October 30, 2023
Team Spirit has emerged as the victors of The International 12, after an intense 3-0 series. Despite the quick matches, the games were closely contested, showcasing the skill and determination of both teams. While Gaimin Gladiators had hoped to end their record-breaking year with a TI win, it was Team Spirit's superior gameplay that secured their victory.
Team Spirit has now become the second team to win The International twice, following in the footsteps of OG. Their performance in the series was marked by control and calculation, exploiting the weaknesses of the Gladiators. Additionally, Larl's exceptional performance as a midlaner has etched his name in Dota 2 history.
Gaimin Gladiators are known for their aggressive playstyle, often sieging high ground before the 30-minute mark. Team Spirit recognized this and countered their opponents by prioritizing first blood and swiftly ending the laning stage. In game 2, Gladiators made a crucial mistake by allowing Collapse to pick Magnus and Miposhka to lock in Enchantress. Miposhka's undefeated record on Enchantress throughout the tournament highlighted the impact of a position 5 player. Collapse's Magnus also left a lasting impression on both LGD Gaming and GG, ensuring it won't be overlooked in future drafts.
The outcome of the series heavily relied on the drafting phase. Although the first two games were challenging, GG seemed to have the advantage in the third game. However, Team Spirit, known as the Kings of the Comeback, proved their resilience. Their mid Dazzle and offlane Spirit Breaker dominated the map, forcing fights in favorable positions.
Dota 2 has undergone significant changes in 2023, and it is likely that this year marks the end of the TI-centric structure. Valve has expressed their desire to make Dota more accessible to new players and is expected to restructure the year accordingly. The fate of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) and the path to the next TI remain uncertain. However, fans can look forward to ESL Kuala Lumpur in December 2023, which will provide a glimpse into the future of the game.
Team Spirit's victory at The International 12 solidifies their position as one of the top teams in Dota 2. Their strategic gameplay, adaptability, and exceptional individual performances propelled them to success. As the Dota 2 landscape undergoes changes, fans eagerly await what lies ahead for the game.
Haruki Nakamura, affectionately termed "DataSensei" within the Esports universe, is EsportRanker's resident data wizard. Seamlessly merging his love for Esports with his knack for research, he provides insights and analysis that propel the industry forward.