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The second season of EPIC League in Dota 2 wrapped up last Sunday. And we are pleased to present a new champion – Virtus.pro! The CIS team has become the victor of Division 1 by crushing European OG with a 3:2 score.
Vitaly (Save) Melnik’s squad was steadily advancing towards the victory. Having met defeat only twice (VP vs. Vikin.gg: 1-2, VP vs. Liquid: 1-2) throughout the entire group stage, VP took the top position in the group and gained the Upper Bracket slot. In the playoffs, the winner-to-be didn’t loosen the grip and kept fighting the good fight. Thus, on the path to the final battle, the future champion smashed Team Secret and ViKin.gg to face off with OG in the Grand Final.
The sight of Johan (N0tail) Sundstein’s squad in the Grand Final might seem a bit surprising, for OG showed quite inconsistent results in the group stage, took the seventh position in the group, and got the Lower Bracket slot. However, in the playoffs, the European team stepped up to the plate! Although getting through the Lower Bracket, these guys were confidently sweeping their worthy opponents one after another. As a result, they crushed Yellow Submarine, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, ViKin.gg, and reached the Grand Final. And in the deciding game, OG were going on in the same vein, applying their viable strategies to the opponents, which was quite effective at the start. But later, VP proved that they were no slouches too; they brought the fight and snatched 3:2 victory from the adversary! As a result, VP got $200,000, while OG took home $100,000.
As to Division 2, it was Alliance that took a leading position there. However, their story of success wasn’t that splendid. The Swedish team participated in the group stage of Division 1, failed, and dropped down to the Loser Bracket of Division 2. This failure, however, didn’t break Alliance’s spirit, on the contrary, served as a motivating factor. In the playoffs, the S4’s squad started to smash everyone in their way: Winstrike Team (2-0), Just Error (2-0), Spider Pigzs (2-0), and Gambit Esports (3-2). Then the Swedish team brilliantly wrapped up the final game by beating Live to Win and took the top position in the division. Thus, Alliance managed to gain $20,000, and the second-place award in Division 2 amounted to $10,000.