On October 17th, Team Spirit defeated PSG.LGD three games to two to be crowned champions of The International 10 Dota 2 competition. As a result, the organization took home a grand prize of $18 million.
Team Spirit is the first team from the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region to win The International since NaVi won the inaugural tournament back in 2011. The CIS region is currently made up of 11 countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. Since the organization is based in Russia, Team Spirit received high praise from the country’s president, Vladimir Putin. A day after the team was crowned champions, Putin released a statement congratulating the esports organization.
“I congratulate you on your well-deserved victory at The International 2021 Dota 2 World Championship,” Putin said. “On the way to the final, you demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and cohesion, and in the decisive match, which became a real test of skill and character, you managed to concentrate and seize the initiative from strong rivals at the most crucial moment. In fact, we have proved that our esports athletes are always focused on results and are able to conquer any peaks.”
Team Spirit is a Russian gaming organization that was founded in 2015. Besides Dota 2, the business also supports rosters competing in CS:GO and Hearthstone.