Virtus.Pro kicked off their Dota 2 Pro Circuit in style with a comprehensive campaign that culminated with a solid 2-0 grand final victory against Team Secret.
The eighth installment of the ESL One series, ESL One Hamburg saw one of the most impressive runs for VP, with the European team winning everything including scoring victories over the TI7 Champions and the runners up, Team Liquid and Newbee.
It was also most certainly a stroll in the park for VP in the grand finals, as Team Secret’s early aggression game plan was thwarted. Secret almost did not show up at all before they finally turned up as five in the bottom lane.
But even that did not work. Despite pushed down the tier one tower and found a couple of kills on VP’s Brewmaster and the Ogre Magi, they were easily stopped as Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko’s sniper died only once. Ultimately, Secret had no real answer to the super farmed Sniper and conceded the game at the 40 minute mark.
No[one] was given Viper in the second round, and while Team Secret tried to dodge the Viper vs Ember Spirit mid lane match up and sent Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng in the offlane the game one story very much repeated itself when Clement “Puppe” Ivanov couldn’t find any early Charge kills.
15 minutes into the game he was still level 4 while VP were already grouped and pushing with the Chen creeps army the bottom tier three tower, with clutch saves from Alexei “Solo” Berezin helping their cause in beautiful coordination from all the Virtus.Pro squad, earning them their first Major Championship title in the maiden Dota 2 Pro Circuit season, along with $500,000 prize money and 750 DCP points to the CIS region.