The last day of the Kuala Lumpur Major saw three of the top Dota 2 teams in then world right now battle it out for the trophy, $350,000, and finally, 4,950 DPC points. Although millions aren’t on the line, a potential early direct invite to The International 2019 in August of next year is, and with that, the last three took center stage to determine who the best team in Dota 2 is in this early season.
At the end of the day, it was Virtus.Pro who emerged victorious; the CIS bears exorcised their past demons against Evil Geniuses and outlasted Team Secret in the Grand Finals of the Kuala Lumpur Major that went all the way to a fifth and deciding game.
With the win, Virtus.Pro will take home a lion’s share of the prize pool. But, perhaps more importantly, they have all but secured their spot at TI9. Also, with five Dota 2 Major titles under their belt, Virtus.Pro are now tied with OG as the organizations with the most Valve tournament wins in Dota 2 history.
Virtus.Pro Make Short Work Of Evil Geniuses
As the team that has almost always had Virtus.Pro’s number, Evil Geniuses were the closest thing to a kryptonite for the CIS organization. However, matched up against each other in the lower bracket finals, Virtus.Pro would flip the tables this time around.
While Evil Geniuses headed into the match in top form, they were no match for a Virtus.Pro that seemed to have finally woken up from their slumber. Their two young dynamic cores, Vladimir ‘No[o]ne‘ Minenko and Roman ‘RAMZES666‘ Kushnarev, in particular, were magnificent throughout the series.
In Game 1, both would combine for 29 kills and 0 deaths, with Pavel ‘9pasha‘ Khvastunov chipping in 13 of his own. Meanwhile, in Game 2, while the three cores did not have a flawless performance, they did combine for 42 total kills. This was more than what the entire Evil Geniuses team could muster up the entire series as they saw themselves eliminated from the Kuala Lumpur Major.
With the win, Virtus.Pro would advance to the Grand Finals and get a chance to avenge their earlier Upper Bracket Finals loss against Team Secret.
Virtus.Pro Outlast Team Secret in a Slugfest
Game 1 of the battle of the heavy weights saw a clinical performance on the side of Virtus.Pro. Evident were they usual aggression as they pummeled Team Secret to submission and walked away with a win to put themselves one game up in the best-of-five Grand Finals.
In Games 2 and 3, however, Virtus.Pro saw the very same aggression get the best of them. Team Secret lied in wait and let Virtus.Pro take the fight to them and punished every over extension they had made. But, in Game 4, they were much calmer and more collected. Although the early game saw the two teams brawl it out and exchange kills all over the map, Virtus.Pro eventually emerged victorious to tie the series to two games a piece as the constant fighting gave RAMZES666 all the space in the world to farm on his Terrorblade.
Virtus.Pro opened the final and deciding game with a critical draft error. As they focused in on countering the Phantom Lancer pick from Team Secret, Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng enjoyed what was essentially a free game on his Timbersaw. This was apparent in the early goings of the match. But, despite the good start, Virtus.Pro remained steadfast stuck to their gameplan, which was to get RAMZES666 as big as he possibly could.
With No[o]ne leading the way on his Dragon Knight, they were able to more than match Team Secret’s tempo. By the 27-minute mark, Virtus.Pro had a firm grasp on the win. Just 15 minutes later, Virtus.Pro would close out the series and win the Kuala Lumpur Major.
The Kuala Lumpur Major saw the first Dota 2 Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. It also served as the first big Dota 2 LAN ever held in Malaysia. Competitively, it served as a wakeup call to the rest of the league — Virtus.Pro have finally broken out of their slump.
While the win isn’t enough to legitimize Virtus.Pro’s claim of the title of the best Dota 2 team in the world, it does solidify their place at the top. One more win, preferably against the TI8 champions, OG, and they will be uncontested.
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