ESL One Hamburg announced to return this October

ESL One is officially returning to Hamburg where twelve Dota 2 teams will go head-to-head from October 25-27 for the majority of a $300,000 prize pool.

This will be one of the first events to take place after the conclusion of the 2018-19 DPC circuit and The International 2019 which takes place in August.


Starting on Tuesday 22nd October with the group stage, the 12 teams will be divided into two groups of six teams. The teams will then battle it out in a round-robin best-of-two, determining the top eight teams.

Starting with the quarter-finals, teams will play live in the Barclaycard Arena in BO3 format and the Grand Finals concluding with a BO5.


ESL One Hamburg will see eight teams receive direct invites and four teams earn their spot through regional qualifiers. The teams that qualify will be selected from Europe/CIS, North America, China and South Asia.

“This year the focus is especially on offering the passionate community an ultimate Dota 2 fan experience by transforming the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg into the gateway to the world of esports,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL.

At ESL One Hamburg fans can expect a brand new Artist’s Alley, where they can become an active part in the world of Dota 2. The Artist’s Alley will feature signing sessions with teams, interactive workshops and a cosplay contest. The cosplay creations will be presented in front of the crowd and evaluated by a professional jury. Tickets for ESL One Hamburg are available now via Eventim and Eventbrite.

Before the excitement of Hamburg, ESL One is heading to Birmingham from May 31st to June 2nd. The tournament will see teams compete for a share of a $300,000 prize pool.

Teams competing at ESL One Birmingham are:

  • Vici Gaming
  • Virtus.Pro
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • OG
  • Team Liquid
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team Secret
  • Alliance
  • Forward Gaming
  • Keen Gaming
  • TNC Predator

The participating teams will be divided into two groups of six, with a round-robin best-of-two group stage. The top two in each group will then be seeded into an upper bracket, while 3rd and 4th will play in the lower bracket. On May 31 – June 2, live from Birmingham, eight teams will go head-to-head in best-of-three matchups which will then end in a best-of-five grand final on June 2nd.