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Capping off two months of intense, pan-India esports action, Sahil ‘Micro’ Viradia has come out on top as India’s best Dota 2 player, retaining his crown at the Red Bull R1V1R Runes 2019 National Finals.

Viradia, representing Global Esports, defeated Rohan ‘Devoid’ Prattipati 3-1 in a tense battle at Hyderabad International Convention Centre on Saturday to become champion for the second year running. The victory earns Viradia an all-expenses paid trip for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet members of OG, the current, two-time winners of The International, which is the world’s most prestigious esports competition.

“It has been a swift journey for me, since I have the practice. I think my performance speaks for itself. I look forward to meeting team OG soon,” said an ecstatic Sahil ‘Micro’ Viradia following his win, where he was awarded the Red Bull R1V1R Runes 2019 trophy by Red Bull esports athlete Ankit ‘Venom’ Panth.

“It was an exciting weekend of action and it was a battle until the very end,” said Panth.

The R1V1R Runes 2019 journey in India began with online and offline qualifiers across 20 cities. The finalists descended upon Hyderabad, where the country’s top Dota 2 players battled it out at the Indiajoy digital entertainment festival on Friday and Saturday.

“In recent years, esports has grown multifold in India and R1V1R Runes season 2 has experienced the highest levels of enthusiasm from participants. We will continue to shine the limelight on every gaming enthusiast keen to showcase their skills.” said Savio Almeida, GM – Marketing, TP-Link India.

Fans can relive all the action of the Red Bull R1v1r Runes National Finals on Twitch, at

R1v1r Runes makes the world’s most popular esports game Dota 2 even more exciting, by replacing its strategic team-based play with a more intense and exciting one-vs-one contest. With shorter, more action-packed matches, Red Bull R1v1r Runes brings all the right ingredients for competitions that are more intense for players and entertaining for spectators.

In 2019, the Red Bull R1v1r Runes tournaments are being hosted by seven countries: India, Croatia, Germany, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine and the UK


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