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NiP’s great Cinderella run has finally come to a halt after Virtus.Pro knocked them down to the lower brackets with a convincing 2-0 sweep.
NiP took down paiN Gaming, and J.Storm in the Group Stages to advance to the Upper Bracket where they pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament by knocking down EG 2-1 in the first round. Then came Virtus.Pro.
Game one continued the trend of teams trying to catch each other off-guard by using characters not typically seen in the current meta. NiP tried to blitz VP early with a Razor strategy built to dominate lanes and aggregate a good early game lead, while VP picked up a 4-position Sven which was successful to a degree.
In total, the match lasted just over 37 minutes and VP was in control throughout. NiP’s experiment with the midlane Razor didn’t pay off, as smart lane adjustments from VP caused NiP to drop off significantly in the networth department allowing Ramzes on the Terrorblade to be the domineering hero in the game, securing the win for the CIS juggernauts.
Game 1 has ended with a win from @virtuspro . Will #Virtuspro take also game 2 or will @NiPGaming do a comeback? #KualaLumpurMajor #GOGOVP #klmajor #GONINJAS #dota2— PGL (@pglesports) November 16, 2018
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NiP’s picks in Game 2 really caused them to struggle during the opening phase. VP controlled the lanes early and later the tempo of the game was tuned to their well-paced offence. NiP managed to keep it close despite those constant struggles, but it wasn’t enough to stave off VP in the end as the CIS team began picking apart the Drow Ranger centric lineup to continue their march into the Winner Bracket Finals.
Next up: TNC Predator will take on Ninjas in Pyjamas in an elimination match. The winner will secure a Top 4 berth at the Major.