The UK’s largest esports occasion to this point has wrapped, with Russian squad Virtus.Pro reigning victorious in a flawless run of matches at The Arena in Birmingham.
VP trounced runners-up Optic Gaming, with a 3-Zero win within the grand closing. The staff is not going to solely take dwelling a fairly frankly absurdly massive trophy, but additionally a cool $500okay – half of the event’s $1m prize pool. North American squad Optic Gaming took the second-place prize of $200,000.
“It’s always amazing to win a tournament,” Virtus.Pro participant Pavel ‘9pasha’ Khvastunov tells us. “This our third win at ESL, and now we’re going to China to play more Dota!”
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Prior to the semi-final, runners-up paiN Gaming and Fnatic confronted off for the third place prize of $100,000. In a shock end result, Fnatic – who had been favourites to win – ended up being defeated by paiN Gaming, a lot to the chagrin of Fnatic’s sizable UK fanbase.
“We could have done better with the drafts,” rising Fnatic participant DJ says. “Our main issue right now, is our communication in-game. PaiN Gaming’s strongest player is their ‘carry’, and they were playing around him as much as they could.”
Aside from being the first Dota 2 major held in the UK, ESL One Birmingham was additionally the primary competitors to characteristic a brand new, leaner match schedule that noticed fewer rounds performed within the opening matches. Many followers and gamers have been essential of the change, because of the truth the groups don’t get as a lot time to showcase their completely different abilities.
“I don’t like [the change],” 9pasha says. “More games is always better. It gives us more chance to understand which teams are better in the group stage.”
After three days of Dota 2, and greater than 9,000 followers in attendance, it’s truthful to say this primary UK main was successful. Now, all eyes shall be on The International’s qualifying rounds.