On the back of strong death ball strategy Virtus Pro managed to overcome Ninjas in Pyjamas in the first two games of the tournament. Even signature Tiny + Io combo from the Swedish squad wasn’t enough to stop the Russians as they advanced to the finals.
In the second semi-final Alliance didn’t deviate much from their recent style of play still putting Per Anders ‘Pajkatt’ Olsson L. on heroes such as Lina and QoP while giving Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg aggressive carries such as Slardar. However that didn’t stop the TI3 champions revisiting their roots as Bulldog’s signature Lone Druid made an appearance. Alliance easily defeated the underdogs of the tournament – Lemondogs (formerly 4FC).
In the finals Alliance took on VP. Despite some creative drafting from the Swedish team the Russians seemed to be one step ahead at all times. Dominating in lanes and predicting all enemy movements got them off to an early lead in each game that they didn’t let go of as they saw out the series. As a result VP took the series 2-0 and became the champions of ESL ASUS Play It Cool Dota 2 Invitational.
1. Virtus Pro – $12,500
2. The Alliance – $7,500
3/4. Ninjas in Pyjamas – $5,000
3/4. Lemondogs – $5,000