ESL One Frankfurt 2016 came to a conclusion after three days filled with thrilling action and a celebration of everything Dota 2. Four teams were left to fight for the ESL One championship: Team Liquid, OG, Natus Vincere and Vega Squadron, after advancing from their respective groups. The battle was fierce but it was OG who, in the end, lifted the coveted ESL One trophy.
The day began with a bang as OG took on Team Liquid in a rematch from the Manila Major final. Liquid showed up strong in the first game and took the victory in a dominating fashion. OG was not about to give up easy, however, as it was them who had the last word and took the next two matches, and the series 2-1.
The next semifinal was a CIS matchup between Natus Vincere and Vega Squadron. Game one of the series was one of the craziest we’ve seen with nearly 60 minutes on the clock and tons of intense team fights. It was not easy but Na’Vi did prevail, taking the 2-0 victory and a place in the grand final.
It all came down to OG and Natus Vincere who clashed in a best of five series to determine who will become the new ESL One Frankfurt champion. The first two games showed a dominating performance by OG who took the wins without much difficulty. Game three, however, was a completely different story as Na’Vi accelerated and both teams were going back and forth but it was OG’s tournament to take and they became our new ESL One Frankfurt champions. Congratulations!
Thank you to everyone who helped making this amazing event happen. Thank you to the teams and players, to all attendees and to everyone who tuned in online. It was a great weekend of celebrating everything Dota 2 – we can’t wait to do it again!