Multi-major winners Virtus.Pro add another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet after defeating OG 3-2 in the ESL One Los Angeles Online EU-CIS grand final
Multi-major winners Virtus.Pro add another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet after defeating OG 3-2 in the ESL One Los Angeles Online EU-CIS grand final. The CIS team was flawless en route to the grand final as they sported a clean 7-0 record in the group stages and went unbeaten throughout their entire upper bracket run. They even faced OG twice leading up to their epic best-of-five series and they comfortably beat them 2-0 on both occasions.
Virtus.Pro drew first blood thanks to an Axe masterclass from Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok but the back-to-back TI winners were clinical in the next two games to turn the tie on its head. With their backs against the wall, VP drew inspiration from Vladimir “No(o)ne” Minenko’s monstrous plays and moves to even the series 2-2. While the first four games all ended in one-sided stomps, game 5 had both teams constantly wrestling each other for dominance. After 50 minutes of back-and-forth teamfights, it was Virtus.Pro who emerged victorious. With this win, VP is now tied with Team Secret for most Dota 2 major titles won (5).
Currently unbeaten in any series and with only two games lost throughout the event, Virtus.Pro looked completely renewed and dominant for the first time in ages. Having beaten OG twice in the event so far, once in the group stages and in yesterday’s upper bracket final, VP would be looking to complete the treble victories and claim the entire event. However, if there was anyone that we know could make a huge comeback, it was OG and they would not let things go easily. Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok’s move to the offlane has been a breath of fresh air for VP and it showed up big in game one of the series as his Axe went 18-3-12 to help his team claim a fantastic early lead. Although there was one moment when OG completely wiped the VP lineup from the map, it was not enough to bring things back. Game two was a reverse of that though, with OG destroying VP in a 29-4 stomping – as Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan’s Ember Spirit was at the top of their advance.
With the “OG-effect” now in full swing, VP seemed to fall apart in the next games as they were never able to find their footing – while OG just went from strength-to-strength in the series. It seemed as though VP had lost all their steam as the next game began with OG taking an early lead and controlling the map. But that all changed as things progressed, with Vladimir ‘No(o)ne’ Minenko’s Templar Assassin racking up 22-kills without a death – and closing the game out with a RAMPAGE too.
While the previous four games were all fairly one-sided, game five was very different, as both squads fought in a way which we expected them to – with everything they had. While OG had much of the early game going in their favour, it was never too much for VP to attain and as things progressed, they clawed their way back into the game.
It took 50-minutes of some epic teamfight action, but Virtus.pro managed to come out on top, taking down OG 3-2 in the grand finals of ESL One Los Angeles Online.