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Team Liquid is amongst the four teams to be competing in the DreamLeague Season 6 LAN Finals which start tomorrow. The @DreamHack Opening Ceremony ending was pretty cool! pic.twitter.com/sBkevDBYaG— Jan M. Jahnke (@JanSC2) 24 November 2016

Dreamhack Winter 2016 opening ceremony

Although the sixteen teams heading to the Boston Major will be flying out next week, there is still one tournament left before the Autumn season ends, the DreamLeague Season 6 LAN Finals. DreamLeague had its fair share of misfortune over the course of its sixth season with multiple teams dropping out left right and center, but the organisers cracked on and still delivered a compelling online season.

Starting tomorrow the final four teams; eu Team Liquid, se Alliance, dk Danish Bears* and eu Ninjas in Pyjamas* will play in the season finale at Dreamhack Winter 2016 in Jonkoping, Sweden. ru Virtus.pro who were tied for first place with Escape Gaming decided to forfeit their spot at the LAN Finals, with Alliance the team to fill their spot.

Imperial who won the WESG Regional Qualifiers last month, look the strongest team at DreamLeague


Imperial have played 125 matches this season. Liquid (56), Alliance (40), Escape (53)


Participants at DreamLeague Season 6 LAN

Imperial
Winners of the WESG Regional Qualifiers in Kiev back in October, dk Danish Bears* were one of three teams fortunate enough to be gifted a spot in the online season after the withdrawal of EG, OG and Secret.

The Danish team finished the online stage of DreamLeague Season 6 with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses and they were winners of one Open Qualifier for the Boston Major but finished 6th in the Regional Qualifiers. Recently winning the Royal Arena online, they have played 125 competitive matches this season, almost as much as all three of their LAN final opponents combined (149).

Alliance
The new line-up of se Alliance's third place at the WESG Regionals is their only claim to fame this season, after a top 6 at Northern Arena last month.

Since se Simon 'Handsken' Haag took over captaincy of the team Alliance have played relatively few matches. Their record going into DreamLeague is not ideal with 11 wins from 28 matches, and 8 losses in their last 10. They finished the online season with 7 wins and 7 losses, and they will be looking to capitalise on the opportunity to play at the DreamLeague LAN Finals and end the season on a high.

Team Alliance finished in third place at the WESG Regionals but have since struggled for results


Team Liquid
eu Team Liquid were one of the highest profile teams to miss out on the Boston Major along with eu Team Secret in the European Regionals, after a narrow defeat to Virtus Pro ended their hopes of a trip to the Major. Their record this Major season is 13-3-15, with a 50% win rate in DreamLeague's online season.

They do however, have the biggest potential to win given their experience. Although the addition of jo Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi did not have the explosive impact many were expecting, Liquid played well in the Boston Regionals and a strong result here could spark the revival many fans are hoping for in 2017.

Unfortunately for eu Ninjas in Pyjamas*qualification for the Boston Major went horribly wrong and the team finished in joint last place with Navi and Fantastic Five. However, their DreamLeague season went beautifully for the second season in a row, and they ultimately finished in 1st place in the online season with a record of 10-4.

Post Boston Major they lost offlaner de Maurice 'KheZu' Gutmann to Team Secret, but brought in Era's old Fnatic team-mate fi Kalle Juhanpoika 'Trixi' Saarinen to fill in for him, the Finnish player who also made a name for himself on 4ASC in 2015. Escape recently placed 2nd in the Royal Arena but suffered a 3-0 Grand Finals beating by another DreamLeague participant Imperial in the process.




What to expect
The DreamLeague Season 6 LAN Finals will span over three days as the four teams compete in a double elimination playoffs. For these teams this could be a last outing with their current roster or a potential proving ground, in particular for Escape who competing with a stand-in.

On paper Imperial are the strongest competitor attending with the most match time this season and the best record and win average. The team under the most pressure this LAN is most likely Alliance who have had a quiet season and head into the LAN Finals with a poor record. However, they do have the home advantage. Who's your favourite?

Who will be DreamLeague Season 6's champion?




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