Virtus.pro winning Dota 2 tournaments isn’t necessarily novel, given how the organization has won five majors over the last three years, but this was still a big moment for the organization.
VP has had a tumultuous 2019-2020 season. The organization released three players after its disastrous performance at The International 2019, which was followed by a slew of other shakeups. The organization has still been able to qualify for majors, but hasn’t looked close to where it was a year prior.
Though Virtus.pro isn’t cemented as an elite Dota 2 team with this win, it’s a much-needed proof of concept with the current roster:
- Igor “iLTW” Filatov
- Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
- Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
- Bakyt “Zayac” Emilzhanov
- Alexey “Solo” Berezin
During ESL One Los Angeles, VP picked up wins over numerous top squads outside of OG. Though they still have need to follow this up with a series of strong placements in order to really come close to returning VP to its glory days, this squad might be up to the task.
The team is set to remain incredibly active over the coming months, and will compete in both the WePlay! Pushka League and the Epic Prime League. If Virtus.pro can keep up this form in both of those, it might be time to start looking at VP in the same way as Team Secret or Vici Gaming.