The BMW Berlin Brawl 2 gathered six professionals to compete in a selection of retro games, including double TI champion Johan “n0tail” Sundstein. (Image: @BMWEsports)

TI winner n0tail appeared in BMW’s Berlin Brawl 2 just days after OG qualified for the International 10. The 27-year old Dota 2 player was joined by fellow pro gamers Caps, Mikyx, Bean and Bwipo from League of Legends and ANGE1 from VALORANT. The field of battle was retro games and the event was covered on BMW’s Esports Twitter.

Competing players:
Rasmus “Caps” Winther of G2 Esports (League of Legends)
Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle of G2 Esports (League of Legends)
Louis “Bean” Schmitz of Fnatic (League of Legends)
Gabriel “Bwipo” Rau of Fnatic (League of Legends)
Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow of FunPlus Phoenix (VALORANT)
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein (Dota 2)

The BMW Berlin Brawl was a one day event which saw the six professional esports players compete in retro video games all for a bit of fun. Given the Berlin Brawl was about retro games, n0tail embraced the theme. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for any of the other competitors – clearly proof of Dota 2 being the greater esports #nobias.

Three Retro Games: Vulgus, Strider and Street Fighter II Turbo

The three titles chosen were scrolling shooter Vulgus (1984), hack-and-slash platformer Strider (1989) and fighting game royalty Street Fighter II Turbo (1993).

In his match against Fnatic’s Bean, n0tail opted to try to finish the level instead of farm. Bean’s more cheeky tactic paid off after n0tail ran into trouble in the form of the level’s boss – which for reference is avoided by speed runners according to the casters. After the bout of Strider, n0tail moved on to face G2 Esports’ Caps in Street Fighter II Turbo.

BMW Berlin Brawl 2 - Caps and N0tail
N0tail took on G2 Esports’ Cap in a bo5 in Street Fighter II Turbo (Image: @BMWEsports)

The Street Fighter II Turbo match between Caps and n0tail will bring back painful fighting game memories for anyone with a younger sibling. In the first round Caps opted for Chun-Li, spamming her infamous Lightning Kicks. The move is fairly easy to do, and simply requires players to rapidly tap any kick button. After struggling to get near Caps with Blanka, n0tail switched to Dhalsim, most likely thinking his range may be able to counter-act the spam.

Unfortunately Chun-Li came out supreme with the Lightning Kicks once more. N0tail did the Dota 2 community proud by already researching the counter by the time he hit the couch (clip below!)

The BMW Berlin Brawl 2 was eventually won by Fnatic’s Bwipo, who ended up the only player of the night to complete the Strider level.

Overall it was a fun experience to see a Dota 2 icon compete with pros from other games, all for a bit of casual fun. That said, the guesses for the question of how many Street Fighter games are there, are perhaps unforgivable.

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Malystryx is a content creator, journalist, interviewer, and personality. He has been involved in the esports scene since 2004 and has worked with many different organizers and portals, including SK Gaming, ESL, Dexerto, GINXTV, Razer and Monster Energy. Malystryx was also a broadcast talent on Valve's Dota 2 Pro Circuit over the last few years, creating on-site video content for PGL and Starladder. In his spare time he streams on Twitch as MalyPlays.