Team Spirit’s Manager Rates Larl Highly Despite Criticisms


Team Spirit’s Manager Rates Larl Highly Despite Criticisms

Ammar Aryani
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Team Spirit recently made their roster debut at BetBoom Xmas Show and finished in second place.
Despite its second place finish on its debut, many were quick to criticize Team Spirit’s decision to acquire Denis "Larl" Sigitov as the team’s new midlaner.
However, Team Spirit’s manager Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov responded by saying that the midlaner performed well on his debut and that the criticisms are unwarranted.

Team Spirit’s manager Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov recently talked about the team’s newest midlaner, Denis "Larl" Sigitov’s performance during his debut with the team at the BetBoom Xmas Show. During the off-season, Larl was chosen to replace the recently departed midlaner Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek as the latter became the new support for BetBoom Team.

Larl performed well during his debut tournament with the team at the BetBoom Xmas Show in late December, finishing in second place. However, following the tournament many within the community including Darkside’s carry Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev were quick to criticize Larl’s performance throughout the tournament.

Korb3n believes in Larl’s potential despite criticisms by others

Following the recent criticisms by people within the community,Team Spirit’s manager Dmitry “Korb3n” Belov responded to the issue during a recent livestream according to

He started off by defending his player’s performance at the BetBoom Xmas Show, saying that he played very well despite the constant pressure being given to him by his opponents during the Grand Finals match against Gaimin Gladiators.

“I give Larl a 10 out of 10. He is not the problem, guys, why do you write about his performance all the time, and that he does not shine? He plays well, absolutely well. For example, look at the early lane stage. See how many heroes he faced in mid and what were the matchups?”

He also noted that Larl needs time to bond with his new teammates as well getting adjusted to the team’s playstyle before saying that the player does not deserve the criticism just because of a bad performance at his debut tournament.

“People who played Dota for a hundred million years have expressed their opinion. Okay, nobody actually hated him, and everyone said that [it takes] time. But it's not only about time, it's about playstyle. When your midlaner is being harassed by supports in a not-so-winning matchup, and Larl almost never had one... It just doesn't play like that.”

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Larl & Team Spirit will return to competitive duties later today when they face Natus Vincere (NAVI) in their first series of the DPC Eastern Europe (EEU) 2023 Tour 1: Division I as they look to gain an early momentum in the Winter Tour.

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Ammar has been actively engaged in the esports industry in Malaysia in multiple roles in the past. Now, he utilizes his esports expertise to create insightful and meaningful content as the de facto Dota 2 writer at AFK Gaming.

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