Week 1 of DreamHack Masters Fall saw three regional tournaments conclude with some significant shake-ups in the championship picture. SpeCial triumphed yet again in Latin America, but his margin of victory was razor thin as Cham battled him to the bitter end in an all-Mexican grand final.
Unlike SpeCial, Has was unable to keep his streak of local domination going in the Taiwan/HK/Macau/Japan region, losing to Taiwan's long-time #2 player in Nice. In the Oceanic region, RiSky's brief kiwi reign came to an end as Australia's Probe reclaimed the title for the first time in several seasons, beating countryman Seither in the finals.
Week 2 of DreamHack Masters Fall will feature the North American regional beginning its group stage competition, while the Chinese regional tournament will be held in its entirety. The European regional is already underway, with the round-robin group stage being nearly halfway through. Week 2 games will be played from September 1st to September 6th.
Only Latin America saw the previous season's champion reclaim the title, with SpeCial winning his 10th straight Copa America/LATAM regional in a row. However, his road was anything but easy, as he was put on the ropes when Cham stunned him by taking a 3-1 victory against him in the winners finals. The mere fact that Cham reached the grand finals constituted a major change in the LATAM scene, breaking years of Special and Kelazhur domination in the top two of the region (Cham previously had a run of 2nd place finishes back in 2017).
However, while Cham supplanted Kelazhur as LATAM's #2, he wasn't able to topple SpeCial in the end. While Cham's solid muta-ling-bane macro play allowed him to overpower SpeCial in their winners final clash, he wasn't able to repeat the feat in the grand finals. Earning a rematch through the losers bracket, SpeCial was able to overcome his 1 match disadvantage in the grand finals, with his famed mech driving home the final points in a 4-3 finals victory.
Unlike SpeCial, Has saw his regional winning streak end after seven seasons of success. The player to defeat him was none other than Nice, the last non-Has player to win the Taiwanese Regional back in December of 2017. The finals was not the cheese-fest some might have expected given the two names involved—at least, it wasn't any cheesier than your garden variety of PvP. The victory gave Nice his second WCS/DH Taiwan regional title of his career, and marked his first major accomplishment since being dealt a half-year suspension in 2019 for ladder abuse,
ButAlways, returning to Taiwan from a study-abroad session in Australia which saw him win two OCE regionals in 2019, re-assumed his familiar 3rd place position in the Taiwanese regional.
OCE's all-Australian final between Probe and Seither brought an intriguing end to a season where several of the region's players had protested the eligibility of UK/NZ dual citizen RiSky. While RiSky retained his eligibility, and was even joined by a handful of other dual citizen players, none of them managed to crack the top three.