The Rise of the Underdog: North America’s Triumph
The International 2023, an event filled with anticipation, has become a stage for unexpected turns. One of the most shocking developments was North America’s nouns triumphing over the reigning champions, Tundra Esports. Tundra’s decision to choose nouns as their opponents backfired dramatically. Whether it was K1’s aggressive strategies or Gunnar’s unpredictable plays on Earth Shaker and Ogre Magi, nouns dominated, showcasing that they were not a team to be underestimated.
In a nail-biting Game one, the scales tilted in favor of nouns post the 20-minute mark. By Game two, it became evident that the momentum was entirely with the North American team. They not only pushed the TI11 champions to the lower bracket but also solidified their position in the top-12, a commendable feat given their entry through regional qualifiers. As a fan humorously mentioned on Reddit, “nouns really said its Ogre time and Ogred all over Tundra’s face.”
anyone order a teamwipe? #TI12 ⌐◨-◨ pic.twitter.com/g9AB9kk24o
— Nouns Esports ⌐◨-◨ (@nounsesports) October 16, 2023
An Unpredictable Series of Events
Though nouns’ victory was the talk of the town, it wasn’t the sole upset of the day. LGD Gaming, consistent as always, secured a 2-0 win against Keyd Stars. However, the match between BetBoom and 9Pandas was a testament to their familiarity with each other’s strategies and gameplay. The series was unpredictable, with multiple lead changes in the first game. But with kiyotaka’s outstanding performance as Lina in Game two and RAMZES shining in Game three, 9Pandas sealed their victory.
This win has significant implications for both teams. BetBoom now teeters on the brink of elimination, while 9Pandas gear up to face their familiar adversaries, LGD Gaming, for the fourth consecutive time in TI playoffs. Their previous record stands at 1-2 against LGD, setting the stage for a thrilling match-up.
Azure Ray’s match against Entity was another highlight, although this was an anticipated victory. The former controlled Game one, patiently navigating through Entity’s defense, and by Game two, secured their win, even as Entity threatened a late comeback.
The Shattered Dominance of Western Europe
As the playoffs approach, the once dominant Western Europe finds itself in a precarious position. Despite starting as the favored region, only Team Liquid remains in the upper bracket. Powerhouses like Tundra and Gaimin Gladiators face an uphill battle. On the other hand, Eastern Europe shines with three teams in the playoffs, and China’s representatives are looking more formidable than ever.
In a surprising twist, South America finds itself in a vulnerable position, with not a single team in the upper bracket. This puts the region on the verge of a possible early exit from TI12, especially as Evil Geniuses lock horns with Gaimin and KStars gear up against BetBoom.
The Unpredictability of TI12
The International 2023 has been a roller coaster of emotions, unexpected victories, and surprising defeats. While former champions struggle to find their footing, underdogs are rising to the occasion, making TI12 one of the most unpredictable tournaments in Dota2 esports history. As fans across the globe gear up for the playoffs on October 20th, one thing is certain – nothing can be taken for granted.