The carry of Virtus.pro Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko commented on their victory over Natus Vincere at the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1. In an interview with Maincast (Twitch), he also shared his opinion about the level of the game in Europe and about the meta of other regions.
According to Nightfall, NAVI surprised the VP with the pick of Alchemist, but the second card went according to the plan of Grigorenko's team:
“By surprises - on the first map they took Alchemist. We didn't think they would take Alchemist – a hero which they have little games and little practice on. But they took it and played normally in general. It was a pretty close game on the first card, and on the second we knew their draft and knew what they would do in the game.”
Among the participants of DPC 2021: Season 1 carry VP singled out only Team Secret and Alliance. Grigorenko said that in Europe Virtus.pro would take at least third place.
“I watched Europe. Only Alliance and Team Secret are playing well there, to be honest. In theory, we could only lose to them. Most likely, we would have taken the first to the third place in that region.”
Nightfall said that Virtus.pro primarily used its own developments, which, among other things, were formed in the scrims against Team Secret:
“Personally, I monitor all regions. We do not take any ideas from anyone, but just play what we consider to be the strongest - we play our meta. Secret and I got a lot of scrimming- we have plus or minus meta developed in there. That is, we developed heroes, which we constantly took. We understood which heroes are the strongest now.”
Virtus.pro beat NAVI 2-0 and secured a place in the one Esports Singapore Major 2021 Payoffs while Na’Vi received a quota in the group stage of the major. Team Spirit and AS Monaco Gambit will compete for the Wild Card slot in the CIS.