Despite convincingly winning The International 10, Team Spirit’s season in 2022 wasn’t the finest. The season’s first half got off to a good start as they won the Regional Finals and finished at the top of the ladder in the DPC EEU 2021/2022 Tour 1. However, from that point on, everything started to fall apart.
Due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, the DPC EEU 2021/2022 Tour 2 was postponed, which had an impact on the team, particularly Yatoro and Mira, who are Ukrainian. Due to all of the violence going on, the crew had to transfer to Serbia, which made matters worse.
In a season review video, offlaner Collapse remarked, “Everyone realized something wrong was happening, and we needed to deal with it.” “If we didn’t, we would be trapped in a circle, wasting our careers in this manner for the foreseeable future.“
Spirit scrimmed heavily, possibly a little too heavily, to the point where their performances suffered in an attempt to make up for the doubt, anxiety, and agony festering.
They paid a high price for it at the Stockholm Major, when they placed ninth. Manager Ruslana “DKLana” Berest claims that after that, things got worse to the point where they almost split up. They didn’t, though, and managed to place third in the DPC EEU 2021/2022 Tour 3, so they still lost out on a direct invitation to TI11, and team morale was at an all-time low.
In spite of this, they were successful at the Riyadh Masters, where they finished in second place like real defending champions, and then they used their newly found fervor and sense of cohesion to win the Arlington Major, which was the final competition before The International 11.
After that, they decided to take a break for a whole month. While some players in the game at the time barely touched the game at all, others played it with an almost religious devotion.
A patch that dropped at the same time as the event substantially impacted the metagame leading into the event. That last straw was what ended up being the thing that broke the camel’s back.
Everything went to hell when the players came back and began boot camping. Most of the time, Mira claimed, “we were fighting.” It was incredibly challenging to play in such an environment this time because it was largely related to Collapse.
Soon after, they completely blundered TI11, and TORONTOTOKYO eventually left the team. But now that a new season has begun, Team Spirit is doing well. Although it is still early, they defeated Na’Vi in the one and only series they have played so far, and things are looking great. Although there is still a long way to go, BetBoom, TORONTOKYO’s new squad, also won its first game of the year.
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