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TORONTOTOKYO Explains the Thought Process Behind Pro Teams Picking Radiant or Dire

Rakshak Kathuria
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Team Spirit's Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek explained the distinction between Radiant and Dire in a recent post-match winner's interview.
As TORONTOTOKYO said, Roshan is a much easier target for the Radiant side, whereas farming is a much easier objective for the Dire side, therefore teams select sides depending on their preferences and game plans.
TORONTOTOKYO also talked about Team Spirit's present form, stating that the team was growing stronger by the day.

There are many factors that go into the calculations of professional Dota 2 players and coaches, such as selecting a side, selecting and banning heroes, and making various micro decisions during a game. Many of these factors may appear unimportant to a casual player, but they actually play a role in determining which team will gain an advantage. When it comes to deciding between Radiant and Dire, Team Spirit's The International 10 (TI10) champion Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek outlined how both sides offer different benefits that players can use based on their drafts. Furthermore, TORONTOTOKYO discussed Team Spirit's current form as it remains undefeated in Tour 3.

TORONTOTOKYO explains when teams should pick Radiant and Dire

TORONTOTOKYO came for the post-match winner's interview after Team Spirit's 2-0 series triumph against One Move in the Eastern Europe (EEU) Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 Tour 3: Division 1 where he was questioned about why the team selected Radiant in game one.

As TORONTOTOKYO said, Roshan is a simpler objective for the Radiant side, whilst farming is a considerably easier effort for the Dire side.

“I think most of the teammates are choosing Radiant because of the Roshan and choosing Dire because of the woods. It’s easier to farm [as Dire] and easier to stack so it depends on what you want. We wanted the Rosh earlier so that’s why we chose Radiant.”

It is the positioning of Roshan and the neutral creep camps that makes them desirable to Radiant and Dire, respectively. Due to its proximity to the offlane tower and its Ancient, Roshan is easier to approach for Radiant. Meanwhile, Dire is capable of stacking the safelane jungle rather easily.

Meanwhile, the TI10 champions appear to be returning to form after a period of minor upheaval, based on how the season has gone thus far. Spirit has won all four of its series by a 2-0 score. TORONTOTOKYO said that the squad feels stronger every day, although not as a consequence of the formal games, but rather as a result of the scrims.

“I feel like we are getting stronger by not our games in the Division but by our scrims. We have good strategies. We understand the patch right now so yes, that’s why we are winning I think.”

Recently, Spirit’s carry player Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk had also commented that the team is in great shape now, which is a huge step up from where they were at the Stockholm Major.

In Tour 3, the team has yet to play BetBoom Team, Mind Games, and Outsiders. A win in any one of the three series would further strengthen Team Spirit's chances of qualifying for the PGL Arlington Major which takes place from 4th to 14th August.


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As a passionate Dota 2 fan for eight years, Rakshak has indulged himself completely in its esports circuit for the past two years as a professional. In addition to covering major news developments, he takes a keen interest in understanding team strengths and player personalities.

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