Another region is set and ready for the DreamLeague Season 13 Major. After a couple of days of intense action, two CIS representatives triumphed over their competition. As a result, Virtus.Pro and Natus Vincere have secured their spots at the Leipzig Major.
After TI 9 came to an end and VP changed their roster, CIS became one of the most interesting regions. Every single team is capable of surprising the rest, which makes the series unpredictable. However, it seems like the class of the two CIS hegemons was a little bit too much for the new and rising teams.
After a shaky Group Stage performance, Virtus.Pro finally found the formula for success. Not only did they qualify, but they did it in style by eliminating two of the biggest names in CIS Dota. In fact, the series between them and Team Spirit was probably the most exciting one of the qualifiers. Both teams gave it their all, but it was the Alexey "Solo" Berezin and his team that delivered their knock-put punch.
Yes! We are securing the second slot for The DreamLeague Leipzig Major! ??
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) December 4, 2019
Na’Vi had to go through the exact same opponents as VP in the playoffs. Despite losing one game against Gambit, they ripped through them fairly easy. It seems like the removal of Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev is working well for the TI 1 champions.
In the final series of the CIS qualifiers, Vladislav "Crystallize" Krystanek and his teammates had to face Team Spirit yet again. However, unlike last time, the legendary Ukranian team was more than prepared.
They completely annihilated their enemies in the first game of the series. Despite the loss, Team Spirit never gave up and pushed Natus Vincere to the limits in game two. In fact, they were in the driver's seat for the vast majority of the game. However, after a series of crucial mistakes, the balance of power shifted in Na’Vi’s favor.
Seeing the opportunity ahead of them, the Ukrainians pushed their enemies and seized the victory and the second slot for the DreamLeague Season 13 Major.
We will see the two best CIS teams in Germany this January. Who knows, we might have a CIS champion this time.