Fnatic just keep on surprising, booking their ticket to the Dota Summit 8 Grand Finals by knocking out OG 2-1 in the semifinals. Considered as an afterthought heading into the tournament, the Malaysia-based underdogs have now secured at least 90 Qualifying Points for the International 8 and $60,000 in prize money.
This is the first time Fnatic have advanced to the Grand Finals of a Pro Circuit. Previously, all they had to show were last-place finishes at ESL Hamburg, Dota Pit and DreamLeague.
Can Fnatic Take Out Virtus Pro?
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) December 17, 2017
There just doesn’t seem to be stopping Virtus Pro from taking their third straight Summit trophy. Though there were no signs of their all-hero shenanigans this time around, the back-to-back champions were just as dominant nonetheless. They’re heading to the Dota Summit 8 Grand Finals with an 8-0 win-loss record, fresh off of a dominant 2-0 sweep against Team Kinguin, in a series that was not particularly close.
Roman ‘RAMZES666‘ Kushnarev has stood out the most for Virtus Pro. Already considered as one of the best hard carries in the world and the 4th player ever to reach 10K MMR, RAMZES666 currently lead the entire tournament with an average KDA of 11.
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) December 17, 2017
The odds definitely are not looking good for Fnatic. However, it’s not like they have no chance. From what they’ve shown so far, Fnatic are in as good of a form as they’ve ever been all season long, and as TNC Pro Team showed in the semifinals of the MDL Macau Minor, Virtus Pro are not exactly unbeatable.
The only question now is if whether Fnatic have what it takes to take down Virtus Pro.
Dota Summit 8 Grand Finals
Virtus Pro are playing with house money here. Thanks to their win at the ESL One Hamburg Major, they’ve got a bit of leeway as far as Qualifying Points go. In fact, they’re probably playing just as not to lose form while their captain, Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin, is out taking a break. Meanwhile, Fnatic have a lot more at stake.
If they lose, Fnatic will only take home 67.5 Qualifying Points per player as they will be penalized for playing with a stand-in. However, if they win, they’ll take home 112.5 Qualifying Points each. This will put them in 9th place, just ahead of Natus Vincere. Though they’re probably more than happy to have finally secured Qualifying Points for the season, a title would be even better. Especially in a tightly contested SEA region where tournament slots are hard to come by.
What do you think of Fnatic’s chances against Virtus Pro? Do you think Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao and his team will be able to come up with another upset? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.