Virtus Pro and OpTic Gaming headed to the finals at ESL One Birmingham Major

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On the penultimate day of ESL One Birmingham Major, Virtus Pro continued their clean streak against paiN Gaming, while OpTic Gaming denied Fnatic their chance at a direct invite to TI8,

Brazilian underdogs, paiN Gaming have had a heroic run at the Major thus far. With an upset in group stage knocking out powerhouse and crowd favourites Team Liquid, and likewise, a dominant performance against Mineski in the quarter finals, paiN Gaming was in prime form going into the semi-finals. However, CIS Titan Virtus Pro, who hadn’t dropped a single game thus far, finally stopped the Brazilians in their tracks.

VP pulled no punches in the first game, and turned up the aggression right from the onset, going up five kills uncontested in the first few minutes—Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan’s rotations on his Clockwork proved absolutely deadly. Despite the lead, paiN Gaming was unafraid to fight, and clashed with the VP squad time and time again. However, with such a dominant start in the lanes, paiN’s gusto for a brawl failed to pay off, as they hemorrhaged heroes and gold in every fight. Firmly in control, VP closed out the first game in just under 30 minutes. PaiN showed relative signs of life in the second game. With a better start in the early game, paiN were in a better position transitioning to the midgame. The Brazilians even had a good opportunity for a potential swing at one fight.

Isaac “RedCrayon” Celis

LoL refugee. DOTA lover. EE fanboy. Hit me up about anime, dota and anything else you can think of

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