Win Their Third ESL One Major Win Their Third ESL One Major

This weekend Birmingham hosted the finals of a Dota 2 major tournament ESL One Birmingham 2018 with $1,000,000 and 1500 qualification points at stake. In the grand finals defeated OpTic Gaming 3-0.

ESL One Birmingham was held on May 23-27 at Arena Birmingham. Twelve teams took part in the event: six of them received direct invites (, Newbee, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Vici Gaming and Mineski), while the other six teams made it through the regional qualifiers: OG, LGD.Forever Young, Fnatic, OpTic Gaming, paiN Gaming and Team Spirit. They were split into three GSL groups, the teams placed last were eliminated, the teams placed second advanced to the quarterfinals, while the teams placed first played in tie-breaks to decide the two teams that advanced to the semifinals. The results of the group stage look as follows:

Group Stage:

Group A Group B
1. 2-0 3-0 1. OG 2-0 3-0
2. Fnatic 2-1 3-3 2. paiN Gaming 2-1 3-3
3. Team Spirit 1-2 3-3 3. Team Liquid 1-2 3-3
4. Evil Geniuses 0-2 0-3 4. Vici Gaming 0-2 0-3
Group C
1. OpTic Gaming 2-0 3-1
2. Mineski 2-1 4-2
3. LGD.Forever Young 1-2 2-4
4. Newbee 0-2 1-3
First Place Decider
1. 2-0
2. OpTic Gaming 1-1
3. OG 0-2

In the playoffs stage the teams competed in a single-elimination bracket with best-of-three regular matches and best-of-five finals. Both and OpTic Gaming started from the semifinals, where defeated paiN Gaming and Fnatic respectively. In the grand finals outplayed OpTic Gaming 3-0 and received $500,000 in prize money and 750 DPC Points. The mider of the team, Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko, became an MVP of the tournament and received a Mercedes car from the event’s sponsors. Previously VP also emerged victorious at ESL One Katowice 2018 and ESL One Hamburg 2017.

Playoffs Bracket:

Tournament Results:

Place $ USD DPC Points Team
1st $500,000 750
2nd $200,000 450 OpTic Gaming
3rd $100,000 225 paiN Gaming
4th $60,000 75 Fnatic
5th-6th $34,000 - Mineski, OG
7th-9th $16,000 - Team Spirit, Team Liquid, LGD.FY
10th-12th $8,000 - Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming, Newbee
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