Cloud9 and North were the first two teams invited to play at DreamHack Montreal, which will take place Sept. 8-10.
This will be the first LAN performance since Cloud9’s roster shuffle, as William “RUSH” Wierzba and Tarik “tarik” Celik left OpTic to replace Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert and Michael “shroud” Grzesiek on Cloud9.
North will attend the event after competing in DreamHack Malmo the week before. Captain Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen tweeted that the team would compete in three events in a row for the sake of practice and North’s new fifth member. He didn’t say who that person was, but Slingshot reported it will be Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså.
DreamHack Montreal will feature eight teams and a $100,000 prize pool. Four more invitations will be awarded, and the final two teams will come from qualifiers: One for North American and one for Europe. The tournament will have a group stage of two GSL groups of four, in a double elimination tournament with the lower bracket of the group stages played in a best-of-three format. The top two teams of each group will make it to the playoffs, where the games will be played in a single elimination, best-of-three format.
The qualifiers will take place Aug. 26 and 27. The top eight teams of the open qualifiers will be added to the closed qualifiers of their region, where they will fight against eight invited teams for a chance to qualify for Montreal. Teams interested in the open qualifier can register through ESEA.
Cover photo by Helena Kristiansson/ESL, eslgaming.com