A double dose of elimination action was on the cards for the first two series of ESL One Germany 2020 today, as two teams would progress through into the fifth round of the group stage.
Ninjas in Pyjamas and HellRaisers would be the first two teams to enter the battlefield today, both going into the series with 1-2 stats in the group stage. This meant that a loss in the series would mean elimination from the event, while the victor would move forward into the next round of modified Swiss-format round robin group stage action. NiP took a fantastic game one, claiming an early lead and never giving up their advantage until the GG call came out.
With a Techies pick in game two, NiP seemed to just be trying something new, but as the game progressed, this seemed to be the perfect pick for their lineup. While getting constant kills throughout the early to mid-game period, NiP were not pulling ahead, even allowing a fantastic turn around from HR to come through. However, it wasn’t enough as NiP solidified and fought their way back into the lead and eventually took the series 2-0. With that, HR would be eliminated from ESL One Germany 2020, with NiP moving on to the final round of group stage action, where their fate will be determined.
Following this would see Team Nigma battling Winstrike, with the same constraints as the first series. For Nigma, they had already been upset twice in the event – losing to both Yellow Submarine and mudgolems, and after their poor form at the OGA Dota PIT Season 3: EU/CIS, they would be hoping for a win to remain in the tournament. While Winstrike had seen a victory over HR in round two, today was a much different challenge as Nigma seemed to find their footing with ease. With Winstrike only able to muster up 10 and 11 kills in each game respectively, Nigma were the better team by far, securing a simple 2-0 series win.
With that win, Nigma move on to the fifth round of ESL One Germany 2020’s groups stage, with their final series deciding whether they will make it into the playoffs. For Winstrike, unfortunately their tournament comes to an end after suffering their third loss. One final series remains for the day at the event at time of writing, with YeS taking on OG – with the victorious team moving into the playoff stage.