Virtus.pro fans are used to witness their favorite team throwing in an extra challenge for themselves every now and then. It was about a year ago when they won the Dota Summit Season 9 Championship by playing 80 different heroes through the event.
Today, VP played against Fnatic in the Kuala Lumpur Major upper bracket quarterfinals. Game one was more about Fnatic outdrafing themselves with three greedy cores that have never been able to dominate. Terrorblade, Broodmother, Invoker “it’s all too greedy” said Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas when the game was over with Fnatic admitting defeat after they got dominated for 30 minutes. VP ran a core Phoenix in game one and utilized it in the early rotations to the mid lane to prevent Fnatic’s Invoker from getting ahead, while their support Centaur Warrunner was left to free farm for an early Blink Dagger and Crimson Guard. Once the two items were completed by Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan, VP grouped up and cornered Fnatic forcing the GG call. However, the support Centaur was not their craziest move this series.
In game two, they aligned a drow strategy, with Invoker on their side and a Mirana. It all made sense until the draft was over and the players selected their heroes. A misclick from their captain forced VP to play with Alexei “Solo” Berezin in the carry role on Draw while Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov was forced to support in the safe lane on Brewmaster. The laning stage was harsh, Solo having some issues with the last hits and being bullied by Fnatic’s offlane duo Tiny-Weaver. However, the Draw strategy was all too powerful and VP managed to take the victory even though their carry had a rather underwhelming performance.
VP have now secured a top-six finish and 900 Dota Pro Circuit points, along with Team Secret, PSG.LGD, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. For Fnatic is not all over, they still can bounce back from the lower bracket rounds. Their journey at the Kuala Lumpur Major will resume tomorrow, November 13, when they are scheduled to play for their survival against the winner of Team Aster vs J.Storm.