TEAM SPIRIT SPIRITED AWAY THE INTERNATIONAL 10’S AEGIS
- Team Spirit first CIS team to grab The International since Na’Vi did 10 years ago
- PSG.LGD took it in the chest and lost
- LGD had almost made it in TI8 and TI9, and now in TI10
It was a steamroller that hit LGD at The International and made them bite the second-place dust once more: Team Spirit pranced away with the Aegis while LGD sucked it up.
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TEAM SPIRIT TRASHES ALL AT THE INTERNATIONAL 10
Now, that’s the only headline that quite cuts it; from dethroning the defending champs to making LGD second-place it once again, Team Spirit’s coup really makes for good storytelling. They went from barely making it by just one game through the regional qualifiers, then off to a 0-4 start in the group stage, and then making a killing in one of the meanest lower bracket runs of all-time. And at the end, they warded off PSG.LGD only to run away at the end with the Aegis of Champions. (Cinderella, move over, biatch.)
LEADER ONLY ONE TO HAVE PLAYED AT A TI
Miposhka, team leader and other whatnots for TS, is the only one on the team to have ever participated at a TI before, and yet Team Spirit becomes the first CIS team to win The International since Na’Vi did the deed 10 years ago at The International 1.
WHAT’S THEIR SECRET?
From what we have always seen with these flawless upsets, the key is to play their own style with total comfort. In this case, LGD was totally unable to counter that style and even stepped down leaving the Aegis up for grabs.
Even though LGD started off aggressive early on, Miposhka took over and made sure they didn’t get themselves caught inside deadly positions, with Collapse’s Magnus used as focal point. As the games wore on, the tables turned and there was a considerable deficit for Team Spirit to overcome.
The win turned to be actually a grand-final version of a best-of-one; both teams drafted their favorite heroes, LGD started to build up and flow, until one teamfight sent their whole shebang crashing. From then on, it was slow torture for LGD, a downward spiral to their death.
FALLING SHORT, YET AGAIN
While Spirit defeated Fnatic, OG, Virtus.pro, Invictus Gaming, Team Secret, and LGD in an upward hill run towards the grand final, they now prove team spirit and team fighting is what brings in those Aegis.
As for LGD, let’s hope the third time’s a charm: to fall short 3 seasons in a row looks a bit like Fate is really badgering their balls and having a blast about it, but they will be coming back in the next DPC season either to mess up this curse or mess it up again.
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