Dreamhack Results Prove That These ZeRos Are No Punks

Gamers of the three-day-long 2017 DreamHack Competiton in Austin, Texas are either resting their wrist or healing blisters after an eventful weekend. Games featured in this year’s competition include CS:GO, Street Fighter V, Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, For Honor, and Heroes of the Storm.

The event featured players from across the boards in competitive gaming such as Jason “MewTwoKing” Zimmerman (Smash Bros player), and Alex Myers (SFV player).  However, the results of the tournament include two of esports top contenders, Victor “Punk” Woodley and Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios. The two entered to prove that they are the best in their leagues and the prizes of course. ZeRo fought his way back from the lower-bracket to win the Smash Wii U finals. 

Their victories during DreamHack adds to Punk’s current SFV finals placement, and ZeRo’s CEO Dreamland championship. But their wins were not easy. The most nerve wrecking moment is when Punk and Haitani Tatsuya both missed their critical art, a powerful move that inflicts twice the damage, which kept spectators on the edge of their seats. 

This is Punk’s second premier event win in a row. However, the two didn’t even take to their social media to share their excitement on what were the two incredible plays by any esports player. But it’s okay, according to ZeRo’s last tweet, DreamHack was the last event listed where he was going to make an appearance. Punk is currently in the finals for SFV which is aired on TBS.

With the excitement from these two players, we can’t forget the honorable mention for the winners of the other featured games during DreamHack:

Counter Strike: GO (CS:GO)

Gambit Gaming

Guilty Gear:

Jason “Kid Viper” Srouji

For Honor:

Ricky “Skys” Colon


David “Shoop” Steinberg

Smash Bros Melee

Juan “HungryBox” Debiedma: Won by running out the clock.

Starcraft II:

Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft

Heroes of the Storm: 

BTOF Gaming

What I like about watching these tournaments is that it brings out the beginner in everyone no matter your rank. You can feel the tension even though these guys and gals played each other before, they’re still trying to figure out their opponent’s strategy. With ZeRo dropping into the loser’s bracket and Punk missing opportunities to finish the matches early, it reminds them and others that there is someone waiting to take your spot.

Now that DreamHack is over, Punk can turn his attention back to the SFV invitational. As far as for ZeRo, there is no word on where he will turn up next as his twitter hasn’t been updated since March. In the meantime, he is basking in the joy of being a champion.


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