VP defend Summit title with coach as a stand-in, 11-1 record overall

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ru Virtus.pro defended their Summit title last night with victory at the final Pro Circuit Minor of 2017, and did so without their captain.





VP defend Summit title after unexpected Grand Finals versus Fnatic
Their manager called their lack of a direct invite a "spit in the face" but VP still managed to go all the way last night by winning the Dota Summit 8 after qualifying via the CIS Regionals. Despite competing with coach Artstyle as a stand-in for captain Solo, VP remained stiff opposition and had a flawless 8-0 run leading into the Grand Finals.



Their opponent in the Grand Finals was Int Fnatic, a team which has been transformed following the addition of ph Abed 'Abed' Yusop as a replacement for se Steve 'Xcalibur' Ye. Fnatic finished top of their group ahead of cn PSG.LGD and world OpTic Gaming, but looked like a defeated side after falling behind 1-0 against eu OG in the semi-finals after dk Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein's Tiny had crushed their draft.

However, Fnatic's newest addition ph Abed 'Abed' Yusop rose to the occasion in Game 2 of the semi-finals, taking control as a Templar Assassin before helping to finish off OG with a familiar hero at the Summit 8 in Game 3, the dreaded Medusa. Fnatic's win over OG put them in the Grand Finals, a phenomenal result for a team who struggled in the opening two months of the Pro Circuit.

Fnatic can't stop the VP train but put up a good fight
The Grand Finals ended 3-1 in favour of VP, with two wins secured by ru Roman 'RAMZEs' Kushnarev's Broodmother. Fnatic did have their moments, especially in Game 2 where a team effort managed to pull the score level at 1-1, with ph Djardel 'DJ' Mampusti having a great game on Rubick. Although Fnatic were unable to stop the VP train they did put up a fight, managing to do what OG, Sacred and Kinguin had failed to do, win a game against the CIS giants.

The Dota Summit 8 is VP's second title of the Pro Circuit season so far and their fourth top 4. Captain Solo is set to return to action in 2018 and the results of his team during his absence put them in 3rd place in the Pro Circuit rankings behind eu Team Secret and eu Team Liquid.







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