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Alliance, Gambit, TNC and Vici through to Upper Bracket at ESL One Hamburg

As the Group Stage has concluded, the four teams in the Upper Bracket and four Lower Bracket teams have been locked in.
ESL One Hamburg has the final eight Dota teams confirmed for the Playoffs. Matchups have been confirmed for the Upper Bracket: Alliance will face the almost undefeated TNC Predator and Vici Gaming meets x on the other side of the bracket.

Alliance and VG emerged victorious from Group A despite the best efforts of beastcoast and Virtus.pro who will have to fight through the Lower Bracket gauntlet for a chance to make the Grand Finals.

After Geek Fam had to withdraw, Alliance were brought in to replace the Southeast Asia Qualifier team at the last minute but have delivered a strong showing so far following a win at DreamLeague Season 12.

In Group B, TNC Predator secured top seed in their group and a place in the Upper Bracket after 8 straight map wins.

In their final game against Wind & Rain, Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte stepped up in game one, but TNC going 1-1 meant they did not achieve a perfect Group Stage run.

Coming down to the last game in the group, Gambit Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas clashed in a fight for the Upper Bracket spot.

Gambit took the first, but a back-and-forth in the second game made things close and despite promise from NiP, the 2-0 went to Gambit in the end.

Team Liquid failed to make it out of Group B in another blow to the new lineup. The roster left the Alliance organisation this month and has since been overshadowed by the new Alliance that has beaten them in qualifiers and seen far more success in tournaments so far. Their final game saw Quincy Crew go 2-0 and push TL into a last place finish.

The Playoffs will begin now on the official ESL_Dota2 Twitch channel with the initial Upper Bracket matches before continuing tomorrow with further UB action as well as teams playing for survival in the Lower Bracket.