The Katowice Major has concluded and Virtus Pro walk away with a 3-1 victory over Vici Gaming which catapults them into first place in the DPC rankings. Virtus Pro were the big winners of the tournament but they were far from the only team going home with something to be happy about. Fnatic’s 4th place finish after defeating Team Secret have quieted critics temporarily and given the team confidence as they head back to SEA. Fnatic went on to take a game off Team Liquid in the 3rd place match(albeit due to a Kuroky Arc Warden and Miracle- Bounty Hunter) and put up a strong fight in game 3 until Miracle’s Terrorblade put an end to Fnatic. Kinguin, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, and EG also gave plenty of reasons to look forward to their performances in future tournaments for their fans.
For anyone familiar with the Polish CS:GO team who has played under the VP banner for what feels like eons you will be very familiar with the twin monikers of Virtus Throw and Virtus Plow. You would never really know which one you were about to see and sometimes they occurred simultaneously in one match. The Plow was in full effect for Virtus Pro through the Katowice Major as they only stumbled slightly against VG during the finals of their group. Aside from that loss they only dropped two other games during the entire event, one to EG, and one to VG in the finals. RodjER has fit in seamlessly to his new team and was even awarded as the MVP of the tournament for his performance on heroes like Sand King, Earthshaker, and Chen.
As mentioned before their 3-1 win over VG in the finals brings VP into first place in overall DPC points and gives them the opportunity to become back-to-back Major champions as the Bucharest Major begins in a little under a week. What should be mentioned is that VP did manage to avoid Team Liquid and Team Secret in their tournament run, should they meet them in Bucharest it’s anyone's guess for who will come out on top. While Na`Vi continues to struggle, VP gives an entire region a team to cheer for.
Where there’s a will
Not many people would have predicted that Vici Gaming would come out on top of their group by defeating Team Liquid and then Virtus Pro. Fewer would have ever imagined Fnatic triumphing over Team Secret 2-1 to secure a top 4 finish at the Major. While Vici Gaming may be frustrated with their fourth second place finish it is by no mistake a terrific result. Their victory over Team Liquid and Virtus Pro secured a top 4 placement and then their repeat win over TL in the semi-finals gave them their 450 points which moved them to 4th overall in the rankings. In one fell swoop VG managed to more than double their overall points and surpass Newbee all at the same time. While the threat of not making the top 8 come time for TI invites is nipping at their heels they can rest a little easier knowing there is a great buffer between them and the bottom of the pack.
Fnatic on the other hand is still staring upwards after their 4th place finish. The points they earned move them within 15 of OG’s 9th place, still short of receiving a direct invite. However Fnatic proved that they could do it, that they were capable of upsetting Team Secret and therefore any team they go up against, even if they will not be the favourites. The move to replace Ohaiyo with Universe was met with varying degrees of reactions but after their performance no one can call the move by Fnatic a mistake any more. Abed and DJ represent their region on Fnatic and did them proud in Katowice, Abed’s Invoker and Ember Spirit setting the pace for multiple games. For both of these teams the future looks bright but they must continue to deliver performances like this if they want to have a shot at winning the Aegis.
A bridge too far
For Team Secret and EG their shared 5th/6th placement serves as a reminder of the volatility that exists in Dota 2. EG came oh-so-close to defeating Virtus Pro after taking down Newbee 2-0 but could not drive the final nail into VP’s coffin. Team Secret had the unfortunate luck of facing Team Liquid, who had also lost earlier in the event, before the semi-finals and found themselves out sooner than many had anticipated. Luckily for both teams their chance at redemption comes almost immediately with the Bucharest Major. Newbee’s loss to EG before the play-off bracket came after they already eliminated Na`Vi and LGD in two 2-0 series. While it is far from the result they wanted they too will be playing in Bucharest to take revenge and prove their 7th/8th place finish was only a slight stumble on their path to TI.
Current DPC rankings can be seen here