Poor DreamHack, we all cried. Left out of the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series, shunned from the cool kids’ table where Blizzard and its new pals MLG, ESL, and OGN / GOMTV were planning to revolutionize StarCraft 2.
Now, after weeks of confusing mixed-signals, a troubled North American qualifying tournament, and some problematic tournament rules that may quash the kind of vibrant regional play the WCS was supposed to encourage, DreamHack is looking like a pretty great alternative. While Blizzard and its partners put the WCS back on the rails, StarCraft fans can spend this weekend enjoying the start of the 2013 DreamHack open series in Stockholm. Play starts at 10 AM UK / 5 AM Eastern on the DreamHack Twitch stream.
Competing this weekend at DreamHack Stockholm is a nicely mixed international field, with Swedish stars like NaNiwa, SaSe, and ThorZaIN playing alongside the likes of Stephano, Polt, Goswser (Gosu User) and others. Their games will be called by Shaun “Apollo” Clark, Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski, while Geoff “Incontrol” Robinson and Dennis “Take” Gehlen.
The top prize is worth $9240, but competitors this weekend are also fighting for WCS points, which are vital for qualifying for the final at BlizzCon later this year.
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