Lower Bracket Finals – Virtus.pro vs Evil Geniuses
Final day of The Kuala Lumpur Major started out with the Lower Bracket finals of Virtus.pro vs Evil Geniuses. EG got completely annihilated by Virtus.pro in both the games. VP finally got back in form with their 100% aggressive style of gameplay for the final day of the Major. They didn’t let EG breath for even a few moments in both the games. Ramzes and No[o]ne were playing completely out of their minds, diving towers, dodging spells, diving fountains and styling on EG. VP also played really smart, drafting around EG’s strengths and weaknesses. They banned Arc Warden in both the games and they banned Terrorblade in the second game, even though Arteezy didn’t get to do too much with Terrorblade in the first game.
The first game started out calmly but as soon as the mid-game started, VP mowed down EG, winning every skirmish they got into. Ramzes went 15-0-24 and No[o]ne went 14-0-19 on Invoker styling on EG all game.
EG could not do anything in the entire game and VP finished it by 39 minutes. They even started fountain diving them in the end and EG was absolutely helpless.
The second game was very much the same. Ramzes was playing Spectre again, but this time No[o]ne was playing Monkey King. It was the same story however. The game was even until the early-mid game and once VP’s cores got their mid-game items, they started hunting EG non-stop. EG tried their best to hold the game but VP finished it by 40 minutes, eliminating EG from the tournament and advancing to the Grand Finals The Kuala Lumpur Major to face off against Team Secret.
Grand Finals – Team Secret vs Virtus.pro
Game 1 of The Kuala Lumpur Major Grand Finals started out with Secret and VP trying out some wonky drafts. Secret picked Solo Mid Shaman for MidOne and VP picked carry Brewmaster for Ramzes. MidOne’s Shadow Shaman worked really great for the early game but after that he couldn’t do much. VP had many heroes with a lot of catch like Centaur, Storm and Brewmaster which completely controlled the Shaman in all the fights.
Rodger made a few incredible plays with his support Enigma.
By 3 minutes, VP had a whopping 16k gold lead and they finished the game by 34 minutes.
In game 2, Secret picked Arc Warden and Virtus.pro picked up Slark to counter it. VP did not get to do make the counter work however, as Yapzor on his support Weaver dominated the game, denying Ramzes’ Slark and No[o]ne’s Invoker from snowballing. Nisha on the Arc Warden, died a few times early on but he caught up on farm really fast by the mid-game. VP started crumbling once the late-game started, losing both the mid-lane and top lane of racks by 36 minutes. They went for an all-in play trying to salvage the game but Secret was too strong. VP called GG.
Game 3 was a Carry vs Carry showdown as VP picked up Terrorblade for Ramzes and Secret picked up PL for Nisha. Both of them got 6 slotted by the end but Secret had a direct counter to Terrorblade in MidOne’s Zeus. VP had a lot of catch but MidOne somehow managed to have 0 deaths in this game.
Things were going evenly until the mid-game but Secret got a really good teamfight which turned the tide in their favor.
Secret took down two lanes of racks after that fight. VP went for an all-in move to salvage the game, and tried to take a fight near the Rosh pit. They almost succeeded, taking down Nisha to 1% HP, but he ended up surviving. VP lost the fight and called GG. Secret was one game away from closing out the series and becoming The Kuala Lumpur Major Champions.
In Game 4, Yapzor made a lot of plays on Earth Spirit, getting kills all around the map for his team. This gave Secret an early gold lead of 2k by 12 minutes.
However, the combo of Ramzes and No[o]ne on TB and OD, took the game by storm at mid-game. They grouped up with their team and got a lot of good skirmishes, getting a huge lead. VP managed to keep up the lead and completely shutdown Nisha’s Morphling.
The gold advantage kept getting bigger as VP started taking objective after objective. By around 42 minutes, both Ramzes and No[o]ne were 6 slotted and they finished the game by 47 minutes, ending Nisha’s 12 game win streak with Morphling and taking the series to a deciding Game 5.
In Game 5, VP picked up Terrorblade for Ramzes and Secret picked up PL for Nisha and it was a farming race. Whoever gets farmed faster wins the game. Yapzor once again made a lot of plays early on, winning many teamfights for his team with incredible Echo Slams.
Once mid-game started, things started getting calm as everyone on the map was trying to get farmed. The game was going even until VP got an incredible teamfight around the Rosh pit, killing 4 of Team Secret’s heroes and taking Roshan.
After this, VP started winning teamfight after teamfight and got themselves a huge gold advantage. Things started looking really grim for Secret and they started crumbling. Both Ramzes and No[o]ne got 6 slotted by 40 minutes and they took down two lanes of racks within a minute.
Team Secret had one last teamfight left in them and they went in on Ramzes, using all their spells on him. Ramzes got really low on HP but he managed to get a Sunder off and that was it. Secret lost the teamfight and they called GG.
Virtus.pro are your Kuala Lumpur Major Champions, beating Team Secret 3-2. They win $350,000 and 4950 DPC points.
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