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Xxs    Invictus Gaming
Xxs proves that he is one of China's brightest young talents as his Invictus Gaming topple Team Liquid in the Kiev Major. One of the most watched players of the tournament finished with a KDA of 14/13/52.

RotoWire Analysis

In the opener, Xxs went with Batrider. He showed off his mastery of the hero with an excellent early game where he managed to harass the enemy carry and farm well for himself. His 15 minute Blink Dagger helped IG take control of the game. Game 2 was his xxs's worst game of the series as he could not impact the game as he wanted on his Legion Commander. In the final game of the series, xxs once again put it all on the line with an impressive Dark Seer performance. His Vacuums were a thing of beauty as they dismantle the Europeans.
Op    Invictus Gaming
Op continues to be a beast in the Kiev Major as Invictus Gaming take out Team Liquid. The mid laner finished with a KDA of 22/9/45.

RotoWire Analysis

Op began the series with Ember Spirit. True to his deadly form, Op racked up 11 kills while making the almost impossible plays for Invictus Gaming with his combinations. In Game 2, however, he was outplayed by Miracle early on which limited his output in the game. His Bloodstone was stunted early and so told the story for the rest of his game. In the final game, Op didn't churn out crazy stats on his Ember Spirit. He did however importantly outplay Miracle early on which is usually key in defeating Liquid.
BurNIng    Invictus Gaming
BurNIng is showing that age is only a number as he and Invictus Gaming eliminate Team Liquid in the Kiev Major. The legendary carry finished with a KDA of 28/7/33.

RotoWire Analysis

He took Morphling to the safelane in the series opener. It was a perfect game for the B-God as his farm was abundant and his damage output was extreme. He also didn't die a single time. He was on his specialty Anti Mage in the second game. Unfortunately, Team Liquid were ready for him on the AM as they found ways to shut him down effectively. 650 gold per minute on his Anti Mage is something BurNIng is not proud of. In the final game of the series, he was on the Wraith King in the aggressive trilane set up. He was contained early by Liquid but leave it to BurNIng to still find the farm no matter what. His frontlining and effective use of Reincarnation gave Liquid fits in the end end game.
BoBoKa    Invictus Gaming
Boboka was once again indispensable for Invictus Gaming in their victory over Team Liquid in the Kiev Major. The mischievous support finished with a KDA of 11/20/49.

RotoWire Analysis

He began the series with his favorite Monkey King. His rotations were godly and he gave Liquid a lot of trouble from start to finish. But Boboka's Monkey King was his complete opposite self in Game 2. He was picked off an uncharacteristic nine deaths which is very rare for Boboka. In the final game, was again on the Monkey King. King Boboka then proceeded to have a phenomenal game with 22 assists as he read the movements of Liquid to perfection.
Miracle    Team Liquid
Popular player Miracle had a tough series against in-form Invictus Gaming as Team Liquid bow out of the Kiev Major. The midlaner finished with a KDA of 14/19/25.

RotoWire Analysis

For a player considered to be one of the best in the world, you wouldn't expect Miracle to rack up more deaths than kills. In the opener, he went with his Templar Assassin. He was dominated early on by Op's Ember Spirit and that started the struggles for Team Liquid. A Templar Assassin who is behind is usually a losing one. In Game 2, he played his best of the series on his Invoker. He had Op in check and had excellent farm for himself. He was always involved whether with the Sun Strike or the Tornadoes as he easily took charge of the game by being involved in more than half of his team's kills. In Game 3, his Outworld Devourer was decisively poor. He couldn't get anything done for his team from the early stage to the final moments as he was focused down often by IG.
MinD_ContRoL    Team Liquid
Mind_Control was another solid performer from Team Liquid as they are eliminated from the Kiev Major by Invictus Gaming. The soft-spoken offlaner finished with a KDA of 15/13/28

RotoWire Analysis

Mind_Control went with Nature's Prophet in the series opener. He had a good laning stage as is expected from the hero and got himself a 10 minute Hand of Midas. Mind_Control provided everything for Liquid in Game 1 with his constant pressure and timely Teleportations. Despite being on a push-oriented hero he failed to kill a single tower in the game. In Game 2, he was again an impact player for Liquid as he racked up 16 assists on his Dark Seer while giving BurNIng a hard time in the early game. In the final game, Mind_Control tried his luck with the Legion Commander. He was forced to jungle early in the game and this resulted in a late 17 minute Blink Dagger. This hampered his impact highly as he only ended the game with 66 Duel Damage.
MATUMBAMAN    Team Liquid
9,000 matchmaking points player MATUMBAMAN was the lone positive for Team Liquid in their loss to Invictus Gaming. The Finnish carry finished with a KDA of 25/8/34.

RotoWire Analysis

MATUMBAMAN began the series with Weaver in the safelane. He curiously got an early Power Treads as the Boots item is usually neglected hero in the early. The slight boost in mobility didn't help him much however as his farm was limited and he died three times. In Game 2, MATUMBAMAN's Spectre worked miracles for his team. His 22 minute Radiance was slightly late but his decisive movements helped him secure a game-high 15 kills. In the final game, he was again on Spectre and played another good game for Liquid. He had an even earlier Radiance at 18 minutes and picked up eight kills in the losing effort.
gh    Team Liquid
Gh could not get things done for Team Liquid as they were eliminated by Invictus Gaming in the Kiev Major. The Lebanese support finished with a KDA of 5/25/35.

RotoWire Analysis

Gh rolled into the first game on his Tusk. He didn't hesitate in applying the pressure early game for his team. However, his lack of self-control with his Snowballs resulted in 11 deaths. His Earthshaker in the second game was on similar terms. His late 21 minute Blink Dagger hampered his impact and his 14 deaths were unfortunate. He was again on Earthshaker in the final game. He had an earlier Blink Dagger and his Fissures ended up being more impactful but it wasn't enough as his team was eliminated. Overall, gh had some positives but they were greatly outweighed by his mistakes in the series.
fy    Vici Gaming J
fy dominated the first game but was absent afterwards in VGJ's 1-2 loss to Virtus.pro in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 15/20/32 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

fy played Monkey King in Game 1. He absolutely dominated the entire game. In the early game, his constant roaming was enough to keep Virtus.pro on their toes. As the game went later, fy's Wukong's Command locked down teamfights for VGJ. fy finished with a 9/3/17 KDA. In Game 2 fy played Vengeful Spirit. He never really managed to accomplish anything. Soon after the lanes broke down, VGJ found themselves behind and fy suffered greatly from this. He ended the game with a 1/5/4 KDA. fy played support Pugna. There were moments when he looked very strong, especially in the early game. Unfortunately for VGJ, Pugna's weaknesses really shone through this game. fy was extremely fragile in fights, and lead his team in deaths. He finished with a 5/12/11 KDA.
rOtk    Vici Gaming J
rOtk struggled in VGJ's 1-2 loss to Virtus.pro in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 3/23/30 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

rOtk played Sand King in Game 1. rOtk had a rough game. His lane was very difficult, and even in fights that VGJ won he was often the one to die. rOtk finished the game with the most deaths on his team, eight, but most of these were in the pursuit of a greater good. rOtk finished Game 1 with a 0/8/14 KDA. In Game 2 rOtk played Omniknight. He had an extremely unimpactful game on one of his favorite heroes. Virtus.pro did a great job playing around his powerful healing and teamfight abilities, and rOtk was rendered nearly useless. He finished with a 2/5/2 KDA. In Game 3 rOtk played Omniknight again. He once again struggled to get off his spells in fights, leaving VGJ at a massive disadvantage. He ended the game with a 1/10/14 KDA, the second most deaths on his team.
Freeze    Vici Gaming J
Freeze had a rough series in VGJ's 1-2 loss to Virtus.pro in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 17/20/27 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Freeze played Lina middle. Freeze struggled massively in this game against Virtus.pro's highly mobile Puck and Legion Commander gank squad. He died seven times in Game 1, but thankfully this created the space that his team needed to win fights. Freeze finished with a 5/7/16 KDA. Freeze took up the reigns of Lina again in Game 2. He once again struggled early, but this time VGJ never managed to turn the game around and let Freeze catch up. He finished with a 1/6/2 KDA. In Game 3 Freeze played Ember Spirit. He had an awful lane middle against No[o]ne's Ursa. This translated pretty directly into another poor showing. Although he made an impressive comeback later in the game, it was far too little and too late. Freeze finished with an 11/7/9 KDA.
Agressif    Vici Gaming J
Agressif carried his team in Game 1 but couldn't deliver a series win in VGJ's 1-2 loss to Virtus.pro in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 24/9/21 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Agressif played Lifestealer. Despite a difficult lane and difficult game, Agressif played nearly perfect in Game 1. He was able to rip through Virtus.pro's heroes with ease in the late-game, clawing his way to an impressive 13/0/9 KDA. In Game 2 Agressif played Phantom Assassin. He had a good lane, but got absolutely crushed as soon as the game shifted into fighting. Agressif finished the second game with a 3/4/4 KDA, a dramatically worse performance compared to his first game. Agressif returned to Lifestealer in Game 3. Unfortunately for VGJ, it would not be nearly as successful for him in this game. Although he spent most of the game leading in net worth, he wasn't able to put his gold advantage to work in fights. He finished the game with an 8/5/8 KDA.
Lil    Virtus.Pro
Lil played a good series overall in Virtus.pro's 2-1 win over VGJ in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 9/17/44 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Lil played Visage. Although Visage is probably Lil's most famous hero, it looked extremely underwhelming this game. He only managed to deal barely 1000 more damage than Solo's Crystal Maiden, a very poor sign. Lil finished with a 6/6/9 KDA. In Game 2 Lil played Rubick. Lil had a fantastic time in Game 2. With Omniknight, Treant Protector and Vengeful Spirit on VGJ's team there was no shortage of spells for him to steal. His use of enemy spells was in most cases better than VGJ could use them. Lil finished with a 2/4/16 KDA. In Game 3 Lil played support Slardar. Things started out a bit rocky, but when Virtus.pro started taking fights as five Lil's stuns were excellent. He combined perfectly with 9pahsa's Dark Seer to deliver Virtus.pro commanding wins in each fight. Lil finished with a 1/7/19 KDA.
9pasha    Virtus.Pro
9pasha was solid in all three games of Virtus.pro's 2-1 win over VGJ in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 6/11/52 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

9pahsa played Legion Commander in Game 1. He got off to a very solid start after winning his lane against VGJ, but couldn't get the duel kills needed to snowball himself into a position of power going into the mid and late-game. He finished with a 2/4/11 KDA. In Game 2 9pasha played Magnus. He had a rough time at the start of the game, but came through in spades in the mid-game. Although he never hit any huge five-hero Reverse Polarity, he usually managed to get at least two heroes every time. He finished with a 1/1/9 KDA. In Game 3 9pasha played Dark Seer. This was a spectacular game for 9pasha. With a Slardar and Disruptor to combo with, his spells were absolutely devastating in Game 3 of this deciding series. Watching Virtus.pro win teamfights with five-man Vacuums into Static Storm was a thing of beauty. 9pasha finished with a 3/6/32 KDA.
No[o]ne    Virtus.Pro
No[o]ne continues to shine in the middle lane for Virtus.pro with 2-1 win over VGJ in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 37/6/42 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

No[o]ne played Puck in Game 1. Although he made some impressive individual plays, Puck is a high-risk hero against competent opponents. All it took was a pair of late-game deaths to thrust No[o]ne back into near uselessness. He finished with a 4/2/18 KDA. In Game 2 No[o]ne played Templar Assassin, one of his signature heroes. He absolutely decimated VGJ in this game, there's really no way to dance around it. By 27 minutes he had more net worth than both of VGJ's carries combined. He finished the game with a flawless 10/0/12 KDA. It wouldn't be a Virtus.pro draft without an Ursa pick, but this time it was No[o]ne's turn to play it. He used it middle to crush Freeze's Ember Spirit and snowball himself into one of the most dominant carry performances of the entire event. He finished the game with an immense 23/4/12 KDA.
Ramzes    Virtus.Pro
Ramzes looked good in Virtus.pro's 2-1 win over VGJ in the quarter finals of the Kiev Major. He finished with a 22/12/38 overall KDA.

RotoWire Analysis

In Game 1 Ramzes played Ursa. This has been one of Virtus.pro's must successful heroes so far at Kiev, but Ramzes couldn't deliver a performance on par with his others. He pressured very hard by VGJ right off the bat, and Virtus.pro were never able to use the Ursa how they wanted. Ramzes finished with a 5/6/7 KDA. In Game 2 Ramzes played Ursa yet again. After a very depressing Game 1 loss, Ramzes struck back with a vengeance. Virtus.pro took a lead early yet again, but this time they never took their foot off the gas. Ramzes finished this game with an 8/2/11 KDA. In Game 3 Ramzes finally got a break from Ursa and played Slark. He had an absolutely miserable start, but managed to farm his way back into the game with a vengeance. As the game extended, the true prowess of a late-game Slark was unleashed. Ramzes finished the game with a 9/4/20 KDA, not giving up a single death after 22 minutes in a 44-minute game.
Nutz    Faceless
Nutz played a quiet but efficient series for Team Faceless in their victory over the TNC Pro Team in the Kiev Major. The veteran finished with a KDA of 11/13/38.

RotoWire Analysis

His opening game on the Crystal Maiden was a perfect outing. He did not die a single time and even picked six kills for himself. His rotations were spot on and his Freezing Fields were deadly. In Game 2, Nutz struggled on the Witch Doctor, a hero he has been known for throughout his career. Despite his mastery he died nine times and his game sense was lacking as many of those deaths were unnecessary. In the deciding game, Nutz was again on Crystal Maiden. While his game wasn't perfect, he still rotated efficiently and provided a lot of the intangibles for his team.
Jabz    Faceless
Jabz had some questionable decisions for Team Faceless against TNC Pro Team but it was still a good enough performance for his team to take the win in Kiev Major. The Thai hotshot finished with a KDA of 28/9/31.

RotoWire Analysis

He started the series with Storm Spirit. With the help of his supports, he gave Kuku a terrible time on his Templar Assassin very early on as they killed him four times. This paved the way for Jabz and Faceless to easily control the opener. In Game 2, Jabz had a questionable game on his Tiny. After a tough early game, he decided to invest heavily in a Dagon, and it really stifled his effectiveness in the latter stages of the game. In Game 3, Jabz had an unbelievable game on his Medusa. Despite dying three times, he still managed the highest gold per minute of the game at 629 and was a constant thorn for TNC throughout the game.
iceiceice    Faceless
Off-lane icon iceiceice had yet another remarkable series for Team Faceless against TNC Pro Team in the Kiev Major. The Singaporean star finished with a KDA of 6/9/39.

RotoWire Analysis

Iceiceice went with Abaddon in the series opener. Early on, he was already giving TNC's supports a lot of trouble as he made the off lane his safe lane. His farm was impressive as he ended the game with 465 gold per minute while only dying once. Game 2 was iceiceice's worst performance of the series. He picked up a late 13-minute Hand of Midas on his Omniknight, and this hampered his effectiveness. In the final game, iceiceice showed his extreme understanding of Nyx Assassin. While his early game wasn't the best, he kept doing what he does best as he constantly made space for his team with his delaying tactics.
Black^    Faceless
Black^ was the best player for Team Faceless in their victory over TNC Pro Team in the Kiev Major. The veteran carry finished with a KDA of 15/8/26.

RotoWire Analysis

Black^ was on his signature Slark in the series opener. He flexed his muscles on the hero as he was always harassing TNC's backline, and after his 21-minute Silver Edge, TNC struggled to keep up. He ended the opener with five kills and 11 assists. In the second game, Black^ was on Anti-Mage, yet another favorite of his. His farm was good but not great, as he was caught often by TNC's aggression. Six deaths on such an elusive hero isn't what you'd expect from the veteran. With Black^ back on the Slark in the decider, he was primed to have another excellent game. He only had one death in the game and his item progression was quick as he gave TNC a lot of problems.