live at Arena birmingham

all times are local

FRIDAY, may 25th

11:00 - door opening

13:25 - pre show

14:00 - QUARTER FINAL #1 | BO3

~17:50 - QUARTER FINAL #2 | BO3

SATURDAY, may 26th

11:00 - door opening

13:25 - pre show

14:00 - semi Final #1 | BO3

~17:50 - semi final #2 | BO3

SUNDAY, may 27th

9:00 - Door opening

10:30 - pre show

11:05 - 3rd place decider | BO3

14:35 - GRAND FINALS PRE SHOW

15:00 - Grand Finals | BO5

played backstage

WEDNESDAY, may 23rd

10:30 - Pre Show

11:00 - Group A: Virtus.pro vs. team spirit bo1

11:00 - Group A: fnatic vS. Evil geniuses bo1

12:10 - GROUP B: team liquid vs. pain gaming bo1

12:10 - GROUP B: og vs. vici gaming bo1

13:20 - GROUP C: MINESKi VS. LGD.FY bo1

13:20 - GROUP C: optic gaming vs newbee bo1

14:30 - GROUP A WINNER'S & ELIMINATION MATCH BO3

18:00 - GROUP b WINNER'S & ELIMINATION MATCH bo3

21:30 - GROUP c WINNER'S & ELIMINATION MATCH bo3

THURSDAY, may 24th

10:30 - pre show

10:30 - group a decider match bo3

14:30 - group B decider match bo3

18:30 - group B decider match bo3

Here are some answers to common questions from you

Running an event on the scale of ESL One Birmingham means balancing the needs of fans and excitement, players and competitive integrity. With our Dota 2 events, we have chosen to run a best-of-5 final (bo5), because we feel this is the best, fairest format for such an important match. To do this means that we chose not hold two semifinals and a bo3 final on the last day of the tournament. Again, the deciding factor is tournament integrity: That option will always put one of the teams in the final at a severe disadvantage as they have less time to prepare and rest than their opponents.

To avoid this we are doing two semi-finals, both bo3, on Saturday as well as two quarter-finals on Friday. An alternative here would be to do four quarter-finals (bo3). This would mean 12-14 hour days of competition. Our surveys of fans at our live esports events throughout the world has indicated that it is too much, that the days are too long. This fan feedback, as well as the consideration for the integrity of competition, drove our decision to choose the current format for the live events:

  • Friday: 2 quarter-finals (bo3)
  • Saturday: 2 semi-finals (bo3)
  • Sunday: 1 3rd place decider (bo3) & the grand final (bo5)

After a couple of events with this format, we are confident and pleased with how it addresses some of the challenges of running stadion-sized events in esports. Player feedback has also been good. The competitors favor it because it allows them sufficient time to prepare and rest, which allows them to put on their best possible performance and (hopefully) create some new legendary esport moments – with you in attendance!

Even though not every team will be playing on stage, our fan activities and signing sessions will allow you to interact with many of the attending teams even if they do not have a stage match.

 

live at ARENa birmingham



all times are local

FRIDAY, may 25th

10:00 - door opening

13:25 - pre show

14:00 - QUARTER FINAL #1 | bo3

~17:50 - QUARTER FINAL #2 | bo3

SATURDAY, may 26th

10:00 - door opening

13:25 - pre show

14:00 - SEMI FINAL #1 | bo3

~17:50 - SEMI FINAL #2 | bo3

SUNDAY, may 27th

09:00 - door opening

10:30 - pre show

11:05 - 3rd place decider | bo3

14:35 - GRAND FINAL PRE SHOW

15:00 - GRAND FINAL | Bo5

ALL TIMES ARE IN LOCAL TIMEZONE

played backstage

WEDNESDAY, may 23rd

10:30 - Pre Show

11:00 - Group A: Virtus.pro vs. team spirit bo1

11:00 - Group A: fnatic vS. Evil geniuses bo1

12:10 - GROUP B: team liquid vs. pain gaming bo1

12:10 - GROUP B: og vs. vici gaming bo1

13:20 - GROUP C: MINESKi VS. LGD.FY bo1

13:20 - GROUP C: optic gaming vs newbee bo1

14:30 - GROUP A WINNER'S & ELIMINATION MATCH BO3

18:00 - GROUP b WINNER'S & ELIMINATION MATCH bo3

21:30 - GROUP c WINNER'S & ELIMINATION MATCH bo3

THURSDAY, may 24th

10:30 - pre show

10:30 - group a decider match bo3

14:30 - group B decider match bo3

18:30 - group B decider match bo3

Here are some answers to common questions from you

Running an event on the scale of ESL One Birmingham means balancing the needs of fans and excitement, players and competitive integrity. With our Dota 2 events, we have chosen to run a best-of-5 final (bo5), because we feel this is the best, fairest format for such an important match. To do this means that we chose not hold two semifinals and a bo3 final on the last day of the tournament. Again, the deciding factor is tournament integrity: That option will always put one of the teams in the final at a severe disadvantage as they have less time to prepare and rest than their opponents.

To avoid this we are doing two semi-finals, both bo3, on Saturday as well as two quarter-finals on Friday. An alternative here would be to do four quarter-finals (bo3). This would mean 12-14 hour days of competition. Our surveys of fans at our live esports events throughout the world has indicated that it is too much, that the days are too long. This fan feedback, as well as the consideration for the integrity of competition, drove our decision to choose the current format for the live events:

  • Friday: 2 quarter-finals (bo3)
  • Saturday: 2 semi-finals (bo3)
  • Sunday: 1 3rd place decider (bo3) & the grand final (bo5)

After a couple of events with this format, we are confident and pleased with how it addresses some of the challenges of running stadion-sized events in esports. Player feedback has also been good. The competitors favor it because it allows them sufficient time to prepare and rest, which allows them to put on their best possible performance and (hopefully) create some new legendary esport moments – with you in attendance!

Even though not every team will be playing on stage, our fan activities and signing sessions will allow you to interact with many of the attending teams even if they do not have a stage match.

 

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