Heading into the final day of the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11, Virtus.Pro are keeping their Major dreams alive.
Having seemingly woken up after a sluggish start to the tournament, the five-time Major champions have now pretty much arrived. They took care of business against PSG.LGD earlier in the day before showing Team Secret who’s boss with a five-carry lineup in Game 3 of their series to secure the win and guarantee themselves a top-three finish.
Now, Virtus.Pro are primed to go to their third straight Major grand finals.
The only thing that’s stopping Virtus.Pro from doing so is Fnatic in the lower bracket finals, the very same team responsible for sending them down to the lower brackets earlier in the tournament.
How Well Does Fnatic Match Up Against Virtus.Pro?
Imposing and aggressive.
Those are two words anyone following the Dota 2 scene closely would use to describe how Virtus.Pro plays.
The champions of CIS Dota, Virtus.Pro will run at opposing teams at every chance, giving them very little chance to breathe as they throw a barrage of attacks. Their vision game, which has always been on point, thanks to Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin, is what enables Virtus.Pro to play as well as they do. His ability to read maps, both for offensive and defensive purposes, is uncanny, to say the least.
Now, why are we saying this? Well, mostly because both Fnatic and Virtus.Pro mostly play the same way. The only difference? Virtus.Pro have far more discipline.
We saw in their series against Vici Gaming just how easily Fnatic can get punished for overextending their leads and trying to push the issue too much. Considering how much better Virtus.Pro are at punishing any mistakes opposing teams make, Fnatic will have to be on point all the time.
That’s a tall order, even for a team as stacked with talent like Fnatic.
While it is indeed true that Fnatic did manage to sweep Virtus.Pro earlier in the tournament, Pavel ‘9pasha‘ Khvastunov and Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan have managed to regain their form since. Unless both players play below their usual standards at the same time once again, it’ll be hard for Fnatic to contain all of Virtus.Pro, especially when they have both Roman ‘RAMZES666‘ Kushnarev and Vladimir ‘No[o]ne‘ Minenko to worry about as well.
Fnatic have done really well to guarantee themselves a top-three finish at the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11. Doing so puts them one step closer to securing a spot at The International 2019. However, from what we’ve seen so far in their games, especially when up against teams who are just as good (or better) than they are, Fnatic are still far too sloppy and careless with their leads. This isn’t just going to fly if they plan on consistently beating top teams.
We saw Virtus.Pro punish both PSG.LGD and Team Secret for making small but crucial mistakes during their lower bracket run. Virtus.Pro’s ability to take a mile when given an inch is scary, to say the least. This is especially true now that all players look like they’re playing like how they should.
Seeing as to how Fnatic have a tendency to give away leads despite their immaculate early-game execution, Virtus.Pro should walk away with the win tomorrow in the last day of the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11.
Betting: Virtus.Pro to win over Fnatic at 1.67 odds via ArcaneBet.
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