After beating Fnatic 3-1 in the Grand Finals of the Dota Summit 8 Minor, Virtus Pro secure their third straight Summit title. Sans their captain, Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin, who is out on a break, the defending champions went on an absolute tear, going 10-1 overall and looking absolutely dominant in each of their games.
As per Valve’s rules regarding stand-ins, the 4 mainstay members of the 3-time Summit champions will only take home 75% of the Qualifying Points. That’s 112.5 Qualifying Points each. Meanwhile, their stand-in, their coach and TI1 champion, Ivan ‘Artstyle‘ Antonov, will only earn 50% or 75 Qualifying Points. The same penalty applies to the tournament runner-ups, Fnatic, who are now in 11th place in the season leaderboards with 201 Qualifying Points. Their stand-in, Abed Azel ‘Abed‘ Yusop, only earned 45 Qualifying Points due to the penalty.
VP Prove Unstoppable at the Dota Summit 8 Minor
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) December 18, 2017
Invite or no invite, the CIS bears have proven that they absolutely don’t care. More than a week after placing 3-4th at the MDL Macau Minor, Virtus Pro, who obviously took offense to not receiving a direct invite despite being back-to-back champions, showed that the Summit house is in Los Angeles is their playground.
Virtus Pro first made it clear that they were out for blood right from the get go. They swept Sacred and their closest competition in the Dota Summit 8 Minor, as well as bitter rivals, OG, in the group stages. They then 2-0’d Team Kinguin in the semifinals before threatening to finish the tournament undefeated against Fnatic in the Grand Finals. In fact, if not for a very unlikely comeback with them down 2 lanes of barracks in Game 2, Virtus Pro would’ve completed their 3-peat at the Dota Summit 8 Minor without dropping a single game.
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) December 17, 2017
Despite falling short in the Grand Finals, Fnatic need not feel embarrassed about their performance. They came into the tournament as nothing more than an afterthought. They were, in the eyes of many, just one tournament away from a disband. However, from what they showed, Fnatic are further along in their development as a team than most people had initially believed.
3-4th place finishers, OG and Team Kinguin, both walked away 30 Qualifying Points and $36,000 each. The rest took home varying amounts of the prize pool.
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