Heart-warming excitement galore – the Atlanta DreamHack

It’s not often that you can call something at an esports even heart-warming, but that was certainly the case this Saturday at the Atlanta DreamHack. Known as one of the biggest esports competition circuits worldwide, this year’s event saw over 35.000 attendees spread out over the three days.

DreamHack Atlanta 2019

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There were plenty of highlights, but a particularly great moment had nothing to do at all with the esports competitions – during a prep phase for a Smite match, a host held a little fan competition that had members of the audience recognise in-game sounds.

Two people went up against each other – the second pair of two was a boyfriend and girlfriend facing off. She easily won the first two points, while the third sound was something of a surprise to her – the host played a recording of him asking her to marry him.

The audience erupted into cheers, while the host was relieved when she accepted. It was a lovely interlude in-between exciting competitions and not one but two Hi-Rez studios championships. Both Paladins and Smite saw their World Championship competitions taking place there this weekend.

Undisputed champions

Perhaps the biggest competition in the circuit was the CS:GO tournament – SK Gaming blazed their way through the competition and to a solid victory. They beat their opponents 16-9 and 16-10 on two maps, giving them a map-win streak of six.

After a recent roster change, especially Casper “cadiaN” Møller showed that he can carry his weight – he had an impressive 50/16 kill/death ratio and showed off his awesome AWP-skills at the competition.

Of course, with so many competitions happening, it can be easy to lose track – other big winners include:

  • Super Smash Bros. champ PG|Marss
  • Sumer Smash Bros. Melee star Captain Faceroll
  • Tekken 7 champ RB|Anakin
  • Street Fighter 5 winner Magnegro
  • Brawlhalla winner WC|Sandstorm
  • Mortal Kombat 11 winner CGL|Ninjakilla212
  • Soul Calibur 6 star BxA|Xephukai

Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to win the Paladins World Championship, while team Splyce managed to win the Smite championship.

Lots of competitions, lots of winners

In addition to the larger competitions held, DreamHack also always features local LAN competitions. This time was no different – a total of 15 games saw BYOC or Bring Your Own Computer competitions taking place alongside the pro competitions.

Just about every popular esports title out there featured, and while the overall prize pool of $15.000 can’t quite compare to the $100.000 prize pool that the CS:GO tournament alone held, it’s still a pretty fun incentive for players to compete.

The titles played include things like Unreal Tournament, Teamfight Tactics, Rocket League, Overwatch, Mordhau, Minecraft, PUBG, Fortnite, Dota 2, League of Legends and even Magic the Gathering – plenty of competitions for players to take part in.

All in all, the Atlanta DreamHack saw a lot of solid performances last weekend, both from the pro players and from the BYOC attendees.

Congratulations to all the winners and competitors!

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