Team Liquid swept mudgolems in the lower-bracket final of ESL One Germany on Saturday to advance to the grand final.
By virtue of that 2-0 victory, Liquid will face Natus Vincere in the final on Sunday. Na’Vi swept mudgolems on Friday in the upper-bracket final to earn their spot in the grand final.
Liquid, playing on red in the first game, opened with a win in 34 minutes. Playing on green in Game 2, they followed up with a victory in 54 minutes.
Sweden’s Michael “m’iCKe” Nguyen anchored Liquid with an average kill-death-assist ratio of 9.0-2.5-9.5. Slovakia’s Oliver “skiter” Lepko topped mudgolems with a K-D-A ratio of 5.5-6.0-11.0.
The $400,000 Dota 2 event began with 16 teams from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The tournament ends Sunday, with the winner earning $150,000.
The teams competed in a Swiss group stage with five rounds of best-of-three matches. Teams needed three victories to secure a spot in the eight-team playoffs, while three losses equaled elimination. Teams never played the same opponent twice.
The playoffs were a best-of-three, double-elimination format until the grand final, which will be a best-of-five encounter.
ESL One Germany final standings and prize money:
1. TBD — $150,000
2. TBD — $80,000
3. mudgolems — $45,000
4. Team Secret — $25,000
5-6. Vikin.gg, Alliance — $15,500
7-8. Team Nigma, OG — $12,000
9-11. Yellow Submarine, Ninyas in Pyjamas, 5men — $7,500
12-14. Winstrike Team, HellRaisers, Cyber Legacy — $5,500
15-16. EXTREMUM, Tempo Esports — $3,500
–Field Level Media