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One of the hype match-ups in the Upper Bracket of The Chongqing Major, Virtus.pro versus Evil Geniuses was sure to be a battle. In the end it was rather one-sided, as VP took the series 2-0. In the final match of Upper Bracket Round 1, PSG.LGD took down Vici Gaming to progress.



VP show Major-winning form to beat EG



Game 1 between Virtus.pro and Evil Geniuses was an even affair for the first fifteen minutes or so, with just one kill and a handful of gold the difference.

However, VP restricted EG to just three more kills after that, with Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko enjoying a monster of a game — he finished with astounding figures of 15/0/7 on Outworld Devourer to carry his side to the series lead.





Game 2 saw EG roar back into it. They held the net worth lead for almost the entire game, with Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen’s Tiny and Gustav 's4' Magnusson’s Doom constantly picking up kills to build their advantage.

However, VP were not to be outdone. Led this time by Roman 'RAMZEs' Kushnarev on the ever-reliable Terrorblade, the CIS side overturned an 8k advantage to keep their hopes alive. A four-for-none team-fight finally tipped things in their favour, and they finished off EG to advance 2-0.





PSG.LGD victorious in all-China battle



A partisan crowd saw PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming meet in what was expected to be a quick 2-0 for the former. That looked like a distinct possibility after LGD tore through Vici in Game 1, winning in just 20 minutes.

Wang Chun 'Ame' Yu and Yap Jian 'xNova' Wei helped themselves to 11 of their team’s 18 kills on Juggernaut and Lion respectively, as they restricted Vici to just three in total — racking up a massive 16k lead in the process.

Game 2 was a different affair. Vici picked up kill after kill to lead, but as with all top teams, LGD weren’t done yet. They roared back into it, eventually overturning their deficit to claim the win — and with it the series.





The two sides now meet in the next round of the Upper Bracket in what is possibly a battle of the two pre-tournament favourites. Meanwhile, Vici will face the winner of Alliance and Chaos EC, and EG take on the victors of The Pango’s meeting with Thunder Predator.


Are Virtus.pro going to go all the way and claim their second Major of the season?


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