The DreamLeague LAN finals held at Dreamhack Summer, Jönköping, Sweden, between June 13-16, face the second withdrawal prompted by visa issues, in less than a week. Vega Squadron were supposed to replace Team Empire, but were left with too little time to secure their visas and will be unable to attend the event.
Last month, Vega Squadron were forced to withdraw from the MLG Pro League X-Games LAN finals, for the same reason. This unfortunate conclusion in the endless battle for visas is yet another episode that calls for solutions. Enough time between qualifiers or invitations and LAN events, compelling legal support from tournament organizers and government recognition for esports are only a few of the steps that stand to reason.
Recently disbanded team Basically Unknown, placed last in the competition’s League playoffs, will make the trip to Sweden and take Team Empire’s place at Dreamhack Summer. Basically Unknown’s lineup is comprised of Bulgarian, Romanian and Greek players who can travel passport-free within the European Union.
The announcement was made on Dreamhack’s website:
First in line to replace Team Empire was Vega Squadron but in the short period of time they was not able to attend Playoffs and therefore we are happy to welcome Basically Unknown to the Playoffs of ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 3.
Team Empire’s DreamLeague Season 3 run
Team Empire were one of the four teams (Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Empire and Natus Vincere) invited directly to the online League phase. They qualified for the Dreamhack Summer LAN finals from the first place in the League, with the exact same record as Virtus.Pro: 9 wins, 5 losses and 9 points. On June 2, they announced their withdrawal from the LAN finals:
— Team Empire (@team_empire) June 4, 2015
Vega Squadron’s DreamLeague Season 3 run
After two months of qualifiers, Vega Squadron was the last team to join DreamLeague Season 3. With a brand new lineup, Vega Squadron defeated Mousesports (back then known as Team Tinker), 2:1, earning the right to compete in the league for the chance to be one of the six teams to battle for the $146,159 prize pool at the DreamLeague LAN finals, in June.
DreamLeague Season 3 was the team’s first online league with Alexey “Solo” Berezin and Andrey “Mag~” Chipenko on the squad.
They placed 7th in the online League playoffs, but were asked to make the trip to the LAN finals after Team Empire announced their withdrawal.
Basically Unknown’s DreamLeague Season 3 run
Basically Unknown qualified for DreamLeague’s League phase after winning the Third Main Qualifier, on April 23. Although the finals had many issues with what seemed to be DDoS attacks, long pauses, and player replacements, the series finally concluded well into the night with Basically Unknown emerging as victors over 4 Clovers & Lepricon. They placed last in the League phase, with 3 wins, 11 losses and 3 points.
The squad had announced their disbandment a week ago. However, they have decided to make the trip to Sweden, to take Team Empire’s spot in the DreamLeague LAN finals.
Hi everyone, we are sad to say that Basically unknown is no longer. It has been a great time, thank you to everyone involved with us!
— Basically Unknown (@BU_Dota) June 2, 2015
DreamLeague Season 3 League standings
DreamLeague LAN finals attending teams
Ninjas in Pyjamas
DreamLeague LAN playoffs brackets
Dreamhack Summer DreamLeague LAN finals schedule
- 13:30 – Preshow
- 14:00 – Match A – Burden United vs. Basically Unknown – BO1
- 15:15 – Match B – Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Natus Vincere – BO1
- 16:30 – Match C – Winner of Match A&B – BO3
- 19:00 – Match D – Loser of Match A&B – BO3
- 21:30 – Match E – Loser of Match C vs Winner of Match D – BO3
- 13:30 – Preshow
- 14:00 – Match F – Alliance vs. Winner of Match E – BO3
- 16:30 – Match G – Virtus.Pro vs. Winner of Match C – BO3
- 19:00 – Match H – Loser of Match F&G – BO3
- 21:30 – Match I – Winner of Match F&G – BO3
- 13:30 – Preshow
- 14:00 – Match J – Winner of Match H vs Loser of Match I – BO3
- 18:30 – Grand Final – Winner of Match I&J – BO3
DreamLeague LAN finals talent
Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden – Host
Shane “Shaneomad” Clarke – Co-host
Andy “Draskyl” Stiles – Commentator
Owen “ODpixel” Davies – Commentator
Troels “SyndereN” Nielsen – Commentator
David “Luminous” Zhang – Commentator
Jess Brohard – Reporter
DreamLeague LAN finals at Dreamhack Summer
The DreamLeague Season 3 LAN playoffs and finals will take place between June 13-16, at Dreamhack Summer, in Jönköping, Sweden. In-game tickets are available for $2.99. The in-game ticket comes with a Treasure of the Dreamer’s Flame, containing Sizzling Charge, Vindictive Protector and Splintering Awe. 25.0% of the proceeds of each sale contributes to the tournament prize pool. As of June 8, the total prize pool has reached $146,159. LAN tickets are available for prices ranging from $119 to $143.