Started from the bottom and now they’re here climbing up the DPC ranks and taking their very first Major championship! Vici Gaming wins the DreamLeague Stockholm Major in a breeze.
In the previous DreamLeague Stockholm Major, Vici Gaming wows the whole world after defeating Virtus.pro in the Grand Finals. After winning the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor and qualifying to the Major, they easily defeated arguably one of the best teams in the Dota 2 scene.
Vici Gaming was once a team that dominated the big leagues. But after a few changes in the meta, they fell back behind Chinese Dota teams. However, after appearing in the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor and winning a ticket to their very first Major of the season, they want the world to know they’re serious. And they really did a number to quite a lot of teams during the Stockholm Major, including the CIS team, Virtus.pro.
Vici Gaming vs. Virtus.pro
The Grand Finals wasn’t just a battle of who’s strongest. But it was a battle of who can last long and comeback from misplays. Vici and VP took alternating wins until Vici took Game 5 in a whoosh. For the first two opening games, Vici showed tenacity early on, taking control of the early game. taking the early lead in Game 1 allowed them to secure their items and continue doing their objectives. Despite VP’s advances to counter and contest them, it wasn’t enough. But on Game 2, VP bounced back. The lineup for Game 1 and Game 2 was almost similar. Vici had Oracle and Earth Spirit twice while VP repeated their Razor, Shadow Shaman, and Shadow Demon pick. Despite that, Vici found themselves bleeding in kills with Roman ‘RAMZES’ Kushnarev’s Anti-Mage on a hunt.
In Game 3, Vici absolutely decimated VP with another early game control. With the lead they made, they managed VP to call out GG in the 22-minute mark of the game. Thus, this gave the CN team the match point, one last game towards the championship title. But VP’s resolve never wavered and found their groove in Game 4. VP broke through Vici’s early game stronghold and took control until they settled the score into a 2 -2 tie. Which means whoever wins the next game is the declared Major winner.
But despite the previous upset and pressure, Vici Gaming took VP out in an extremely fast-paced deciding match. In a span of 11 minutes, Vici destroyed all tier one towers and then wiped out the entire enemy team as well. And in the 22-minute mark, again, VP called out GG. In that tedious and gut-wrenching series, Vici Gaming came through and took their Major championship title after a long time.
Vici Gaming took home $350,000 and 4,950 DPC points. With that, they shoot straight to the 3rd place in the DPC rankings, dethroning Evil Geniuses who is now at 4th place.
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