China on top in groups at ESL One Hamburg 2018

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Photo courtesy of ESL

The first day of groups at ESL One Hamburg 2018 was fantastic for China as both ViCi Gaming and Team Aster topped their groups with an undefeated record. 

ESL One Hamburg 2018 group stage has just begun but China has already shown up flexing their muscles and claiming to be real contenders for the championship title. 

Group A

Team M W D L P
5 3 2 0 11
5 3 2 0 11
5 0 5 0 5
5 1 2 2 5
5 0 3 2 3
5 0 2 3 2
Matches and results

Vici Gaming came out on top, undefeated as they were able to sweep through paiN Gaming and then Alliance. Although Alliance had a slight lead in their first game against the Chinese team, they were not able to hold on to it and VG waited patiently to seize their chance when it came. Despite starting off with a crushing 2:0 loss, the South American team didn't let that get their spirits down and paiN Gaming rolled over Evil Geniuses with ease in the first match of their series. EG was able to even out the round which meant paiN was thrust into the bottom of the groups, tied with both Alliance and Mineski who showed struggles early on. 

Group B

Team M W D L P
5 4 1 0 13
5 4 0 1 12
5 1 3 1 6
5 1 2 2 5
5 1 1 3 4
5 0 1 4 1
Matches and results

Team Aster is making their mark quickly in the pro scene. Not only did they manage to go undefeated in the first day, but they swept through the defending champions and CIS juggernauts, Virtus.pro 2:0. The first match was filled with excitement, thrills and back and forth action lasting almost one hour, while the second match was considerably one-sided and looked more like a cakewalk for Team Aster. compLexity Gaming who is finally playing with their full intended lineup is looking solid and playing well, while Forward Gaming is struggling with their standin and last-minute replacement team EVOS Esports is trying to keep their head above water. 

There are two more days left of the group stage and two teams from each group will be eliminated by the end of it. The action resumes today at 12:00 CEST with Group A matches. 

ESL One Hamburg 2018 will have an expanded format featuring round robin groups and double elimination playoff brackets.

Group-stage Format: 

  • Teams will be divided into two groups
  • Round robin two-game series
  • Top two teams each group will advance to playoffs Upper-Bracket
  • Bottom two teams each group will be eliminated

Main event format: 

  • Double elimination bracket
  • All matches are 'Bo3' 
  • Grand-final match will be 'Bo5'

Will the Chinese teams keep their streaks going?

Yes, I think they will!
Thank you for voting!
Nah, they will drop some
Thank you for voting!
Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • "TheThesaurus" ,
    The article writer sounds like he's surprised w/ Team Aster's performance saying the team is quickly making it's mark in the proscene. Team Aster is composed of Chinese Veterans though so "quickly making it's mark in the pro scene" doesn't really apply to them as they were already well known players aside from Dstone. Doesn't he have any idea who is Sylar, Fenrir, Boboka and Xxs? Sylar used to be the greatest rival of B-god BurNing
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      It not true at all... there are plenty of pro stacks that either 1. take time to pull together enough with synergy and playstyles or 2. just don't make it (lets look at examples like Big God or even other iterations of other big Chinese orgs, not to mention when we see even teams like the TI3 Alliance reform and have no achievements etc). Its written from a perspective that this team just formed a few weeks ago and it is the first big LAN with all top names teams and it was not sure what to expect, let alone some teams going undefeated over teams that have been together awhile like VP etc.
  • river "riverbird" bird ,
    The points system used here differs from Liquipedia. Is it not that each map is worth 1 regardless of the series being a win or draw, so a 2-0 win is worth two points not 3, like in the table above?
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      I'll talk to Database folks and see why they have it listed that way... you are correct, its 1 point per win and thats all... I didn't pay attention to what their tables awarded since i don't create or contribute to those! thanks


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