ESL One Germany moves the Dota 2 action online
Some of the more observant users of this site may have noticed that the global pandemic known as COVID-19 isn’t quite over yet. The world’s largest ESports company has noticed. ESL has announced that it will produce ESL One Germany 2020 in an entirely online format.
ESL One Germany is the longest-running professional Dota 2 tournament in Europe. This year’s event will kick off on October 15 and will wrap up on November 1. Sixteen teams from the European and CIS regions will battle it out for a prize pool of US$400,000.
Each of the top six world-ranking outfits—OG, Team Secret, Nigma, Team Liquid, Alliance and Virtus.pro—will compete. FlyToMoon, Vikin.gg, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, and HellRaisers will join them. The tournament will also invite a twelfth team, which has yet to be announced.
Four spots up for grabs
In case math isn’t your strong suit, that leaves four tournament spots up for grabs. To fill those slots, qualifiers will take place through late September. The final 16 teams will then compete in a SWISS format. The top eight will progress to double-elimination playoffs and best-of-five finals. According to a September 15 press release from ESL, the Top 5 Dota 2 teams helped draft the format of the competition.
Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President Product at ESL, said: “Despite the challenges that face events across our industry currently, ESL One Germany 2020 Online is still set to be a landmark moment in the esports calendar. We are proud and excited to bring together the world’s best teams and to work closely with them to deliver some new and exciting Dota format to our fans.”