Team Secret Are the Champions of ESL One Hamburg 2018
ESL One Hamburg 2018, a Dota 2 championship with $300,000 on the line, has concluded. In the grand finals of the event Team Secret defeated Vici Gaming with the score of 3-2, receiving $125,000 in prize money.
The event was held on October 23rd – 28th, with the final stage of the playoffs being played at Barclaycard Arena. The list of participants consisted on twelve teams, eight of them accepted direct invited from the organizers, while the other four teams made it through the regional qualifiers in Europe, North America, China and Southeast Asia. The event was not part of the official Dota Pro Circuit.
During the group stage, which was played from October 23-25, the teams competed in two groups with round-robin format and best-of-two series. Based on the results of the group stage, bottom two teams from each group were eliminated, top two teams made it to the upper bracket, while the others advanced to the lower bracket. All regular matches of the playoffs stage were best-of-three, the grand finals was played in a best-of-five series.
Team Secret and Vici Gaming shared the first place in Group A, as both teams finished with the score of 8-2. While Vici Gaming made it to the finals through the upper bracket, where they defeated Team Aster (2:1) and Virtus.pro (2:1), Team Secret lost their very first playoffs match versus Virtus.pro (1:2), dropping to the lower bracket. There Secter managed to win three series in a row with the 2-0 score – the European squad defeated Evil Geniuses, paiN Gaming and Virtus.pro. In the grand finals Team Secret defeated their opponents with the 3-2 score. The team’s mid player Yeik "MidOne" Nai Zheng received the MVP status of the event.
|Group A||Group B|
|1.||Team Secret||8-2||1.||Team Aster||9-1|
|3.||Evil Geniuses||5-5||3.||Forward Gaming||5-5|
|4.||paiN Gaming||4-6||4.||compLexity Gaming||4-6|
|5.||Alliance||3-7||5.||Ninjas in Pyjamas||3-7|
|5th-6th||$12,000||Evil Geniuses, Team Aster|
||$7,500||compLexity Gaming, Forward Gaming|
|9th-10th||$5,000||Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|11th-12th||$3,000||Mineski, EVOS Esports|