLG two weeks ago, who was replaced by Swedish player Simon “atter” Atterstam since DreamHack Masters Las Vegas in mid-February, the team from down under has announced another unexpected change today.

After being a part of the roster since April 2015 in the latter days of Vox Eminor, Yaman “yam” Ergenekon has decided to step down from the active lineup due to personal circumstances and therefore will return home to Australia.

Renegades is now left with the following roster:

Justin “jks” Savage
Aaron “AZR” Ward
Karlo “USTILO” Pivac
Simon “atter” Atterstam (stand-in)
Michael “Uber” Stapells (stand-in)

Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović (coach)

Hiko no more part of a OpTic

Spencer “Hiko” Martin has announced on Twitter that he is no longer playing for OpTic Gaming as a substitute.

Spencer “Hiko” Martin had been filling in for OpTic since the surprise departure of Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz to Liquid, with the 27-year-old stating at the time that he would be playing for the team “through DreamHack Masters Las Vegas at the least”.

He ended up staying a bit longer and also attended the IEM World Championship, but in both cases the team failed to impress, finishing 9th-12th in Las Vegas and 11th-12th in Katowice.

The North American team currently have:

Keith “NAF” Markovic
Will “RUSH” Wierzba
Tarik “tarik” Celik
Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas

Spring Invitational announced

iBUYPOWER Spring Invitational 2017 which will offer $16,000 in cash prizes to eight North American teams has been announced.

For the third year in a row, iBUYPOWER is back with the Spring edition of their online series. From April 1-2, eight North American squads will be competing in the organization’s first tournament of 2017.

Although Immortals hold the title of iBUYPOWER Invitational afterwinning the latest edition, it’s likely that the Brazilians won’t participate as they will be in Kiev two days after the tournament. The same goes for CLG, who recently qualified for StarSeries Season 3 Finals after defeating Renegades.

As for the prize pool distribution and invited teams, the organization hasn’t revealed any information.