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ESL One Birmingham 2018

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[e][h]ESL One Birmingham 2018
League Information
United Kingdom Birmingham
Group Stage
Single-Elimination Playoff
Prize Pool:
$1,000,000 USD
Start Date:
End Date:
Pro Circuit Points:
Liquipedia Tier:
Pro Circuit Tier:

ESL hosted the United Kingdom's first ever Dota Major with ESL One Birmingham 2018[1] in May 2018. The main event was held from May 25th to 27th in the Arena Birmingham[2].


  • Qualifier and invites
    • Twelve Teams:
      • Six invites
      • One team each from the six regional qualifiers
  • Group Stage
    • The group stage will be played on May 23rd and 24th
    • All games are played backstage
    • Three GSL groups of four teams each
    • Bottom two teams from each group are eliminated, Runner-ups advance to the quarterfinals
    • The three first place teams play an additional Bo1 series against each other to determine which two teams advance to the semi-finals and which team joins the three runner-ups in the quarter-finals. If they tie in the first round of Bo1 matches, an additional round is played. If the tie persists, time rating of the last round is used to determine the seeding.
  • Playoffs
    • The playoffs will be held between May 25th and the 27th in front of a live audience in the Arena Birmingham
    • Single Elimination
    • All games will be Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals
    • A 3rd place decider match will be played on the last day of the tournament before the Grand Finals

Broadcast Talent[edit]

The talent for the English broadcast was announced on April 26th, 2018.[3]

  • Stage Host:
  • Desk Host:
  • Offsite Commentators:
  • Analysts:
  • Statistician:
  • Casters:
  • Commentators:
    • Spain Necca (Luis Gómez)
    • Spain Kratos (Dimas Enrique Romero Fernández)
  • Analysts:
    • Spain Tainim (María García)
    • Spain X9nium (Pedro Gómez)
    • Spain RoD (Alberto Polo Jordán)

Prize Pool[edit]

The prize pool for the tournament is $1,000,000 USD and 1,500 Pro Circuit points.


Newbee2 [5]
1China Moogy
2China Sccc
3Australia kpii
4China Kaka
5China Faith
1 Natus Vincere withdrew following a change in their active roster.[10] They were replaced by Team Spirit.[11]
2 Newbee's coach China SanSheng was absent due to having no time to get a visa.[12]
3 Malaysia Adam left Fnatic on 22nd May 2018. Canada Aui_2000 coached for the duration of the tournament.[13]


Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Standings preview
1. 2-0 3-0
2. FnaticFnatic Fnatic 2-1 3-3
3. Team SpiritTeam Spirit Team Spirit 1-2 3-3
4. Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 0-2 0-3

Group B[edit]

Standings preview
1. OGOG OG 2-0 3-0
2. paiN GamingpaiN Gaming paiN Gaming 2-1 3-3
3. Team LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid 1-2 3-3
4. Vici GamingVici Gaming Vici Gaming 0-2 0-3

Group C[edit]

Standings preview
1. OpTic GamingOpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming 2-0 3-1
2. MineskiMineski Mineski 2-1 4-2
3. LGD.Forever YoungLGD.Forever Young LGD.Forever Young 1-2 2-4
4. NewbeeNewbee Newbee 0-2 1-3

First Place Decider[edit]

Standings preview
1. 2-0
2. OpTic GamingOpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming 1-1
3. OGOG OG 0-2


paiN GamingpaiN Gaming paiN Gaming
May 25, 2018 - 14:00 BST
Naga Siren Jakiro Beastmaster Slark Death Prophet
Disruptor Dragon Knight Clockwerk Tidehunter Outworld Destroyer
Disruptor Sand King Doom Death Prophet Troll Warlord
Naga Siren Dragon Knight Skywrath Mage Lycan Brewmaster
MineskiMineski Mineski
May 25, 2018 - 16:30 BST
Lone Druid Sand King Phoenix Dragon Knight Queen of Pain
Clockwerk Disruptor Underlord Morphling Ember Spirit
Night Stalker Death Prophet Lycan Disruptor Medusa
Sand King Dark Seer Undying Dragon Knight Chaos Knight
Leshrac Chen Dragon Knight Omniknight Spectre
Night Stalker Elder Titan Shadow Demon Death Prophet Morphling
FnaticFnatic Fnatic
May 26, 2018 - 14:00 BST
Leshrac Omniknight Bane Clockwerk Dragon Knight
Gyrocopter Disruptor Sand King Brewmaster Templar Assassin
Beastmaster Bane Elder Titan Venomancer Outworld Destroyer
Gyrocopter Night Stalker Jakiro Clockwerk Medusa
paiN GamingpaiN Gaming paiN Gaming
OpTic GamingOpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming
May 26, 2018 - 16:30 BST
Clockwerk Leshrac Visage Gyrocopter Tusk
Elder Titan Shadow Demon Death Prophet Axe Phantom Lancer
Clockwerk Death Prophet Jakiro Dark Seer Slark
Night Stalker Undying Rubick Lone Druid Kunkka
Leshrac Axe Bane Lycan Razor
Kunkka Rubick Ogre Magi Spectre Batrider
FnaticFnatic Fnatic
Grand Final
May 27, 2018 - 15:00 BST
Death Prophet Sand King Disruptor Skywrath Mage Sven
Leshrac Dragon Knight Rubick Visage Phantom Lancer
Beastmaster Warlock Kunkka Elder Titan Venomancer
Leshrac Sand King Razor Undying Doom
Sand King Warlock Doom Gyrocopter Slark
Leshrac Beastmaster Elder Titan Venomancer Keeper of the Light
OpTic GamingOpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming
3rd Place Match
paiN GamingpaiN Gaming paiN Gaming
May 27, 2018 - 11:00 BST
Rubick Luna Pangolier Ancient Apparition Dragon Knight
Sand King Dark Seer Warlock Storm Spirit Lycan
Naga Siren Disruptor Pangolier Morphling Lina
Bane Leshrac Sand King Dark Seer Dragon Knight
Bounty Hunter Doom Disruptor Troll Warlord Visage
Bane Morphling Slardar Dragon Knight Sand King
FnaticFnatic Fnatic

External Media[edit]


Videos and Content[edit]


  1. "Announcing ESL One Birmingham – The First DOTA 2 Major In The UK". ESL. 2018-03-13.
  2. Arena Birmingham (2018-03-13). "BREAKING! This is absolutely huge! We're buzzing to announce that ESL One Dota 2 Major will take place right here at Arena Birmingham on 25–27 May! It's going to be incredible!". Twitter.
  3. ESLDota2 (26 April 2018). "Time to reveal the faces and voices that will guide you through the first ever UK Major!". Twitter. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  4. ESLDota2 (2018-03-23). "Revealing the first direct invite to #ESLOne Birmingham - @virtuspro!". Twitter.
  5. ESLDota2 (2018-03-27). "The ESL One Genting champions are coming to the UK!". Twitter.
  6. ESLDota2 (2018-03-30). "The third direct ESL One Birmingham invite goes to @EvilGeniuses!". Twitter.
  7. ESLDota2 (2018-04-05). "And then there were four!". Twitter.
  8. ESLDota2 (2018-04-07). "Revealing the fifth direct ESL One Birmingham 2018 invite - Vici Gaming! Welcome to the UK!". Twitter.
  9. ESLDota2 (2018-04-10). "None other than @MineskiProTeam complete the #ESLOne Birmingham direct invites - welcome to the UK!". Twitter.
  10. ESLDota2 (2018-05-14). "We're sad to announce that @natusvincere have undergone a roster change.". Twitter.
  11. ESLDota2 (2018-05-21). "The team to replace Natus Vincere at #ESLOne Birmingham will be none other than Team Spirit - 3rd/4th place finishers of the CIS qualifiers!". Twitter.
  12. 王兆辉SanSheng (2018-05-21). "I can't go to Birmingham this time.".
  13. Fnatic Dota (2018-05-22). "We would like to thank 343Dota for everything he has done whilst Fnatic coach.".