posted by Abelle,
ru are now two-time ESL Major champions after today's dominant 3-1 victory over cn Vici Gaming in the ESL One Katowice 2018 Grand Final.

It's unlikely anyone predicted to see these two teams in the Major Grand Final. just went through a roster change and Vici Gaming have been impressive but not quite top tier this season. When they met in the best-of-five, it seemed a bit unbalanced at first. Vici Gaming adjusted to take a single win but were mostly run over by the CIS squad.

The first game of the series was a massive stomp from They finished off Vici in 29 minutes with Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko on fire with a 12/0/10 Gyrocopter. Game 2 almost mirrored Game 1 in many ways. no[o]ne's Gyrocopter took 12 kills (though he died twice this time), the score was heavily in VP's favour, and the game ended before the 30-minute mark. In fact, Game 2 was even shorter than Game 1 - it was just over 25 minutes.

.@virtuspro seems completely unstoppable here in Grand Finals! #ESLOne— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) February 25, 2018

With the pressure on and on match point, Vici Gaming managed to pull themselves together in Game 3. VP last-picked Broodmother but Vici were ready for it, managed to take an early lead and secured a quick win of their own. Zeng 'Ori' Jiaoyang's Puck made some great plays to help his team overcome the earlier losses.

Mission accomplished! #ESLOne— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) February 25, 2018

However, things went right back VP's way for Game 4. It was the longest game of the series - but not by much. The game last just over 32 minutes and were back in top form. This time, Roman 'RAMZEs' Kushnarev took control of Gyrocopter while no[o]ne took Pugna instead. Gyrocopter's rockets helped Aleksey 'Solo' Berezin's Disruptor to never miss a Glimpse opportunity, and Vici Gaming had nowhere to run.

With the third win in the bag, have won their second ESL Major. The convoy grew alongside their trophy collection - Vladimir 'RodjER' Nikogosyan was awarded MVP and a brand-new Mercedes.

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