CR4ZY won for the 2nd consecutive day to get a share of the lead in the ESL One Birmingham Online’s The United States and Canada and South America region.

CR4ZY downed beastcoast 2-1 to transfer to 2-0, level with Quincy Crew, who were idle Wednesday. Likewise, service associates evened their record at 1-1 with a 2-0 sweep of winless Thunder Predator.

CR4ZY took the first map over beastcoast in 35 minutes but dropped the 2nd in 47 minutes. CR4ZY then required almost 50 minutes to win the definitive 3rd map. It was beastcoast’s first match of the competition.

business partners made quick work of Thunder Predator, winning in 30 and 24 minutes. Thunder Predator dropped to 0-2.

The bracket features 4 groups from The United States and Canada (organisation partners, CR4ZY, Evil Geniuses and Quincy Team) plus two from South America (beastcoast and Thunder Predator) contending for a $40,000 prize pool.

ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, had been arranged for Might 26-31 in Birmingham, England, prior to strategies were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was separated into four online local competitors: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.

The $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia event runs through Sunday. The other 3 departments– the Americas, Europe/CIS (16 teams, $200,000) and China (8 groups, $55,000)– will conclude June 7.

The Americas event has the six groups playing a single round robin of best-of-three matches. The top 2 teams will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the third- and fourth-place groups will earn areas in the lower bracket. The bottom 2 teams will be removed.

The playoffs are set to start June 4. All playoff matches will be best-of-three until the best-of-five last.

2 matches are on the docket for Thursday. CR4ZY will play for a third straight day, this time against Evil Geniuses. beastcoast will play business associates in the other match.

ESL One Birmingham Online – North America and South America (map W-L in parentheses).