Neslyn A. April 26, 2020
Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko has earned another Mercedes-Benz car, thanks to winning another ESL One MVP Award. ESL’s Most Valuable Player award is highly coveted, as it comes alongside a brand new luxury vehicle. The winner is determined by both a fan vote and by "Dota 2 experts."
The MVP selection process was slightly different this time, as ESL One Los Angeles was comprised of five regional leagues. Each region had one member of its first-place team put in the running. No[o]ne was the nominee from the European and CIS league, and was pitted against Artour "Arteezy" Babaev of Evil Geniuses, Héctor Antonio "K1" Rodríguez of beastcoast, Du "Monet" Peng of Royal Never Give Up, and Djardel Jicko "DJ" Mampusti of Fnatic.
This marks No[o]ne’s second MVP and Mercedes-Benz award
Virtus.pro’s mid laner was lauded for his stellar performance throughout the ESL One Los Angeles European and CIS league and played a huge role in his team’s undefeated run in the group stage. His team also kicked off the playoffs with a clean 2-0 sweep against Team Spirit, followed by a dominating win over OG. Virtus.pro played OG again in the grand finals.
The best-of-five series boasted high-quality Dota 2 action that kept the viewers on their toes. In the end, Virtus.pro claimed the tournament title.
No[o]ne received his first Mercedes-Benz Award at ESL One Birmingham 2018, with Virtus.pro crushing the competition in large part thanks to No[o]ne’s outstanding play. Virtus.pro ended the tournament without dropping a single game. The team also won ESL One Hamburg 2017 and ESL One Katowice 2018. Captain Alexey "Solo" Berezin was the first to drive home a Mercedes-Benz car for winning the MVP Award, while former Virtus.pro player Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosyan got the award for the team’s first-place finish in Katowice.
The last MVP awardee is TNC Predator’s captain Park "March" Tae-won, who helped his team win ESL One Hamburg 2019. The most controversial MVP winner is Mineski’s substitute player Kim "Febby" Yong-min, as the player was not from the winning team Keen Gaming. This was the first and only time that ESL bestowed the award to a member of the losing team.
ESL One Birmingham 2020 has transitioned to an online league as well, and will see a 10th car awarded to a player. Virtus.pro will likely look to capture its fifth Mercedes-Benz Award.