The single-elimination open qualifier saw 394 teams battle it out for two spots in the next stage. The bracket utilised a best-of-one format throughout and ended with best-of-three clashes in the semi-finals, with the cut-throat competition seeing the early eliminations of teams such as Endpoint, Movistar Riders and Sangal.
Anonymo made short work of Young Ninjas and fought hard to edge out AGO in the latter stages of the best-of-one rounds before squaring off with sAw. The Portuguese side took the Polish squad the distance on Inferno and Train, but it was Paweł “innocent” Mocek who made the difference with a 1.60-rated performance to secure his team the win.
StylDunow breezed past their opponents on the other side of the bracket by overrunning the likes of GamerS1337 and GROND. The Polish side went head-to-head with Bulgarian team MBAPPEEK in the semi-finals and narrowly defeated them thanks to an impactful AWP showing from Miłosz “mhL” Knasiak on the decider map.
The completed participants’ list for the closed qualifier can be found below:
The two top sides from the closed qualifier will secure the final spots in the eight-team main event, which is scheduled to run from January 27-31 and feature a $70,000 prize pool. The DreamHack Open January Europe team list currently looks as follows: