Gorgc Reveals His Tier List For ESL One Birmingham 2024

The most popular Dota 2 streamer, Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski, created a team tier list featuring the upcoming ESL One... Owen | 21. April 2024

The most popular Dota 2 streamer, Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski, created a team tier list featuring the upcoming ESL One Birmingham 2024 tournament participants. He only placed one team in the S Tier. 

While queuing for a Ranked Match, Gorgc went on the Tiermaker website to rank the teams that will play at ESL One Birmingham 2024, a $1,000,000 Dota 2 event. He divided the teams into four tiers: S, A, B, and C. 

S Tier

Teams Gorgc placed in the S Tier: Xtreme Gaming

The only team Gorgc ranked in the S Tier is the Chinese squad, Xtreme Gaming. The Xtreme Gaming roster was built with veteran players who have been at the top of the Dota 2 scene for years. 

Xtreme Gaming has always made deep runs in every tournament they played in, but they were often bested by Team Falcons, who looked like the strongest team this year. However, Ame and the team pulled off an upset, defeating the Falcons 3-1 in the recent Elite League tournament. 

With Team Falcons approaching Birmingham with a stand-in, Xtreme Gaming has become the favorite to win the entire event. They are playing clean Dota, and the Crownfall update did not release a gameplay patch, so their strat book will remain untouched. 

A Tier

Teams Gorgc placed in the A Tier: Team Falcons, OG, Team Liquid, Gaimin Gladiators

Team Falcons got demoted because their star mid-laner, Malr1ne, failed to secure his visa to participate in the tournament. He will be replaced by SumaiL, another capable mid-player. However, Malr1ne has been the team’s stand-out player, and the Falcons are expected to be significantly weaker due to their prodigy’s absence.

Gorgc unexpectedly placed OG in the A Tier, a team that shouldn’t have even been in the tournament. Ceb and company became last-minute replacements for the 1win team, who, similarly to Malr1ne, failed to secure their visas in time. OG has been rapidly improving and will make their LAN debut with the newest iteration of the team. 

You can never count Team Liquid out. Though they haven’t been as dominant as last year, the boys in blue have begun adjusting to their newest recruit, 33. Liquid looked dominant in the Elite League but got eliminated by Xtreme Gaming, who eventually won the event. If Team Liquid can build up early momentum in the tournament, we can see them deal some serious damage. 

The most dominant team of 2023, the Gaimin Gladiators, takes the last A Tier spot. It isn’t a lie to say that the Gladiators have yet to replicate their success from last year, and they have looked shaky in recent tournaments. However, if they want to make a statement, Birmingham is the perfect place to do so. 

B Tier

Teams Gorgc placed in the B Tier: Tundra Esports, Shopify Rebellion, Team Spirit, Talon Esports, BetBoom Team

Tundra Esports will make their LAN debut with its newest star-studded roster, and we’ll see Topson back on the main stage once again. Despite the notable names on the Tundra team, the squad has yet to make many deep runs, so they have agreeably been placed in the B Tier. 

Arteezy and Shopify Rebellion have not made many international tournament appearances yet this year, and they’ll look to leave a mark in this tournament. Little data surrounds the roster, so they’ll have to settle relatively low on the list. 

It is safe to say that, in their current state, Team Spirit is only a shadow of themselves. The two-time TI winners faced multiple early eliminations in 2024, and have not gotten the ball rolling. They are known to put extra effort into high-prize pool tournaments, but is the bounty on Birmingham enough to get them going?

Talon Esports is a massive underdog, so it’s surprising that Gorgc rewarded them with the B Tier. They defeated the former roster members, Team Aurora, to qualify for their first big event. Most players on the team have never played in a Tier 1 LAN tournament, so it’s interesting to see whether the nerves will get to them. 

The B’s in the BetBoom Team stands for B Tier. This Eastern European lineup consists of some of the most mechanically skilled players in the world, but they are yet to become one of the best teams. The BetBoom Team tends to struggle in LAN environments but certainly has the potential to make a deep run. 

C Tier

Teams Gorgc placed in the C Tier: G2.iG, Heroic

G2.iG is one of the lowest-rated teams in the tournament, according to Gorgc. The Chinese squad has missed most big events, often losing to Azure Ray in the qualification matches. For once, NothingToSay and the team finally booked tickets to a big event, and it will be their first big LAN together as a team. However, they have not looked great in recent tournaments, and their form is heavily questioned.

Last but not least, we have the sole South American representative, Heroic. The Heroic roster has been dominating their region, but it’s apparent that SA is arguably the weakest region in the world. Heroic has not been able to win too many matches against international competition, and they are likely the first team out of the tournament. 

ESL One Birmingham will run from April 22 to 28, distributing $1,000,000 in prize pools. The tournament is in a LAN format and takes place in the United Kingdom.