Grand Finals were upon us for ESL One Los Angeles Online as Virtus.pro and OG would once again meet on the battlefield, this time to crown a champion at the online event.
Currently unbeaten in any series and with only two game losses throughout the event, Virtus.pro looked completely renewed and dominant for the first time in ages. Having beaten OG twice in the event so far, once in the group stages and in yesterday’s upper bracket final, VP would be looking to complete the treble victories and claim the entire event. However, if there was anyone that we know could make a huge comeback, it was OG and they would not let things go easily.
Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok’s move to the offlane has been a breath of fresh air for VP and it showed up big in game one of the series as his Axe went 18-3-12 to help his team claim a fantastic early lead. Although there was one moment when OG completely wiped the VP lineup from the map, it was not enough to bring things back. Game two was a reverse of that though, with OG destroying VP in a 29-4 stomping – as Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan’s Ember Spirit was at the top of their advance.
With the “OG-effect” now in full swing, VP seemed to fall apart in the next games as they were never able to find their footing – while OG just went from strength-to-strength in the series. It seemed as though VP had lost all their steam as the next game begun with OG taking an early lead and controlling the map. But that all changed as things progressed, with Vladimir ‘No[o]ne’ Minenko’s Templar Assassin racking up 22-kills without a death – and closing the game out with a RAMPAGE too.
While the previous four games were all fairly one-sided, game five was very different, as both squads fought in a way which we expected them to – with everything they had. While OG had much of the early game going in their favour, it was never too much for VP to attain and as things progressed, they clawed their way back into the game.
It took 50-minutes of some epic teamfight action, but Virtus.pro managed to come out on top, taking down OG 3-2 in the grand finals of ESL One Los Angeles Online.