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ESL One Birmingham powered by Intel®: Unstoppable Team Falcons Reign Supreme at Resorts World Arena

ESL One Birmingham Powered by Intel® reached its peak last weekend, with the unstoppable Team Falcons seizing the crown in a thrilling Grand Final clash at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham. Defeating fierce competitors, BetBoom Team, Team Falcons emerged victorious, etching their name in esports history.

 

Team Falcons had a near-flawless run to the trophy, finishing top of Group A without dropping a series. Despite a slight stumble against Tundra Esports in the Upper Bracket, they flew through the lower bracket, dispatching Team Liquid and OG, before getting their revenge on Tundra Esports in the Lower Bracket Final. With their incredible performance, Team Falcons took home $300,000, 6,400 of the all-valuable EPT Points and the coveted trophy.

 

With this win, Team Falcons have now secured their spot at Riyadh Masters at the Esports World Cup in summer 2024.

 

Europe’s biggest Dota 2 esports event in six years, ESL One captivated audiences worldwide and saw a peak viewership of over 327,000*, with over 18,000 fans from across the world attending Resorts World Arena in Birmingham on the final three days of the tournament.

 

Group Stage

 

Making a triumphant return to Birmingham for the first time since 2018, the tournament commenced on April 22 with the Group Stage, where 12 world’s best teams were split into two groups of six.

 

DreamLeague Season 22 champions Team Falcons went unbeaten and topped Group A, with BetBoom Team finishing a close second. Team Liquid and G2.iG eked through in third and fourth place, respectively, with Team Liquid also unbeaten.

 

Playoffs

 

In the first matches of the Upper Bracket, UK representatives Tundra Esports took the win against Team Falcons to secure their spot in the Upper Bracket Final against BetBoom Team, who knocked OG to the Lower Bracket.

 

The first day at Resorts World Arena saw Team Liquid take on HEROIC in a tense matchup which saw HEROIC become the first team to be eliminated from the Playoffs. In the final matchup of the day, Team Liquid’s momentum from their earlier win was quashed by Team Falcons, who took the match 2-1.

 

BetBoom Team were back in action to take on Tundra Esports, facing off for a spot in the Grand Final and crushed their opposition to emphatically secure their place. Tundra’s Lower Bracket final opponents were decided in the next match, where OG, despite battling bravely, fell to a 2-1 against a rampant Team Falcons.

 

In the Lower Bracket Final, it was Team Falcons who brushed Tundra Esports aside with a 2-0 sweep, setting the stage for a blockbuster finale against BetBoom Team.

 

Grand Final

 

With both teams making short work of their previous-round opposition, both BetBoom Team and Team Falcons won a spot in the Grand Final, eliminating some world-class organisations on the way. The last time these teams faced off was in the Group Stage where the match finished in a 1-1 draw, but at DreamLeague Season 22 earlier this year, Team Falcons took a clean 3-0 sweep over BetBoom Team, leaving them hungry for revenge.

 

After a rocky start in the first game, Team Falcons managed to rally quickly to dispel BetBoom Team’s chances of opening the scoring in the Grand Final. Team Falcons continued this form into the second game, where, despite some early setbacks, they managed to overpower BetBoom Team to increase their lead to 2-0.

 

Almost directly replicating the DreamLeague Season 22 Final, Team Falcons resumed their dominance into the third game, sweeping BetBoom Team away to continue their almost flawless start to 2024.

 

“We’re super happy with this win, we’ve been working so hard this year and it’s really showing with our performances” said Wu ‘Sneyking’ Jingjun from Team Falcons. “The fans were brilliant, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else we can achieve this year with this great team".

 

Qiddiya Cosplay Showcase

 

Amidst the intense battles, ESL One Birmingham embraced the creative spirit of the community with the Qiddiya Cosplay Showcase. Enthusiastic cosplayers from around the globe brought beloved Dota 2 characters to life, adding an extra layer of excitement and spectacle to the event.

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