ESL One Birmingham 2024 qualified teams: 1win dispute being replaced by OG – here’s how each team qualified

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ESL One returns to Birmingham this month with 12 of the best Dota 2 teams attending. Here are the full list of ESL One Birmingham 2024 qualified teams.

Each team earned their spot at the major either through the ESL Pro Tour Leaderboard placement or through different regional closed qualifiers.

It was announced last December that the ESL One Birmingham 2024 event would be taking place at Resorts World Arena from April 26th to April 28th.

ESL Pro Tour Season 2

The top four teams following the culmination of ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 were directly invited to participate in Birmingham. Points are given to teams based on their placement at ESL Faceit Group events, for this season this included ESL One and DreamLeague events.

Gaimin Gladiators were the first team invited to ESL One Birmingham, having the highest amount of points after placing 7th at DreamLeague Season 21 and 2nd at ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023. Gaimin Gladiators is a Canadian-owned organisation, but the team plays in the Western Europe region.

The second team to be invited was BetBoom Team, a Russian owned team that plays in the CIS region. They sat in second place in ESL Pro Tour after ESL One Kuala Lumpur, where they placed fourth alongside a third place finish at DreamLeague Season 21.

Xtreme Gaming were the third invite to Birmingham. The team consisting of all Chinese players previously played under Azure Ray, also a Chinese organisation, where they had won ESL One Kuala Lumpur.

The final direct invite went to Team Liquid. The team currently plays in the Western Europe region and earned their points on the ESL Pro Tour by placing 9th at DreamLeague Season 21 and 3rd place at ESL One Kuala Lumpur.

Western Europe Qualifier

Tundra Esports earned the Western Europe Qualifier spot. The London-headquartered org lost to OG 2-1 in the Upper Bracket Semifinals, before going on a three-game winning streak beating Na’Vi Junior, Team Secret and Entity to take on OG in Grand Finals, defeating them 3-1.

Tundra will be playing with a stand-in for the tournament after MinD_ContRoL departed from Tundra in February

Eastern Europe Qualifier

There were two qualifier spots for Eastern Europe, one for the Upper Bracket and one for the Lower Bracket. The Upper Bracket spot was taken by Team Spirit, beating 2-1.

The Lower Bracket spot was initially taken by 1win, who played in the qualifier under the team name Klim Sani4. They lost the first round before going on a four-game winning streak beating Chimera, Na’vi and Yellow Submarine and defeating 2-1 in a gruelling three-hour Lower Bracket Final.

As of April 9th, 1win were unable to secure visas in time for the event, despite being given an extension and were unable to field an eligible roster for the event. The next team from the Eastern Europe Qualifier were also unable to make the event and the spot was given to the next Western European Qualifier team – OG Esports.

However, 1win posted a statement saying: “All of our team have visas and passports ready to go to England for the tournament.

“ESL took the slot away from us and gave it to the OG team.”

There’s a full statement from 1win here:

“Unfortunately, according to ESL rules, we didn’t meet a deadline [for visas]. The players spent a huge amount of effort on qualification, the organization provided them with full support, the media team prepared to fly to the tournament with the guys to create content. However, we will miss it because of a mere trifle measured in four hours. Keep cheering for us in the upcoming tournaments where we will surely qualify and participate directly.”

MENA Qualifier

The MENA Qualifier was won by the Saudi Arabian organisation Team Falcons. The team stormed through the upper bracket, only dropping games to PSG Quest, a team partnership between Quest Esports and French football club Paris Saint-Germain, who they beat in the Upper Finals 2-1 and then in Grand Finals 3-2.

China Qualifier

The joint partnership team of G2 Esports and Invictus Gaming, G2.iG, won the China Qualifier from Upper Bracket, beating LGD Gaming 2-1 in Upper Bracket Finals and Azure Ray 3-2 in Grand Finals, securing their spot in Birmingham.

SEA Qualifier

The SEA Qualifier was eventually won by Talon Esports, who lost in the first round to Geek Fam 2-1. They went on a five-game winning streak, getting revenge on Geek Fam 3-0 in Grand Finals.

NA Qualifier

Shopify Rebellion came out as the victors for the Qualifier for North America. They won it through the Upper Bracket, defeating Nouns Esports 2-1 in the Upper Bracket Finals, and then 3-2 in the Grand Finals.

SA Qualifier

The South American qualifier, similar to the North American Qualifier, was won from the Upper Bracket as well. Heroic defeated Boom Esports and beastcoast 2-0 to reach Grand Finals, where they would take on Boom Esports again, this time defeating them 3-2.

Full list of ESL One Birmingham 2024 qualified teams

  • BetBoom Team (EPT Leaderboard)
  • Gaimin Gladiators (EPT Leaderboard)
  • Xtreme Gaming (EPT Leaderboard)
  • Team Liquid (EPT Leaderboard)
  • Team Spirit (Eastern Europe Qualifier)
  • OG (replacing 1win from the Eastern Europe Qualifier)
  • Shopify Rebellion (North America Qualifier)
  • Talon (Southeast Asia Qualifier)
  • Tundra Esports (Western Europe Qualifier)
  • Team Falcons (Middle East and Northern Africa Qualifier)
  • Heroic (South America Qualifier)
  • G2.iG (China Qualifier)

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