OG keeps crushing

The semi-finals of the ESL ONE Frankfurt tournament were pretty amazing and the 4 teams that were competing in this semi final played amazing dota which was fun to watch and pretty exciting, well maybe the finals were not that exciting.

Na’Vi – Vega 2:0 

Great series from both teams showing great skill and commitment. But we must mention the amazing performance in the first game of dendi’s timbersaw as well as Fn’s slark. Ending the 59 minute ordeal with a KDA of 28-1-11. Vega’s Slark also did some serious work, with Fn’s securing himself a total of 23 kills. However, his impressive hero damage of 28.9k was not enough, compared to the unmatched 40.8k hero damage of Dendi.

Lastly, game two put the nail in the coffin for Vega. General’s performance on Batrider was a delight to watch, with some seriously impressive jukes. An out of meta Shadow Fiend pick worked nicely for Na’vi, who took the game after 33 minutes.

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OG – Team Liquid 2:1

Game one was an impressive 19 minute stomp going the way of Team Liquid. A really solid performance from Liquid’s star support player Jerax, who was involved in all but one kill throughout the game.

Curse of the Lifestealer-Riki combo

Game two really tested the strength of the OG lineup. With 10 completely different heroes from game one, Liquid took an early lead with a few favourable engagements. However OG finding a kill on Kuroky’s Riki enabled them to take Roshan, find a tower and regain some control in the game. Two amazing 5 man vacuum-wall combos from Mind_Control were not enough to keep Liquid in the game.

Miracle showed off his diverse hero pool, picking up the Lycan – the first time they’ve drafted the hero this tournament.

Lastly the third game went the way of OG. A 50 minute extravaganza saw OG pick up a safelane Naga Siren, and some pretty interesting drafting from Liquid. Opening with a first phase Lifestealer-Riki combination, they then picked a safelane Slark for Matumbaman, leaving the Lifestealer for Mind_Control. Cr1t’s performance on Earth Spirit really shone through in game 3, with some beautifully timed stuns combining with Naga Siren’s sleep.

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OG – Na’Vi 3:0

In this series we won’t talk that much Na’Vi were total outsiders since the start of the match. Pretty easy match up for OG as they at the moment seem unbeatable. The highlight of this series was in game 3 when Miracle played Lion support. And the 9k mmr prodigy crushed Na’Vi, showing great skill some jukes, kills, and at the end some great mentality.

Watch all three games in the link bellow:

ESL ONE- day 1 review

After a long day, we could say that that was one crazy day. In the recent months the most solid and consistent team- Liquid has not dropped a single game against most of the other teams, but yesterday was a crazy day they drop 2 games to VEGA the team that was lost in the previous month or two. Vega battled their way through the upper bracket finals with Alliance and who would have ever thought that Vega will finish top seed of group A, simply amazing performance from them at this tournament they battle for spot at the international but most important is that they are real threat to the other teams for winning this ESL and winning it as outsiders.

team liquid at ESL
Team Liquid at ESL ONE Frankfurt

In group B, it can be said that it was a pretty ordinary day the two favorites won and OG claim the top seed of the group. They fought pretty easily against Na’Vi and against CompLexity with not much effort it can be said they won every single game and not dropping once. COL on the other hand won 2:1 against VP, it turned out that Limmp’s Alchemist and Chessie’s Lifestealer were too much for VP to handle.

Follow the matches today live : Fnatic – Liquid (0:1 current result)

Liquid took game one after pretty one sided game where Matumbaman and Fata crushed their opponents. Game two is just starting.

Winner of Liquid – Fnatic plays Alliance in the lower bracket finals.

Group B:
Na’Vi – Virtus Pro 13:30cet
Winner plays against CompLexity

Final test before International

The Manila Major is just over and yet there is another test standing in front of the teams and it is one of the best tournament for dota 2 there is and it is called ESL One Frankfurt.

Eight teams are set and ready to compete for direct invite for TI6. And everything is starting so fast only 5 days after the Manila major and by fast we mean super sonic fast, the tournament is starting in 1 hour from now.
The first battles in ESL ONE Frankfurt are between Alliance – Fnatic and the Manila major 2nd place Team Liquid – Vega.

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In this group A the favorites are Liquid and Fnatic but for sure Vega and Alliance won’t give up that easily and will cause them problem and hopefully even make a miracle and beat them.

The second group the first duel is starting at 13:45(cet) where
OG(manila major winners) will play against Na’Vi and Complexity – Virtus Pro.

Virtus Pro have had a particularly rough few months as a team, and as a result of some subpar performances their chances to appear on LAN have been drying up. Fortunately for them, LGD Gaming‘s withdrawal has gifted them a chance for excellent practice ahead of the Regional Qualifiers for TI6.

The reason given by ESL for their withdrawal was “health reasons within the team”, and the hosts of the ESL One Frankfurt wished them a speed recovery.

Virtus Pro came third in the European Qualifiers behind Vega and Navi – who both qualified – making them fair replacement. They will however be playing without Ilya ‘AlohaDance’ Korobkin, whose visa is currently still pending. Maurice ‘KheZu’ Gutmann from No Diggity will play in his place for at least the group stage, if not for the whole tournament should AlohaDance’s visa application prove unsuccesful.

Be sure to watch all the games at

https://www.twitch.tv/esl_dota2