Valencia is a city that knows battle. The Romans, Goths, Moors all vied over the beautiful city on the Mediterranean, culminating in the wars of the Reconquista. Now, new factions have settled into this ancient city, swapping out swords for Warp Blades and crossbows for C-14 Gauss Rifles. Terran, Protoss, and Zerg forces have laid claim to the city, and stand ready to fight toward the Grand Finals at DreamHack Open: Valencia.
This StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm competition gets rolling this Friday at 3:00 a.m. PDT, runs from July 19 – 20, and you can tune in to Dreamhack on Twitch or the WCS Portal to catch all the action. The team presenting the event will feature Shaun ‘Apollo’ Clark, Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski, Rachel Quirico, Sue ‘Smix’ Lee, and Michael ‘Adebisi’ Van Driel. Players in this WCS Tier 2 event will be competing to fatten their wallets with a share in the 175,000 SEK (~$26,000) prize pool, and 1200 WCS Points to push them one step closer to qualifying for the WCS Global Finals at Blizzcon.
James Reilman and Kevin Knocke are previewing the best of the best at DreamHack Open: Valencia in this special edition of WCS Today:
The event kicks off with three group stages, and some of the top players have been seeded directly into the second group stage, which begins Friday afternoon. Look out for matches from WCS Players Jaedong, HyuN, HuK, StarDust, and Grubby. The brothers Durán, LucifroN and VortiX, will be on their home ground in Spain. Let’s hope they don’t get matched up in an early round, again. The group stages lead into a 16 player, single elimination, best of three bracket, culminating in a best of five Grand Finals.
If you still aren’t excited, the team over at DreamHack put together this phenomenal hype video to help you feel the pure exhilaration that will be DreamHack Open: Valencia this weekend.