In the list of the top contenders of The International 2019, today we will talk about the composition of Virtus.pro. In previous seasons, the roster could not rise above 5-6 places, but now the team needs to stand out and win the long-awaited Aegis.
One of the most consistent and dominant teams in the competitive landscape of Dota 2 is VP. In Dota Pro Circuit 2018/2019, there were five majors and Virtus.pro did not get into the top 3 on only one of them. The CIS team began the season with a victory, taking the title of The Kuala Lumpur Major, in the grand final VP defeated Team Secret in a difficult best-of-five series.
At the March major in Stockholm, Virtus.pro finish the group stage at first place, but unexpectedly lost to Fnatic at the start of the playoffs. The side recovered well to the set back as they won all of their matches in the lower bracket which included eliminating Team Secret. VP got its revenge over Fnatic in the final of the lower bracket, but lost in the grand finale Vici Gaming with a score of 2: 3.
At MDL Disneyland® Paris Major, Virtus.pro showed the worst result of the season – 7th-8th place. 45 days later, VP arrived in Moscow for the last major of the year, but this their effort was not enough to reach the grand final. Team Liquid twice got in the way of the team, which shortly before the tournament dropped Lasse MATUMBAMAN Urpalainen and replaced him with Alivi w33 Omar.
The Curse of TI
The minor set back didn’t affect their conquest for TI9 as the team guaranteed itself an invite to TI9 back in January. For the second year in a row, Virtus.pro has made no change to its lineup and ended the season in the top of the Dota Pro Circuit ranking. This shows the depth and the stability of the side. But at the same time, this stability lacks at The International since VP has not yet managed to rise above fifth place.
The only weakness of the side the fact that the team gets nervous and make mistakes when things don’t go according to plan. If the composition deals with this issue, then this year they will definitely be able to claim Aegis. Victory at The International 2019 is the main goal for the season, so tactical preparations for the tournament should be held at the highest level.
We wish them luck
Virtus.pro has proven this year that they can beat anyone on any given day. The hardest thing for VP players will be to overcome themselves and cope with emotions if everything suddenly gets out of hand. If the players make the right decisions under pressure, then reaching the grand finals is a very real task for VP. From then onwards anything can happen, because this is The International.