Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting things that happened in the CIS region.
The CIS Dota 2 region has always been really interesting to watch because the teams here have a unique playstyle. Unfortunately, 2020 was not the best year for Dota 2, but most of the top CIS teams managed to play in numerous online tournaments in the region. Most of the events also included various European teams.
Similar to any other region in the DPC, this one also has a Lower Division and an Upper Division. Both of them feature some pretty big names, so let’s take a look at what happened.
The most interesting series of the week was between VP. Prodigy and HellRaisers. These two teams have played several times against each other in the past. However, HR did a major roster change which resulted in the addition of several world-class players, such as Roman “Resolut1ion” Fominok. Sadly, the team was unable to reach the Upper Bracker, despite being one of the favorites.
The first game of the series was exciting because both teams had a chance to win. There were various team fights but HR’s roster was definitely stronger. Once their Terrorblade got his core items, the hero became an unstoppable force and gave HR a lead in the series.
Despite the loss, VP.P managed to outsmart their enemies in the second game and equalize the series. Resolut1ion and his teammates picked TB yet again, but this time, the CIS player was unable to utilize the hero’s full potential. After losing a few team fights, VP.P was able to push the series into a final game three. Unfortunately for them, HellRaisers managed to mount the comeback and take the series in the end.
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The first series in the Upper Bracket that was definitely the most interesting to watch was between Team Unique and Natus Vincere. We expected TU to win, but Na’Vi actually played really well in both games.
In fact, the team completely dominated both games, which is why they ended in less than 30 minutes. In Game One, the CIS powerhouse Na'Vi picked Lycan, a hero that’s known for his fast pushing capabilities. Even though the team had some trouble in the beginning, Na’Vi quickly bounced back and won the game.
Team Unique was eager to win the second game of the series, but despite picking OD and Bloodseeker, Natus Vincere was victorious. Instead of Lycan, the team picked Morphling and Templar Assassin, and after securing themselves the laning stage, the heroes snowballed out of control.
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Series Highlight: Virtus.Pro vs Team Empire
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) January 24, 2021
The last series that was pretty interesting to watch was between Virtus.Pro vs. Team Empire. We expected things to be more evenly matched, but VP actually ripped through their opponents like a knife through butter.
The first game was more interesting because Team Empire actually had some chances to win. However, Game Two was completely one-sided, which is why VP won in less than 22 minutes.
Following their dominant performance, Virtus.Pro are one step closer to the next round of the Upper Bracket.