Here’s what you need to know about the TI12 Eastern Europe Qualifiers.
The Dota 2 TI 12 qualifiers are just around the corner because were are less than 2 months away from the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year. Dota 2’s best teams are about to gather in Seattle and determine which one will lift this year’s Aegis.
We still do not know a lot of things about TI12, such as the prize pool. However, we know the names of the first 12 teams because they received an invitation after getting enough DPC points. That said, there are a few slots left that have to be determined using the TI12 qualifiers. We’ve already covered Western Europe and China, so now it’s time for the TI12 Eastern Europe Region Qualifiers. This region will have only one slot for The International 2023, so the competition will be fierce. With that said, let’s learn more information about the upcoming TI12 qualifiers.
The first important thing you should know about the TI12 Eastern Europe Region qualifiers is that there are 12 teams competing for one slot. These squads will play in a double-elimination playoff where the games are in a Bo3 format. The only exception is the Grand Final, which is a Bo5, and it will determine which team will secure the only sport for Eastern Europe.
Eastern Europe has always been one of Dota 2’s most interesting regions to watch for many reasons. The TI12 Eastern Europe region qualifiers won’t be an exception because 12 teams must play for only one slot. Naturally, a lot of squads have what it takes to win, so we will go through the big favorites to see what we can expect.
No one can deny the fact that Virtus.Pro is just a mere shadow of what it was a few years ago. Ever since the club decided to drop its original roster, it hasn’t been able to recover and is not on the same level as Team Spirit and BetBoom Team. However, after numerous roster changes, it’s safe to say that the team found a good mixture of players that work well together. Sadly, this wasn’t enough for the squad to receive a direct TI12 invitation because it did not have enough DPC points.
Since we were talking about the team’s roster, here’re the players to look out for:
- Ilya “Kiritych” Ulyanov
- Ilya “squad1x” Kuvaldin
- Evgeniy “Noticed” Ignatenko
- Oleg “sayuw” Kalenbet
- Artsiom “Fng” Barshak
Virtus.Pro looks much better than any other team in the TI12 qualifiers for Eastern Europe, so the team is undeniably the big favorite. However, we’ve seen it struggle against underdogs, so the squad must step up.
People who’ve been following Division I and Division II in Eastern Europe are not surprised that Nemiga Gaming is here. The latter will be one of the main contenders in the TI12 Eastern Europe Region Qualifiers because it has pretty good players. Although it wasn’t able to defeat the biggest names in the region, Nemiga has one final chance to qualify for the most prestigious Dota 2 tournament of 2023.
In terms of the squad’s current roster, it consists of the following players:
- Alexander “v1olent`” Pak
- Stanislav “Malr1ne” Potorak
- Ivan “Vazya” German
- Kirill “Hellscream” Lagutik
- Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosian
There are a couple of big names that could lead the team to victory, but there’s no arguing RodjER is on another level. The ex-player of Natus Vincere and Virtus.Pro has tons of experience on the big stage and he will try to use it to his advantage. Even though it won’t be easy to carry his team, RodjER has proven he’s one of the best supports in the game, so everything is possible.
Many people are probably unaware of this team because it became a part of Division I recently. HYDRA surprised the fans in Eastern Europe by achieving pretty impressive results. After defeating some of the best in the region, HYDRA earned enough DPC points to allow it to compete for the last TI 12 Eastern Europe region qualifier slot. It definitely won’t be easy for the team to win, but it has the firepower.
Speaking of the devil, HYDRA has an interesting mixture of players. Some of them, like Lil have been a part of the professional Dota 2 scene for many years and are known for being really good. Others, such as Worick, are new to the professional scene but have some experience because they were part of clubs such as Team Empire. Here are HYDRA’s players, in case you are unaware of their current roster:
- Vitaliy “Worick” Brezgin
- Kyial “dream`” Tayirov
- Aleksandr “Cloud” Zakharov
- Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
- Siarhei “HappyDyurara” Kharonzhy
HYDRA is a serious contestant for the last spot that grants access to The International 12, so we will closely monitor it.
The last Dota 2 team from the Dota 2 TI12 qualifiers that deserves to be on the list is One Move. Even though some people consider this to be Tier 2 squad in EEU, OM has proven several times over the course of the 2023 DPC that it should not be taken lightly. Even though it did not win any big events ot secure a top 2 finish during Tours 1, 2, and 3, One Move has quality players that can shine when it's needed. Similar to HYDRA, One Move has a very interesting mixture of young and new players led by AfterLife. The latter has been one of the EEU’s most recognizable names because he played for many of the best teams in the world, including Gambit, Team Spirit, and more.
One Move’s current roster looks like this:
- Nikita “Munkushi~” Chepurnykh
- Aleksey “Ainkrad” Diveevskiy
- Vasilii “AfterLife” Shishkin
- Nikita “pantomem” Balaganin
- Egor “Xakoda” Lipartiya
One Move has a lot of experience with the other favorites in the TI12 Eastern Europe Region Qualifiers, so it knows how to deal with them. We are yet to see if it will have the power to do that.