Team Secret are still unstoppable
The winners of Dota 2 ESL One Birmingham Online
We saw some intense Dota 2 matches as ESL One Birmingham Online came to an end yesterday with the three remaining regions – China, North America and Europe.
Originally planned as a LAN event, ESL One Birmingham switched to an online format as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The participating teams were split into regions with SEA coming to an end a week earlier than the rest. Last night the remaining three regions (NA/SA,EU/CIS and China) elected a winner.
North and South America – Quincy Crew
Not a whole lot has changed between the two regions as the North is still performing much better than their counterparts. The results in ESL One Birmingham are further proof of that. The once regional favorites Evil Geniuses have been out of shape lately. In the current event, they played with two substitutes as Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev and Abed “Abed” Yusop were replaced by Eric "Ryoya" Dong and Kanishka "BuLba" Sosale. Quincy Crew were the stars of the region in this case as they managed to beat EG in the groups and CR4ZY in the playoffs. They met the latter in the grand finals and took them down with a solid 3-0. Quinn and his crew grabbed $15,000 in prize money along with being the best in the regions. What can we say except that the balance of power in North America has changed. Here are also the final standings:
- Quincy Crew
- Evil Geniuses
- business associates
- Thunder Predator
China – PSG.LGD
PSG.LGD had an excellent run in China. The team dominated the group stage and defeated every single one of their rivals. The same could be said for CDEC gaming who did the same in the other group. In round one of the playoffs LGD knocked down Invictus Gaming to the losers bracket and then gave RNG the same treatment. In the grand finals PSG.LGD once again met with Invictus Gaming and finished the series with a 3-1 victory and grabbing $20,000 for their efforts.
- Invictus Gaming
- Royal Never Give Up
- CDEC Gaming
- Team Aster
- Sparking Arrow Gaming
Europe/CIS – Team Secret
Last but certainly not least come what’s arguably the most contested Dota 2 regions in recent months. Not much has changed here as one team has remained dominant for the last couple of tournaments we’ve seen them in. You’ve probably already guessed that we’re talking about Team Secret. The competition here was vicious with a total of 16 teams partaking. The leaders in group A were Team Secret and Nigma while group B was helmed by VP.Prodigy and Alliance. Secret had their ups and downs during the event as once the playoffs started they were quick to lose to Alliance. This knocked Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his teammates to the lower bracket where they had to make their way up – and they did. Going through FlyToMoon, Team Nigma and Prodigy the team earned their spot in the grand final where they once again faced Alliance. This time the series went in a different manner as Secret stomped all opposition after three quick games ending the event in style with a 3-0. The champions took home $60,000 and their first title for the month.
Here are also the rankings for the region:
- Team Secret
- Team Nigma
- Team Liquid
- Natus Vincere
- Cyber Legacy
- Team Unique
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Family Team
- Gambit Esports
- Winstrike Team
As you can see from the results, there was another surprise. The two-time TI champions OG managed to win only a single series against Winstrike Team and were quick to leave the stage after the groups. Will the star team find the synergy they’re currently missing?
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