DreamHack Atlanta saw one of the up-and-coming esports, H1Z1, make its DreamHack debut as part of the H1Z1 Elite Series this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. With a combined prize pool of $250,000 between the solo and team tournaments plus bounties in each of the finals for extra money on top of that, there was plenty to play for this weekend.
SweetDreams Comes Back From The Dead
After two qualifying groups on Friday, 40 hopefuls joined the 20 invited players for an action-packed grand final. The final featured three games, with the player who tallied the most overall points taking home the prize. Despite the field being littered with qualifying players, it was the invitees who ruled the show. Six of the top 10 players were invitees.
Invitee Chris “sweetdreams” Sexton from Rogue managed to come out on top after three hard-fought games. He started off with a bit of a lackluster performance in the first game, finishing 11th with just a single kill to his name, but sweetdreams picked things up massively in the second game with a whopping five kills to break into the final gunfight of the game. Rather than get involved too early and risk certain death, he simply let his opponents take each other out before swooping in for the final kill to take first place in the game, despite having to deal with an aggressive safe zone.
Even though the final game had a much more standard safe zone to play with, the final moments still featured that frantic H1Z1 action we all love. Sweetdreams played strong overall once again but came up short with a ninth-place finish.
That Game 2 win really pushed him over the edge, however, as he still ended up with enough points to overcome Aubrey “Prox” Cost from Team Kaliber, who finished first in the final game by picking off four players amongst the final six. Sweetdreams took home $25,000 for first place, while Prox picked up $15,000 for second and Grant “Aladdin” Labelle, who finished in the top 10 during all three games, got $12,000 for third.
Counter Logic Gaming Dominates
Much like the solo tournament, the team finals were dominated by the invitees. Three of the top-five finishers in the five-on-five tournament were invited teams. The squad that was on top of the rest, however, was Counter Logic Gaming.
While the first two games were slightly disjointed and saw the teams finish with just a portion of the team alive, it finished with a bang in the final game of the series. In Game 1, things looked a bit lost for CLG as Casey “Flamehopper” Pitel was the only member left. Rather than fight with the other teams, he hid in the backseat of a police car in the middle of the battlefield for what felt like forever to give his team a top three finish. Game 2 was a bit better with three members lasting to the top three to put the team in a nice spot going into Game 3.
Game 3 is where it all came together for CLG, as it managed to outlast Luminosity, who had been jockeying for position with CLG, by keeping four members alive once it was all said and done. That gave the team more than enough points to secure the top spot and the $50,000 top prize. Luminosity Gaming, Impact Gaming, Hail Chapters and Denial Esports rounded out the top five.
Bounty Hunters Bring Home The Cash
In addition to the prize money for placing in both tournaments, there was an additional bounty available for kills in both finals. Each kill netted players $100, and the player with the most kills grabbed an extra $3,000.
On the solo side, there was actually a tie between Prox and sweetdreams with nine kills each. Prox ended up taking the top prize for getting the most in a single game. On the team side, it was CLG’s Damien “dafps” Adams that walked away with the top prize after picking up 10 kills across the three final games.