ESL One Germany 2020
got underway on October 5, and now the first round of the group stage has completed.
ESL One Germany's group stage uses a modified Swiss format, which has teams playing a best-of-three series against other teams with a similar record in the group stage at each round. Winning three series means qualifying for the playoff and removes the team from the pool of teams still competing in the group stage. Likewise, losing three series means disqualification and removes the team from the pool.
The biggest surprise of round one was Yellow Submarine over Nigma. While Nigma is playing with a stand-in for Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi, they've seen quite a bit of success already this year with stand-in player, Roman "rmN-" Paley. They did, however, play with an additional stand-in during game 1: SuperRudy for Maroun "GH" Merhej.
On the other hand, Yellow Submarine are a relatively new squad, with little experience together before ESL One Germany's qualifier. Anchored by captain Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov in the hard support role and Vitaliy "so bad" Oshmankevich in the soft support/position four role, Yellow Submarine has the benefit of low external expectations at this event.
The Subs were victorious, taking their series versus Nigma in two long games, both of which they came from behind to win. They've got the unenviable task of playing Team Secret in round two, but perhaps the wildcard factor will benefit them again and bring another surprise win?
Round one saw eight best-of-three series.
Losing teams include: