Virtus.pro are unstoppable; Clinch PGL Bucharest Major championship title

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

Virtus.pro is unstoppable as they seized their second consecutive and third overall Pro Circuit Major title with a 3:0 sweep over VGJ.Thunder to become the PGL Bucharest Champions.


The CIS team have reached monumental heights with a dominating sweep over VGJ.Thunder. With each game being heavily one-sided and over in 30 minutes or less, there seems to be nothing that can slow this monster down as they run amok event after event. 

Rolling into PGL Bucharest as the champions of ESL Major Katowice only the week prior, the team was coasting on confidence. The team was sitting in third place on the DPC rankings coming into the second half of the Pro Circuit 2017-2018 year, having taken the first ever Major Championship title for the new system at ESL One Hamburg 2017, 4th at DotaPit Major, 3-4th at MDL Minor and 1st at DOTA Summit 8 Minor. With the new year, they slipped into 5-6th at ESL One Genting 2018 in January and quickly made some controversial decisions to make a change in their lineup in time for the new roster lock. The CIS team exchanged their position four player Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk for Vladimir “Rodjer” Nikogosyan, in what ultimately seemed to be the right move. 

Rodjer seemed to be an ideal fit for the team bringing to the lineup a new range of heroes and strategies and incredible synergy. In an initial surge of success, he wasted no time to claim the next event's championship title - ESL One Katowice, where the new face on the team also won the MVP award for his standout and spectacular plays. 

VP now stands in a very comfortable lead in first place of the DPC leaderboards with 7197 points - Team Liquid being next in line with 4635 points. 

When the team secured their place in the grand finals yesterday, they were the first to secure a direct invite to TI8. The multimillion-dollar question now will be, has the team reached their peak potential or are they genuine TI8 championship title contenders?

Virtus.Pro roster:
Russia Roman 'Ramzes666' Kushnarev
Ukraine Vladimir 'No[O]ne' Minenko
Russia Pavel '9pasha' Hvastunov
Russia Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan
Russia Alexey 'Solo' Berezin



What is in store for VP coming up?

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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


  • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
    its really frustrating and disappointing that my chinese teams are nothing but mop rugs for the westerns. i knew caucasian are genetically superior but come on chinese show some fight. can you call this a grand final?
  • James "Yared" A ,
    Yeah winter will be over soon. I mean the CIS is a great DotA region with lots of love for this game. So VP should better respond in kind by maintaining their winning form well into the summer.
  • Alex "raynor87" Lora ,
    I don't think VP can win TI8. I'd remember when OG get to TI6 as favorite after win Majors and was eliminated in the Main Event. RodjER is doing great!


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