ESL One Hamburg 2019 had reached its final day and after a hard-fought lower bracket final, the grand finals would see the top teams of the tournament fighting in a best-of-five series to determine the victor – TNC Predator or Gambit Esports.
Alliance had shown their dominance just a week ago when they came back in the grand finals of DreamLeague Season 12 to reverse sweep their opponent. While the team seemed to be on a warpath through the lower bracket of ESL One Hamburg 2019, they were stopped and sent packing by Gambit Esports. The victory pushed the CIS squad into another series against the Southeast Asian squad who were unbeaten in a series throughout the event – having dropped only a single game in the group stage. TNC had already triumphed twice over their CIS opponent; a 2-0 group stage victory and a 2-0 upper bracket final victory too. With the title of ESL One Hamburg champion on the line, anything could change in the grand final.
With the two teams now set and ready to battle for their share of the $300,000 on offer in Hamburg, it was time to see if Gambit could find a way to stop the unstoppable TNC ship. Both teams threw everything they had at each other and the grand finals would go to the entire 5-games too with neither team backing down. Even after TNC showed off an insanely quick 22-minute game one, Gambit would always be ready to fight back and keep the opponents from taking the full series.
Both Major contender teams were playing some fantastic Dota 2, meticulously picking their heroes and carving their way through their opposition when it was needed most. But it would all come down to a final game to decide which team would be victorious at ESL One Hamburg 2019.
An Armel Paul ‘Armel’ Tabios Alchemist would be the TNC pick for the deciding game as the SEA squad looked to slowly burn down Gambit with another massive lead. For the CIS squad, this would be their eighth, albeit final game of the day but they were hoping to somehow break TNC’s unbeaten streak. By 15 minutes the Alchemist had nearly 1000 GPM and TNC were in the driver’s seat, ready to take the series and become the first ever Southeast Asian victors of an ESL One event.
While Gambit Esports played some brilliant Dota 2, it was nowhere near enough to take down TNC Predator as they fell to a second-place finish. For TNC, their season is off to an amazing start as they claim victory at ESL One Hamburg 2019 with the Chengdu Major quickly approaching.