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Controlled the early game for Virtus Pro
February 25, 2018
Rodjer continues to fit well with Virtus Pro in their domination of Fnatic in ESL One Katowice 2018. The roaming support finished with a KDA of 6/8/23.
ANALYSIS
Rodjer kicked off the series with Chen. He controlled his half of the map with efficient jungling and rotations against the bot and mid lane. Rodjer even managed to do a few clutch saves that made Fnatic weep. In Game 2, he was on yet another active hero with Sand King. His 16 minute Blink Dagger allowed him to initiate with ease and he really set the tempo in the VP win.
Impressive form continues
February 25, 2018
Ramzes continues his impressive form at ESL One Katowice 2018 against Fnatic. The carry finished with a KDA of 17/5/23.
ANALYSIS
His aggressive plays caused a lot of problems for Fnatic throughout the series. His opening game with the unorthodox safelane Death Prophet became a huge problem for VP's opponents. Ramzes and his 15 minute Blink Dagger made sure he was always in the thick of the action. Ramzes played a more traditional carry with Gyrocopter in Game 2. He was similarly aggressive with his playstyle and just threw his body at his opponents to terrific effect.
Highly impressive plays all-around
February 25, 2018
N[o]one gave Fnatic nightmares in Virtus Pro's victory in ESL One Katowice 2018. The midlaner finished with a KDA of 25/4/19.
ANALYSIS
He set the tempo of the series from the get-go with his Outworld Devourer. He outclassed Abed's Medusa in the midlane. His super quick Force Staff and Blink Dagger allowed him to rack up 12 impressive kills and 0 deaths in the opener. In Game 2, he played Timbersaw against Fnatic's fairly tanky line up. He was always causing problems in the frontline and was a true nuisance for Fnatic after getting his eight minute Hood of Defiance.
Sublime initiaton play from Virtus Pro offlane
February 25, 2018
9pasha was solid in his initiation against Fnatic in ESL One Katowice 2018. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 4/4/31.
ANALYSIS
9pasha's Sand King was a picture of perfection in the opening game. He quickly got an 11 minute Blink Dagger and his Burrowed Strikes were a thing of beauty as Fnatic had no chance to fight back. In Game 2, 9pasha switched it up with his Dragon Knight. His initiation game was once again deadly by rushing Shadow Blade and caused a lot of chaos for his side.
Did little to help the Fnatic cause
February 25, 2018
Universe couldn't do much against Virtus Pro's aggression as Fnatic fall in ESL One Katowice 2018. The veteran offlaner finished with a KDA of 5/9/12.
ANALYSIS
Universe failed to make use of the farm priority that Fnatic gave him in the laning stage of the series opener. His Beastmaster never really amounted to much in helping Abed get his farming space. In Game 2, he played Underlord but failed to recapture his heroics in their series against Team Secret.
Disappointing series fron Fnatic captain
February 25, 2018
EternalEnvy had his poorest series at ESL One Katowice 2018 against Virtus Pro. The polarizing carry finished with a KDA of 3/16/17.
ANALYSIS
EternalEnvy's most concerning statline against Virtus Pro in the series was his 311 Gold Per Minute average. EternalEnvy was just as good as a support in the game and his terrible start on Vengeful Spirit with seven deaths really set his poor tone. Game 2 was slightly better on his Wraith King but he was still disappointing overall.
Couldn't keep up with the frantic series
February 25, 2018
Dj was out of his element against Virtus Pro in ESL One Katowice 2018. The support finished wtih a KDA of 4/11/19.
ANALYSIS
Dj couldn't keep up with Virtus Pro's frantic pace as he couldn't really turn it around for Fnatic early on. His Earthshaker had a decent 15 minute Blink Dagger timing opening but it didn't amount to much for Fnatic's tempo. It was the same story in Game 2 with his Tiny but at least he actually scrounge up four kills in the lopsided match.
Shut down by Virtus.Pro
February 25, 2018
Abed was never allowed to get going by Virtus Pro in ESL One Katowice 2018. The Filipino star finished with a KDA of 12/7/7.
ANALYSIS
Since Abed is normally relied upon by Fnatic to carry the game in the end game, Virtus Pro simply locked him down. He got some farm in the series opener as Medusa but he was efficiently countered by n[o]one's Outword Devourer despite being his team's top net worth hero. In Game 2, Abed was curiously playing Viper to counter VP's strong passive reliant heroes. But Viper isn't known to be a hero who can carry games late and was underwhelming at best.
Was able to do everything needed to win
February 24, 2018
9pasha was able to shine as Virtus.Pro defeated Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. 9pasha finished with a 12/9/38 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Even though he didn't quite put up the gaudy numbers of his teammates, 9pasha did exactly what he needed to in order for his squad to get the win. He had a balanced showing throughout, playing especially well on Doom in order to close out the series. Both of VP's wins in the series were completely dominant, snowballing their lead from the very start. EG was able to surprisingly steal a Game 2 win, even though they trailed in kills the whole time. VP will need to make sure they don't throw another game but look primed to make a run at the title.
Shined brighter than any other player
February 24, 2018
No[o]ne could not be stopped as Virtus.Pro defeated Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. No[o]ne finished with a 26/2/26 KDA.
ANALYSIS
This was arguably No[o]ne's best performance of the tournament so far, and it came at the perfect time. With a trip to the semifinals on the line, No[o]ne, made sure that EG had no chance of advancing. His 26/2/26 KDA is just beautiful and tells the entire story of the series. Surprisingly, EG was able to take one game, but VP was clearly the better team and No[o]ne was clearly the strongest player. If he can keep up this play, VP won't be stopping at the semifinals.
Was able to carry his squad to a win
February 24, 2018
Ramzes put together a dominant showing as Virtus.Pro defeated Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. Ramzes finished with a 27/9/35 KDA.
ANALYSIS
This was a total team effort by VP to stomp out EG. VP outfought EG every chance they could get and Ramzes was leading the charge. He racked up a team-high 27 kills over the three-game series, putting the nail in EG's coffin with a 8/2/14 performance on Death Prophet in Game 3. The single win EG was able to get while trailing in net worth is a slightly worrisome sign for VP, but overall they are going into the semifinals with a lot of momentum.
Pushed the initiative all over the map
February 24, 2018
RodjER racked up the assists as Virtus.Pro defeated Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. RodjER finished with a 10/7/53 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Wherever there was a fight in this series, RodjER was making his presence known. Across the three games, RodjER racked up a game-high 53 assists while only dying seven times. He played Naga Siren for both of the final two games, looking very comfortable and having a lot of success, even though one game was a loss. VP should feel very good going into the semifinals.
Pushed his team to a victory
February 24, 2018
Solo had a great series as Virtus.Pro defeated Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. Solo finished with a 10/18/42 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Even though it went the full three games, it was clear that VP was the better team in this series. VP led every game in kills, even their loss, and their two wins were absolute blowouts. Out of all of VP, Solo was actually the player to have the least dominant game. Solo died a team-high 18 times, twice as many as any of his teammates. Regardless, VP was able to assert their dominance and clinch their spot in the semifinals with plenty of momentum behind them.
Overwhelmed in a tough matchup
February 24, 2018
Arteezy was not at his best as Evil Geniuses lost to Virtus.Pro 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. Arteezy finished with a 8/15/20 KDA.
ANALYSIS
You can tell the story of this series by looking at the KDA of Arteezy in each game. Games 1 and 3, Arteezy combing for two kills and 11 deaths contrary to Game 2 where Arteezy had his lone favorable KDA. All of EG was outmatched by VP in this series and Arteezy took the brunt of the damage as he is a person who will always believe and play like he is the best player on the map, which is true most of the time. EG is now eliminated from the event but should feel great about making it all the way to the quarterfinals after losing their very first match.
Did not have a good time
February 24, 2018
Cr1t got knocked around as Evil Geniuses lost to Virtus.Pro 2-1 in the quarterfinals of ESL One Katowice. Cr1t finished with a 9/24/29 KDA.
ANALYSIS
All of EG had a rough series, but Cr1t had the absolute worst. He died a team-high 24 times in the quick three-game series, even dying 11 times on Io in EG's lone victory. Cr1t was didn't stand a chance of slowing down VP as they were firing on all cylinders. EG is still figuring out how the new roster will play off of each other in their new roles, but a top-six finish at one of the largest tournaments of the year is a great accolade to count as a learning experience.