Team Aster and Evil Geniuses cruised while Team Liquid had to rally for their victory in the lower bracket of the ESL One Berlin Major playoffs Tuesday in Germany.
Aster swept Team Spirit and Evil Geniuses did the same to Shopify Rebellion to advance to Round 2 of the lower-bracket playoffs. Team Liquid dropped their first set in 54 minutes on red before rallying in 27 minutes and 41 minutes, both on green, to advance and eliminate Xtreme Gaming.
The lower bracket features the teams that finished in 5th-6th place during the group stage and the four teams that lost in Monday’s upper-bracket action.
The second Dota major of the season began April 26 in Berlin with a prize pool of $500,000.
Eighteen teams from around the world participated in the group stage, split into two groups of nine. A single round robin was contested with all matches best-of-two. The top four teams from each group advanced to the upper bracket of the playoffs, the fifth- and sixth-place teams were slotted into the lower bracket and the rest were eliminated.
The double-elimination playoff bracket runs through Sunday. All matches are best-of-three until Sunday’s grand final, which will be best-of-five.
On Tuesday, Aster won in 38 minutes on green and 44 minutes on red. EG won in 29 minutes on red and 28 minutes on green.
Action continues Wednesday with three matches:
–Gaimin Gladiators vs. OG (upper-bracket semis)
–9 Pandas vs. Tundra Esports (upper-bracket semis)
–PSG.LGD vs. Talon Esports (lower-bracket Round 1)
ESL One Berlin Major prize pool, Dota Pro Circuit points
1. $200,000, 500
2. $100,000, 450
3. $75,000, 400
4. $50,000, 350
5-6. $25,000, 300
7-8. $12,500, 200
9-12. No money, no points — Team Spirit, Xtreme Gaming, Shopify Rebellion, TBD
13-14. No money, no points — BetBoom Team, beastcoast
15-16. No money, no points — Execration, Team SMG
17-18. No money, no points — TSM, Invictus Gaming
–Field Level Media