Team Liquid put on a center against Virtus Pro in the lower bracket of the WePlay! Pushka League playoffs today, winning 2-0 to confirm a top-three placing.

Liquid have been amazing in the Dota 2 tournament thus far, a far cry from their upsetting 0-5 start at the ESL One L.A. Online occasion– the same competitors that their challengers won. The group is streaky and tends to run hot and cold– and they’re favorably boiling now. VP were outmatched in two straight video games and barely had time to sign up the attack on their senses.

While Liquid’s most vaunted capability is their quick adaptiveness and preternatural aptness at teamfighting, Michael “miCKe” Vu stole the show in video game one. Playing Void Spirit in the mid lane while qojqva relocated to the safe lane with Lycan, miCKe managed himself well versus an undesirable Monkey King matchup played by among the best mid laners, no [o] ne. MiCKe ended with 15 eliminates to his name, far outstripping anyone on his side, and handled to declare more scalps than VP’s whole group.

MiCKe continued his hot form into the 2nd game, playing the exact same hero. While he shined a little less this time, it wasn’t due to the fact that he fell off. Rather, the whole team stepped up with fantastic initiations and skirmishes that saw VP scrambling for scraps.

The CIS team clutched the 5th game of the ESL One Los Angeles Online grand finals against OG, mounting a comeback after OG let a big lead slip. There were no late rallies to be discovered for VP today, though, and they was up to a dominant Liquid.

This is VP’s 2nd loss to Liquid in the playoffs. VP left the group stage with a 4-2 record, great for second location. But they were quickly sent out to the lower bracket after the preliminary thanks to Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi’s team. The group then vanquished HellRaisers, who had finished above them in the group stage, and Ninjas in Pyjamas’ young upstarts.

However now, VP have actually been removed from the competition in fourth place. Surprisingly, the company’s 2nd team, VP.Prodigy, is ensured to finish above the main squad. VP.Prodigy already has a spot on the podium and will now fight Group Secret to determine who will be the first grand finalist of the WePlay! Pushka League.