The 10 Eastern Europe international qualifiers are over and sprinkled with Team Spirit making a perfect run in the top bracket to join the squad roster that will play for a share of the $ 40,018,195 prize pool and the chance to win the coveted Aegis of Champions. .
Team Spirit was around 300 Dota Pro Circuit from securing a spot at the TI10 after missing the first major tournament of the year. However, across the entire DPC they became a real level 1 contender coming from Eastern Europe, and after the AniMajor it was already clear that they were the main favorites in the TI10 qualifiers.
Given their regional standings, Spirit was seeded in the top bracket of qualifying, and with the exception of the HellRaisers in the final and Team Empire in the grand final, no one could take a game from them.
At the same time, in the lower bracket, a competitor caused a sensation. Team Empire delivered the biggest upheavals in qualifying. They knocked out Natus Vincere, they defeated Hell Raisers in the Lower Bracket Final, and overall they knocked out five of the eight Upper Bracket teams to reach the Grand Final, where they pushed Spirit to a fifth game. decisive.
The Eastern European Grand Finals began with Team Spirit surpassing the ladder and surviving the Empire’s Naga Siren in a round-trip battle. there is “yatoro“Mulyarchuk on Terrorblade didn’t have an easy laning phase, losing his life twice in the first 10 minutes, and by the 15th minute Empire was already in the lead for gold and experience. increase that advantage, but a disastrous fight around the 30-minute mark turned the tide and marked Team Spirit’s full comeback.
After one match, Empire regrouped and retaliated with vengeance, having the Terrorblade on their side in the second match. They led an Invoker down the middle lane into the hands of Gleb “the depressed child” Zyryanov, who was their MVP throughout the series, and lobbied Team Spirit with a Dragon Knight offlane who was able to stay on. front and absorb the strong right clicks from Spirit’s Luna and Templar Assassin.
They also kept the same concept of mixing elusive heroes with tankies in Game 3 and once again foiling Team Spirit, but with a Puck – Phantom Lancer – Ax trio that was too difficult for their opponents to control.
Empire also kept the PL in their fourth draft and teamed up with Invoker and Timbersaw, looking to overwhelm Spirit again, and for the first 20 minutes of the game they did just that. They forced Spirit’s Ursa to flee into the jungle before the 10 minute mark, but they somehow lost track of the progress of Yatoro’s farm and that was a major factor in their downfall. Past the 20 minute mark, when Yatoro had his Sange and Yasha ready, Empire could no longer kill Spirit and the streak was pushed to Game 5.
Unfortunately for Empire, the long day in which they had to play two best-of-three series, both going to Game 3 and Game 5 of the Grand Final, which was probably tiring them. Small mistakes during the laning phase allowed Team Spirit to quickly take the lead and wipe out Empire with a draft built around big burst damage.
Eastern Europe were the first region to decide on their winning team in qualifying for The International10. South America will follow, SG e-sports is already waiting for its opponents to decide in the final of the lower bracket.
Southeast Asia and North America will follow, scheduled to stage the final battle for a place at TI10]starting on the 30th of the month. Western Europe and China will close the qualifying rounds, with both fighting from July 7.
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