Team Secret Are the Winners of ESL One Birmingham 2019
Team Secret have emerged victorious at ESL One Birmingham 2019 after defeating Evil Geniuses (3:2) in the grand finals of the $300,000 event. The team’s captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov has been awarded the MVP medal and a €50,000 certificate that can be used to purchase a Mercedes-Benz.
Team Secret placed 3rd in Group B, thus starting their way through playoffs stage in the lower bracket. There they defeated OG (2:0), TNC Predator (2:1), Gambit Esports (2:0), and PSG.LGD (2:1). Their opponents – Evil Geniuses – qualified to upper bracket from Group B first place. In the playoffs the North American team outplayed TNC Predator (2:1) and PSG.LGD (2:0). The final series concluded with the 3:2 score in favor of Team Secret.
ESL One Birmingham 2019 was held on May 28th – June 2nd in Birmingham, UK. The event is not part of Dota Pro Circuit.
Group Stage Results:
|Group A||Group B|
|1.||Vici Gaming||8-2||1.||Evil Geniuses||8-2|
|3.||Team Liquid||5-5||3.||Team Secret||6-4|
|5.||Ninjas in Pyjamas||4-6||5.||Keen Gaming||3-7|
|5th-6th||$12,000||Vici Gaming, TNC Predator|
|7th-8th||$7,500||Team Liquid, OG|
|9th-10th||$5,000||Ninjas in Pyjamas, Keen Gaming|
|11th-12th||$3,000||Forward Gaming, Alliance|
Team Secret are current leaders of the DPC rankings. This season they emerged victorious at six LAN-events, including two majors – The Chongqing Major and MDL Disneyland Paris Major.