Yaroslav 'NS' Kuznetsov organized an unusual broadcast STARper Hub, where he invited several representatives of esports in order to discuss what was happening at The International 10. One of the guests was Alexander 'NoFear' Churochkin, who played under the B8 Esports tag this July. The cybersportsman spoke about several teams that represent both the CIS region and others.
Churochkin said that Ceb wins matches for OG almost solo, while Topson actively feeds his opponents. He also noticed the good play of mid lane Aster and noted their approach to matchmaking:
Ceb shows a wonderful game on Legion Commander, almost wins solo, does everything himself. And Topson runs and feeds all games. Here he really has every game feed-feed-feed, and even in those matches where he won, he nafidil. And today the big mid lane Aster comes... There were two games there was an outdraft from Aster. It was clear that they would win even before the matches.
OG drafts badly today, and there the mid lane came out as well.
Let us remind you that until the very beginning of The International it was not clear whether Sebastian 'Ceb' Debs would play for OG in the Dota 2 World Championship or not. Not long before the start of the tournament, the Frenchman underwent eye surgery and the doctors recommended that he refrain from playing Dota 2 Despite this, Ceb still received permission from the doctors to play in The International and, as we can see, the team's off-laner appeared in the matches for a reason.
When asked who NoFear considers the favorite, Alexander Churochkin answered the following:
I really like the way PSG.LGD plays. Today I liked how YapzOr and all Secret players in general played. It would seem that they could be buried, but today you are watching Yapzon buy shards on Rubik against LGD and save on the first map. Vici Gaming seems to be in good shape. Fnatic is super weird.
And since I'm a fan of Alliance, you know. My wife went to work at The International, so there is no choice, you understand. Therefore, I am obliged to speak to Alliance.
Regarding Team Spirit, NoFear expressed himself optimistically (and, as it turned out, not in vain):
In general, everything is bad there. I think they were lucky that yesterday they played against strong teams (Team Secret and PSG.LGD). They tested something, did something. They should have easier opponents today. From my own experience, I can say that the stronger your opponents in the beginning, the easier it will be for you in the end. They played one card against Secret quite well, they just gave it up.
Now they are still in the stage of "so far everything is bad", but then everything will be fine. They are being tortured now to make them stronger.
Ayrat (coach of Spirit) was at The International, he knows that in the beginning, when you play against Team Secret, it is better to test strategies. We probably won't see Tuskar on the troika anymore, they tested Mars - it worked. And now a new stage begins. Collapse will play on Legion Commander or Mars, and the opponents will be weaker. Now everything will be better, Ayrat is a master in this.
As part of today, Team Spirit managed to play in one match. They fought the Elephant, a Chinese team made up of star players. Spirit managed to surprise their fans and beat Eurus and his teammates 2-0. Team Spirit has one more meeting planned for today. The team will face off against another strong Chinese team, Vici Gaming. The latter, by the way, at the time of this writing are in the top of Group B with statistics 3-1-0, and therefore the battle will not be easy.[break]matches_419YrLTTF[break]
The International 2021 kicked off on October 7 and ends on the 17th. The total prize fund of the championship is $ 40,018,195, and 18 best teams in the world, representing six playing regions: North America, South America, CIS, Europe, Southeast Asia and China, are engaged in its distribution. 12 teams made it to The International thanks to the required number of rating points gained during the Dota Pro Circuit 2020/2021 season. The remaining six participants became the best in the regional qualifications.