Yatoro Talks About Team Spirit’s Current Form
It certainly came across as somewhat surprising when Team Spirit finished 9th-12th at the ESL One Stockholm Major 2022 since this was the team’s lowest finish in months. This sparked concerns about the team's future outcomes but Spirit has rebounded strongly in Tour 3 of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021-22 so far. In analyzing how he viewed the team’s current state after their most recent victory over NAVI in Tour 3, carry player Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk commented that he views the team in great shape now which is a huge step up from where they were at the Stockholm Major.
Yatoro says Team Spirit is in much better form than it was at the Stockholm Major
Yatoro appeared for the post-match winner’s interview after the 2-0 series win over NAVI, stating clearly that the team was a “1000 times” better than it was at the Stockholm Major, adding that he was looking forward to the next Major as a result.
“I guess I am in good form right now. My team also. So, I guess we are better 1000 times than we were at the Major. So, I guess this Major will be kinda interesting,” said Yatoro.
Though Team Spirit may not have had the most dominant victories in the two Tour 3 matches that they have won so far, the teamfighting skills they acquired at The International 10 (TI10) have certainly been on display in these games. Yatoro’s performances, in particular, have been outstanding with an uncanny ability to consistently fend off enemy threats.
In addition, Yatoro shared his opinion on carry Pudge, a hero who has enjoyed considerable popularity in professional games since the release of patch 7.31d. He views Pudge as a very strong hero, and when asked in response why they weren’t picking it, Yatoro had a cheeky answer.
“Imba (on Pudge carry). We are preparing it for the best… We are preparing it actually for PSG.LGD so we are waiting.”
Team Spirit and PSG.LGD were involved in one of the most thrilling TI grand finals at TI10 where Spirit won 3-2. However, the two teams haven’t had the chance to meet each other since this matchup in October 2021.
Both the teams will likely qualify for the next Major in Arlington, USA. Considering their recent form, it will be interesting to see the two go head to head after so many months, assuming any travel and lockdown restrictions don’t hinder the event.
For the time being, Tour 3 of the DPC 2021-22 continues with Team Spirit taking on Rune Eaters on 26th June.