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Dota 2 Invictus Gaming Wins ESL One Frankfurt 2014
The last premier tournament before the record breaking 10 Million Dollar The International 4, the ESL One tournament has ended with a grand victory for the Chinese team Invictus Gaming.
The tournament featured 8 TI4 teams and it was the last opportunity for serious matches until TI4 begins.
ESL One featured several online qualifiers and a LAN Final played in the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, a football stadium with a capacity of over 50.000 people.
Teams were competing for a base prizepool of $80.000, which was boosted to above $200.000 through ingame Dota 2 fan ticket sales!
The format was a single elimination best of 3 which had some surprises right at the first round. It started off with a matchup between Mousesports and Invictus Gaming, in which the later Chinese squad managed to defeat the home team 2-1.
After that one huge surprise occured, Fnatic, a team which was facing a lot of controversy due to its attempt at roster change (as shown in Valve’s Blog post), they’ve managed to defeat Chinese titan team Vici Gaming by 2-1.
The 3rd match was between Alliance and Cloud9 and the former managed to win by 2-0, though game 2 of this match was simply one of the BEST Dota games of all time, the word epic was stamped all over that game and the result so surprising that EternalEnvy’s reaction says it all.
The final match of the 1st round, which was postponed to Sunday because of noise laws in Germany, was between EG and Na’Vi, in which the former managed to win by 2-0.
In the semi-finals, iG and EG advanced beating Alliance 2-0 and Fnatic 2-1 respectively.
The Grand Finals was an absolute delight to watch with both teams playing close to perfection and lots of brilliant plays by both sides. In the 3rd game, the Chinese squad managed to pull out of their hat a complete domination over the Americans, a 22-0 absolute crushing win.
What a stunning way to close a tournament and send a message for TI4. At the end the entire Arena was chanting and roaring “CHUAN! CHUAN! CHUAN!” as he picked up the trophy, shown above.
IG’s lineup is formed by: Chuan from Malaysia and the Chinese Ferrari_430, YYF, Luo and Faith.
Prize allocation is the following:
- 1st place – $81.000 – Invictus Gaming
- 2nd place – $40.500 – Evil Geniuses
- 3rd and 4th place – $20.250 – Alliance and Fnatic
- 5th to 8th place – $10.000 – Mousesports, VG, Na’Vi and Cloud9
ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT until the big The International 4 which kicks off in the 8th of July with the Wildcard matches between the 4 Qualifier Runners-up.
The enormous amount of hype just keeps growing and growing and growing… are you excited or what?!