Championship Sunday: Can Virtus Pro make it two in a row?

Vignesh Raghuram

11th, Mar, 2018

After an incredibly intense set of playoff matches, consisting several stomps, comebacks and one of the best BO3 series of the season, in the Semifinal matchup between Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro – Only 2 teams stood tall amongst the rest.

VGJ.Thunder and Virtus.Pro who reigned supreme in the playoffs, emerging as The Bucharest Major Grand Finalists. 

VGJ.Thunder continued to impress, having moved through the entire tournament dropping only 1 game. After taking the first seed in the group stage, they had a tough run through the playoffs, having to go through TNC Pro Team and Newbee in two epic series to make it through to the Grand Finals.

Virtus.Pro are eyeing back to back Major championship titles and the 3rd Major of 4 for the 2017-2018 season. The CIS squad has been in stellar form not missing a single beat through out the course of the season.

Here’s a short recap of how they made it to the Grand Finals
 
 
VGJ.Storm vs Newbee

Game 1:

Newbee took a solid early lead in this game and, with the help of Zeng 'Faith' Hongda's Chen, pushed the bottom Tier 3 at just the 14-minute mark. It was looking great for Newbee but a great wrap around smoke play from VGJ.Thunder turned the tides.



VGJ wiped them out and the game very quickly turned their way. Xu “Moogy” Han's Razor was struggling, unable to have much of an impact in fights before he was chunked down by VGJ's heavy physical damage output. Liu "Sylar" Jiajun’s Luna just chunked down the rax within seconds to take highground and the win in just over 33 minutes.

Game 2:

The 2nd match was an up-and-down game with Newbee winning a decisive fight and then throwing their lead immediately, opening the doors for VGJ.Thunder to make a comeback. Eventually, VGJ.Thunder managed to take a decisive team fight, leading to a 5-man wipe which was the key for VGJ.Thunder to secure the win. 
 
 
 
Virtus.Pro vs Team Liquid

Game 1:

Team Liquid drafted Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi, his signature Invoker in an attempt to throw a wrench into VP’s well laid out plan. Team Liquid took an early lead thanks to some great rotations from Maroun "GH" Merhej. But VP’s cores steadily farmed away which lead them to snowball heavily into the midgame. Not even Miracle-'s Invoker could pull Liquid back from the brink. VP didn't rush, but decisively took the win in just over 37 minutes
 

Game 2:

The second match started out well enough for VP and looked as if it was going to be a series of sweeps for the day, but Team Liquid quickly came online and pushed ahead with astonishing speed and took the game in only 24 minutes, forcing the deciding third game
 

Game 3:

Team Liquid made a gamble picking Huskar for Miracle- in the deciding game. They picked the hero into an incredibly durable VP lineup featuring Death Prophet, Underlord and even Oracle for saves, but had no saving hero of their own. Things were going decently for Team Liquid whose Huskar had momentum behind his back as he started finding kill all across the map.
 

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But a team wipe on Team Liquid at the Roshan Pit about 27 minutes in, followed by another overwhelming team fight in VP's favor almost immediately after seemed seal the game for the Russian juggernauts. Team Liquid had little space and room to find a way to catch up or turn things around, just getting crushed at every turn under the power of the VP lineup. 
 

With this win, Virtus.pro have guaranteed themselves a top 8 placement in the DPC points table and have become the first team to mathematically guarantee themselves a direct invite to TI8. 

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