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. We are 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.
Because of their two consecutive losses on the first day, TI9’s SA sensation is now at the bottom of the group, but they still have an opportunity to make a comeback through the next two days.
Group A statistics after day 1:
Vici Gaming: 4-0
Fighting PandaS: 2-2
Day one at ESL One Hamburg’s group stage continues with Group B teams entering the battle in the second part of the day so stay tuned!