Quincy Crew stay unbeaten in ESL One Birmingham NA/SA
Undefeated Quincy Crew topped winless Thunder Predator 2-0 on Friday to grab a share of first place in the ESL One Birmingham Online's North America and South America region.
Quincy Crew (3-0) pulled level with CR4ZY (3-0), who were idle Friday. Thunder Predator fell to 0-3.
In the day's other two matches, Evil Geniuses (1-3) split a doubleheader. EG posted a 2-0 sweep of beastcoast (1-2) in the makeup of a match postponed Monday due to technical difficulties. business associates (2-2) capped the day's action by rallying for a 2-1 win over EG.
The bracket features four teams from North America (business associates, CR4ZY, Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew) plus two from South America (beastcoast and Thunder Predator) competing for a $40,000 prize pool.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, had been scheduled for May 26-31 in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament was separated into four online regional competitions: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.
The $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia event runs through Sunday. The other three divisions -- the Americas, Europe/CIS (16 teams, $200,000) and China (eight teams, $55,000) -- will conclude June 7.
The Americas event has the six teams playing a single round robin of best-of-three matches. The top two teams will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the third- and fourth-place teams will earn spots in the lower bracket. The bottom two teams will be eliminated.
The playoffs are set to start Thursday. All playoff matches will be best-of-three until the best-of-five final.
On Friday, Quincy Crew dispatched Thunder Predator in 33 and 32 minutes.
Evil Geniuses downed beastcoast in a total of 56 minutes, then opened with a 30-minute victory against business assoc