has been the dominating force in the CIS region this DPC season, having gone undefeated in their first eight games and reigned as the only undefeated team in their region. Playing with near perfection, they seemed to be unstoppable. But, even the greatest falter. This past week, Team Spirit
were the first team to take a game off of the impenetrable VP in a back and forth 61-minute brawl full of Divine Rapiers.
In this intense game one, Virtus.pro came out on top of the laning stage, overpowering their safe lane with a last pick Chaos Knight, a hero that has fallen out of favor this patch, played by Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko
. With this gold lead, VP began to take control of the map, but this is when Spirit was able to turn the tide. Though they had Black King Bars built on Nightfall and Danil "gpk" Skutin’s
Kunkka, these two were both picked off in succession by the heavy burst damage from Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk
Morphling and Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek’s
Puck. TORONTOTOKYO’s itemization allowed him to burst down anyone with his Bloodstone and Ethereal Blade, providing him absurdly high magic damage with the spell amplification provided by the Bloodstone charges. Combine this with the shotgun Morphling, and anyone without BKB or Aeon Disk is certainly dead.
The game became much closer as Spirit’s cores could play fearlessly knowing they had the save from Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov’s
Oracle to bail them out. Several Rapiers were purchased. but both sides were unable to breach their opponents’ high ground. Around the 50-minute mark, TORONTOTOKYO snatched the Aegis of Immortal from VP, stopping their aggression. Following the Aegis’ expiration, however, VP took down Yatoro and claimed his Rapier, leaving Nightfall with two Rapiers.
The game-winning fight occurred at the 59-minute mark. After kiting Nightfall’s BKB, Spirit nuked him down, forcing the rest of VP to retreat. Possibly one of the largest misplays of the game, Nightfall did not have buyback after buying and consuming a Moon Shard. Using their newly acquired Rapiers, Yatoro stormed high ground and quickly took VP’s Ancient.
In typical VP fashion, they did not let this game affect them at all and stomped Spirit in the next two games. This was still very impressive by Team Spirit for being the first to take a game off of one of the greatest in the world and showing everyone that even the best bleed. VP’s previous game record of 8-0 was nothing to scoff at, especially in a competitive region like CIS. They continue to maintain their undefeated series record of 5-0, with a game score of 10-1 and have great potential to finish the season off at 7-0.
However, this series showed us that they can be beaten.