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Due to the global pandemic the upcoming DreamHack Masters event which was supposed to be taking place in four regions, Europe, North America, Asia,Oceania has been moved to an entirely online format. A total of 32 teams will be participating from 19th May to 7th June, in four online tournaments for DreamHack Masters Spring 2020. This did not came as a surprise to the community as most other major tournaments are taking a turn to the online format as well, instead of putting it back.
DreamHack Masters 2020 Prize Pool
Despite moving to an online tournament and so losing revenue from ticket sales and other income streams, the tournament will still boast a $300,000 prize pool. This will be split between the four different regions as follows:
* Europe - $160,000
* North America - $100,000
* Oceania - $20,000
* Asia - $20,000
DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 format
The DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 tournament format is a bit different depending on the region. Europe and North America follow the same format, while Asia and Oceania won't have a group stage, but instead, go straight into the playoffs, due to a small number of teams competing.
Europe and North America format:
The group stage for both Europe, and North America tournaments, will follow a round-robin format. All matches in the group stages are best-of-three, with the winning team of each group advancing to the upper bracket of the playoffs. The second and third-place teams advance to the lower-bracket of the playoffs, while the bottom team in each group gets eliminated.
The playoffs in Europe, as well as North America, will follow a double-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three, except for the grand final, which is best-of-five. A one map advantage will be given to the team which made their way through the upper brackets
Asia and Oceania format:
For the Asia and Oceania tournaments, there will only be a double-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three, with the exception of the grand final, which is best-of-five. In the grand final, there will be a one map advantage to the team who made it through the upper bracket.
* Europe - Group stage from 19th to 30th May / Playoffs from 8th to 14th June
* America - Group stage from 19th to 30th May / Playoffs from 8th to 14th June
* Asia - Playoffs from 2nd to 5th June
* Oceania - Playoffs from 3rd to 7th June
You can watch all the DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 action on the official DreamHackCS Twitch.tv channel. There will be both English and Russian speaking streams available, with more likely to be announced closer to the tournaments. “We’re very excited to move to an online format for DreamHack Masters Spring,” said Michael Van Driel, Chief Product Officer at DreamHack. "While not being able to compete on LAN is unfortunate, we’ve developed a structure to support teams, players and fans around the world."