It’s Virtus.Pro vs Team Secret at the ESL Hamburg Grand Final

The stage is now set for a Virtus.Pro vs Team Secret best-of-three series at the Grand Finals of the ESL One Hamburg 2017 Major.

With the win, both teams successfully denied their respective opponents, Newbee and Team Liquid, the chance to have a second do-over of their epic series at the Grand Finals of The International 7 back in August.

Newbee Gets Broodmother’d Out of ESL

When two regional juggernauts such as Virtus.Pro and Newbee collide, it’s bound to be a series to be remembered, and indeed it was.

Virtus.Pro struck first on the backs of their core duo Vladimir ‘No[o]ne’ Minenko and Roman ‘Ramzes666’ Kushnarev, with the former closing out Game 1 on his Phantom Lancer with a complete team wipe of Newbee and a very fitting rampage.

Newbee’s core duo then teamed up in Game 2 to even the series; Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, in particular, stood out with his performance on Timbersaw as he ended the game with 11 kills and 0 deaths, often serving as the driving force to give the TI7 Grand Finalists the necessary momentum to force out a Game 3.

In Game 3, Newbee reached to the far end of their proverbial bag of tricks and pulled out a role reversal, putting Hu ‘Kaka’ Liangzhi in the mid lane on his Earthshaker while having Damien ‘Kpii’ Chok play more of a support role on Nature’s Prophet. 

The switch caught everybody off guard and initially showed a lot of promise. However, as the game went on, the lack of a dedicated roamer eventually hurt Newbee and they fell further and further behind in kills.

Virtus.Pro’s all-in push at the 40-minute mark led by Ramzes666 and his Broodmother then resulted to a complete team wipe on the side of Newbee, which sealed the game, the series and the CIS bears’ berth in the Grand Finals.

Team Liquid Fall to Team Secret

Raise your hands up if you expected Team Liquid to lose to Team Secret in the semifinals of the ESL One Hamburg? No one?

Well, that’s hardly surprising; Team Liquid, winners of five straight LAN tournaments, including The International 7, have, despite earlier stumbles, never failed to pull through in the end. They finally did, though, and they will now go home without a trophy in hand for the first time in a long time.

Team Secret and Team Liquid traded blows in the first two games. The former came up with the win first, with Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barqawi proving that he remains one of the best Invoker players in Dota 2. The latter then tied the series 1-1 in a relatively quick Game 2 that ended in just ~31 minutes with Marcus ‘Ace’ Hoelgaard going 13-0 on Phantom Assassin. 

In the series clincher, Team Secret ran off to a good start and never pulled their foot off the proverbial pedal. The reigning champions just couldn’t get anything going all game as Team Secret roared to a 15k net worth lead at the ~30-minute mark.

Sensing blood in the water, Team Secret were relentless in their push attempts for the next 5 minutes until a kill on both Miracle and Lasse Aukusti ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen finally forced out the GG from Team Liquid. 

Virtus.Pro vs Team Secret – Who You Got?

Virtus.Pro vs Team Secret may not have as much history — nor drama — but, these two teams have faced off in a high-stakes match at the Grand Finals of The Summit 7 back in June.

Back then, Virtus.Pro successfully defended their title, punctuating their ridiculous all-hero challenge run by beating Team Secret 3 games to 2. And while Virtus.Pro sports the same roster, this isn’t the same Team Secret — they’re now more versatile, thanks to the offseason additions of Adrian ‘Fata’ Trinks and Ace. 

With that said, it’s anyone’s ball game now as Virtus.Pro and Team Secret face off to determine who will win the first ever Pro Circuit Major.

Who’s your pick to win between Virtus.Pro vs Team Secret? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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