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VGJ.Thunder and Virtus.pro are the PGL Bucharest Grand Finalists

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani


Photo courtesy of PGL

VGJ.Thunder and Virtus.pro have reigned throughout the tournament, emerging as the PGL Bucharest Major Grand Finalists. 

After a day of playoffs starting with two successive sweeps with the last quarterfinal series and the first semifinals - and ending with a thrilling three game series -  two teams withstood the test of time and skill.

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 moved along with relative ease through the playoffs and into the grand finals - even upsetting Newbee in the process. 

VP are eyeing back to back Major championship titles and their 3rd Pro Circuit Major for the 2017-2018 season. The CIS squad hasn't missed a beat with their recent roster change and have continued to maintain the highest level of play. By securing top 2 at PGL Bucharest Major, Virtus.pro have clinched a top 8 placement in the rankings and have become the first team to guarantee themselves a direct invite to TI8. 

PGL Bucharest Major Quarterfinals

OpTic Gaming 0:2 Virtus.pro

OpTic Gaming valiantly tried to hold their own against the CIS powerhouse that has taken up residence in the first place rank of DPC points. Although the North American representatives had a great laning phase, establishing a slight 5k lead, Virtus.pro turned things around with a stun as a counter-initiation at a fight near the Roshan pit. The favorable engagement for VP brought the game to a level playing ground again for only a short period of time. It was then, OpTic started to just melt under the power, aggression and big plays from their CIS opponents and lost the first match. 

The second game belonged to VP from the start - partially due to their draft and partially due to excellent execution. By 20 minutes in, it was clear that OpTic would have to claw their way back with everything they had, something wasn't likely considering they were unable to stall out the game long enough to fight through. With relative ease, Virtus.pro took the second game to advance to the semifinals and face Team Liquid. 

PGL Bucharest Major Semifinals

Newbee 0:2 VGJ.Thunder

The first semifinals series was an all Chinese engagement. In the first game, Newbee had the lead early on, pushing and pressuring around the map, taking down all of VGJ.Thunder's towers by 14 minutes. VGJ.Thunder put up a strong defense and slowly built up more map control. With the track gold adding up and the good plays, they closed the gap to even out the game and then quickly capitalized on their momentum to take the lead and the game. The second match was a rollercoaster of a game with Newbee struggling to maintain their grip and control, going through ups and downs and a wild ride. Eventually, they succumbed to VGJ.Thunder after a decisive team fight into a double team wipe was enough for VGJ.Thunder to secure the win. 

Team Liquid 1:2 Virtus.pro

The second semifinals series was between two of the top-ranked teams for this year. Team Liquid was ready to brawl as they came out of the gate swinging with a high level of aggression. It took over 12 minutes before Virtus.pro could register a kill on the map, but once they did they acted quickly to take control, initiations and the lead. VP's positioning, survivability, and strength in their lineup allowed for them to push forward with Team Liquid unable to contest the game. 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. The last match saw Team Liquid draft a Huskar as a cheeky last pick. VP had picked up the Terrorblade once again and set the tempo as fast and furious. A teamwipe 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 to just seal the CIS advantage. 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. 

Action resumes tomorrow, Sunday, March 11th at 13:00 CET with the best-of-five Grand Finals between VGJ.Thunder and Virtus.pro

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

Discussion

  • Professor "changeling" Chaos ,
    I dont see even the slightest chance for VG.J. The real grandfinal was Liquid vs VP in the semis. VP is obviously in a very dominant form right now. The chinese teams really gotta get their shit together, I dont see any of the chinese teams competing with the likes of Liquid and VP (and maybe secret?!) currently. I dont think they are missing the talent, the chinese scene has enough promising talent. But they are to spread out in different teams. They have to form a stack of the best of the best, just like Liquid or VP to have any chance of competing this year. Newbee looked like they could be such a stack, but i think it is kind of save to say that they lack this last small margin that really makes or breakes a championship team. 3 - 0 or maybe 3 - 1 in favor of VP, everyhing else would be a huge suprise for me!
    • James "Yared" A ,
      NBA has this similar trend of doing super teams around a star guard for a couple of years now. Everything from the level of training discipline and coaching also decides if a team is top tier. Indeed this mentality of communizing talent will not work if you want the invite this season. Bundling the most brilliant and promising talents exponentially increases their DotA IQ. This results to a team greater than the sum of its members or maybe even the Aegis!

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