After narrowly missing the Singapore Major by dropping a tiebreaker last season, Team Spirit
came into the second season of the Eastern European DPC looking for revenge. And revenge they found.
Team Spirit had two of their toughest series of this season in just the first week, facing up against Natus Vincere
and AS Monaco Gambit
. Both of these teams qualified for the Major last season ahead of Spirit. Each series resulted in Team Spirit stomping their opponents in a quick 2-0 fashion. By crushing the laning stage and pushing their early game advantage, they gave their opponents no room to breathe. With excellent drafting and play, Team Spirit seems to be in excellent shape this season.
Though the entire roster has performed incredibly well thus far, the team began to excel with the addition of their new position four player Miroslaw "Mira" Kolpakov
. He has had spectacular performances on Mirana, Tusk, and Dark Willow. Mira originally joined the team in the middle of last season, replacing Vitaly "so bad" Oshmankevich. Team Spirit went through a notable struggle in the previous season as they dropped two series to the two bottom teams of the group, ultimately costing them their ticket to the Major. But once Mira joined the team, they pushed themselves to a tiebreaker after defeating Na’Vi and ASM Gambit. Unfortunately, Team Spirit had exceeded the number of matches they could use a stand-in, so they were forced to sub so bad back in. This was certainly an important factor in the team’s loss. But this season, the full roster is back and stronger than ever.
With two of their most challenging series out of the way, Team Spirit’s final test is Virtus.pro. VP has already bled a game in their first series, and Spirit remains the only team who has not dropped a single game. Assuming they don’t drop to some of these lower teams like last season, their chances of attending the Major this season are very high.