DPC 2023 Tour 1 results in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe looks like it’s going to be one of the most powerful regions in Dota 2 this year.... Radu M. | 31. January 2023

Eastern Europe looks like it’s going to be one of the most powerful regions in Dota 2 this year. It features several teams that could easily win The International and it will be interesting to see what happens when these competitors encounter the Western European and South American ones at the Lima Major.

Just as we expected BetBoom Team and Team Spirit proved to be the best participants in Division I. But what we didn’t expect was Natus Vincere’s relegation to Division II. Two other unexpected things were Darkside’s failure to qualify for the Major and HellRaisers rise to the top.

The best teams in EEU

BetBoom invested a lot of money at the end of last year and basically guaranteed themselves the number one position in the region when they bought the best players from everywhere they could.

Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko was taken from the former Evil Geniuses roster, Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko was signed from Entity, and Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek from Team Spirit.

With this kind of roster, it’s really hard to fail. All of the players are young and hungry to win tournaments. And they probably know that there’s almost nobody that can stop them from winning not only the Lima Major but also The International 12.

BetBoom finished Tour 1 with seven consecutive victories and looked almost unbeatable. Of course, we’ll have to see how well they do against the likes of Team Liquid and beastcoast. But the odds are quite high that they will do well.

The second place in the region was occupied by Team Spirit, who proved to be almost as strong as they were in 2021, when they won The International. Even without TORONTOTOKYO, who was said to be an excellent shot-caller for the squad, they still have a solid understanding of what they need to do to win in each situation.

The third place was occupied by HellRaisers, Alexey “Solo” Berezin’s new team. We haven’t seen Solo since the end of 2018. But it seems that he has finally found a great group of players this time.

The disappointing stories

The biggest disappointment in the region was Natus Vincere. The team was relegated to Division II after a disastrous performance: 1 W – 6 L. Nemiga Gaming finished with an identical record. Virtus.pro weren’t far from qualifying for the Major but ultimately failed to do this, ending with a score of 4 W – 3 L.

Darkside, despite having many strong players, only won two matches and will need to work hard if they want to maintain their position in Division I.

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