ESL One Birmingham
Birmingham, UK

Event Dates:
May 23, 2018 through May 27, 2018

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Read the latest news about players competing in ESL One Birmingham

Tough series sends Fnatic to the third-place match
May 26, 2018
pieliedie finished a hard 2-1 loss to Optic at ESL Birmingham with an overall KDA of 4/15/27.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 was rough for pie on Shadow Demon. He died a lot all game, only able to delay his inevitable death with Disruption. His illusions also didn't offer very much this game, with just Phantom Lancer to Disrupt. He finished with a 0/7/3 KDA. pieliedie made it through Game 2 without giving up a single death. Fnatic battered Optic all game, dominating teamfights largely thanks to the chaos and sustain that pie created with all his spells. He finished Game 2 with a 3/0/12 KDA. In Game 3 pie played Ogre Magi but went back to his typical style of dying a lot. He finished Game 3 with a 1/8/12 KDA.
Stellar Rubick in Game 2 not enough to turn things around
May 26, 2018
DJ played a decent series but couldn't carry on his own in a 2-1 loss to Optic at ESL Birmingham. He finished with an overall KDA of 9/6/33.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 DJ played Elder Titan. He did a nice job positioning himself and staying alive but wasn't able to get much done with his spells otherwise. He finished with a 0/2/7 KDA. In Game 2 DJ got to show off on Rubick. He moved around the map extremely well, stealing spells and putting them to work against their owners. He got extremely farmed, finishing both Blink Dagger and Force Staff by 20 minutes. He finished with a 6/0/9 KDA. DJ played Rubick again in Game 3 but couldn't pull off a repeat performance. He was a part of a lot of Fnatic's kills but couldn't do enough on his own. He finished with a 3/4/17 KDA.
Tough times in the offlane
May 26, 2018
Universe had a rough series in a 2-1 loss to Optic at ESL Birmingham. He finished with a 13/10/31 overall KDA.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Universe played Axe. He had a rough time initiating for Fnatic against all the AoE damage and control on Optic. Even after a nice laning phase, Universe didn't have the gold or level lead he needed to blink into the Optic lineup. He finished with a 2/4/5 KDA. Universe played a fantastic Night Stalker in Game 2. After getting a completely free lane, he started moving around the map ruthlessly pressuring Optic. Even if he didn't get a kill, Universe was constantly forcing Optic to react to him and giving Fnatic the edge. He finished with a 7/0/13 KDA. In Game 3 Universe had a rough time on Batrider. He had a lot of work to do as Fnatic's primary initiation and couldn't deliver. He played well, but Fnatic needed him to hit every Lasso without fail. He finished with a 4/6/13 KDA.
Can't deliver a repeat on explosive Game 2
May 26, 2018
Abed finished a 2-1 loss to Optic at ESL Birmingham with an overall KDA of 13/10/26.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Abed played Phantom Lancer. There we a few moments where it looked like his damage might be enough to carry Fnatic through some fights but he was never able to pull through completely. His illusions didn't last long up against all Optic's AoE, and Abed finished with a 4/3/5 KDA. In Game 2 Abed played Kunkka. He did an amazing job using his spells again Optic, completely throwing a wrench into their game plan. In addition to dealing tons of AoE magic damage, Abed also dished out massive physical cleave. He finished with a 5/0/9 KDA. Abed played Kunkka again in Game 3 but couldn't take over the map like he did in Game 2. His damage just didn't feel as intimidating when playing from behind, and once Optic finished their three Black King Bars even his magic damage was rendered ineffective. He finished with a 4/7/12 KDA.
Erratic series from Fnatic's carry
May 26, 2018
EternaLEnVy was all over the place in a 2-1 loss to Optic at ESL Birmingham. He finished with an overall KDA of 18/11/24.
ANALYSIS
EternaLEnVy played a shaky Death Prophet in Game 1. In a few fights he lived long enough to get some mileage from his Exorcism but he spent most of the game getting bursted down quickly by Optic. He finished with a 4/6/3 KDA. EternaLEnVy came back in Game 2 with a fearsome Lone Druid performance. He got first blooded but still managed to do very well in his lane. He farmed up a quick Radiance, and then from there, it was all Fnatic all the way. EternaLEnVy finished with a 4/1/12 KDA. In Game 3 EternaLEnVy played Spectre. He had a very rough start, but actually managed to come back and make the game interesting down to the end. Fnatic managed to mount an impressive defense, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome the Optic lead. EternaLEnVy finished with a 9/4/9 KDA.
Takes Optic to the grand finals vs Virtus.pro
May 26, 2018
ppd played a good series against Fnatic at ESL Birmingham, taking it 2-1. He finished with an overall KDA of 5/17/26.
ANALYSIS
ppd played Tusk in Game 1. He did a nice job saving his team as well as chasing down kills with Snowball. ppd finished with a 2/2/11 KDA. In Game 2 ppd played Jakiro, getting completely shut out by Fnatic. After assisting in getting first blood, things spiraled out of control for Optic. ppd finished with a 0/8/1 KDA. In Game 3 ppd played a nice Bane. Although he did die a lot, he played very well before going down. He was very good about making sure not to give away Fiend's Grip as an easy Spellsteal, making the game much harder for DJ's Rubick. ppd finished with a 3/7/14 KDA.
Supports Optic on the way to the grand finals
May 26, 2018
zai finished with an overall KDA of 9/18/27 in a 2-1 win against Fnatic at ESL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
zai played a great Clockwerk in Game 1. He created tons of space in the early game for his cores without dying, which let zai transition well into initiating for his team. Despite dying a lot to initiate, zai got a lot done in fights with his spells and eventual Spirit Vessel. He finished with a 5/4/11 KDA. zai's Clockwerk in Game 2 was the complete opposite of Game 1. His early game got completely shut down, leaving zai at level two by eight minutes. There was no recovering from this miserable start, and zai finished with a 0/8/0 KDA. In Game 3 zai played Leshrac. His positioning in fights was solid, keeping him alive a lot longer than Fnatic intended in a lot of fights. Although he did usually go down eventually, he was able to deal a huge amount of damage before dying. He finished with a 4/6/16 KDA.
Shows off his chops as the real carry of Optic
May 26, 2018
33 played an excellent series, finishing with a 14/6/20 overall KDA in a 2-1 win vs Fnatic at ESL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 33 played a fantastic Visage. His Familiar control was excellent all game, giving Optic a huge amount of damage and some powerful stuns in fights. 33 also gave Optic some much needed single target damage, enabling pickoffs and quick kills. He finished with a 3/1/11 KDA. In Game 2 33 got crushed on Dark Seer. He was completely shut out from the game, along with the rest of Optic. He finished with a 0/3/0 KDA. 33 managed to finish off the series with an impressive Lycan game. He had pretty much the dream start, finishing a quick Helm of the Dominator and taking a tower almost immediately afterward. 33 hit a bit of a snag trying to break the Fnatic base, but he and Optic were able to power through. He finished with an 11/2/9 KDA.
Solid showing against Fnatic
May 26, 2018
CCnC finished a 2-1 win vs Fnatic at ESL Birmingham with an overall KDA of 10/10/17.
ANALYSIS
CCnC played well on Leshrac in Game 1. He gave up a few careless deaths while Optic was very far ahead, but did a nice job recovering afterward. He did a huge amount of magical AoE damage in fights, forcing back Fnatic's supports and clearing out Abed's Phantom Lancer illusions. CCnC finished with a 4/2/9 KDA. In Game 2 CCnC got destroyed on Death Prophet. He and Optic were pressured heavily and cracked early to it. This lead to an unstoppable Fnatic snowball and CCnC finished with a 0/4/0 KDA. In Game 3 CCnC played an OK Razor. He did a good job getting into fights and creating space for the rest of his team to run in but often found himself overextended beyond saving. Apart from those few careless deaths though, CCnC did a nice job prioritizing targets and playing with his team. He finished with a 6/4/8 KDA.
Battles his way to the grand finals
May 26, 2018
Pajkatt started the series with a bang but fell to the background afterwards in a 2-1 win vs Fnatic at ESL Birmingham. He finished with an overall KDA of 13/7/22.
ANALYSIS
In Game 1 Pajkatt played a very good Gyrocopter. He played a pretty standard game, keeping up his farm and going for early fighting items. He showed up to almost every fight, bringing a huge amount of magic and physical AoE damage. He finished with an 8/1/9 KDA. In Game 2 Pajkatt played Slark. He got first blood in lane, but things went completely downhill afterwards. Optic quickly fell behind and could do nothing to catch up. Pajkatt finished with a 1/2/0 KDA. In Game 3 Pajkatt played Axe, taking a step away from the traditional pool of carry heroes. Despite this shift in farm priority, Pajkatt played well. He made some impressive plays with blink and Berserker's Call, initiating for Optic. He finished with a 4/4/13 KDA.