The two most prominent CIS teams – Team Empire and Virtus.Pro, will be facing off in a best-of-five show match later today, for a prize pool of $7,500. Hosted by Egaming Bets, the show match will start at 17:00 CEST.
The last time the two teams faced each other was in May for the DreamLeague Season 3 group stage. Back then, Virtus.Pro took the series, 2:0. One of the two games was a default win, as Team Empire were unable to make the first match on time.
Egaming Bets show match streams
English stream will be provided by Beyond the Summit.
Russian stream will be provided by SLTV.
Egaming Bets show match details
Information on predictions and odds can be found on the Egaming Bets website.
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In the last year, Virtus.Pro’s roster has shifted significantly and many changes have occurred within the organization. However, with the current roster, the team has been displaying outstanding performances and are quickly rising to the top of fan favorites for TI5..
After taking first place at the ASUS Play it Cool invitational, the team had a sub-par performance at the MLG Pro League Finals, at X-Games, earlier this month, but then came back to claim the championship title in the DreamLeague Season 3 LAN finals.
Most recently, they swept through all of their opponents in the seeding phase for ESL One Frankfurt and secured the first place, thus taking the first choice in selecting an opponent for the first round of the main event. Virtus.Pro was later defeated by Evil Geniuses in the semifinals of the ESL One Frankfurt main event.
Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev
Sergey “God” Bragin
Alexander “DkPhobos” Kucheria
Artem “fng” Barshak
Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Team Empire have been displaying topmost performances, placing in the top three in all major tournaments they have participated in since October 2014. They are currently attending their second bootcamp in recent months and are one of the top favorites for TI5.
Team Empire were supposed to attend the MLG Pro League LAN finals, in Texas, Austin, but announced their last minute withdrawal, due to visa issues. Most recently, they took second place in the MarsTV Dota 2 League, after being bested by Team Secret, 3:1, in the Grand Finals.
Team Empire roster
Airat “Silent” Gaziev
Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok
Maxim “yoky” Kim
Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin
Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko
Featured Image: ESL