EPICENTER: ViCi Gaming claims their second Major title

The last Dota 2 Major before International has just ended. ViCi Gaming managed to outlast Team Liquid in the Grand Final after the big fight in Best-of-5 matchup. This way, ViCi Gaming claimed their second Major title.

Group Stage

Group A

1. Team Secret 2-0 (4-0)
2. Royal Never Give Up 2-1 (4-3)
3. Fnatic 1-2 (3-5)
4. paiN Gaming 0-2 (1-4)

Group B 

1. Team Liquid 2-0 (4-2)
2. Gambit Esports 2-1 (5-2)
3. Evil Geniuses 1-2 (3-4)
4. Infamous 0-2 (0-4)

Group C

1. ViCi Gaming 2-0 (4-1)
2. Virtus.pro 2-1 (4-2)
3. Alliance 1-2 (2-4)
4. Forward Gaming 0-2 (1-4)

Group D

1. TNC Predator 2-0 (4-1)
2. PSG.LGD 2-1 (5-3)
3. Ninjas in Pyjamas 1-2 (3-5)
4. OG 0-2 (1-4)

Play-offs

As you can see, we saw some big surprises already in the Group Stage. OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, and Evil Geniuses didn’t start off Play-offs in Upper Bracket. However, they had another chance to go deep at the event in Lower Bracket. All mentioned teams proceeded further to the second round of Lower Bracket excluding Evil Geniuses who lost to OG. Anyway, none of them succeeded in reaching at least Round 5 of Lower Bracket. NiP dropped out in the following round, and OG and Alliance were edged out by PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro later on.

In the Upper Bracket, both Team Liquid and ViCi Gaming were successful on their side of the bracket. Team Liquid bested PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro, and ViCi Gaming defeated Gambit Esports and TNC Predator. Therefore, Liquid and ViCi booked a meeting in a Final of Upper Bracket. ViCi prevailed after three legs and secured a spot in the Grand Final.

On the other side, Liquid dropped down to Lower Bracket final where they had to eliminate Virtus.pro. Given that Liquid successfully overcame Russians, we watched another duel between ViCi Gaming and Team Liquid in the Grand Final of EPICENTER Major.

Liquid stepped in the Grand Final in great fashion as they won the first leg after 42 minutes. The following two legs, however, ended in ViCi’s favor. The fourth leg was the epic one. Even though Liquid was constantly in control of the game, they needed more than an hour to put the game to bed. After such a long game, ViCi needed half of that to win the final leg. ViCi Gaming claimed the second Major title in their history.

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