Alliance wiped out its game, and Team Liquid also progressed to the lower bracket first-round tie on Sunday in playoff action at Germany’s ESL One event.
Alliance, who was eliminated in an upper bracket first-round match on Saturday, turned his tricks on OG. Playing green, Alliance easily won the first map in 32 minutes, and then drew the second map in 40 minutes.
Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov leads the Alliance with 40 kills and 20 assists with only five deaths on two maps. Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen finished with 18 kills and 15 assists, with 11 deaths, for OG.
Playing red, Team Liquid dropped its first map to Team Nigma in 31 minutes, before bouncing back to win in 44 (red) and 34 (green) minutes to claim the match.
The road leaders for Liquid are Michael “miCKe” Vu (35 kills, 37 assists, 6 deaths) and Max “qojqva” Brocker (33 kills, 37 assists, 10 deaths). Amer “Miracle” Al-Barkawi led Team Nigma with 26 kills, 28 assists vs 16 deaths.
The loss saw off OG and Tim Nigma, who crashed out in seventh and eighth places, taking home $ 12,000 each.
Alliance and Liquid will play again on Thursday, against the losers of Wednesday’s match pairing in the top bracket second half.
Team Secret will fight mudgolem in one match, and Natus Vincere against Vikin.gg.
The $ 400,000 Dota 2 event starts with 16 teams from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent Countries. The tournament runs until November 1, with winners getting $ 150,000.
Both teams compete in the Swiss group stage with the best five rounds of three matches. The team needs three wins to secure a place in the eight-team playoff, while three defeats equal elimination. The team never plays the same opponent twice.
The preliminary round follows a best-of-three, double-elimination format. Grand final is the best meeting of the five meetings.
Germany ESL One final standings and prize money:
First – TBD – $ 150,000
2nd – TBD – $ 80,000
Third – TBD – $ 45,000
4 – TBD – $ 25,000
5-6 – TBD – $ 15,500
7-8 – Tim Nigma, OG, – $ 12,000
9-11 – Yellow Submarine, Ninyas in Pajamas, 5men – $ 7,500
12-14 – Winstrike Team, HellRaisers, Cyber Legacy – $ 5,500
15-16 – extreme, Tempo Esports – $ 3,500
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