In a display of superb strength and solid synergy, Virtus.pro overpowered ViCi Gaming 3:1 to claim their second ESL One Major championship title and trophy at ESL One Katowice 2018.
Heading into ESL One Katowice 2018, critics and fans were apprehensive about what to expect when Virtus.pro debuted their revamped roster. Trading out Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk for Vladimir “ Rodjer” Nikogosyan with Na'vi earlier in the month made many skeptical about whether the team would mesh or there was enough preparation time for the team to become cohesive.
The CIS powerhouse was quick to quell any negativity as they showed up in A form and with superior gameplay and teamwork. Taking on ViCi Gaming in the Grand Finals, the team made seizing another ESL trophy for their collection, the $400,000 and 750 DPC points look like a walk in the park.
Having taken the championship title for ESL One Hamburg 2017, fourth place for DotaPit Minor, 3-4th place for MDL Major and first place in Dota Summit 8 Minor, the team is now sitting on the very top of the DPC rankings list with 4950 points.
ESL One Katowice 2018 Prize and DPC distribution:
1st place: $400,000 and 750 DCP - Virtus.pro
2nd place: $200,000 and 450 DCP - ViCi Gaming
3rd place: $120,000 and 225 DCP - Team Liquid
4th place : $80,000 and 75 DCP - Fnatic
5th-6th $50,000 - Evil Geniuses, Team Secret
7th-8th place: $20,000 - OG, Newbee
9th-12th place: $10,000 - Mineski, OpTic Gaming, Team Kinguin, LGD Gaming
13th-16th place: $5,000 - Effect, compLexity Gaming, Infamous, Na'Vi