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Favorites reign supreme on the first day of the Frankfurt Major group stage

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Yesterday, November 13th, marked the beginning of the first ever Dota 2 official Valve major happening in Frankfurt, Germany. Teams of groups A and B kicked off the tournament with a series of exciting matches, fighting for a slot in the upper bracket.

Group A

Group A had one clear favorite - The International 4 champions, Evil Geniuses. Although their best of three matchups did not go as smoothly, dropping a game against both Fnatic and Virtus.pro, they did manage to come out on top with a 2-0 score overall. Following suit were Virtus.pro who 2-0’d Newbee twice and only lost to Evil Geniuses 1-2, securing the second slot in the group and moving to the upper bracket. Both Fnatic and Newbee got moved to the lower bracket.

 

Group A

Result

Evil Geniuses

2-0

Virtus.pro

2-1

Newbee

1-2

Fnatic

0-2

Group B

Group B had two ESL One New York champions - 2014 winners, Vici Gaming and reigning champions, Vega Squadron, as well as two teams who could have surprised everyone - OG and Unknown. In the end, it was the two ESL One trophy winners who clenched the first two slots, securing the transition to the upper bracket of the main event. OG and Unknown will continue their battle in the lower bracket.

Group B

Result

Vici Gaming

2-0

Vega Squadron

2-1

OG

1-2

Unknown

0-2

The brackets

With all the matches of groups A and B now completed, we can see what the first parts of both the upper and lower bracket will look like.

Upper bracket

  • Evil Geniuses vs. Vega Squadron
  • Virtus.pro vs. Vici Gaming

Lower bracket

  • Newbee vs. Team Unknown
  • Fnatic vs. OG

Don’t miss groups C and D playing it out today!

Groups C and D have already kicked off over at live.thefrankfurtmajor.com - be sure to join us online to see who will claim the first slots! Remember to follow our ESL Dota 2 channels on Twitter and Facebook for all important updates and highlight videos.