We take a look at the most interesting series during Week 5 in Eastern Europe.
After several weeks of epic action, we already know the name of one of the teams that will play in the Upper Division, and that’s HellRaisers. Having said that, there were much more interesting series that took place throughout the week, so let’s check them out.
After winning their series against Team Empire, B8 was finally starting to show their prowess. Sadly, it didn’t last long because Danil “Dendi” Ishutin’s team was unable to defeat Fantastic Five. After two easy games, F5 claimed the victory.
Following their success, Mirlan "Le don" Kozhombaev and everyone else from his team had to go up against another opponent - Nemiga. Although we expected the series to be close, F5 completely dominated in both games. After claiming two fast victories, the team is now second, which means they have the chance to go to the Upper Division.
HellRaisers is one of the few teams that hasn’t lost a single series yet. Although they were close to losing game two against Prosti, Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok was able to win the series. The third game was a joy to watch because we got to see loads of action.
Sadly, B8 was unable to win their second series of the week. This time, they had to go up against Nemiga Gaming, which are doing pretty well in the last couple of weeks. Although the second game of the series was close, Nemiga was able to secure the victory.
Fantastic Five did the impossible and managed to win their third series of the week. Although it wasn’t as interesting as their match against B8, the team needed around 30 minutes in both games to win the series.
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Winstrike and PuckChamp are two teams that are not doing that well lately. Unfortunately, neither of them will be able to go to the Upper Division, which is why the clash between them wasn’t that anticipated. The series itself was interesting because PuckChamp managed to win, despite losing game one.
EXTREMUM will probably be one of the teams that have to do some roster changes. Despite being strong on paper, the team was unable to live up to the expectations. Even though they won one game, they lost the series versus AS Monaco Gambit. This means that they are one of the few teams that haven’t won a single series yet.
Despite the good start of the season, Natus Vincere wasn’t able to achieve much. TI 1 champions managed to win game one against Team Unique after 70 minutes of epic Dota 2 action. Sadly, the other two games went in favor of Rostislav "fn" Lozovoi.
The second series for the week for Virtus.Pro was against Winstrike. Everyone expected VP to rip through its opponents like a knife through butter, and even though there were some close team fights, Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin and his teammates managed to take the victory.
Following the success, VP finished first in the CIS Upper Division after winning all seven series.
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Highlight Series - Virtus.Pro vs Team Spirit
Team Spirit is one of the biggest surprises if this year’s DPC because the team is playing really well so far. However, it had the uneasy to ask to go up against the most dominant CIS team - Virtus.Pro.
VP went through loads of changes in the last couple of years, but they remain the best team in the region. Following their recent success, Danil "gpk" Skutin and co. will most likely take the Major slot.
The first game between the two was a battle between the late-game powerhouses. VP had Morphling, whereas TS decided to pick Invoker and Medusa. Although they had the lead for a few minutes, VP was able to shut down its opponents and took game one.
Following the loss, Team Spirit decided to go for Wraith King and Death Prophet. Both heroes are really strong right now, which is why they had little to no trouble bringing down VP. The latter had Morphling in their draft yet again, but this time, the hero was unable to show his true potential.
After succeeding in game two, Team Spirit decided to pick a similar draft. Sadly, the team was unable to repeat its dominant performance in game two because VP got Magnus and Void. These two are a popular combo right now, so they had little to no trouble dealing with TS’s lineup.