Team Spirit Reverse Sweep Navi As Yatoro Continues His Good Form
The International 2021 (TI10) champions Team Spirit managed to kickstart its 2023 Eastern Europe (EEU) Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season with a reverse sweep against the young roster of Natus Vincere (NAVI). With the competitive season officially started, many were looking forward to seeing the newly established rosters making their professional debut in each of the regional leagues.
The Eastern Europe region already began its second set of matches for Week 1 of the EEU DPC 2023: Winter Tour as Team Spirit faced off against NAVI to start off the day.
Team Spirit vs NAVI: Match recap and highlights
Both teams had undergone roster changes during the off-season. Team Spirit announced that Denis "Larl" Sigitov will be replacing decorated midlaner Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek as the latter departed for BetBoom Team, Larl’s former team.
On the other hand, Natus Vincere (NAVI) replaced the duo of Alexey “Solo” Berezin and Volodymyr “No[o]ne” Minenko with a young Kazakhstani duo of Arman "Malady" Orazbayev and Nikita "Nicky`Cool" Ostakhov.
The early game was fairly in favor of Team Spirit, as the team’s early aggression on its core heroes allowed them to gain a sizable networth advantage in the first twenty minutes of the game despite constantly trading blows with NAVI.
However, NAVI’s cohesion and synergy allowed them to outplay Team Spirit as the rest of the team allowed the duo of Alik “V-Tune” Vorobey’s Wraith King and Nicky`Cool’s Primal Beast in the midlane to achieve their item timings in the mid-game phase.
While Team Spirit were able to mitigate the damage done to their base, a decisive teamfight near the Roshan pit saw NAVI take down all of Spirit’s core heroes with two of them having no buybacks. Game One ended after 38 minutes, with NAVI delivering the first blow towards Team Spirit.
After being humiliated in Game One, Team Spirit decided to wreak havoc in Game Two by drafting the duo of Ursa and Leshrac for Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk and Larl while NAVI went for a more all-rounded draft with Batrider, Troll Warlord and Broodmother as their core heroes.
Despite NAVI’s early game potential, Yatoro’s Ursa and the rest of Team Spirit’s heroes were able to get the jump on NAVI as they led in terms of both net worth and experience while also rendering V-Tune’s Troll Warlord useless throughout the match. The game ended after 32 minutes with Team Spirit evening out the scoreline, as Yatoro’s Ursa went on a killing spree with 8 kills and 5 assists to his name.
With the scoreline now even, both teams are looking to get one over the other as they are looking to win their first match of the season.
The early game was fairly quiet as there was little to no action for the first 15 minutes. However, in the mid-game phase Team Spirit managed to hit their item timings allowing the team to aggressively force out team fights.
While NAVI were able to defend its base numerous times, its core heroes lacked the damage needed to take down Spirit’s heroes during teamfights. The game ended after 33 minutes with Team Spirit securing their first win of the DPC season.
Team Spirit were looking a bit shaky following the Game One loss. However, the performance of Yatoro during the team’s reverse sweep win against NAVI did not go unnoticed as many praised the carry, noting that he was in great form. Team Spirit’s next opponents will be One Move on 14th January.
As for NAVI, there are signs of improvement however the team needed more time to gel together if they wish to qualify for the Lima Major by the end of the first tour.