VP.Prodigy seal playoff spot in ESL One Birmingham EU/CIS
VP.Prodigy remained undefeated 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 Group 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 transferred to 5-0 with a 2-1 win over Vikin.gg. Natus Vincere rallied previous Gambit Esports 2-1, Group Liquid downed Group Distinct 2-0, and Group Secret cruised previous Household Team 2-0.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 significant, had been scheduled for today in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition 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 event began recently and goes through Sunday. The other 3 divisions– Europe/CIS (16 teams, $200,000), the Americas (6 groups, $40,000) and China (eight groups, $55,000)– will conclude June 7.
The Europe/CIS event features two eight-team groups for round-robin play in best-of-three matches. The leading two teams in each group advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the 3rd- and fourth-place teams earn spots in the lower bracket. The bottom 4 teams in each group are gotten rid of. The playoffs are set to start Tuesday. All playoff matches will be best-of-three up until the best-of-five final.
On Friday, VP.Prodigy required less than an hour to complete its two-game rout 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 triumph. Cyber Tradition claimed the decisive 3rd video game in 38 minutes.
FlyToMoon opened with a 37-minute victory, however Alliance rallied for 39- and 32-minute victories. Nigma sandwiched 29- and 30-minute wins over Vikin.gg’s 50-minute victory. Gambit worked 58 minutes to acquire an edge on Natus Vincere, however Na’Vi returned to claimed the next 2 games in an overall of 55 minutes.
Liquid put away Special with 45- and 27-minute decisions while Secret disposed of Family Team in a combined 46 minutes. Seven matches are scheduled for Saturday:
— Group Trick vs. Natus Vincere– Team Liquid vs. Group Nigma
— Vikin.gg vs. Team Special– Gambit Esports vs. Family Team
T6. Household Group (previously Aggressive Mode), 1-4 (4-8) T6. Group Special, 1-4 (2-8).