ESL One Frankfurt 2016 Groupstage Schedules and Matches
While TI6 is just really around the corner with the open and regional qualifier dates already revealed, plus the invites to be announced soon, we will still have one more checkpoint to go through as ESL One Frankfurt 2016 looms.
Happening later this week, one of Dota 2’s most prestigious stages will once again pit the best teams of today for a weekend of pro action. Witness the invited teams, TI3 Champions Alliance, 2-time Major winners OG and the EPICENTER:Moscow title holders Team Liquid face off against the qualified contenders, LGD Gaming, Vega Squadron, Natus Vincere, compLexity Gaming and Fnatic.
First match schedules and Groupstage brackets are already set, with the event to take plaze in the 50,000 seater Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.
|Group A||Group B|
|Team Liquid||OG Dota 2|
|Fnatic Dota||LGD Gaming|
|Vega Squadron||Natus Vincere|
First Match Schedules
Group A – Upper Bracket Round 1
June 17, 4:30 PM PHT
June 17, 4:30 AM PHT
Team Liquid will have the chance to face off against the European Qualifier winner Vega Squadron this coming Friday in their Best of 3 match for Group A Round 1, and at the same time Alliance will be taking on the SEA representatives Fnatic. Liquid, who is currently 3-2 in their last five matches against Vega, will have their patience to the test against a team that has undergone a lot of changes throughout its existence and was noted for their win in ESL One New York 2015. On the other hand, Alliance currently holds a 4-1 record against Fnatic in their last 5 matches, but even so the SEA team is hoped to snatch a victory against the Swedish rat lords, most especially against their recent performance in the Manila Major
Group B – Upper Bracket Round 1
|OG Dota 2||Versus
June 17, 7:45 PM PHT
June 17, 7:45 PM PHT
A western showdown will aim to be the highlight of the first round of Group B as the 2-time Major winners, OG Dota 2, will take on the favorite Natus Vincere in the Best of 3 series, Dendi, who once told that MMR is just a number, will face off Miracle–, the man who has shattered his statement as the 9K MMR pro carried his team to 2 Major victories and even set some new records in the Pro Scene such as having 0 deaths in 4 consecutive games in a single tournament. The North American compLexity Gaming on the other hand will try and slay the Chinese titan LGD Gaming in their own Best of 3 matchup for Round 1 of Group B, this is only the 2nd time that both teams will face each other ever since TI5, making it an interesting match to look forward to, by its own standards.
Boy Backup live in ESL One!
While there may be no Filipino team in ESL One Frankurt 2016, a lone Pinoy will still be making the ESL One stage through the way of Eri Neeman as he joins the On Air Host Team together with Paul “RedEye” Chaloner.
Eri, who is popularly known for his pseudonym, Boy Backup has first made his transition from Standup Comedy and live event hosting to eSports years ago in MPGL South East Asia Finals, and hosted his way into other big events such as the Esports and Gaming Summit and even ESL One Manila 2016.