October 22, 2019
With all 12 teams playing their first group stage matches, ESL One Hamburg kicked off today. The tournament is not part of the Dota Pro Circuit, but it boasts a prize pool of $300,000 and marks its season debut for some of the players.
Vici Gaming is one of the Chinese teams who faced some transition in the post TI9 shuffle, and although they wanted to take ESL One Hamburg as the first LAN where they could have checked their new line-up before going to the Major, they couldn’t get it to the event in full form. Zhou “Yang” Haiyang had to stay home with Lee “X1aOyU” Qian Yu from VG to watch his team perform in Hamburg. Potential in which to sit. Nonetheless, after just the first day of games, the only Chinese team in the tournament looks like a real contender at the championship.
ESL One Hamburg has the twelve teams split into two groups of six, playing two-game series in a Round Robin format, where the two bottom teams will be eliminated from the tournament before they even reach the Barclaycard Arena stage. Today, VG cut through Virtus.pro and the beastcoast line-up in South America 2-0. Vici is the only team to finish with a flawless 4-0 score on the first day of group stage matches, while just behind them is Alliance who finished 3-1, after a clean sweep through the same beastcoast and a draw set with Vikin gg.
The TNC’s great game and their two victories over Liquid and NIP (both of which ended with a 2-0 score), as well as the matches between Gambit, Liquid, Wind and Rain and Quincy Crew, all of which ended in a draw, are worth mentioning in Group B. The NIP vs. Quincy Crew series deserves special attention, as the team of Sumail received a technical loss. This was due to health problems with one of the players of the American team.
ESL One Hamburg 2019 will be held from 22 to 27 October in Germany. 12 teams are competing for a prize fund of $300 thousand. The tournament is not included in the season Dota Pro Circuit 2019/2020.