The Russian team won the largest, and even anniversary, Dota 2 tournament. They took not only the Aegis of Champions – the main prize of The International, but also $ 18.2 million. Why the victory of cybersportsmen from the CIS is sensational, how the tournament was held and what the guys are planning to spend their money on, read the material of Izvestia.
The Russian e-sports team Team Spirit won the main international Dota 2 tournament The International (TI), and the anniversary… The broadcast of the final day of the competition, which took place in Romania from October 7 to 17, gathered half a million users on YouTube, about 1.5 million viewers on the gaming streaming service Twitch.
The eSports tournament has already set a record: it has the largest prize pool in the history of games – $ 40 million, that is, over 2.8 billion rubles. Valve (the developer of Dota 2 and the organizer of the tournament) put it together thanks to in-game purchases of players in Dota 2: on the eve of TI10, a special Battle Pass catalog was added there.
So, in addition to the honorary title of champions, Russian cybersportsmen earned $ 18.2 million (almost 1.3 billion rubles). Team Spirit is the second CIS team to win The International in its entire history. At the first tournament, 10 years ago, the Ukrainian team Natus Vincere won gold. For the past eight years, teams from the post-Soviet space did not even reach the grand final.
Purely statistically, the Chinese team PSG.LGD, who lost only two cards in the tournament, had much more chances to win this year. But in the grand final, she lost to the Russians with a score of 3: 2.
Sacrifice to the god of Dota
Team Spirit consists of five people. The team includes Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naydenov, Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Hertek, Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov (all three from Russia), Ilya “Yatoro” Mulyachuk and Miroslav “Mira” Kolpakov (Ukraine).
At TI10, the guys were selected through the regional qualifiers, having failed to collect enough for a season to get directly into the tournament… The group stage did not go smoothly, but in the lower bracket Team Spirit won, among other two-time champions of the main Dota 2 tournament and rivals from Russia Virtus.pro (along with Team Spirit, they were the only teams from the CIS in the tournament), who eventually remained on 5th-6th place.
It is noteworthy that it was the former owner of the Russian e-sports team Virtus.Pro, Anton Cherepennikov, who made a bet on the opponents of the ex-wards – literally – and won over 44 million rubles.
Esports commentator Vladimir “Maelstorm” Kuzminov says that no one believed in the victory of Team Spirit. In a “good performance” – yes, but definitely not in a victory, given that the team fought its way through the lower part of the tournament bracket.
– Honestly, it still doesn’t feel real. I don’t know what the guys feel, but even I can’t believe that Team Spirit became champions, ” Kuzminov admits in an interview with MIC “News”… He emphasizes that closer to the final and in the decisive battle, they demonstrated “a phenomenal level of play.”
Cybersportsman Anatoly Yashin agrees that the victory of the Russian team was unexpected. It will push other players to accomplishments, he is sure. However, already now Russian gamers occupy worthy positions in tournaments, for example, in CS: GO, the source adds.
– Our esportsmen are the strongest! We are proud that many of them started their way in the tournaments of the Russian Federation of Computer Sports, ”the FCC said. They are sure that thanks to the success of Team Spirit, computer sports in Russia is reaching a completely new level.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said that the success of Team Spirit – the new world leader in esports – confirms the interest in competitive gaming, including from sponsors.
– The victory of Russian players in such a large-scale international tournament once again focuses the attention of our society to sports that combine two most important components of modern life: sports and digital technologies, – said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Team captain Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naydenov – the only member of Team Spirit who had experience of playing at The International before the fateful tournament-2021 – sees two reasons for success: firstly, a strong manager Dmitry Belov, thanks to whom the team has gathered in the current composition, and secondly, hard work.
“I don’t know, I don’t know at all what to say. We’ll probably think about the future later, – says Naydenov in an interview with Cybersport.ru. – Perhaps someone will even end a career – here you can’t be sure. We won such a big sum: do we even need to play Dota after that?
The champions have so far been in no rush to announce whether they will continue their esports careers. But they are already considering how they will spend the money they have earned. Malyarchuk said that he would buy “a house for a cat and, possibly, a manor.” Alexander Hertek will fulfill his promise to his 11-year-old sister before the tournament: “If we win, I will buy you an apartment in the center of Moscow.” But Magomed Khalilov was confused, admitting that he did not need anything.