ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Day 5 Highlights

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ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Day 5 Highlights

We break down all the Lower Bracket action happening at the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational.

After a couple of days of amazing action, we slowly reached the penultimate day of the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational. There were tons of surprises along the way but in the end, the best teams managed to prevail.

Today, three more teams had to wave goodbye to the amazing tournament in Singapore. Let’s break it down match by match.

Alliance vs Virtus.Pro

It was time for VP to take revenge after the loss 2-0 loss against Alliance in the group stage. However, the rematch between these Dota 2 titans didn’t go as planned for the CIS powerhouse.

Despite shutting down the strongest weapon of Alliance, which is Linus “Limmp” Blomdin’s  Viper, the CIS team still couldn’t find a way to the enemy’s throne. The DreamLeague Season 12 champions played a nearly flawless game and got the lead in the series.

With just one game away from elimination, Virtus.Pro bounced back int he second game of the series. Unlike the first one, this was a constant back-and-forth brawl full of kills. Despite trying to end the game several times, the European team couldn’t find their way to VP’s throne. On the contrary, led by Egor “epilieptick1d” Grigorenko’s Slark, the CIS squad was able to get the lead and ultimately the victory, pushing the series into a final game three.

The last game of this amazing series started very similarly to the second one. Although both teams tried to pressure each other, it was Alliance that succeed in this run. In fact, after they’ve established their dominance, even VP’s mightly Alchemist didn’t stand a chance. As a result, the CIS had no other option but to call GG.

Virtus.Pro were eliminated in the lower bracket. Though they'll still be taking home around $30,000. Despite that,  we definitely saw some signs of improvement in their gameplay. Hopefully, they'll be back on the winning track soon.

Vici Gaming vs Team Secret

The second game of the day was a clash between two of the best teams in the world.

Both the Chinese powerhouse and the European giants played fairly well in this tournament. But now it was time for one of them to leave.

Game one was very interesting as neither team really had a significant advantage early on. However, as soon as Vici Gaming got on the driving train, their Puck and Razor completely demolished the competition. Team Secret relied on Matumbaman’s Anti-Mage but the Finnish player couldn’t carry his team. As a result, Vici got the lead.

Despite losing game one, the European team played a stellar second game. They’ve completely changed their draft and it worked out. Despite being neck and neck, for the most part, Secret eventually got mega creeps and slowly suffocated their enemies.

The third final game was nothing short of a brutal beatdown from Vici Gaming. They got to play one of their best heroes and the result was devastating. After just 10 minutes in, the Chinese completely dominated the map. They have absolutely no chance for Secret do anything.

Having no way to deal with Vici’s Slark, Secret had no other choice but to call GG.

Alliance vs Vici Gaming

This was the series that everyone was waiting for.

Game one of this epic encounter was another symphony of skills from Vici Gaming. After securing themselves a solid start, the Chinese started to dictate the tempo of the game. Although Alliance tried to delay the game as much as possible so that Nikobaby’s Morph can come online, that never happened. Instead, the MDL Chengdu runners-up gather as five and pushed their enemies, securing the win in this series.

The second game of the series was definitely more interesting. Alliance tried to pull-off their classic mid Magnus, whereas Vici picked Puck yet again.

Even though the Europeans had the lead at one point, the Chinese squad didn’t let them take advantage of it. Instead. they’ve slowly but steadily pressured their enemies. In the end, Vici’s Slark was just way too strong, even for Nikobaby’s mighty Ursa.

Sadly, the journey for Alliance ends here. Despite the elimination, they proved yet again that they are among the best teams in the world. The fourth-place will give the young squad $50K USD.

Be sure to watch the Grand Final of this amazing tournament tomorrow. Needless to say, it will be very interesting to see which team will come on top.

Missed any of the action from the last few days? Catch up before the Final with our recaps.

Image via ManLok Fung/ESPAT Media.

ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Day 5 Highlights
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.