Excitement is high with ESL One New York just around the corner. Eight top teams will descend upon the Madison Square Garden in New York City over the course of the weekend, October 3rd-4th, to compete in the first LAN of the new season.
Catch up with the ESL One New York schedule, brackets, format, and teams!
ESL One New York 2015 is shaping up to be one of the very best Dota 2 tournaments of this fall, with the likes of Evil Geniuses and Team Secret among the attendees and a base prize-pool of $250,000.
Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Virtus.Pro, CDEC Gaming, Vega Squadron, Fnatic, FIRE and Invictus Gaming will earnestly be vying for the championship title and a slice of the over $250,000 prize fund.
More significant than the prize-pool – which is almost double last year’s reward, is the weight that this premier tournament holds as the first pivotal platform for new rosters to establish themselves.
The event will take place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, on October 3rd and 4th, and will showcase eight of some of the best teams from around the world.
ESL One New York streams
The tournament will be broadcast on the ESL Dota 2 dedicated channel, on Twitch.
ESL One New York teams
- Evil Geniuses (direct invite)
- Team Secret (direct invite)
- Virtus.Pro (direct invite)
- CDEC Gaming (direct invite)
- Vega Squadron (Winner of EU Qualifiers)
- Fnatic (Winner of SEA Qualifiers)
- FIRE (Winner of NA Qualifiers)
- Invcitus Gaming (runner-up of CN Qualifiers, replacing EHOME)
ESL One New York brackets
- Team Secret vs. Fnatic
- Team Fire vs. CDEC Gaming
- Virtus.Pro vs. Invictus Gaming
- Vega Squadron vs. Evil Geniuses
ESL One New York schedule
The ESL One New York schedule will be packed with at least 21 hours of nonstop action. The doors open at 10:00 EDT on both days, October 3-4.
ESL One New York schedule, Saturday, October 3rd
- 11:00 – 14:00 EDT/ 17:00 – 20:00 CEST – Team Secret vs. Fnatic
- 14:00 – 17:00 EDT/ 20:00 – 23:00 CEST – CDEC Gaming vs. Team Fire
- 17:00 – 20:00 EDT/ 23:00-02:00 CEST – Virtus.Pro vs. Invictus Gaming
- 20:00 – 23:00 EDT/ 02:00 – 05:00 CEST – Evil Geniuses vs. Vega Squadron
ESL One New York schedule, Sunday, October 4th
- 11:00 – 14:00 EDT/ 17:00 – 20:00 CEST – Semifinal #1
14:00 – 17:00 EDT/ 20:00 – 23:00 CEST – Semifinal #2
17:00 – 20:00 EDT/ 23:00 – 02:00 CEST – Grand finals
ESL One New York prize pool distribution
The base prize pool is $250,000. As of September 30, the total fund has reached $280,506 through crowdfunding.
- 1st place – $100,000
- 2nd place – $50,000
- 3rd place – $25,000
- 4th place – $25,000
- 5th place – $12,500
- 6th place – $12,500
- 7th place – $12,500
- 8th place – $12,500
ESL One New York tickets
Tickets can be purchased online through the ESL website, at Ticket Master or at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, at prices ranging from $39 to $169.
Ticket prices have been reduced and refunds will be provided for those visitors who have already purchased their tickets.
The ESL One New York in-game ticket is available for $1.99. 25.0% of the proceeds of each sale contributes to the tournament’s prize-pool.
ESL One New York hosting team
- Host: Dakota “KotLGuy” Cox
Desk Host: Andrew “Zyori” Campbell
Reporter: Soe “Soe” Gschwind-Penski
Observer: Jonathan “PimpmuckL” Liebig
ESL One New York talent
- Commentator: Toby “Tobiwan” Dawson
Commentator: Austin “Capitalist” Walsh
Commentator: William “Blitz” Lee
Commentator: Ben “Merlini” Wu
Commentator: Kevin “Purge” Godec
Analyst: Kai “H4anni” Hanbueckers
Analyst: Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen
Analyst: Alan “Nahaz” Bester
ESL One New York team profiles
For more than a year, Evil Geniuses have established themselves as THE number one team in America. Dominating tournaments, seizing titles and crushing opponents – the team continued to rise to glory.
Just over a month ago, Evil Geniuses managed to turn the odds to their favor and claim the coveted TI5 Aegis of Champions and $6.6 million in prize money, thus becoming the first American team to win The International. In a surprising turn of events, Kurtis “Aui” Ling was let go and replaced by Artour “Arteezy” Babaev not long after EG became The International 5 champions.
Evil Geniuses roster
Clinton “Fear” Loomis
Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan
Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora
Peter “ppd” Dager
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Team Secret’s legacy of 2015 began shortly after the team was formed in August 2014 and peaked in the spring of 2015. In a sweep of pure dominance, Team Secret stormed forward at an alarming rate to claim four consecutive LAN championship titles in major/premier tournaments, in only six weeks. Starting in early May at Red Bull Battle Grounds in California, then at the Summit 3, followed by MarsTV Dota 2 League and ending with ESL One Frankfurt, in June.
After a disappointing eighth place finish at TI5, Team Secret announced a completely revamped roster on August 22nd. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov is the only original member remaining on the roster.
Team Secret roster
Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
Omar “w33haa” Aliwi
Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen
Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao
Johan “pieliedie” Åström
A team that has historically had struggles with consistent achievements due to frequent roster and structural changes, Virtus.Pro has broken free of the ill fated pattern and has soared to great heights with their stable roster.
Since they found stability in the spring of 2015, their results have been undeniable: top three finishes in numerous major tournaments in the months leading up to The International 5.
At The International 5, Virtus.Pro managed an unexpected performance when they saw odds-on favorites Team Secret eliminated, 2:1. They recovered from a one-game deficit and flat out outplayed them – an even more remarkable performance considering that the CIS team had never won a full series against Secret before. They came in a commendable 5th-6th place at this year’s International championship and walked away with close to 1.2 million dollars.
Virtus.Pro was one of the few teams to keep their rosters intact at the height of the post-TI5 reshuffle period and they have continued to show strength in their recent official matches.
Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev
Sergey “God” Bragin
Alexander “DkPhobos” Kucheria
Artem “fng” Barshak
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
A true Cinderella story in the making, CDEC have gone from rags to riches in a surprisingly short period of time. Without a single championship title under their belt, they have become the first Wild Card team that has ever advanced into The International Grand Finals.
They did not lose a single match until the TI5 Grand Finals, taking down Cloud 9, LGD and even future champions Evil Geniuses along the way. They eventually lost to EG in the Grand Finals, 1:3, and walked away with $2,848,562.
Sun “Agressif” Zheng
Huang “Shiki” Jiwei
Chen “Xz” Zezhi
Liu “Garder” Xinzhou
Fu “Q” Bin
The squad surprised many when they surged forward, showing strong performances in the TI5 European qualifiers and grabbing the Wild Card Series slot for the biggest tournament of the year.
Although they failed to advance in the main event of TI5, the squad remained committed to each other and did not fall victim to post-TI roster changes. They have continued to show strong performances and development of their potential ever since.
Vega Squadron roster:
Semen “Cema” Krivulya
Pavel “9pashaebashu” Khvastunov
Vladimir “no[o]ne” Minenko
Andrey “Mag” Chipenko
Aleksey “Solo” Berezin
The previous Malaysian squad, formerly a part of the EHOME organization between January – March 2015, was signed by Fnatic on June 4th.
During The International 5, Fnatic have failed to advance into the Upper Brackets of the main event, having secured only 4 points during the group stage. They were knocked out of contention by Virtus.Pro from the very first day of the TI5 main event, on August 3rd, in a brutal best-of-one elimination series.
The organization made significant changes following TI5. Mushi and Ohaiyo were the only remaining members. Changing directions, the team is now infused with an international flavor, with Djardel “DJ” Mampusti from the Philippines and Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier from Germany on the squad.
Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung
Chong “Ohaiyo” Xin Khoo
Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
Wai Pern “Net” Lim
Fire was founded three years ago, by FLUFFNSTUFF, Jeyo, Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam, Tyler “TC” Cook, and Tony “HANNAH_MONTANA” Talavera. In February 2012, the squad was picked up by compLexity Gaming and disbanded shortly after The International 2012. The team resurfaced for a brief period of time, in December 2014, only to disband again at the beginning of this year.
In the past, FLUFFNSTUFF stated that FIRE was his favorite team and it seems that he has decided to revive the team for the upcoming season. FIRE has been a strong presence already in the NA scene, competing in the regional tournaments and qualifiers and attempting to gain a foothold on the top rungs of the NA ladder.
FIRE swept through ROOT Gaming, 2:0, and bested Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling’s team, Digital Chaos, 2:1, before advancing to the ESL One New York Americas qualifier finals, where they faced and eventually defeated compLexity Gaming.
David “Moo” Hull
Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee
Bryant “Whitebeard” Lehwald
Jio “Jeyo” Madayag
Eric “747” Dong
Invictus Gaming have provided a high level of competition to their Chinese and international rivals, maintaining a strong and at times threatening presence. Always a team to achieve placements during tournament playoffs, IG towers above their peers. The team has seized top three finishes at several premier and major tournaments earlier in the year and numerous commendable positions in between.
After a disappointing 12th place finish at TI5, the team was once again subject to roster changes.
Invictus Gaming roster
Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan
Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi
Luo “Luo” Yinqi
Wang “Rabbit” Zhang
Su “super” Peng