Virtus.Pro Stand Tall at the ESL One Hamburg 2017

After falling short at the Kiev Major back in AprilVirtus.Pro can now finally proudly call themselves Major winners after soundly defeating Team Secret to win the first Major of the Dota Pro Circuit, ESL One Hamburg 2017.

Virtus.Pro’s Major championship couldn’t have come in a better way as they avenged their loss to Team Liquid at The International 7 by taking down the reigning champions earlier on Day 1.

VP Deny Puppey and Secret a Second Major

After taking care of business earlier in the semifinals against Team Liquid and Newbee respectively, the stage was set for Team Secret and Virtus.Pro to square off for a chance to win the first Major of Dota 2’s newly revamped season.

For Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov, a win here would make him one of only two players — the other is Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson — to have won two Major titles and a TI. Meanwhile, for Virtus.Pro, winning ESL One Hamburg 2017 would vindicate them from their earlier loss against OG in the Grand Finals of the Kiev Major.

Game 1 started off in true Virtus.Pro fashion as the CIS bears ran at Team Secret to the tune of 9 kills in as many minutes. However, back to back botched team fights gave Team Secret a chance to come back and take the lead.

By the ~22-minute mark, the game had gone through a bit of a lull period for a few minutes before Virtus.Pro broke the silence with back-to-back kills on the support Mirana and Spirit Breaker. 

Both teams then traded kills for the next few minutes with Virtus.Pro slowly building a net worth lead. They finally broke through at the ~32-minute mark, taking down multiple Team Secret heroes and putting themselves firmly in the lead.

Team Secret would tap out 10 minutes later with all but one Tier 4 tower and their Ancient left standing.

Virtus.Pro’s signature aggression was again the story in Game 2. Although this time around, Team Secret were never really able to threaten to take the game.

As hard as Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard tried to carry his team on his Phantom Lancer with Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks trying his darnest to land that one big Reverse Polarity, they just couldn’t keep up as Virtus.Pro took control of the pace of the game right from the very start.

Virtus.Pro Win ESL One Hamburg 2017

By winning ESL One Hamburg 2017, Virtus.Pro have taken home the title in each of their season debuts since the team formed back in August of 2016. Albeit, this one carries a lot of significance for the team.

For one, it is Virtus.Pro’s first ever Major LAN title. That it came after taking down Team Liquid only makes it all the more sweeter. And, to top it off, fans from all over the world and the on-site talent voted Virtus.Pro’s captain, Alexei ‘Solo’ Berezin, as the MVP of the entire tournament.

Virtus.Pro’s win now puts them firmly in the lead for this season’s Qualifying Points with 2,250 QP. Next to them are Team Secret with 1440 QP, followed by Team Liquid with 900 QP and Mineski with 720 QP.

After handily taking down Team Liquid twice at ESL One Hamburg 2017, do you think Virtus.Pro are now the best Dota 2 team in the world? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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