Despite the fact COVID-19 changed the Dota 2 scene, there are still various online tournaments that are fantastic to watch. One of the most anticipated events of the year is ESL One Germany, featuring some of the best teams in the world.
Two of those teams are Alliance and OG. Both went head to head to determine which one will qualify in the playoffs. As you probably know, the format of this event is interesting because it allows each team that wins three series to advance to the playoffs. On the other hand, if another team loses three times in a row, they are eliminated.
Alliance vs OG
Alliance and OG went head to head in one of the most anticipated series of the event. Prior to this clash, both teams had two wins. This means that one of them is automatically going to the playoffs. Although OG had the lead in game one, Alliance was able to turn the series around. In the end, they won with a score of 2:1.
Game one was entirely in favour of OG, as their Phantom Assassin + Magnus ripped through the competition like a knife through butter. Alliance tried to counter this pick with a position 5 Omniknight, but even he was not enough to stop the monstrous damage from OG’s carry.
Following the loss, Alliance decided not to take any chances, which is why they’ve picked Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov’s Morhphling, which is one of his signature heroes. Needless to say, the Bulgarian superstar played near-flawlessly and was able to push the series into a final game three.
The last game of the series seemed to be in OG’s favour. Nevertheless, Alliance won a few team fights in a row, which gave them plenty of momentum. As a result, they started pressing their enemies. After yet another perfect Chronosphere, Nikobaby and his team-mates delivered their knock-out punch and secured themselves a spot at the playoffs.
After the loss, OG will now have to win one more series to advance to the next stage. We have three more days until the group stage ends. As for the playoffs, they will start on 23 October and it will feature 12 teams in total.