Team Spirit defeat new OG at OGA Dota PIT EU/CIS Season 5 semis

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Team Spirit at a press conference in Moscow, Russia. The reigning TI champions defeated OG's new look roster 2-1 at the OGA Dota Pit EU/CIS season 5 semi-finals on 16 December 2021. (Photo: Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)
Team Spirit at a press conference in Moscow, Russia. The reigning TI champions defeated OG's new look roster 2-1 at the OGA Dota Pit EU/CIS season 5 semi-finals on 16 December 2021. (Photo: Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)

The International 10 (TI10) champions Team Spirit are looking every bit like the reigning Dota 2 world champions we've all come to know as they defeated an ascendant young OG squad 2-1 in the upper bracket semi-finals of the OGA Dota PIT EU/CIS Season 5 tournament on Thursday (16 December).

It was notably the first meeting between the two teams since Spirit ended OG's hopes for a three-peat at TI10 on their way to winning the championship.

However, OG now fielded an entirely new roster as the players that they competed with at TI10 have all either departed, retired, or taken a break from competitive play.

Even if Spirit were matched up against a different OG roster from the one they faced at TI10, there was still a lot of hype around the series. 

The new-look OG roster have thus far exceeded expectations, currently holding a 2-1 record in the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Western European regional league Division I, which included a resounding 2-0 sweep over Team Secret to start the season

Spirit looked as dominant they did when they eliminated the old OG roster from TI10 in the opening game of their match against the new squad. 

Alexander "TORONTOTOKYO" Khertek on Storm Spirit and Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov on Legion Commander dominated the laning phase and allowed the reigning champions to snowball to an easy 25-minute victory.

Spirit more than quadrupled OG's kill score, 33-7, with TORONTOTOKYO notably notching a series-high 16 kills and six assists against zero deaths in the stomp.

The new OG squad seemed unfazed by their demoralizing loss in game one and managed to bounce back in a 47-minute game two behind a strong performance from its young cores. 

Artem "Yuragi" Golubiev on Queen of Pain and Bozhidar "bzm" Bogdanov on Templar Assassin combined for 24 of their team's 35 total kills, leading the way for OG as they forced the series to a deciding game three.

OG looked to overwhelm Spirit in the decider, as they put rising star offlaner Ammar "AMMAR_THE_F" Al-Assaf on Nightstalker to give Yuragi's carry Weaver and bzm's Tinker openings to dish out a lot of damage from long range. 

Meanwhile, Spirit looked to survive OG's early aggression and outscale them in the midgame behind Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk's carry Slardar, TORONTOTOKYO's Shadow Fiend, and Collapse's Beastmaster.

OG went on the offensive early on, as expected, but were unable to secure a significant advantage or shut down the progression of Spirit's cores. Once their lineup hit its power spike in the midgame, the reigning champions dominated the teamfights and steadily choked out OG en route to a 40-minute victory.

Yatoro notched 11 kills and 12 assists against two deaths to pace Spirit's 29-24 kill advantage, serving as both a tank and a damage-dealer for his team as they secured the 2-1 series victory.

With their win, Spirit are through to the upper bracket finals of OGA Dota PIT EU/CIS Season 5, where they will face Team Secret on 20 December. 

Meanwhile, OG drop down to the second round of the lower bracket, where they will face Team Liquid for the right to continue in the tournament.

OGA Dota PIT EU/CIS Season 5 features eight of the best teams from both Western and Eastern Europe; including Team Spirit, OG, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, Nigma Galaxy, Natus Vincere, and Alliance; battling from 13 to 20 December for a cut of the tournament's US$175,000 prize pool. 

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

OG Dota 2 roster:

  1. Artem "Yuragi" Golubiev

  2. Bozhidar "bzm" Bogdanov

  3. Ammar "AMMAR_THE_F" Al-Assaf

  4. Tommy "Taiga" Le

  5. Mikhail "Misha" Agatov

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