Just a few days after DreamLeague Season 12 came to an end, it’s now time to focus on the next tournament before the first DPC Minor begins – ESL One Hamburg. Twelve of the best teams in the world are going head to head for that $300K USD prize pool. Let’s take a look at what happened in the most interesting matches on Day One of the Group Stage. As you know, the twelve teams are divided into two groups consisted of six teams each. Every single series is played in a Bo2 format.

Vici Gaming vs Virtus. Pro

What an insane fight between @virtuspro and @VICI! Looks like there’s still all to play for! 💪

📺 https://t.co/RUTJQiyOsP pic.twitter.com/XlCA42y3SF

— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) October 22, 2019

The first game between the two giants went in the favor of the Chinese. In fact, they pretty much dominated the entire game, giving their enemies no chance. VP tried to play around their Omknight, but even he was powerless against Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang’s Sniper.

Having a pressure advantage, Vici had a strong start in Game Two as well. They were able to secure their Huskar an early lead, which allowed him to snowball out of control. Having no way to deal with this hero, the CIS powerhouse had no other choice but to call GG and prepare for the second series of the day.

Alliance vs viking.gg

Game 2 goes the way of @GGVikin after a 50 minute battle, GG’s!

We are 3-1 and second in our group after the first day. Time to rest and we will be back with more games tomorrow!💪#ALLfam #ESLOne pic.twitter.com/5ZamqB60CQ

— Alliance (@theAllianceGG) October 22, 2019

The European squad completely destroyed their enemies in Game One. In fact, they needed just 24 minutes to do so, which was a clear sign of their intentions here. However, Vikin.gg was not going to go down without a fight. Instead, they’ve played a fantastic Game Two and proved everyone why they deserved to be in this tournament in the first place.

This amazing series ended as a draw.

TNC vs Team Liquid

Scary start but the greed pays off just in time to seal the deal versus Team Liquid! We start off #ESL One Hamburg on the right foot!#SummonYourStrength pic.twitter.com/FpTlCCPwEH

— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) October 22, 2019

Game One went in favor of TNC after a very good laning stage. This gave them a very solid start, and since their entire draft was mostly focused for the mid-game, they took full advantage of it. Even though Liquid got a very early lead against TNC’s extremely greedy line-up in Game Two, they missed out in the mining and allowed the SEA powerhouse to get the upper edge. At one point, their two cores were just way too strong for TL to deal with.

Quincy Crew vs Gambit Esports

Good old Juggernaut + Magnus combo allows us to win the second map and force a tie. Going up against Quincy Crew after a short break. #ESLOne #TornadoEnergy pic.twitter.com/EJYBptE6BP

— Gambit Esports at #ESLOne Hamburg (@GambitEsports) October 22, 2019

Despite the fact that Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan left QC, he took part in this series due to CCnC’s health issue. The first game of the series was very even for the most part. Neither team was able to take large advantages until a chaotic teamfight that went in favor of the CIS powerhouse. This completely shifted the balance of power and pretty much secured them the win.

Gambit pulled a rabbit out of their hat in Game Two by picking Techies. This caught their enemies off-guard and helped them get an early advantage. However, the NA team had a drow-based lineup that was able to keep up in terms of the farm. The game was fairly even, but Gambit made one of the main mistakes against a drow line-up – one of their heroes died for no reason. This gave Quincy Crew a potential to push and they took full advantage of it.

Be sure to tune in again tomorrow for Day 2 of this epic tournament.


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