The group stage of The International 2022 kicks off on Saturday, October 15. Team Spirit and Entity Gaming will face each other in the first games of the tournament.
The International 2022 is the year's main event in the cybersports discipline of Dota 2. This year's top 20 teams will battle it out in Singapore from October 15-30, 2022. The prize fund of the eleventh tournament in the tournament's history is more than 14 million dollars.
Team Spirit: the Champions of Last Year
The Dragons last year gave a fairy tale to the whole Dota 2 community. The previously unsuccessful Miposhka became the players' captain unknown to anyone so far. Young cyber athletes grew up under the tutelage of Korb3n, got a lot of experience in T2 tournaments, and during the summer, qualifications showed that Team Spirit is worthy of playing in the most significant cyber event of the year the teams from the CIS. The fairy tale continued at TI10: dizzying comebacks and the way through the bottom grid was thorny. Until the finals, the squad only claimed to be sensational, but after YATOROGOD swept Aegis over their head, it became clear that their hard work had paid off.
Analysts, however, believed that a past success would not turn into permanent dominance. Team Spirit encountered difficulties in the middle of the season, remaining in 9-12th place in Stockholm. But already at the Rhiyad Masters, the team lost only in the grand final against PSG.LGD, and in the decisive match in Arlington, took revenge on the Chinese. The confrontation between the two teams will become iconic for all game fans.
YATOROGOD still sets the tone of the curry game. His position mates are indeed wary of Collapse. His Magnus will never fall out of the meta. Mira and Miposhka don't stand out as individuals but clearly and measuredly do their job as soppers. If you've seen True Sight, you know that TORONTOTOKYO can make risky moves and help out drafts. All the players are in the top 200 of the leaderboard right now and have a good feel for the meta. The manager stated that there is no burden of responsibility on the team and that the players came to accomplish their goals.
In the group, however, they can afford to experiment and find their game. And if they misfire in one of the maps against Entity, it shouldn't be taken as a failure.
Entity Gaming: Pure is Ready to Surprise
Fishman has been working very hard on his game for a couple of years now. He's now the captain of a ruthless team that has rolled through the European indoor qualifiers for The International 11. Entity Gaming has not lost a single card, preventing Team Liquid and Team Secret from qualifying for Singapore directly.
The team has been in good shape since the summer. At the PGL Arlinghton Major 2022 and ESL One Malaysia, they finished in 5th-6th place, which is not bad for a team with tier-2-level names. No one previously believed in Stormstormer, but on signature Batrider and Invoker he performs cool stuff and often wins the midrange against better-known opponents. But the main weapon in Entity Gaming's arsenal right now is a young and hungry to win Pure. After the scandalous kicking from Virtus.pro Fishman believed in the Russian carry, and he justifies himself. In 63 maps his win rate is 66%, his average KDA is 6.63, and his Shadow Fiend has become a qualification nightmare and a new meta for his position mates. That's the kind of demon the Belarusian captain has up his sleeve.
Entity Gaming is seriously considered as a contender to win The International 11. And in the upcoming meeting for the Fishman team will not only decide the issue of points, but also will be considered a claim to the title. If the team can pick up even one map, they will get a huge boost of confidence.
Expert Betting Tips
Despite the fact that Team Spirit is considered the favorite in the tournament, in this meeting with a high probability, will be tied. Entity Gaming plays with early draft picks. It will take advantage of weaknesses in its opponent's draft and go ahead and demolish the first tower on the second map. Finally, let's remember that YATOROGOD made three draft picks at the last TI. We also believe that Ilya will continue to strengthen his record in this encounter.
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