Dota 2 ESL One Birmingham Online - Review

We saw some intense Dota 2 matches as ESL One Birmingham Online came to an end last weekend with the three remaining regions – China, North America and Europe

rand 1919
Freelance Esports Writer
10th Jun, 2020·☕️ 5 min read

We saw some intense Dota 2 matches as ESL One Birmingham Online came to an end last weekend with the three remaining regions – China, North America and Europe. Originally planned as a LAN event, ESL One Birmingham switched to an online format as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The participating teams were split into regions with SEA coming to an end a week earlier than the rest. Last weekend the remaining three regions (NA/SA,EU/CIS and China) elected a winner. Let’s make a short recap of all 4 regions.

Southeast Asia

Fnatic once again proved why they’re now the top team in the Southeast Asia region. That’s not all as this tournament appeared to be all about Fnatic and BOOM Esports. At the end of the Group Stage, it was BOOM on top followed by Fnatic. This meant that the two teams faced each other in the first round of the Playoffs, with Fnatic getting a 2-0 win against BOOM. BOOM dropped to the Losers’ Round, but managed to win 2-0 versus Geek Fam. BOOM and Fnatic faced off again in the Grand Finals. Fnatic took Game One with BOOM getting the victory in Game Two. After that it was all Fnatic, who went on to claim the top prize.

fantic win

SEA final standings:

  1. Fnatic - $15.000
  2. BOOM Esports - $10.000
  3. Geek Fam - $6.000
  4. Team Adroit - $4.000
  5. TNC Predator - $3.000
  6. Reality Rift - $2.000

North and South America

Not a whole lot has changed between the two regions as the North is still performing much better than their southern counterparts. The results at ESL One Birmingham are further proof of that. The once regional favorites Evil Geniuses have been out of shape lately. In the current event, they played with two substitutes as Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev and Abed “Abed” Yusop were replaced by Eric “Ryoya” Dong and Kanishka “BuLba” Sosale. Quincy Crew were the stars of the region this time around as they managed to beat EG in the groups and CR4ZY in the playoffs. They met the latter in the grand finals and took them down with a solid 3-0. Quinn and his crew grabbed $15,000 in prize money along with bragging rights for being the best team in the regions. What can we say except that the balance of power in North America has changed.

NA/SA final standings:

  1. Quincy Crew - $15.000
  2. CR4ZY - $10.000
  3. Evil Geniuses - $6.000
  4. business associates - $4.000
  5. beastcoast - $3.000
  6. Thunder Predator - $2.000


PSG.LGD had an excellent run in China. The team dominated the group stage and defeated every single one of their rivals. The same could be said for CDEC gaming who did the same in the other group. In round one of the playoffs LGD knocked down Invictus Gaming to the losers bracket and then gave RNG the same treatment. In the grand finals PSG.LGD once again met with Invictus Gaming and finished the series with a 3-1 victory and grabbing $20,000 for their efforts.

China final standings:

  1. PSG.LGD - $20.000
  2. Invictus Gaming - $12.000
  3. Royal Never Give Up - $8.000
  4. CDEC Gaming - $5.000
  5. Team Aster - $3.000
  6. EHOME - $3.000
  7. Longinus - $2.000
  8. Sparking Arrow Gaming - $2.000


Last but certainly not least comes arguably the most contested Dota 2 regions in recent months. Not much has changed here as one team has remained dominant for the last couple of tournaments we’ve seen them in. You’ve probably already guessed that we’re talking about Team Secret. The competition here was vicious with a total of 16 teams partaking. The leaders in group A were Team Secret and Nigma while group B was helmed by VP.Prodigy and Alliance. Secret had their ups and downs during the event as once the playoffs started they were quick to lose to Alliance. This knocked Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his teammates to the lower bracket where they had to make their way up – and they did. Going through FlyToMoon, Team Nigma and Prodigy the team earned their spot in the grand final where they once again faced Alliance. This time the series went in a different manner as Secret stomped all opposition after three quick games ending the event in style with a 3-0. The champions took home $60,000 and their first title for the month.

liquid win

EU/CIS final standings:

  1. Team Secret - $60.000
  2. Alliance - $38.000
  3. VP.Prodgy - $25.000
  4. Team Nigma - $14.000
  5. FlyToMoon - $10.000
  6. Team Liquid - $10.000
  7. - $7.500
  8. HellRaisers - $7.500
  9. Natus Vincere - $5.000
  10. Cyber Legacy - $5.000
  11. Team Unique - $4.000
  12. Ninjas in Pyjamas - $4.000
  13. Family Team - $3.000
  14. OG - $3.000
  15. Gambit Esports - $2.000
  16. Winstrike - $2.000


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