DH Valencia: TaeJa wins!
24.09.2012 - 00:15 CET: TaeJa wins Dreamhack Open Valencia after a stunning comeback against his countryman ForGG. Millenium's player started off amazingly winning on Cloud Kingdom and Ohana pretty fast contrary to TaeJa's general performance during the whole tournament. That wasn't enough though, as Team Liquid Pro's very own Terran star once again proved why he is considered a top3 player of the moment and took the following three maps namely Daybreak, Antiga Shipyard & Metropolis to conquer the total supremacy flag in Valencia, Spain. With this fabulous 3:2 victory over ForGG, TaeJa has granted himself a slot to Dreamhack Winter 2012 as well as a great 7,850 EUR cheque. For the second place, ForGG has been also awarded with a spot in Dreamhack Winter 2012 and also a smaller cheque worth of 4,500 EUR.
23.09.2012 - 22:30 CET: The Dreamhack Open Valencia grand final between ForGG and TaeJa is about to begin!
23.09.2012 - 21:40 CET: After IEM VII Cologne, the Korean player ForGG once again manages a great performance. Just minutes ago, he has succesfully managed to take down TheStC 2:0 for a spot in the grand final. In the other semifinal, TaeJa won 2:0 against TargA and is currently on an amazing winning streak as his current stats in playoffs are six wins and no loses.
23.09.2012 - 19:40 CET: After being led 1:0 by the French Zerg of EG Stephano, ForGG has managed an amazing comeback and won the match 2:1, this result granting him a spot in the semifinals where he is about to face TheStC. In the third quarterfinal TaeJa has again proved to be much stronger than his opponent closing the match pretty fast with a 2:0 score against SaSe. Finally, TargA from the Australian based team Mindfreak-eSports surprised everyone with his 2:1 victory against HerO. With these results, the quarterfinals stage ends here while the semifinals look as follow: TheStC vs. ForGG and TaeJa vs. TargA.
23.09.2012 - 17:10 CET: The Korean Terran player of Quantic TheStC continues his amazing winning streak after a convincing play versus Vortix in the first quarterfinal which he won 2:1.
23.09.2012 - 16:30 CET: The final three round of 16 matches ended just minutes ago with the following results: SaSe beat Moon 2:1 and will meet TaeJa in the third quarterfinal, HerO managed to defeat Feast 2:1 and will face the biggest surprise of this tournament TargA who passed Lucifron with a 2:1 score.
23.09.2012 - 12:20 CET: Acer | Bly has unfortunately lost 0:2 against Liquid's TaeJa and is therefore out of the tournament. The Korean player will play the semifinal match against the winner between SaSe and Moon, where the current score is tied 1:1.
23.09.2012 - 11:30 CET: First three quarterfinalists have been determined as in the the first three round of 16 games Vortix has surprisingly beaten viOLet 2:0, TheStC took down elfi 2:1 while Stephano had an easy match against the Romanian Protoss NightEnd winning it 2:0. In the fourth match, ForGG has managed to beat Cloud 2:0 and will therefore meet the French Zerg master Stephano in quarterfinals. On the same side of the bracket Vortix is expected to have a hard game against TheStC for a spot in the semifinals.
23.09.2012 - 00:15 CET: Acer | Bly has drawn the mighty TaeJa of Team Liquid in the Ro16 tomorrow!
22.09.2012 - 22:25 CET: Acer | Bly has unfortunately lost his match against NightenD, who looks to be in great form in this tournament. That puts him 1-1 overall, and he'll need to take his match against Naama to advance.
22.09.2012 - 22:00 CET: Acer | Bly has begun his run in Group H with a 2-0 victory over Finnish Zerg Protosser. Bly will face NightenD next, then Naama to close out the night.
22.09.2012 - 20:00 CET: Acer | Bly has been drawn in group H of the second groupstage which will take place later tonight. His opponents will be NightEnd from Romania, Naama along with Protosser from Finland.
22.09.2012 - 19:50 CET: Rest of the groups just concluded with no surprises as previously mentioned. From groups I to P, the qualified players' list look as follows: Vortix and Harstem in group I, Sage and TLO in group J, Grubby and Protosser in group K, SaSe and JaeL in group L, Stephano and Naama from group M, TheStC and DeMuSliM from group N, Moon and Adelscott from group O while Acer | Bly and NightEnd have qualified from group P.
22.09.2012 - 18:30 CET: Groups K and N have found their participants for the second groupstage! In group K, Grubby won all his matches and finished second while Protosser came second with two victories and one loss. In group N, TheStC and DeMuSliM didn't give a single chance to the other two participants in the names of PoYo and TheBigOne and therefore qualify for the second groupstage.
22.09.2012 - 17:46 CET: A single surprise took place in the second set of group matches where in group L, the Swedish player SjoW has been beaten 2:0 by a rather unknown Italian player called JeaL.
22.09.2012 - 17:45 CET: In group P, Acer | Bly has already managed to win the first two games against MaSter and ZyM both ended up 2:0 in our player's favour. His last match will be against the Romanian Zerg player DeathAngel who until now defeated ZyM 2:0.
22.09.2012 - 15:10 CET: The last eight groups respectively from I to P are about to begin. Expect some great encounters and make sure to tune in on our website in the following hours for exclusive interviews and pictures from Dreamhack Open Valencia. Also remember that Team Acer will be represented by Acer | Bly, who is in Group P, along with ZyM, DeathAngel and MaSter.
22.09.2012 - 14:40 CET: An official note on TeamLiquid.net states that the American player of Team Liquid Ret 'had to cancel his participation because his flight was overbooked'.
22.09.2012 - 14:39 CET: Six more groups already concluded in Valencia at Dreamhack Open tournament. TargA, Feast, BlinG, NightEnd, HerO and Brat_OK topped their respective groups from C to H, while the following players came second: ForGG, SortOf, Socke, TaeJa, ClouD and IeZaeL. From the first eight groups only Group B remains unfinished with the TvT match between Wanty and Lucifron currently taking place. Nothing special has happened until now since all the top2 seeded players are advancing further from their groups without a single problem.
22.09.2012 - 14:00 CET: Group A has already came to an end with the Finnish Protoss player Elfi and the Korean Zerg of AZUBU viOLet coming 1st respectively second. As expected, NoSoup and FremaN came third and fourth and were therefore eliminated from the tournament.
22.09.2012 - 09:00 CET: Dreamhack has yet to release the schedule but word on the street is that the event will begin at 09:30 today, so in around half an hour. We have Thorin on the ground at the event, so he'll be uploading photographs and video interviews.
Dreamhack Open Valencia 2012
Following in the footsteps of last year's Dreamhack Invitational Valencia the crew behind Sweden's biggest esports events is returning to Valencia, Spain, for another tournament. This time the format is different, as rather than players attending based only on invitation the event is "Open", so anyone can theoretically enter. The top two finishers will earn a direct seed into Dreamhack Winter, the top 16 all earn points which can add up to earn them spots at the aforementioned event and of course there is the matter of the 150,000 SEK (~17,610 EUR) prize pool to compete for.
The structure sees two round robin group stages, taking us from 64 to 32 and eventually 16 players. The top two in each move on to the next stage, until only 16 remain and they make up the single elimination playoff bracket. The group stages and every round of the playoffs but the finals are Bo5, with the final being a Bo7 affair.
Team Acer will be represented by Acer | Bly, who is in Group P, along with ZyM, DeathAngel and MaSter. The Ro64 groups can be see here.