The most dominant team in the DPC Season 2017-18 has started its new season on a similar note. Virtus Pro are the winners of the Maincast Autumn Brawl after defeating NoPangolier 3-0 in the Grand Finals.
Despite the scoreline suggesting a very dominant Virtus Pro, the first two games were far from dominant. NonPangolier put forth some really exciting gameplay to constantly challenge Virtus Pro at all stages of the game.
The Grand Finals.
The first game had to be a sore point for NonPangolier as they lost the game despite being in the lead for the better part of the game. The early and mid-game dominance by NoPangolier as for nought as they lost to Virtus Pro after a gruelling 70 minutes. The excessive healing by Phoenix as well as Treant Protector’s Living armour ensured that the cores on NoPangolier simply did not die. However, the team was not able to push through and finish the game early,
The Second match was equally exciting as Virtus Pro decided to pressure Arc Warden on the mid-lane. While he did end up dying multiple times in the early game, No Pangolier had a very dominant Zayac on the Dark Willow. He was beyond Godlike very soon and was constantly able to be an irritant to the side of Virtus Pro. Ramzess was unable to get free space early in the game, but he did catch up later. Being a Terrorblade he was able to quickly farm up a lot of useful items and become a strong force in the late game. Once he got the butterfly, it was extremely difficult for NoPangolier to kill him.
By the time it was the third game, it seemed NoPangolier was thoroughly exhausted. The mid lane was a thorough mismatch in terms of creeps as well as levels. No[o]ne was able to dominate the mid-lane mostly due to the hero mismatch. Invoker decimates Visage before Level 6 and with the help of teammates such as Rodjer’s Tiny it was a very easy task.
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) October 14, 2018
Not a part of DPC, but a strong start for Virtus Pro.
Ultimately Virtus Pro did win the tournament and they start of the new season on a positive note. This tournament was not a part of the DPC Season, yet it was an important tournament especially from the perspective of the teams’ standings and performance.
The Top Four standings at the Maincast Autumn Brawl are :
- 1st Place – Virtus Pro = $50,000.
- 2nd Place – NoPangolier = $15,000.
- 3rd / 4th Place – Na’Vi / NIP = $4,500.
Virtus Pro will next be seen at ESL One Hamburg 2018 as they attempt to defend their title.