Tundra Esports 33 Explains How He Comes up With Unique Ideas and Strategies
Tundra Esports' offlaner Neta "33" Shapira has established himself as one of Dota 2's smartest minds in recent years due to his ability to come up with unique item builds coupled with a keen understanding of the meta while also possessing exceptional micro skills. Following Tundra's victory over Entity in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 Tour 3, 33 discussed how he continuously brings some intriguing concepts to the fore. In order to gain insights he says it is important to keep an open mind while watching other players, both those with higher ranks and those with relatively lower ranks who tend to be hero spammers. Additionally, 33 described the role of others on his team in helping him bring new ideas to life and even improving them.
Tundra 33 cites keeping an open mind and discussing with teammates as factors for coming up with new ideas
Despite playing heroes such as Beastmaster, Lycan, and Visage mostly in the last few months, it is 33's little plays and ideas that have made him a standout player in Western Europe in recent months.
During the post-game winner’s interview ,after defeating Entity, 33's reasons for coming up with novel ideas included watching other players as well as working with captain Wu "Sneyking" Jingjun and coach Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling.
“Generally, just having an open mind I guess and watching a lot of games and kinda just try to come up with ideas I guess. It’s really easy to talk to the people in my team about these kinds of things. So, if I have an idea, especially Aui, Sneyking, they help me to improve on it and see if it is actually good or not. So, yeah, you just have to play a lot of pubs and watch what people are doing - not only the high rank players but there’s also some 500s, 1000s. If people are level 30 at the hero, some good shit you can get out of them. So, I always look at that.”
Creep skipping to his advantage during the laning stage, using items cleverly, and experimenting with strategies and mechanics have all been highlights of 33 in these past months. Tundra as a whole has proven to be one of the most artistic teams in the world lately, with a thorough awareness of the meta and creative drafting and in-game strategy.
The team has reaped the rewards of such a playstyle, frequently achieving top results, including a third place finish at the Stockholm Major 2022.
In Tour 3, the team has dropped just one series so far and is well on its way to qualifying for the PGL Arlington Major. Goonsquad will be the team's next opponent on 9th July. A win in the series will guarantee Tundra a place at the Arlington Major.