Day one of ESL One Summer proved to be rather difficult for many of the Western European teams as six of the seven teams fell into the first round of the lower bracket. In the following days, Team Secret
, Team Liquid
, and Tundra Esports
were all eliminated in the first round and Team Nigma
in the second round.
Though Secret underperformed similarly to these other teams, they have already secured their spot at TI and have time to work out the kinks in their play and drafting. For the rest, however, qualifiers begin in only a few weeks. To perform this poorly and lose out to your fellow qualifier competitors isn’t a good look.
Team Liquid was unable to secure a single map but to their credit they played with a stand-in for both series and recently welcomed back offlaner Samuel "Boxi" Svahn. In fact, captain Aydin "iNSaNiA" Sarkohi had to play carry in one of these series which is certainly out of his comfort zone. We’ve yet to see the completed Liquid roster for quite some time and hopefully the boys are able to come together for a strong performance in the qualifiers.
versus Nigma matchup is always a hype one and these teams certainly delivered. Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen’s mid Hoodwink made an appearance in games two and three and was certainly a treat to watch. The only player bold enough to play this hero in the mid lane, Topson was a huge thorn in Nigma’s side. While game two proved to be quite a stomp, game three was a back and forth blood bath and is certainly one to watch if you missed it. This wasn’t the Nigma people expected to see after the AniMajor. They looked rather careless this series and certainly can’t play like this in the qualifiers. As for OG, they have to prep for their next series against Quincy Crew
who earned top six at the Major to keep their lower bracket run alive.
On the topic of WEU teams, Vikin.gg
has been left out of the discussion for months. After falling to the lower division, people counted them out as a strong contender in the region. But after an undefeated run in the lower division, they’re back and ready to show everyone what they’re made of. So far they’ve 2-0’d Nigma, Team Unique
, and AS Monaco Gambit
in a dominant fashion. Their next series against Alliance
will be their toughest test so far.
On the other side of the bracket, Virtus.pro
have been incredibly strong. Many were unsure how VP would perform after their lackluster Major performance, but VP has shown that they’re the kings of online tournaments. T1 had an amazing third place finish at the Major and have yet to drop a game. With both teams riding their momentum, this upper bracket final should certainly be some excellent Dota. Stay up to date with our event hub!