VP.Prodigy seal playoff area in ESL One Birmingham EU/CIS
VP.Prodigy stayed unbeaten and clinched a playoff berth by sweeping Winstrike Group 2-0 on Friday in Group B action in the ESL One Birmingham Online’s Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States department.
VP.Prodigy enhanced to 5-0 while Winstrike Team dropped to 0-5.
In other Group B matches Friday, Ninjas in Pyjamas beat HellRaisers 2-0, Cyber Tradition edged OG 2-1, and Alliance originated from behind to beat FlyToMoon 2-1.
In Group A, Group Nigma moved to 5-0 with a 2-1 win over Vikin.gg. Natus Vincere rallied past Gambit Esports 2-1, Team Liquid downed Group Special 2-0, and Team Trick travelled previous Household Group 2-0.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 significant, had actually been set up for this week in Birmingham, England, prior to strategies were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition 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 teams, $200,000), the Americas (six teams, $40,000) and China (eight groups, $55,000)– will conclude June 7.
The Europe/CIS occasion includes two eight-team groups for round-robin play in best-of-three matches. The leading 2 groups in each group advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the 3rd- and fourth-place groups earn areas in the lower bracket. The bottom four teams in each group are removed.
The playoffs are set to start Tuesday. All playoff matches will be best-of-three until the best-of-five last.
On Friday, VP.Prodigy needed less than an hour to complete its two-game thrashing of Winstrike while NiP downed HellRaisers in a total of just 65 minutes.
Cyber Legacy jumped in front with a 45-minute win prior to OG pulled even with a 32-minute victory. Cyber Tradition claimed the definitive 3rd game in 38 minutes.
FlyToMoon opened with a 37-minute accomplishment, however Alliance rallied for 39- and 32-minute success.
Nigma sandwiched 29- and 30-minute wins over Vikin.gg’s 50-minute success. Gambit worked 58 minutes to get an edge on Natus Vincere, but Na’Vi returned to declared the next 2 video games in a total of 55 minutes.
Liquid put away Distinct with 45- and 27-minute decisions while Secret disposed of Household Group in a combined 46 minutes.
Seven matches are arranged for Saturday:
— Group Secret vs. Natus Vincere
— Team Liquid vs. Team Nigma
— Vikin.gg vs. Team Unique
— Gambit Esports vs. Family Team
— OG vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas
— VP.Prodigy vs. Alliance
— FlyToMoon vs. Winstrike Team
ESL One Birmingham 2020 – Online: Europe and CIS standings (map W-L in parentheses).
1. Group Nigma, 5-0 (10-3).
2. Team Secret, 4-1 (8-2).
T3. Vikin.gg, 3-2 (7-4).
T3. Group Liquid, 3-2 (6-4).
T3. Natus Vincere, 3-2 (6-6).
T6. Family Team (previously Aggressive Mode), 1-4 (4-8).
T6. Team Distinct, 1-4 (2-8).
8. Gambit Esports, 0-5 (2-10).
1. VP.Prodigy, 5-0 (10-2).
2. Cyber Tradition, 4-2 (10-8).
T3. Ninjas in Pyjamas, 3-2 (8-5).
T3. Alliance, 3-2 (8-5).
5. HellRaisers, 3-3 (6-8).
6. FlyToMoon, 2-3 (6-8).
7. OG, 1-4 (5-9).
8. Winstrike Group, 0-5 (2-10).