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Swedish esports production company and tournament organizer DreamHack has announced that 100 Thieves will no longer compete at DreamHack Open Winter 2019. The North American esports organization and lifestyle brand seemed like it would be one of the strongest teams attending the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament.
We'll soon announce a replacement!
— DreamHack Counter-Strike (@DreamHackCSGO) November 21, 2019
DreamHack Open Winter 2019
DreamHack Open Winter takes place between Nov 29 and Dec 1 at the Elmia Convention Center in Jönköping, Sweden. 100 Thieves was poised to win the event. The team is currently ranked 5th in the world, the highest of all the other competitors. This includes organizations like CR4ZY, forZe, FURIA Esports, Heroic, SJ Gaming, ex-Tricked Esports, and MARKSALK.
100 Thieves have not disclosed a reason for their absence. However, the Australian roster will be playing in Season 10 of the ESL Pro League Finals, which starts just two days after the end of DreamHack Open Winter. The Groups Stage for the ESL Pro League Finals will take place at the Odense Congress Center and the Playoffs at the Jyske Bank Arena. Both are in Odense, Denmark, which is a 5-hour drive from Jönköping.
100 Thieves not participating
The ESL Pro League Finals puts a $600,000 prize pool and a seeded slot to 2020’s Intel Extreme Masters Katowice tournament on the line. In comparison, DreamHack Open Winter only features a $100,000 prize pool, a factor that may have influenced the decision. This way, the players should have more practice time before the bigger tournament. Others in the community also mentioned that a new update to CSGO had nerfed a popular weapon; 100 Thieves may need some time to get used to this change.
DreamHack has not announced a replacement for the Thieves yet. Fans have suggested teams like Virtus Pro, Sprout, and the newly announced GODSENT. DreamHack can also choose an organization like Team Vitality, which is currently one place below 100 Thieves on the leaderboards.
Do you think it is actually scheduling issues that led to the team dropping out? Let us know about your opinion, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your CSGO coverage.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.