That’s a wrap for the first group stage of the ESL Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 19! We have seen the top teams of the world engaged in a bloodbath and unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye to eight teams going forward.
Who is eliminated from DreamLeague Season 19?
Nigma and newly revived Miracle out of DreamLeague
Nigma Galaxy’s ATF took a temporary break and they decided to bring back Miracle-, who was taking a long break from the Dota 2 scene.
They managed to take both games from Talon Esports and one game each from Team Spirit and nouns. They, in the end, didn’t manage to gain the points needed to advance to the second group stage.
Nigma Galaxy was eliminated at the 13th-14th place and took home $15,000 USD.
There will be no Chinese team in the top 8 of DreamLeague Season 19
Team Aster is the only team representing the China region after PSG.LGD got hit with a visa issue prior to the tournament.
The team had a hard time throughout the tournament, only winning against Execration. They then took a loss against Evil Geniuses and Gaimin Gladiators.
Team Aster ended up in a tiebreaker to decide the last team to advance to the next group stage. In the end, they lost against both Execration and TSM, leading them to be eliminated at the 11th-12th place and taking home $20,000 USD.
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The top two SEA teams see themselves out
Talon Esports and Execration, the pride of the Southeast Asia (SEA) region did not make it out of the first group stage of DreamLeague Season 19.
Talon Esports manages to take a point from Tundra Esports, nouns, beastcoast, Team Liquid, and OG. Despite the impressive performance, they couldn’t get enough points to survive the elimination. They ended up in 11th-12th place and gained $20,000 USD.
Meanwhile, Execration did a little bit better compared to their fellow SEA rival. They beat EEU beast, ex-HellRaisers, and win a game against Gaimin Gladiators, Evil Geniuses, TSM, and Entity.
Execration then managed to force a tiebreaker for fourth place. They took down Team Aster but unfortunately fell against TSM. They placed 9th/10th in the tournament and bring home $25,000 USD.
Entity needs to find back their glorious form
The European team recently had a hard time in the second season of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) and missed a chance to go to the Dota 2 Berlin Major. Their time in DreamLeague ended up as another humbling run.
They tried their best, getting one game off Execration, ex-HellRaisers, Team Aster, and TSM. Unfortunately, they have to be eliminated at the 14th-15th place with $10,000 USD prize money.
EEU #1 and #2 were knocked out early
ex-HellRaisers had dominated the recent DPC in the Eastern European (EEU) region. However, they had a hard time finding their usual flare in the first group stage of DreamLeague Season 19.
They only managed to take a game each from Gaimin Gladiators, Team Aster, TSM, and Entity. ex-HellRaisers return home at 13th-14th place with $15,000 USD.
Meanwhile, their region counterpart, Team Spirit, managed to land themselves a tiebreaker for a chance to advance to the second group stage. They previously won against Talon Esports and nouns but lost the full series against Tundra Esports.
The tiebreaker ended not in their favor and they had to take their leave in the 9th-10th place with $25,000 USD.
nouns bow out early of the tournament
The North American team has always missed their chance in qualifying for Dota 2 Majors as they always place third in the DPC NA region after TSM and Shopify Rebellion.
They gave their best in the DreamLeague Season 19, taking a game off from Talon Esports, beastcoast, and Nigma Galaxy. Unfortunately, nouns have been eliminated at the 15th-16th place and taking home $10,000 USD.
Who will proceed to Group Stage 2 of DreamLeague Season 19?
We will be seeing eight teams advancing to the second group stage of the ESL DreamLeague Season 19. The group stage will be live from April 14 to April 20.
The teams will face off against each other in a single round-robin format with best-of-three (Bo3) matches. The top four teams then will continue to the playoffs.
Here are the teams we will be seeing in Group Stage 2:
- Gaimin Gladiators
- Team Liquid
- Shopify Rebellion
- Tundra Esports
- Evil Geniuses
You can check out the latest score and schedule on ESL’s website over here.
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