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Captains Draft 4.0 reached the final act. Team Secret were the first to reach the grand finals, Vici Gaming joining them last night after an undefeated run through playoffs.

The sole Chinese representative team at Captains Draft 4.0, Vici Gaming finished the group stage with just a loss, Mineski being the only team to take a game from them. In the playoffs, VG had a quick and clean opening series against compLexity Gaming. Game one lasted just a little bit over 20 minutes, coL having a strong start and good laning stage due to their Io-Batrider combo. However, while most of the action happened in the top lane, Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei had free farm on his Juggernaut in the safe lane and quickly became a problem for the NA team. VG kicked off game two with a very dominant laning stage, mainly courtesy of beautiful coordination between eLeVeN and Lu “Fenrir” Chao (Sand King and Dazzle respectively). The duo kept Rasmus “Chessie” Blomdin’s Ursa in check all the early laning stage, and allowed VG to snowball towards victory before Cheesie found the time and space to farm.

On the other side of the playoffs bracket, there were OG and Team Empire fighting in the quarterfinals, where OG took the series 2-0 with two drafts full of comfort heroes for them. However, once they reached the semifinals, where VG were waiting, OG opened the series with a mid-lane core Dazzle for Johan “N0tail” Sundstein while the Chinese had a very mobile draft with good engage/ disengage mechanics provided by Underlord, Queen Of Pain, Elder Titan and Disruptor. On top of all these, they were able to pick Anti Mage for Zhang “Paparazi” Chengjun and despite OG having a couple of good team fights, Paparazi was always showing up at the good moment to turn the clashes in his team favor. Game two looked way better for OG who had Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok on Terrorblade dominating the early to mid – game stages. However, the high ground push was extremely difficult to execute for OG, even with the Aegis on their side. VG’s coordination and patience in finding the right moment to counter-attack kept their base intact and allowed them to claim the grand finals spot next to Team Secret.

Captains Draft 4.0 grand finals will be a best-of-five series, set to commence today, January 7, at 18:00 CEST/ 12:00 EST. The last time Team Secret and Vici Gaming faced each other out in a grand finals was back on the 1st of November 2015 at the Nanyang Dota 2 Championships, also in a bo5 format. Back then, it was Team Secret prevailing 3-2 over VG. Since then, the two teams encountered each other only twice. Once in the Frankfurt Major playoffs where Secret took a 2-1 victory and the other time in the Perfect World Masters Minor Semifinals from November 2017 where Secret had to play with Chen “Cty” Tianyu as stand-in for Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and were defeated 2-0 by Vici Gaming.

Captains Draft 4.0 finals Standings:
1st place: $108,000 + 150 DPC points – TBD
2nd place: $69,000 + 90 DPC points – TBD
3rd – 4th place: 37.500 +30 DPC points – Mineski, OG
5th-8th place: $12,000 – Team Empire, compLexity Gaming, Evil Geniuses, paiN Gaming

headline picture courtesy of DotaPIT

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