Team Trick tops Group Nigma at ESL One Birmingham EU/CIS
Team Nigma’s very first slip-up all week ended up being a costly one. Entering the day unbeaten at the ESL One Birmingham Online’s Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States tournament, Nigma lost to Team Secret 2-0 on Sunday, the last day of group play. The outcome put Nigma and Secret into a first-place tie atop Group A at 6-1, and since of the head-to-head tiebreaker, Secret got the top seed in the group.
Nigma still advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, however will deal with Group B winner VP.Prodigy in the opening round. V.P. Prodigy (6-1) started the day in top place and a game ahead of Alliance, and clinched the leading spot when they beat Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1. Alliance likewise won, beating OG 2-1 to clinch second place and book a spot in the upper bracket versus Secret. The loss to V.P. Prodigy cost NiP an area in the playoffs, as NiP, FlyToMoon, HellRaisers and Cyber Tradition all finished Group B tied at 4-3. Through a series of tiebreakers, HellRaisers and FTM satisfy to open lower-bracket play Tuesday, FTM plays Group A third-place finisher Vikin.gg and HellRaisers handle Group Liquid.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 significant, had been arranged for this week in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was separated into 4 online local competitions: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia. The $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia occasion concluded Sunday with Fnatic winning the champion. The other three divisions– Europe/CIS (16 groups, $200,000), the Americas (6 teams, $40,000) and China (8 teams, $55,000)– will conclude June 7.
The Europe/CIS occasion includes 2 eight-team groups for round-robin play in best-of-three matches. The top 2 groups in each group advanced to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the 3rd- and fourth-place groups earned areas in the lower bracket. The bottom 4 groups in each group saw their tournament end Sunday. All playoff matches will be best-of-three till the best-of-five final.
On Sunday, Secret beat Nigma in 23 and 36 minutes for a reasonably simple sweep. Vikin.gg beat Family Team 2-1, losing in 27 minutes prior to winning in 28 and 32 minutes. Team Liquid booked Group A’s final playoff spot with a 2-1 win over Natus Vincere, sandwiching 34- and 35-minute wins around a 61-minute win by Natus. V.P. Prodigy lost the first map to NiP in 31 minutes, however won the next two maps in 47 and 34 minutes. Alliance needed just 78 overall minutes to sweep OG. HellRaisers swept Winstrike Group in 46 minutes and FTM swept Cyber Tradition in 69 minutes to enter into the tie that ultimately got them into the playoffs. In Sunday’s lone other match, Team Distinct swept Gambit Esports in 81 minutes.
Tuesday’s lower-bracket opening-round matches– Vikin.gg vs. FlyToMoon
— HellRaisers vs. Team Liquid Wednesday’s upper-bracket opening-round matches
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