It’s that time again, as ESL One Birmingham 2019 is here. After the 2018 Major was the fastest selling Dota 2 tournament ever, it was no real surprise to see the MOBA return to the UK. Starting on May 28th and running through until June 2nd, 12 teams will face off to take home its share of the $300,000 (£235,000) prize pool.
Group A is made up of Vici Gaming, Team Liquid, NiP, OG, Forward Gaming and TNC Predator. Group B is made up of Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, Keen Gaming, Alliance and Gambit Esports.
Group stage games will be played in a Bo2 round robin, with the top two sides moving onto the Upper Bracket, third and fourth place drop to the Lower Bracket, and the bottom two sides go home. Playoffs will see games move to a Bo3, Double Elimination, with the Grand Final being a Bo5.
Esl One Birmingham already goes on for 3 days and it had a lot of extremely insane play:
As the current stance looks like in the upper bracket:
- Stream: ESL_Dota2
- Location: Birmingham, UK
- Date: 28/5 – 2/6
- Sponsors: Intel, Mercedes-Benz, Vodafone, DHL
- Organiser: ESL – Prize pool: $300,000 (£235,000)
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Source: GSI ESports Insider