After seven days of high quality Dota in Russia, we finally have the champion of Epicenter Major 2019. The competition was dominated by Vici Gaming after impressive performances from “Paparazi”, “Ori”, “Yang”, “Fade” and “dy”. The Chinese side won the grand finale against the EU powerhouse, Team Liquid, 3-2. This result will surely boost the Asian team’s morale for the 2019 International that will take place in August.
Liquid eliminating the local favourites!
Before facing VG in the final, Liquid had to beat Virtus.Pro, a team that had the support of the local fans. Game 1 of this showdown delivered everything the fans expected: Great plays and an exciting contest between the teams. After almost 50 minutes of play and a tight 31/28 scorecard, Liquid won the first game after an exceptional performance of w33’s Templar Assassin.
Game 2 was brutal victory for Liquid, since they beat the Russiansin just 25 minutes. Miracle was the star of this game, since he was 16/1 on his Weaver.
The big final was evenly contested by both teams. But the side that opened the scoring was Team Liquid. They won the first game after Miracle’s 19-2 performance on Anti-Mage. But the series was tied quickly, since Vici just took 26 minutes to win the second game. The player to shine for the team was mid laner Ori who was 8/1 on Death Prophet.
The Asians turned the tie 2-1 with one of the signature heroes of Paparazi. Vici picked Sven for him and he completely decimated Liquid as he finished 13-3.
Liquid fight back
The fourth game of the series was certainly the most epic game of this championship. It was perhaps one of the best games of the season. To give you an idea, VG lost the match and conceded the 2-2 draw after leading the fourth by a difference of 43,000 gold at 61 minute mark. The game ended at 64, with victory for Liquid. An Epic triumph for the EU side, which was only possible thanks to the amazing Arc Warden of Miracle. He managed to “explode” the Roshan in a single second.
Vici are the champions
Liquid’s improbable draw didn’t intimidate VG in the last game of the series. The Chinese played in an aggressive style in Game 5. They left no breathing space for the Europeans and closed the series 3-2 with a 16/0 performance of Paparazi’s Morphling. For the victory, the team from China received $ 350 thousand and 4,950 DPC points.
Both teams started the playoffs from the top bracket. Vici Gaming beat Gambit Esports, TNC Predator and Team Liquid on the way to the grand final . After getting dropped to the lower bracket, they beat PSG.LGD and Virtus.pro to compete in the final. EPICENTER Major 2019 was held from 22 to 30 June in Moscow. 16 teams played a million dollars and 15 thousand points DPC.