Group Nigma remained unbeaten by rallying for a 2-1 win over Team Liquid on Saturday in Group A action in the ESL One Birmingham Online’s Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States division.

Nigma (6-0) responded to a 55-minute loss on the very first map to post wins in 23 and 72 minutes over Liquid (3-3). The victory kept Nigma ahead of Team Trick (5-1), who protected a 2-0 success over Natus Vincere (3-3) in simply 47 minutes amount to. Both Nigma and Secret have clinched upper-bracket playoff spots.

In other Group A matches Saturday, Group Special (2-4) recorded a 2-1 win over (3-3), and Household Team (2-4)– previously known as Aggressive Mode– posted a sweep of Gambit Esports (0-6).

In Group B, VP.Prodigy (5-1) sustained their very first loss with a 2-0 setback to Alliance (4-2). Also on Saturday, Ninjas in Pyjamas (4-2) swept OG (1-5), and FlyToMoon (3-3) did the exact same to Winstrike Group (0-6).

ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, had actually been set up for today in Birmingham, England, prior to plans were altered due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was separated into 4 online regional competitors: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.

The $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia occasion began last week and runs through Sunday. The other 3 divisions– Europe/CIS (16 groups, $200,000), the Americas (six groups, $40,000) and China (eight teams, $55,000)– will conclude June 7.

The Europe/CIS event includes 2 eight-team groups for round-robin play in best-of-three matches. The leading two groups in each group advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the 3rd- and fourth-place teams earn areas in the lower bracket. The bottom 4 teams in each group are gotten rid of.

The playoffs are set to begin Tuesday. All playoff matches will be best-of-three until the best-of-five last.

On Saturday, Secret posted wins in 28 and 19 minutes, respectively over Na’Vi, while Distinct lasted longer than with wins in 26 and 63 minutes sandwiched around a default.

Alliance finished formerly unbeaten VP.Prodigy, signing up wins in 35 and 27 minutes, respectively.

Family Group signed up victories in 37 and 29 minutes over Gambit, while NiP took care of OG with wins in 28 and thirty minutes.

FlyToMoon completed the day with triumphes over Winstrike in 34 and 30 minutes.

Gambit, OG and Winstrike have been gotten rid of from playoff contention, however all others live with one match to play.

All 16 groups are will be in action Sunday, with matches scheduled:

ESL One Birmingham 2020 – Online: Europe and CIS standings (map W-L in parentheses).