Alliance swept VP.Prodigy on Friday to reach the grand finals of the ESL One Birmingham Online's Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States event.
Alliance await the winner of Saturday's lower-bracket final between VP.Prodigy and Team Secret. The winner of Sunday's best-of-five final takes home the $60,000 top prize.
Alliance won the first game in 34 minutes and finished off VP.Prodigy in the second game in 27 minutes.
Team Secret advanced to the lower-bracket final on Friday with a 2-1 win against Team Nigma.
Team Nigma received a default loss in the first game because of internet connection issues, but evened the match with a swift 13-minute win in the second game. Team Secret took the third in 33 minutes, sending Team Nigma home with $14,000 for fourth place.
ESL One Birmingham, a $300,000 Dota 2 major, was scheduled for May 26-31 in Birmingham, England, before plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament split into four online regional competitions: Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States, North America/South America, China and Southeast Asia.
Fnatic won the $40,000, six-team Southeast Asia event last week. The other three divisions -- Europe/CIS (16 teams, $200,000), the Americas (six teams, $40,000) and China (eight teams, $55,000) -- conclude Sunday.
The Europe/CIS event began with 16 teams, and the top-eight made the double-elimination playoffs. All playoff matches are best-of-three until Sunday's best-of-five final.
ESL One Birmingham Online -- Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States prize pool:
4. $14,000 -- Team Nigma
5-6. $10,000 -- FlyToMoon, Team Liquid
7-8. $7,500 -- Vikin.gg, HellRaisers
9-10. $5,000 -- Natus Vincere, Cyber Legacy
11-12. $4,000 -- Team Unique, Ninjas in Pyjamas
13-14. $3,000 -- Family Team, OG
15-16. $2,000 -- Gambit Esports, Winstrike Team
--Field Level Media