Dota 2: ESL One Hamburg – Day 5 Recap

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Dota 2: ESL One Hamburg – Day 5 Recap

After we saw some crazy games in the last couple of days, ESL One Hamburg 2019 is slowly coming to an end. Today, we saw two more teams packing their stuff and going home. Let’s take a look at which teams will be fighting for that $300K USD prize pool tomorrow.

Alliance vs Virtus.Pro

This was the opening series of the day and probably one of the most interesting ones yet. Needless to say, there was a lot of hype around it because both teams deserve to go forward. However, it was Alliance that made it to the next round.

Even though the Swedish team had a very solid draft in Game One, the CIS powerhouse completely ran over their enemies. Their Queen of Pain and Morphling snowballed out of control and were just too strong. Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov and his team-mates tried to defend their high ground using Empower but in the end, VP was able to deliver their knock-out punch and secured themselves the lead in this series.

Being just one game away from elimination, Alliance looked a lot stronger in Game Two. They’ve tried the Magnus combo yet again, however, this time their carry was Juggernaut. As you can imagine, a player such as Nikobaby took full advantage of it and completely out farmed his enemies. In the end, the Europeans managed to win a very messy fight around Roshan.

Seeing how the game was going, VP had no other choice but to call GG and prepare for Game Three.

Game Three

After gaining enough confidence, Alliance completely demolished their enemies in Game Three. In fact, they needed just 25 minutes to do so. After gaining a significant advantage early on, Fata and his crew did absolutely no mistakes and slowly suffocated their enemies, pushing themselves into the next round where they had to face the South American wonder – Beastcoast.

Gambit vs TNC Predator

The battle of titans, as many people referred to it. Both Gambit and TNC have been nearly flawless so far, which hyped this series to the roof. Luckily, it lived up to the expectations as we even got to see 2 rapiers in the third game.

Game One was kind of slow early on as both teams seem to respect the other a little bit too much. However, once TNC’s Medusa got a couple of items, the game completely changed. Gambit’s only chance was their Void’s Chronosphere but even then, they just lacked the damage.

After winning Game One the SEA powerhouse was looking to close the series. In order to do so, they rolled out one of their signature heroes – Alchemist. That said, Gambit also pulled a rabbit out of their hat by picking Techies. Needless to say, the pesky hero is a real pain to deal with.

Unfortunately for the CIS team, even Techies and 2 rapiers were not enough to stop Alchemist. Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios played a phenomenal game and secured his team a spot at the Grand Final.

Alliance vs Beastcoast

This was the final series of the day and as you can imagine, it was very interesting to watch. Both of those teams played very well so far but sadly, one of them had to go home.

The first game went in favor of Alliance, even though they played against a very dangerous draft. After securing themselves the laning stage, it was just a matter of time before they claimed the victory. The lineup of the South American team was just too greedy to be able to bounce back. On top of that, they couldn’t even take advantage of their ultimates early on, which was their main strength, at least until Spectre and Tinker came online.

With just one game away from the LB final, the Swedish powerhouse has drafted their favorite melee + Magnus combo. On the contrary, Beastcoast completely changed their draft and looked a lot scarier. In fact, they’ve managed to completely dominate the early game. This gave their Wraith King and Lina a big lead over Alliance, with only Nikobaby to be even close to them. However, the power of Beastcoast was just too much to handle as Alliance collapsed and the series went into a final game.

Seeing the power of WK and Lina, the South American squad decided to “re-roll” it once again. However, Alliance seemed prepared this time and went for an Alchemist pick.

The game was pretty even for the first couple of mins, after which the EU team started to gain some advantage. Soon, Nikobaby’s hero completely snowballed out of control as Beastcoast had no answer.

In the end, after 30 minutes, they called GG, sending Alliance to the LB final against Gambit tomorrow.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the final day of this epic tournament. We are yet to see which team will take the big check.


Dota 2: ESL One Hamburg – Day 5 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.