The CIS and European tournament of ESL One Los Angeles Online is finally over, and the champion is none other than Virtus.pro. This event offered a spectacular show to watch and numerous esports betting opportunities for those who wanted to bet on Dota 2. In the end, we saw a Grand Final that marked VP’s revenge over OG, a team that had previously defeated them in the final match of the Kiev Major in 2017. As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold. But in all honesty, nobody would have expected Solo and his squad to achieve what they achieved. Here’s a brief recap of the event.
ESL One Los Angeles had two stages. Here’s what happened in each of these stages.
The 16 participants were divided into two groups and the round-robin format was used.
As you can see, Group A was dominated by Virtus.pro while Group B was dominated by Team Secret. After the Group Stage, both of these teams were expected to meet in the Grand Final. VP delivered on that expectation. Secret however, had an abysmal run in the Playoffs and lost two times in a row as soon as the second stage began.
The first loss came against OG. Although unexpected, this was still explainable by the fact that OG is the current world champion. It’s true that they no longer have ana and JerAx, and that Topson and MidOne are missing from the team, but let’s not forget that SumaiL is there to help.
The second loss of Team Secret came against Vikin.gg. This was an absolutely ridiculous defeat and it’s hard to tell what caused it. Once again, Secret didn’t just lose. They lost 0 – 2. This shows either a lack of focus or a total lack of desire to win. It’s quite incredible that one of the best teams in the world can lose a Bo3 against a completely unknown squad after going 7 W – 0 L in the Group Stage.
As I mentioned before, the Playoffs Stage of ESL One Los Angeles had some unexpected results. At the forefront of this was Vikin.gg and Chicken Fighters. They were the big winners of the stage, given how little-known they were prior to the event. But in order for some teams to become dark horses, others have to underperform. And that’s exactly what happened: Nigma and Secret disappointed, in spite of having world-class rosters and every reason to succeed.
Ultimately, Virtus.pro defeated OG in the Grand Final (3 – 2), while Vikin.gg and Chicken Fighters finished 3rd and 4th respectively.