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Virtus.Pro is the first team guaranteed a place at The International 8. The Russians beat VGJ.Thunder 3-0 in the big Bucharest Major final. The organization got the necessary points for The International 8 World Championship.
The dispute over the Bucharest Major trophy was a complete domination on the part of Virtus.Pro. The team did not fall behind in any of the best-of-five matches. Moreover, they forced their opponents to call GG early in every game.
The format in which the playoffs were played was simple elimination. Already in the semifinals, VGJ.Thunder faced Newbee in a Bo3 where they ended with a clean victory with a score of 2-0. In the second semifinal Virtus.Pro faced Team Liquid, winning 2-1.
In the grand finale, the two most important countries in the world of DotA 2 faced each other; China and Russia. For the representation of China in this Major was the VGJ.Thunder team.
The first match of the series was the fastest, with about 26 minutes of continuous advantage on the part of the Russians. Vladimir “No [o] ne” Minenko was dominant throughout the match with his Gyrocopter and finished 11/0/9.
With the second game, VGJ showed a little more strength at certain times but was not able to make their Terrorblade shine. Moreover, the draft of VGJ.Thunder was run over by the composition of Virtus.Pro. The GG was called in 29 minutes, and the highlight was Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev, who did damage with his Morphling (11/2/6).
Finally, the third match seems to have been set in the draft. With Broodmother’s pick for Ramzes and Centaur Warrunner for Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov, Virtus.Pro showed from the outset that their goal was to be aggressive and to dominate the map.
The VGJ even managed to defend itself at certain times and take advantage of the Russians’ rough starts. However, buybacks after a team wipe shortened the team’s endurance. It took a good team fight from Virtus.Pro for GG to be called in at 31 minutes.
This is the third major that Virtus.Pro has taken home – from a total of four completed this competitive year. In addition to securing a position at International 8, VP has also raised $ 1.43 million in prize money.
With their last-minute roster changes, they had already managed to win the Major organized by the ESL, ESL One Katowice. Virtus.Pro was also proclaimed the winner in DotA Summit 8 and ESL One Hamburg. With this victory, Virtus.Pro already has three Majors and one Minor so far this season 2017-18.
The Russian team keeps accumulating first place positions in tournaments that belong to the Pro Circuit de Valve. With the victory in the ESL One Katowice, they were already the number one in the ranking. With 7,197 points, they have managed to overtake Team Secret. The team formed by RAMZES666, No [o] ne, 9pasha, Alexei “Solo” Berezin, and Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan, represent the most solid roster of the moment. Moreover, except for RodjER who is a last minute signing, the rest of the players have accumulate more than 2,200 points individually.
The Russians’ next appointment is the DotA 2 Asian Championship, another major of the professional circuit.
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