Na`Vi Save VP’s ROG DreamLeague LAN Finals Dreams

In a very unlikely turn of events, Natus Vincere helped salvage Virtus Pro’s dreams of qualifying for the ROG DreamLeague LAN Finals in December by splitting their series against OG.

As a result, Virtus Pro will take up the last of the four spots allotted to the teams participating in the combined EU + CIS regional qualifiers for the ROG DreamLeague LAN Finals.

The CIS bears are now set to join Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, Newbee and Infamous, as well as one more qualifier team from Southeast Asia at DreamHack Winter 2017 in Jönköping, Sweden.

Natus Vincere Play the Role of Unlikely Saviors

OGwho needed to win all of their 4 of their games in the final day of the combined EU + CIS regional qualifers for the ROG DreamLeague LAN Finals, started the day on an absolute tear. They dismantled MidorFeed 2-0 and was looking like they were well on their way to doing the same to Natus Vincere after another excellent performance in Game 1 of their series.

Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan, however, would come up big with his early rotations on his Nightstalker in Game 2. His constant presence all over the map pestered OG just enough to prevent them from getting a head start during the laning phase. This all led to Natus Vincere having a huge 5k gold lead just 15 minutes into the game.

OG tried to mount a comeback many times, but to no avail. Losing the early game was too big of a blow for them to overcome. Both Johan ‘N0tail‘ Sundstein and Roman ‘Resolut1on‘ Fominok, playing Lone Druid and Phantom Lancer respectively, simply couldn’t find enough space to far, especially after Natus Vincere threatened to go high ground just 23 minutes into the game. It also didn’t help that Jesse ‘JerAx‘ Vainikka was a non-factor for pretty much the whole game.

With the loss, OG have failed to qualify for both Pro Circuit LAN Majors so far this season; a huge fall from grace for arguably the winningest team of the past two years, next probably only to Team Liquid

As for Virtus Proqualifying for the ROG DreamLeague LAN Finals gives them a chance to win back-to-back Majors. Additionally, winning this will take them one step closer to securing a direct invite to The International 2018.

Virtus Pro Roster
  • Roman ‘RAMZES666‘ Kushnarev
  • Vladimir ‘No[o]ne’ Minenko
  • Pavel ‘9pasha‘ Khvastunov
  • Ilya ‘Lil‘ Ilyuk
  • Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin
  • Ivan ‘Artsyle‘ Antonov (Coach)

Are you looking forward to the ROG DreamLeague LAN Finals? Who do you think will go on to win the second Major of the season? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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