Dota 2: BetBoom stop Collapse's Magnus, upset Team Spirit in EEU Major qualifier

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Even Magomed
Even Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov's legendary Magnus could not stop BetBoom from pulling off a massive upset over Team Spirit in the Eastern European qualifier for the Stockholm Major. (Photos: Team Spirit, Valve Software)

The 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Eastern European qualifier for the Stockholm Major saw The International 10 (TI10) champions Team Spirit lose their opening match 1-2 to BetBoom, the former roster of Winstrike Team that started the season in Division II.

In the third and final game of the series, BetBoom completed the upset by outlasting Team Spirit in a 54-minute slugfest despite Spirit offlaner Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov having his iconic Magnus.

How did BetBoom manage the near-impossible feat of overcoming Collapse's Magnus? Let's break it down.

BetBoom drafted heroes that could siege risk-free

The first thing that allowed BetBoom to win the game and the series was their draft.

The underdogs acknowledged that Magnus is one of the best heroes at repositioning enemies. Even when teams managed to get an advantage against Spirit during TI10, Collapse would catch enemy cores when they attempted to take down Team Spirit's Barracks.

During OG's fateful showdown against Spirit in TI10, the latter took a commanding 7,000 gold advantage in game one and had one of the best heroes to bring down buildings: the carry Tiny for Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan.

However, Tiny is a melee hero and had to put his life on the line to hit buildings, something that Collapse took full advantage of.

BetBoom were perfectly aware of the risks that the best Magnus player in the world posed, so they responded by drafting heroes who could siege the enemy high ground without risking their lives.

Chief among them was Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin's Terrorblade, who can use Conjure Image and Manta Style to summon an army of illusions to relentlessly chip away at Spirit's buildings with no risk to himself or his team.

Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev could also supplement the push as Chen, using his controlled creeps to create more problems for Spirit.

BetBoom shut down Spirit's vision

A big factor in Spirit's success at TI10 was team captain Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov's perfect vision game.

Miposhka had the uncanny ability to remove all the enemy's wards while ensuring his own were placed in locations enemies would never suspect until it was too late.

Miposhka's ability to provide vision for his team was crucial for Collapse to get the jump on the enemy.

BetBoom had great respect for Miposhka's warding ability, and that is why they purchased an early gem for Evgeniy "Noticed" Ignatenko's Pangolier.

Once BetBoom took the second Roshan and began to play on Spirit's side of the map, Noticed ensured that the TI10 champions had no opportunity to catch them off-guard.

Information is the most important thing to have in Dota 2, and BetBoom did a fantastic job of keeping Spirit in the dark.

BetBoom itemized perfectly to counter Collapse

Even if Spirit have no vision on the map and they are facing a lineup designed to take buildings with no risk, the TI10 champions can still catch enemies.

BetBoom knew that and went for defensive items to save their heroes whenever they got caught.

It was a great display of BetBoom's foresight to buy items like Aeon Disk and Windwalker for Denis "Larl" Sigitov's Leshrac to keep him alive.

Daxak also bought a Swift Blink on Terrorblade to give him the option of blinking away from Magnus.

Both these item purchases came in clutch at the 53-minute mark, as Larl and Daxak were able to survive three initiation attempts by Collapse and make it out unscathed thanks to their item purchases.

Another key item for BetBoom was the Aghanim's Scepter upgrade for Chen.

This allowed SoNNeikO to use his Hand of God ultimate to apply a global hard dispel, nullifying the Reverse Polarity from Collapse's Magnus and Fiend's Grip from Miposhka's Bane.

BetBoom's victory over Team Spirit is arguably the biggest upset of the Spring Tour.

The victorious underdogs are one step closer to the Stockholm Major and will next face Natus Vincere in the upper bracket semifinals on 29 April.

Meanwhile, the TI10 champions are in a scary situation. Spirit will soon be battling HellRaisers in the first round of the lower bracket.

Should Spirit lose that match, they will not only miss out on the Stockholm Major but will also be relegated to Division II for the Summer Tour — ending their chances of qualifying to TI11 through DPC points.

It would be a massive fall from grace for the reigning champions of TI10 and the Easten European regional league.

BetBoom Dota 2 roster:

1. Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin

2. Denis "Larl" Sigitov

3. Evgeniy "Noticed" Ignatenko

4. Maksim "forcemajor" Meretskii

5. Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev

Team Spirit Dota 2 roster:

1. Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk

2. Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek

3. Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov

4. Miroslaw "Mira" Kolpakov

5. Yaroslav "Miposhka" Naidenov

Otomo is a long-time gaming enthusiast and caster. He has been playing games since he was 10 and is the biggest Dota 2 fan.

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