The International 10 Eastern Europe qualifiers are finished and sprinkled with team spirit by making a perfect high-end run to join the squad formation that will play a share of the $ 40,018,195 prize pool and a chance to take home the team. coveted Aegis of Champions.
Team Spirit was about 300 Dota Pro Circuit missing to secure a spot at TI10 after losing their first Major of the year. However, through the entire DPC, they became a true top-tier contender from Eastern Europe, and after the AniMajor it was already clear that they were the main favorites in the TI10 qualifiers.
Given their regional rankings, Spirit was seeded in the high-end qualifiers and, with the exception of HellRaisers in the Finals and Team Empire in the Finals, no one could take a match from them.
At the same time, at the low end, a competitor made an impression. Team Empire delivered the biggest upsets of the qualifiers. They knocked out Natus Vincere, killed HellRaisers in the bottom bracket finals, and all in all they knocked out five of the eight teams in the top bracket to reach the finals, where they pushed Spirit to a decisive five match.
The grand finals of Eastern Europe began with the Spirit team making it through the level and the Naga Siren of the Empire making it through in a back and forth battle. there is “yatoro“Mulyarchuk on Terrorblade did not have an easy phase in lane, losing his life twice in the first 10 minutes, and by minute 15, Empire was already ahead in both gold and experience. They continued to increase that lead, but a fight disastrous around 30 minutes turned the tide and marked the full return of Team Spirit.
After one match, Empire reorganized and reacted with revenge, having the Terrorblade on their side in the second game. They ran a mid lane Invoker in the hands of Gleb “depressed boy” Zyryanov, who was their MVP throughout the series, and put pressure on Team Spirit with an offensive Dragon Knight who was able to stay ahead and absorb the strong right clicks coming from Spirit’s Luna and Templar Assassin.
They kept the same concept of mixing elusive heroes with armored ones in game three as well and once again outsmarted Team Spirit, but with a Puck – Phantom Lancer – Ax trio that was too much to control for their opponents.
Empire kept the PL in its game 4 draft as well and joined Invoker and Timbersaw, trying to overwhelm Spirit once again, and for the first 20 minutes of play, they did just that. They forced Spirit’s Ursa to flee into the jungle before 10 minutes, but they lost track of Yatoro’s farm progression and this was a major factor in their loss. After the 20 minutes, when Yatoro had his Sange and Yasha ready, Empire could no longer kill Spirit and the series was pushed to the fifth game.
Unfortunately for the Empire, the long day during which they had to play two best-of-three series, both going to the third and fifth games of the finals, was most likely wearing them out. Small mistakes during the lane phase allowed Team Spirit to take an early lead and wipe out Empire with a draft that was built around big burst damage.
Eastern Europe was the first region to decide that the qualifying winning team headed to The International10. South America will be next, SG esports are already waiting for their opponents to be decided in the bottom bracket finals.
Southeast Asia and North America will follow, scheduled to hold the final battle for a seat at TI10]starting on the 30th of the month. Western Europe and China will close the qualifying rounds, both of which will be fighting starting July 7.
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