Team Liquid recorded a 2-0 victory over Evil Geniuses on Saturday to advance to the lower-bracket final at the ESL One Berlin Major playoffs in Germany.
Liquid followed up a 40-minute win on blue with a 33-minute victory on red to advance to Sunday’s lower-bracket final match against 9Pandas. The winner of that match will challenge Gaimin Gladiators in the best-of-five grand final.
In Saturday’s other match of the day, Evil Geniuses recorded a 2-1 victory over OG.
Evil Geniuses posted a 60-minute win on blue before OG responded with a 35-minute on blue. Evil Geniuses captured the match after notching a 29-minute win on red.
The second Dota major of the season began April 26 in Berlin with a prize pool of $500,000.
Eighteen teams from around the world participated in the group stage, split into two groups of nine. A single round robin was contested with all matches best-of-two. The top four teams from each group advanced to the upper bracket of the playoffs, the fifth- and sixth-place teams were slotted into the lower bracket and the rest were eliminated.
ESL One Berlin Major prize pool, Dota Pro Circuit points
1. $200,000, 500
2. $100,000, 450
3. $75,000, 400
4. $50,000, 350
5-6. $25,000, 300 — Tundra Esports, OG
7-8. $12,500, 200 — Team Aster, Talon Esports
9-12. No money, no points — Team Spirit, Xtreme Gaming, Shopify Rebellion, PSG.LGD
13-14. No money, no points — BetBoom Team, beastcoast
15-16. No money, no points — Execration, Team SMG
17-18. No money, no points — TSM, Invictus Gaming
–Field Level Media