A spot in the grand finals was up for grabs at ESL One Birmingham 2019 when PSG.LGD took on Evil Geniuses in the upper bracket final – leaving the losing team falling into the events lower bracket.
EG came into the event looking extremely strong, taking an eight game winstreak into the final day of the group stage, before LGD ended their seemingly unstoppable run. However, both teams excelled in their opening playoff series and set themselves up for a rematch – this time with the grand finals in sight.
EG went into the first game on the back foot as the Chinese squad pushed them back around the map with a Queen of Pain and Sven at their helm. However, as the game progressed, EG started to fight back and while not having the best team fight ability, their pick-off potential payed off big. It took 40-minutes for the North Americans, but they opened the series with a victory, moving themselves one game away from the grand finals.
With revenge on their mind, EG took to the next game in an extremely strong way. LGD seemed to crumble under the pressure placed on them, making mistakes around the map and allowing EG to take a big early game lead. By the time the half an hour mark had come, EG were far out in front and it seemed as though there was no hope for LGD.
It did not take much longer for the GG call to come out as EG dominated their opponent and secured their spot in the grand finals of ESL One Birmingham 2019. PSG.LGD are not down and out just yet as they will have another shot to make it to the grand finals from the lower bracket.
With that, Evil Geniuses break the ‘curse of threes’ as they are now guaranteed a top two finish at the event.