Miracle-’s health problems did not derail Team Nigma's performance at the WePlay AniMajor as they took a 2-0 victory over tournament favorites, Virtus.pro, in the upper bracket playoffs. A series that had been postponed due to Miracle- getting food poisoning was later replayed as Team Nigma absolutely dominated their opponents. In the first game, KuroKy and his teammates came back after a slow start while in the second one, they stomped Virtus.pro. With this crucial series win, Team Nigma guarantees itself a top-six finish at the AniMajor and also keeps its TI10 direct invite hopes alive.
Team Nigma vs Virtus.pro: Match Recap and Highlights
Game 1 saw a quiet laning phase but it turned into a rollercoaster ride once we entered the middle stages. Virtus.pro made some amazing map movements to gain an advantage but Team Nigma pulled it back with their deadly combo of Axe’s Call into Invoker’s Sunstrike into Spectre’s Haunt. They relentlessly made this play to gain a man advantage in teamfights, and eventually won the game in 37 minutes.
Game 2 witnessed Team Nigma delivering an immaculate performance. Though Virtus.pro also made things difficult with their 4-protect-1 draft, KuroKy and his teammates were flawless with their laning, spellcasting, and target priority as they secured a comprehensive game win in 34 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
Team Nigma has been looking on top of its game at the AniMajor. Since TI9, its performances had been unstable but now, it looks like KuroKy and his TI7 champions have rediscovered the mojo with ILTW’s addition in the safelane and Miracle-’s return to the midlane.
They might also not need the top-two finish in the Major to secure a TI10 direct invite if the results of the first round of the lower bracket go their way.
On the other hand, Virtus.pro entered into this matchup as the favorite but similar to the last season, it could not live up to the expectations. They were simply outclassed today.
While KuroKy and co. will return to action on June 11, 2021, against PSG.LGD in the next upper bracket round, Virtus.pro will be fighting for tournament survival against Vici Gaming on June 10.