DPC 2021/22 In The CIS: The Main Favorites Of The Season

Alisa Barladyan
26 Nov 2021
10:41

Right now the CIS is the strongest region in Dota. All that is thanks to Team Spirit, which became the champion of The International 10. The new DPC cycle starts next week, and the Russian teams have very good chances to take top places in the first major and qualify for TI11. But before that, we have the first season of the DPC league, in which eight teams from the CIS will participate. After the reshuffle period, the balance of powers has changed, but not dramatically. In Eastern Europe, there are still three main favourites: Team Spirit, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere. In the article from Cybersport.Metaratings.ru, you will learn who is the main contender to win the season among the teams and whether the new squads will be able to compete in the region.

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Team Spirit

Team Spirit

Team Spirit played very well during the whole DPC cycle, but the team began to shine at The International 10. As a result, the Dragons were able to win the main tournament of the year and present a real party to the CIS fans. It is foolish to argue that now Team Spirit is the strongest team in Dota 2. However, do not expect that the champions will now destroy the CIS region. Most likely, the guys will play more relaxed, gradually entering the season. So many of their games will be intense and interesting. Nevertheless, even with this approach, Team Spirit must qualify for the first major: first or second place, at least third.

There's still a chance that the Dragons will be motivated and play with full strength right away. It'll be tough for the teams in the bottom half of the standings. Team Spirit hasn't changed its lineup since the last DPC cycle. The following players currently play on the team.

  • Ilya Yatoro Mulyarchuk;
  • Alexander TORONTOTOKYO Hertek;
  • Magomed Collapse Khalilov;
  • Miroslav Mira Kolpakov;
  • Yaroslav Miposhka Naydenov.

Virtus.pro

Virtus.pro

Team Spirit destroyed Virtus.pro by defeating them in the fourth place match at The International 10. The players fell into tilt, and the team began to fall apart. It is unclear with whom exactly there were conflicts, it is kept secret. However, these contradictions led to the fact that Yegor Nightfall Grigorenko and Vitaly Save-Melnik left the team. The first moved to the American team Evil Geniuses, and the second "sat on the bench". Vitaly now belongs to Virtus.pro, but cannot play for the team. If no one buys him during the DPC cycle, he will lose a full year.

According to the rumours, after losing at The International 10 Save- wanted to kick DM, but Illias or gpK defended him. After watching that Nightfall left (EG paid a lot of money for him) and Save- couldn't get along with the club and teammates. That's why he's now "sitting on the bench". There is also an opinion that Vitali was supposed to join the new RAMZES666 team, but he could not reach an agreement with the Virtus.pro management on a buying-out. It looks like there is a big amount of money.

Before the new DPC cycle, Ivan Pure Moskalenko (Carry) and Daniyal yamich Lazebny (Four) joined the Bears. The first one previously did not play on the professional stage at all, and the second one has played only for the DPC-2 and DPC-3 teams. It is difficult to judge these players because we haven't seen Virtus.pro's official teams yet. Anyway, the team will need some time to adjust the whole mechanism of the game. That's why in their first DPC season the Bears can have very poor results. That is why, no matter how you look at it, the new VP roster is weaker than the old one. Right now Virtus.pro is represented by the following players.

  • Ivan Pure Moskalenko;
  • Danil gpK~ Skutin;
  • Dmitry DM Dorokhin;
  • Daniyal yamich Lazebny;
  • Ilyas Illias Ganeyev.
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Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere is in the most advantageous position in the CIS first division. The current roster was assembled before The International 10. All this time the "born to win" were sitting at the boot camp and training. As a result, we can say that Natus Vincere is already ready for the new DPC season. Moreover, according to the rumours, the win rate of the team is quite good. The other teams from the first division need some time to get used to it. So in the first season, Natus Vincere can easily take the second or even the first place.

The Natus Vincere's line-up is also very competitive. After the failure last year, the eSports organization was able to build a decent roster, which includes promising newcomers, as well as very experienced and famous players. Theoretically, with such a roster, "born to win" should win a ticket to the next The International. Natus Vincere is represented by the following players.

  • Alik V-Tune Sparrow;
  • Vladimir No[o]ne Minenko;
  • Victor GeneRaL Nigrini;
  • Ilya ALOHADANCE Korobkin;
  • Alexey Solo Berezin.

AS Monaco Gambit

AS Monaco Gambit

AS Monaco Gambit played quite well during the last DPC season. The team even managed to qualify for the Kyiv major, but before the tournament, the key players Vladimir No[o]ne Minenko and Akbar SoNNeikO Butaev left the squad. The team could not show a decent result without them. In general, AS Monaco Gambit fell apart, the team was left with only Lorenof, who proved to be a good midfielder. As a result, the organization decided to build their roster around him. The new roster looks as follows.

  • Albert Alberkaaa Chernoivanov;
  • Artem Lorenof Melnik;
  • Andrey meLes Romanov;
  • Alexander Immersion Khlemewski;
  • Sergey HappyDyurara Khoronzhy.

This lineup looks very controversial. Before the start of the season, it is extremely difficult to judge it. AS Monaco Gambit has both very talented players and very average ones. Most likely, only this team will be able to compete with the big three of CIS (Team Spirit, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere), but it will take a lot of hard work.

Team Unique

Team Unique

Team Unique still has the old guys playing. During the offseason, Space left the team and joined OG. Maksim 7Jesu Senchinevich joined the team instead. However, the rest of the Team Unique roster did not change. The following players currently play in the team.

  • Maxim 7Jesu Senchinevich;
  • Rostislav fn Lozovoy;
  • Vladislav Petushara Kozlovsky;
  • Semen CeMaTheSlayeR Krivulya;
  • Danil Bignum Shekhovtsov.

The current roster of Team Unique is a classic set of "the old" players who are mixed each season. As practice shows, such teams become successful very rarely. Most likely, Team Unique will not become a top team next season and will not be able to be in the top 3 of the CIS. Though this team is ideally suited for the top 4, it will be impossible for Team Unique to get higher than that. Taking all that into consideration, the team should be more than capable of playing against teams from the bottom half of the tournament table. We will talk about them below.

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Team Empire

Team Empire

Last season DPC Team Empire played in the second division, but the team managed to finish second there. It allowed them to qualify for the top division. However, there is nothing left of Team Empire's former roster. The new roster of the team was formed around Ghostik. He handled the selection of players, following the example of Team Spirit. The following players are currently playing in the team.

  • Alexander lightless Potapenko;
  • Sergey Shisui Root;
  • Andrey Ghostik Kadyk;
  • Sergey TSA Timchenko;
  • Oleg Kaori Medvedok.

It is hard to imagine that this roster will be able to claim victory in the season. It is more likely that it will fight for survival so as not to fall back into the second division. However, Team Empire is the main contender for 7th-8th place in the league at the moment.

HellRaisers

HellRaisers

The HellRaisers also have a brand new roster, which is completely unbelievable. This roster will also fight for survival with other teams from the bottom of the tournament table. The following players will represent HellRaisers next season.

  • Alimzhan Watson Islambekov;
  • Maxim re1bl Afanasyev;
  • Yaroslav Limitless Parshin;
  • Georgy Gilgir Svistunov;
  • Arman Malady Orazbayev.

PuckChamp

PuckChamp

PuckChamp will begin the first season of Dota Pro Circuit 2021/2022 with two new players. Semen Desperate-Shvetsov will be replaced by Nikita young G Bochko in midfield. Offlane Andrey meLes Romanov who left to AS Monaco Gambit will be replaced by Abdimalik "Malik" Sailau. The team is represented by the following players.

  • Alexander krylat Krylatov;
  • Nikita Bochko;
  • Abdimalik Malik Silau;
  • Gennady Astral Motuz;
  • Andrey Dukalis Kuropatkin.
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