Dota 2: ESL One Hamburg 2019 – Day 3 Recap

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Dota 2: ESL One Hamburg 2019 – Day 3 Recap

Today was the final day of the ESL One Hamburg 2019 Group Stage. We saw tons of interesting matches, surprises and many unexpected results during the last two days. If you missed out on any of the action, be sure to check our recaps.

Having said that, let’s take a look at what happened on the last day of the Group Stage and see which means managed to prevail and go one step further towards the $300K prize pool.

Group A

The results in the first group of this event went pretty much “as planned”. Vici Gaming and Alliance dominated the other teams and secured themselves the first two spots in the group. This means that both of them will advance to the Upper Bracket.

Unfortunately, Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao and his team, alongside, got eliminated. Fighting PandaS had to win their last series against Vici but the Chinese powerhouse was just too strong.

Virtus.Pro vs Alliance

The final series for the European powerhouse was against the CIS legends – Virtus.Pro. Many people expected Alexey “Solo” Berezin and his team to finally get back on track but it seems like the two roster changes that took place a few weeks ago have bigger impact than initially expected.

Game one of this incredible series went in favour of Alliance. Even the Europeans emphasized more on the late game, they got a very solid start early on. This made the situation for VP pretty hard, despite having Magnus and Ember.
Alliance realized that they have a good time-window to close the game and decided to take no chance against VP’s deadly combination later on, resulting in a 35 min victory.

The situation for VP was very tricky because there was a possibility for them to be eliminated. Luckily, they got a very good start of game two and got some lead. Even though they’ve nearly lost their momentum, a couple of wise decisions resulted in very crucial kills and ultimately – the victory and a spot in the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.

Group B

One of the biggest surprises of the tournament happened here. Team Liquid, one of the teams that many people thought would win, ended up last in their group and got eliminated from the event.

Gambit vs Ninjas in Pyjamas

This was one of the most interesting series in Group B. Prior to it, both teams had equal points (4), so the outcome was very important to determine which team will join TNC Predator in the Upper Bracket.

Despite being the favourites, Gambit had a shaky game one as NiP grabbed an early lead. In fact, they controlled the game entirely for the first 40 minutes or so as both teams focused mainly on getting farm rather than fighting. However, as soon as Gambit got some of their core items, they’ve shifted the balance of power. In the end, their OD was too strong for NiP to deal with and the CIS team got the lead in the series.

With their backs against the wall, NiP changed their start and decided to draft a very mid-game based lineup with Razor and Lina. Regardless, Gambit managed to hold their ground and eventually out farmed their enemies.

Their success places them in second place in their group, which guarantees them a spot in the Upper Bracket.

Dota 2: ESL One Hamburg 2019 – Day 3 Recap
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.