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ESL One Birmingham has become a massively important part of the Dota 2 calendar, neatly fitting in between DPC majors to facilitate some high-caliber competition before the end of the season. It’s strange to think that 2020’s is just the third edition of the event, having held its inaugural edition in 2018.
In this short history, ESL One Birmingham has already risen to the top tier of none-DPC events. Besides having a considerable prize-pool, top teams in attendance throughout it’s brief existence, and being the only top-level Dota 2 event held in the UK, there’s something special about this ESL event compared to the others.
Perhaps it’s the fans. The central location of Birmingham seems to draw fans from all around the UK and even further afield. On top of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish fans pouring into the second city for the event, both editions have also been inundated with spectators from Russia, France, Germany, and dozen other CIS and European nations. This, combined with it’s late May timing (meaning plenty of students and young people are around to enjoy it), give ESL One Birmingham a party atmosphere that’s difficult to match anywhere else.
I hope so! ESL One Birmingham 2018 and the Manila Major remain the two best crowds I’ve seen
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) October 26, 2019
Besides this, Birmingham, in it’s short tenure, has been the stage for many incredible Dota moments. Maybe it’s the harder water round these parts, or the local’s insane claims to have “more canals than Venice,”. However, crazy things always seem to happen when ESL heads to the Midlands. Here’s just a few of them to jog your memory
The start of TNC’s rise to the top
In early 2019 it’s safe to say that few would have considered SE Asia a Dota 2 powerhouse. The region had put together some very memorable teams over the years. Some of the best including the 2018 Mineski team and the 2016 Fnatic squad. But for the most part, SEA has seen much of its glory taken. China, who farmed the region for talent, often signing away it’s biggest stars before they could play on home soil.
However, a long time SEA stalwart, TNC Predator, suddenly started making waves in 2019. After a few impressive showings at the end of the 2018/2019 DPC season and a respectable finish at The International 2019, TNC exploded come the 2019/2020 season as a dominant force. This team went on an incredible run between September and December, winning two Major events back to back, defeating several fan favorites along the way. With a win at MDL Chengdu, the squad secured the first place in the DPC rankings, an honor they still held at the time of writing.
TNC Predator are the Grand Champions of the MDL Chengdu Major. Congratulations. They now stand first on the road to The International 2020. That concludes the first leg of the Dota Pro Circuit 2019-20 season. Onward to the next Major in Leipzig, Germany. #MDLChengdu #DPC #Dota2 pic.twitter.com/w24HgQnH9z
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) November 24, 2019
But this rise began far before that incredible four-month run, at ESL Birmingham 2019. There, the first flecks of excellence appeared on this team. After a dominating run through the group stages that saw them defeat the likes of OG, Team Liquid, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, while even taking games off Vici Gaming, the squad landed in the upper bracket.
TNC’s incredible carries, Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte, first made their splash here. After taking wins off big European names, the squad took games off of both the event’s finalists, EG and Team Secret, but unfortunately fell in the Lower Brackets to eventual winners Secret. However, the team had started something. One that would have them crowned de facto winners of the 2019/2020 DPC season – if DPC points alone were counted.
Virtus.pro’s unstoppable run
At the inaugural ESL One Birmingham event, Virtus.pro was coming off of a decent, but not top performances in the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 and EPICENTER XL event. The squad had stuck with the majority of its core roster from 2017, adding Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan in February. Cementing their lineup for over a year and Birmingham would be one of their performance peaks.
Unblighted by some of the obstacles which had hindered them in previous tournaments, such as super-strong Chinese sides knocking them out or overly long travel times, the CIS squad pulled together a genuinely legendary tournament run. Going undefeated throughout groups, a first-place tiebreaker, and the entirety of the playoffs, Virtus.pro became the first champions of this UK event.
What’s more, they did it with style. The team memorably came out for several of their matches with flat caps on – a homage to Peaky Blinders, a popular TV Show at the time set in Birmingham at the turn of the century.
Mistakes that made them
But the performances were the most memorable moments of this incredible run. The team crushed paiN gaming in the semi-finals and rolled over OpTic Gaming in the Grand Finals. Throughout, Virtus.pro proved its versatility. In the lone game, they’d let get away from them in the Finals, and it was because they’d mistakenly allowed OpTic to farm on Leshrac, a pick the team would repeatedly go back to.
But learning from their mistakes, in the final match Virtus.pro didn’t make the same mistake. They camped the Leshrac, farmed their Slark to massive proportions, and had called time on the game before 20 minutes had even passed. It was one of the best performances this lineup ever had, and it happened at ESL One Birmingham.
Matumbaman’s Liquid Finale
The TI7 Champion Team Liquid was a special roster. One that dominated the competition, and made Newbee look humble in their Aegis deciding matchup. TL suffered a crushing defeat at TI8, and a slow start to the year between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. The once-unstoppable TL were looking decidedly lackluster.
The team needed something new. A new carry, a new strategy. Maybe even a new shot-caller? But whatever it was, something wasn’t working. At ESL One Birmingham 2019, it was one player’s last chance to shine as part of this roster.
Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen as the original Finnish prodigy. In 2015, long before the name Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen had escaped the realms of high-elo pub games to become a TI champion, the community was abuzz about Matumbaman, a young Finnish player who was tearing up opponents. Picked up by TL just before the 2015 Frankfurt Major, the young Finn became part of a dynasty that would capture numerous Major titles and even a TI.
But by ESL One Birmingham 2019, the relationship between him and TL had become strained. Little did we know as we watched, but this would be Matumbaman’s last event with TL. In it, he seemed like the lone shining star on a team that was decidedly average looking. The squad made the playoffs, only to be kicked out by Gambit in the first round of the lower bracket. There Matumbaman played well during his team’s losses, but it was clear there was something deeper than just performance affecting the team.
Matumbaman was officially removed from TL on June 12th. 2019, less than a month after the event, and just ten days before the EPICENTER Major. Sources close to Matumbaman would later clarify that he’d been kicked from the team.
Old OG’s last dance before the split
OG’s incredible runs at TI8 and TI9 have become a thing of legend. Through the two True Sight documentaries and numerous interviews from the team, we’ve discovered the story behind these victories intimately.
But as the TI8 True Sight briefly goes into, it was after ESL One Birmingham 2018 where the story really began. On May 28th, the day the event was scheduled to start, Gustav “s4” Magnusson and Tal “Fly” Aizik both announced their immediate departure from the squad. Both players would join Evil Geniuses, an organization that had released two of its team and headed to Birmingham with only three names on its roster.
A little drama
OG was put in a crazy situation with the team manager. Leaving Fly’s then-girlfriend Evany Chang and coach Sébastien “Ceb” Debs to pick up the pieces. The team had two roster spots to fill, and not a great outlook heading into the event.
Left with little choice, Ceb, along with quick replacements Anathan “ana” Pham and Topson, joined the squad. Ceb had previously played with the team following the departure of Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok in February. Still, this event would mark the first time this two-time TI winning roster would play together. Topson had been brought in as a potential replacement for Resolut1on. However, he hadn’t formally joined the team. While Ana had been on a hiatus from competitive Dota 2, citing burnout.
How did this impact EG?
The result? We witnessed a quite underwhelming performance. This team would become one of the most celebrated lineups in Dota 2 history. Birmingham was just their first outing. The squad didn’t gel well, captain Johan “N0tail” Sundstein was adjusting to a new role. Overall there was little to suggest this team would be the one raising the Aegis in just a few months.
But they were. Three months later and OG would become the TI8 champions, and it all started at ESL One Birmingham, just like so many great Dota 2 stores. That’s why it’s a shame this event is blighted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has to be held online. While no doubt this will be the start of something special for one team or another – it’s just not the same. Whatever great title run, or team split, or winning streak comes from this event, it’ll always have an asterisk. That this was the “online” ESL Birmingham, not like the “real ones”, where amazing things always happen.
[NEW] Interview With Maybe from ESL One Birmingham | esl one birmingham 2019 – Vietnamnhanvan
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At ESL One Birmingham, Maverick_2009 sat down with Maybe from PSG.LGD for an interview.
At ESL One Birmingham, Maverick_2009 sat down with Maybe from PSG.LGD for an interview.
Interview with Maybe
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Firstly, you took a break after the Chongqing Major and got married (Congratulations). How do you think this break has helped you as a player?
Personally, it was about giving myself some time to reflect and re-adjust. The entire time since TI8 until the end of the Chongqing Major, I don’t think I had balanced the proportion of my training and my resting time well. So taking this break was really good for me and I could focus much better when practising.
The new patch came out last week, is there anything in particular that has caught your eye?
I think it’s alright, this patch has mainly changed the Aghanim’s Scepter upgrades for a few heroes.Overall, there hasn’t really been much of a change and I feel like there’s not much difference between this patch and the last patch so I think the new patch is pretty good. It’s something fresh and it’s more fun to play and also more fun to watch.
What’s your opinion on SF at the moment? Should the trend of buying Guardian Greaves continue or do you feel that it should be played in a more right-click style?
Well, it really depends on your lineup. If your team needs you to buy Greaves, then of course you do. But if it’s not needed and instead you need to play more of a magical build then you just get like Eul’s and Sheepstick. If you need to play a physical build then you get Butterfly and Daedalus, damage items.
As one of the best Kunkka players, what’s your opinion on the hero’s changes the last few patches, namely the fact that you can’t deny your creeps with Tidebringer?
I think it’s fine that you can’t deny creeps with Tidebringer. The fact is still that he’s really strong late game and his damage with Tidebringer is insane. So yeah, he’s still really strong late game and does what you need him to.
What about Invoker? What do you think of him right now?
I think he needs more buffs because other heroes keep getting buffs. Only Invoker gets some small changes from time to time and his laning still needs to be buffed, and his early-mid game scaling as well.
Lone Druid has been rather popular this tournament and PSG.LGD are one of the teams that have played it more than others, what’s so good about the hero right now?
This hero just plays much faster and is rather strong in lane, so we just think it’s a good hero.
You play a fair bit of Mirana, do you think the changes to her Aghanim’s matters at all?
I think her Aghanim’s is pretty good but when it first came out, it was just much stronger because of the double Starfall from the Aghs but now there’s only one. I think if you change it back then you can definitely play the magical build, but otherwise the physical build is just better.
What do you think of the changes to Ember over the past few patches? The Drums + Maelstrom build and now the new Aghs.
I think the Aghs on Ember is really strong since it gives good stats and Ember doesn’t usually have that much HP and mana to work with. Having five Remnants is also really good so I think Aghs is extremely good on Ember right now.
In what situations do you think Radiance might still be viable on Ember?
I think that you can honestly still buy it in most games because it’s still a really strong item on Ember.
QQQ has coached LGD for a while now, what does he do for the team besides drafting?
Well, he does the drafts for us!
Only the drafts? Nothing about strategies and other things?
Oh, well, usually he just helps to lift the pressure off us. For example, when we see him between games he might just help us relax a bit, relieve the pressure.
Speaking of drafting, if you had to portion it out, what percentage of the draft comes from your opinions?
I would say about 80%.
So QQQ has about a 20% influence on the draft?
No. For example, usually when he’s picking one of my heroes, I will give him a suggestion and he will seriously think about it, so I think that in that scenario my opinion counts for 80%. However, ultimately it’s still a team decision and everyone has a say in it.
This is your first time in the UK with your team, what do you think of it?
I think Birmingham is a pretty good city, to be honest. It’s quite refreshing but this isn’t the first time I’ve been to the UK either. It’s the first time I’m competing here but I think it’s a really good place. ESL have also been treating us quite well and there are a lot of Chinese people here, so there’s much better Chinese cuisine here and I think it’s better than a lot of other places.
Alright, thanks again for doing this interview, good luck with the rest of the tournament!
Personally, it was about giving myself some time to reflect and re-adjust. The entire time since TI8 until the end of the Chongqing Major, I don’t think I had balanced the proportion of my training and my resting time well. So taking this break was really good for me and I could focus much better when practising.I think it’s alright, this patch has mainly changed the Aghanim’s Scepter upgrades for a few heroes.Overall, there hasn’t really been much of a change and I feel like there’s not much difference between this patch and the last patch so I think the new patch is pretty good. It’s something fresh and it’s more fun to play and also more fun to watch.Well, it really depends on your lineup. If your team needs you to buy Greaves, then of course you do. But if it’s not needed and instead you need to play more of a magical build then you just get like Eul’s and Sheepstick. If you need to play a physical build then you get Butterfly and Daedalus, damage items.I think it’s fine that you can’t deny creeps with Tidebringer. The fact is still that he’s really strong late game and his damage with Tidebringer is insane. So yeah, he’s still really strong late game and does what you need him to.I think he needs more buffs because other heroes keep getting buffs. Only Invoker gets some small changes from time to time and his laning still needs to be buffed, and his early-mid game scaling as well.This hero just plays much faster and is rather strong in lane, so we just think it’s a good hero.I think her Aghanim’s is pretty good but when it first came out, it was just much stronger because of the double Starfall from the Aghs but now there’s only one. I think if you change it back then you can definitely play the magical build, but otherwise the physical build is just better.I think the Aghs on Ember is really strong since it gives good stats and Ember doesn’t usually have that much HP and mana to work with. Having five Remnants is also really good so I think Aghs is extremely good on Ember right now.I think that you can honestly still buy it in most games because it’s still a really strong item on Ember.Well, he does the drafts for us!Oh, well, usually he just helps to lift the pressure off us. For example, when we see him between games he might just help us relax a bit, relieve the pressure.I would say about 80%.No. For example, usually when he’s picking one of my heroes, I will give him a suggestion and he will seriously think about it, so I think that in that scenario my opinion counts for 80%. However, ultimately it’s still a team decision and everyone has a say in it.I think Birmingham is a pretty good city, to be honest. It’s quite refreshing but this isn’t the first time I’ve been to the UK either. It’s the first time I’m competing here but I think it’s a really good place. ESL have also been treating us quite well and there are a lot of Chinese people here, so there’s much better Chinese cuisine here and I think it’s better than a lot of other places.Sure, thanks.Rabidch
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