Russian Dota 2 squad BetBoom Team won the Eastern European regional qualifier for The International 11 (TI11) in stunning fashion, after they upset regional powerhouse Outsiders in a 3-0 sweep in the qualifier's grand finals on Wednesday (7 September).
BetBoom's victory secured them a spot in the Group Stage of TI11, this year's iteration of Dota 2's annual world championship tournament, which will be hosted in Singapore this October.
Meanwhile, Outsiders and Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) will still fly to Singapore, but will have to earn their place in TI11 through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) as the second and third-placed teams of the tournament's Eastern European regional qualifier.
Not many expected BetBoom to be the ones to win the Eastern European qualifier, as Outsiders were expected to cruise their way to TI11 after they missed out on a direct invite due to a ruling by Dota 2 developer Valve Software.
Like most predicted, Outsiders easily secured a spot in the finals after a clean sweep of the upper bracket against Pari Parni, Mind Games, and Na'Vi.
BetBoom's road to a showdown with Outsiders for a spot in TI11 looked rocky in comparison. The team swept One Move in their first upper bracket match but were quickly dropped to the lower bracket after they lost to Na'Vi, 2-1, in the next round.
BetBoom then defeated Nemiga Gaming and swept One Move a second time to advance to the lower bracket finals and earn a rematch with Na'Vi, who lost to Outsiders in the upper bracket finals.
In stark contrast to their previous meeting, BetBoom made short work of Na'Vi in a 2-0 sweep to advance to the finals. The series lasted just 57 minutes, with game two ending in 27 minutes with BetBoom holding a 29-3 kill advantage.
How BetBoom lined up against Outsiders
BetBoom had all the momentum in the world entering the finals, blindsiding Outsiders to win a 31-minute game one.
Midlaner Denis "Larl" Sigitov led the way for BetBoom on Death Prophet, scoring a game-high nine kills and nine assists against two deaths to pace his team's 22-14 kill lead.
While game two lasted almost 50 minutes, BetBoom had full control from the get-go. Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin's carry Pudge proved to be a fearsome frontliner for his team, giving Larl on Sniper the space he needed to dish out damage from long range.
Despite Outsiders' best efforts to mount a comeback, they could do little to stop BetBoom from taking a commanding 2-0 series lead. An incredible four-man Black Hole by Evgeniy "Noticed" Ignatenko at the 46-minute mark proved to be a backbreaker.
Larl had another standout game, notching a series-high 16 kills against three deaths, racking up almost half of his team's 34 total kills.
BetBoom continued rolling in game three while Outsiders looked utterly broken.
Daxak's Faceless Void proved to be the deciding factor in the teamfights, as he landed one multi-man Chronosphere after another to eventually force the GG call from Outsiders just before the 26-minute mark.
Daxak paced his team's 23-11 kill lead with seven kills while Larl on Zeus and Noticed on Beastmaster both had five takedowns of their own.
BetBoom is notably the second Eastern European team to qualify for TI11, with TI10 champions Team Spirit becoming the region's first representative by earning a direct invite.
TI11's regional qualifiers will be held from 3 to 17 September across the DPC's six regions: Western Europe, China, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America. The qualifiers will be played in three batches, with two regions playing in each batch.
The first batch of qualifiers from 3 to 7 September will feature Eastern Europe and South America. The second batch featuring China and North America will then take place from 8 to 12 September.
Finally, the last batch of qualifiers for Western Europe and Southeast Asia will be held from 13 to 17 September.
Three teams will fly to Singapore out of each qualifier. The winner of the qualifier will earn a spot in TI11's Group Stage while the second and third-placed teams will have to earn their spot in the LCQ.
For more details on the TI11 regional qualifiers, check here.
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BetBoom Team roster:
Nikita "Daxak" Kuzmin
Denis "Larl" Sigitov
Evgeniy "Noticed" Ignatenko
Vladimir "RodjER" Nikogosian
Akbar "SoNNeikO" Butaev
Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev
Danil "gpk" Skutin
Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin
Daniyal "yamich" Lazebnyy
Egor "Xakoda" Lipartiia
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