Team Secret and Natus Vincere each won their first-round playoff matches to advance in upper-bracket action Friday at the ESL One Germany event.
Secret came from behind to edge Team Nigma, which opened with a 46-minute win on green in the first map. Secret rallied to take the next two in 33 and 41 minutes on green and red, respectively, securing the 2-1 series win.
Finland's Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen led the way for Secret with an 8.3-4.3-13.0 kills-deaths-assists ratio.
Natus Vincere edged OG by 2-1 in their matchup. Na'Vi took the first game on green in 34 minutes, but OG rebounded with a 42-minute victory on red. Na'Vi took the series win with a 38-minute victory on green in Game 3. Ukraine's Alik "V-Tune" Vorobey anchored Na'Vi with a 13-2.7-12.3 K-D-A ratio.
Upper-bracket action continues Saturday with Team Liquid taking on mudgolems, and Vikin.gg squaring off against Alliance. Nigma and OG will play lower-bracket matches on Sunday.
The $400,000 Dota 2 event began with 16 teams from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The tournament runs through Nov. 1, with the winner earning $150,000.
The teams competed in a Swiss group stage with five rounds of best-of-three matches. Teams needed three victories to secure a spot in the eight-team playoffs, while three losses equaled elimination. Teams never played the same opponent twice.
The playoffs are following a best-of-three, double-elimination format. The grand final is a best-of-five encounter.
ESL One Germany final standings and prize money:
1st -- TBD -- $150,000
2nd -- TBD -- $80,000
3rd -- TBD -- $45,000
4th -- TBD -- $25,000
5th-6th -- TBD -- $15,500
7th-8th -- TBD $12,000
9th-11th -- Yellow Submarine, Ninyas in Pyjamas, 5men -- $7,500
12th-14th -- Winstrike Team, HellRaisers, Cyber Legacy -- $5,500
15th-16th -- EXTREMUM, Tempo Esports -- $3,500
--Field Level Media