Dota 2

Na’Vi, VP, and Live to Win receive an invite to the CIS DPC League Upper Division

2020 was definitely not the best year for Dota 2. Due to COVID-19, almost every LAN tournament was postponed, meaning that teams didn’t have many options other than playing online. Luckily, CIS & Europe were merged together, which is why we saw tons of interesting series.

Now, a few months later, the Dota 2 world is finally preparing for the beginning of the new Dota Pro Circuit that will start in just a couple of weeks. Before that, ESL will host the upcoming CIS regional qualifiers, which should bring together some of the best teams from the region.

The Qualifiers

Unless something goes wrong, the CIS qualifiers should begin on the 5th of January. Valve has selected four teams that won’t have to go through any qualifiers. This means that they will go straight into the Upper Division of the first season.

Even though there were a few big names that deserved this, the ones that stood out were Live to Win, Team Spirit, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.Pro. Live To Win is perhaps the most interesting name here because the team was created just a few months ago. Despite that, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev and his team-mates quickly showed the world what they’re capable of. Team Spirit is also a pretty interesting name because the organization acquired Yellow Submarine’s roster just a few weeks ago.

Don’t forget to watch the upcoming open qualifiers because they will definitely be really interesting. In fact, you can even register yourself, as long as three or more players from your team are residing within the region.

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Alliance win the Epic League Division 2

Before the OG vs Virtus. Pro game, we saw Alliance up against Live To Win. Both teams have reached the Division 2 grand finals after eliminating numerous teams along the way.

Alliance actually began in Division 1, but after losing a lot of series, they were relegated to the second division. Needless to say, Alliance was definitely one of the best teams there, which is why they managed to rip through teams like Winstrike, Just Error, Spider Pigz, and Gambit Esports. The series vs Gambit was probably the most impressive, with plenty of cool heroes on show.

The Final

Live to Win and Alliance played an incredible five games marathon full of action. Although many thought that the European powerhouse would dominate the series, this didn’t end up happening. Despite winning the first game, Live To Win managed to steal two quick wins in game two and three and got a lead in the series.

Unfortunately, the team were unable to keep up with their opponents in the next two games of the series. After a very dominant victory, both teams had to play a decisive game five, where Linus “Limpp” Blomdin picked a mid-lane Mirana. He played absolutely flawlessly yet again after ripping through the mid lane Razor.

Alliance needed just 22 minutes to secure the victory in game five and deserved to win the prize.  Feel free to follow DartFrog on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and Twitch for the latest Dota 2 news.

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Fn is now a part of SoNNeikO’s team

The professional Dota 2 scene has been really interesting in the last couple of months. All regions went through massive roster changes, including CIS, where we saw some of the most surprising ones yet.

As you probably know, Akbar “SoNNeikO” decided to create his own team after being inactive for a couple of months. He reached a few aspiring CIS Dota 2 players and formed a team called Live To Win. Although he announced the full roster early on, it went through a few changes.

FN joins SoNNeikO and the rest

Following the changes, we now know the name of the last player who will become a part of SoNNeikO’s squad, Rostislav “fn” Lozovoy. He’s a famous CIS player that was a part of some of the best teams in the region. Most recently, he played for VP.Prodigy, where he helped plenty.

He will take the place of Egor “Ergon” Kozo, who decided to take some time off. FN will be taking over the mid lane, whereas Igor “iLTW” Filatov will be taking over the carry role. He is one of the best CIS players in the world and will definitely help his team-mates.

Here’s Live to Win’s roster:

  • Igor “iLTW” Filatov
  • Rostislav “fn” Lozovoy
  • Vasily “AfterLife” Shishkin
  • Alexander “Immersion” Hmelevskoy
  • Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev

We expect to see the team in action in just a few weeks. There are two events that will take place in Europe and CIS within the next fortnight, so there is a pretty high chance that SoNNeiko’s new team will take part in one of them.

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