Dota 2 Heading to UK for ESL One Birmingham 2024

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Dota 2 Heading to UK for ESL One Birmingham 2024

The 2023 Dota Pro Circuit concluded with Team Spirit's dominant 3-0 victory over Gaimin Gladiators, but ESL Dota 2 competition is still heating up.

The latest ESL One Pro Tour kicked off yesterday with ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, and today ESL FACEIT Group has announced the details for ESL One Birmingham 2024. As part of ESL One Europe, ESL One Birmingham 2024 marks the first time Dota 2 competition will land in Birmingham in five years.

ESL ONE Birmingham: When & Where

From April 22 to April 28, 12 of the world's best Dota 2 teams will compete for $1,000,000 in prize money and their share of 26640 EPT Points. Open Qualifiers will take place on January 22 – 25, followed by the Closed Qualifiers on January 26 – 30.

From April 26 to April 28, the Playoffs will go down live at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The theme of ESL One Birmingham is Time to Brawl and will highlight Birmingham's pub culture. 

Team Qualification

From April 22 to April 28, 12 of the world's best Dota 2 teams will compete for $1,000,000 in prize money and their share of 22,520 EPT Points. 

While T1 placements were the primary determining factor in teams' seedings for ESL One Kuala Lumpur, from DreamLeague Season 22 onward, ESL will shift seeding prioritization based on EPT Points. 

Four ESL One Birmingham invites will go to the teams with the most EPT Points on the leaderboards. ESL has added Open and Closed Qualifiers to all events, and slots 5-11 will go to the Closed Qualifier winners in NA, SA, WEU, EEU, MENA, CN, and SEA. The final 12th seed will go to a last regional qualifier winner, though ESL is still determining the region. 

Tournament Format

April 22 – 24, the 12 qualifying teams will compete in the Group Stage. There will be two round-robin groups of six teams each. All matches will have a two-game series format. 

The teams that place 1st and 2nd of each group advance to the Playoffs Upper Brackets. The 3rd and 4th place teams advance to the Playoffs Lower Bracket. The unlucky teams that finish 5th and 6th face immediate elimination. 

The final eight teams will compete in the Playoffs in an 8-team double elimination bracket. Matches will be best-of-3 until the Grand Finals, which will be a best-of-5. 

Prize Pool

Along with $1,000,000 in total prize money, teams will earn a share of 22,520 EPT points. 

1st: 6,400

2nd: 4,800

3rd: 4,000

4th: 3,200

5th: 2,240

6th: 2,240

7th: 1,040

8th: 1,040

9th: 560

10th: 560

11th: 280

12th: 280

With EPT Points now the primary determining factor for future placements in other ESL tournaments, they've never been more important. 

Ticket Info

Here are the ticket packages for ESL ONE Birmingham 2024.
Image Source: ESL FACEIT Group

Ticket sales for ESL ONE Birmingham 2024 go live on December 14 at 15:00 GMT. There are several ticket packages, and ESL will release them in waves.

If you're a cosplayer, you can sign up now for the Celebration of Dota 2 Cosplay event at ESL ONE Birmingham. Cosplayers will receive two Premium tickets (One for you and a friend to help you with your cosplay) and enjoy access to a cosplay lounge, backstage room, and professional photo opportunities. There is a scheduled walk-on stage segment for cosplayers on April 27. 

Where to Watch

Fans can watch all the action online via ESL Dota 2 Twitch and YouTube or the Ember and Storm Twitch channels. Follow ESL Dota 2 on Twitter/X to stay up-to-date on new information regarding ESL ONE Birmingham. 

Dota 2 Heading to UK for ESL One Birmingham 2024
Xavier Geitz
When not busy writing about Esports, the latest and greatest digital gaming deals, and reviewing video game, you can find Xavier wandering Morrowind's Telvanni Coast, tirelessly petitioning for a Timesplitters 2 remake, or trying to understand the Concept of Love.