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All the 12 teams in attendance for ESL One Birmingham are now known, with Alliance clinching this weekend a 3-1 victory over Old but Gold in the Europe plus CIS regional qualifiers finals.
It all started on the wrong foot for the Alliance who lost game one to a fast paced-pushing strategy aligned by OBG, but they recovered the deficit as the CIS team insisted with the same kind of game plan for the entire series. This marks Alliance’s second qualifier final victory in less than a week, despite being forced to a roster adjustment after Michael “Micke” Vu’s hand injury got worse. For now, Alliance are playing with Omar “Madara” Dabachach standing in for Mike and it looks like the Greek carry is bringing in all the power boost that the team needed during these few months left in the competitive season.
Initially announced to stand in for a month, Madara will continue to play with Alliance for longer than anticipated, as Micke’s recovery and need for rest is extremely important. In a Facebook post made a few days back, Alliance updated their fans with Mike’s physiotherapist recommendations and the plan for his recovery. According to doctor Kyan Tahmasebi and his team from the LvL Up Esport Medical Center, “It is now pretty obvious how sensitive the nerve and all the sub branches of the nerve has become from the long injury. Micke is responding well to the treatment and we have had a significant reduction of pain and numbness in the hand. Unfortunately, there is still some pain left, especially when he plays 100%.”
With that said, Madara will travel with the team at the Minor in Split, Croatia and most likely will be with them until ESL One Birmingham as well. The event in the United Kingdom will take place just before the last set of Minor/Major DPC tournaments and it is set to bring the best teams in the world fighting for a share of $300,000 prize pool and a shot at the trophy.
ESL One Birmingham attending teams:
· Vici Gaming (direct invite)
· Team Secret (direct invite)
· Virtus.pro (direct invite)
· OG (direct invite)
· Team Liquid (direct invite)
· PSG.LGD Gaming (direct invite)
· Ninjas in Pyjamas (direct invite)
· Evil Geniuses (direct invite)
· Forward Gaming (NA qualifiers winners)
· TNC Predator (SEA qualifiers winners)
· Keen Gaming (China qualifiers winners)
· Alliance (Europe + CIS qualifiers winners)