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We did a lot of hard work for The International — the hardest boot camp we ever had.



TEAM Spirit walks away with a hefty cash prize following a 3-2 win over PSG.LGD in The International 10. / PHOTOGAPH COURTESY OF TEAM SPIRIT

Russian squad Team Spirit became an instant millionaire following an impressive 3-2 win over PSG.LGD in the grand finals of The International 10 Monday morning (Manila time) at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.

Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk, Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek, Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov, Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov and Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov defied the odds when they ruled the Eastern European Qualifier last June before crawling their way to the Aegis of the Immortal in the lower bracket to conquer the biggest, most prestigious Esports tournament in the world.

Team Spirit also sent two-time champion and fan-favorite OG packing in the lower bracket battle, 2-0, to underscore its dominance in this 10-day battle that featured the world’s best DOTA 2 teams.

With that, Team Spirit pocketed a total prize money of $18,208,300 — or roughly P925 million.

“We did a lot of hard work for The International — the hardest boot camp we ever had. I honestly do not know (why we won). It just happened,” Team Spirit captain Miposhka said after completing one of the biggest upsets in all of Esports.

“Maybe someone in the team knows what is going to happen because we won such a big prize. Do we really need to play DOTA after this? I have no idea who is going to work now.”

Magnus served as key in winning Games 1 and 2 for Team Spirit as Collapse looked absolutely unstoppable with his comfort hero.

They were one win away from snatching the Aegis of the Immortal until LGD’s Wang “Ame” Chunyu, Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang, Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida, Zhao “XinQ” Zixing and Zhang “y” Yiping, finally figured out to counter Magnus with a Rubick, Undying, Spectre, Bloodseeker, and Tinker while LGD countered with Tiny, Lycan, Kunkka, Skywrath Mage and Enchantress.

Game 5 looked the closest and most even round the entire series in the early going as both teams scored seven kills each by the 20:00 mark with LGD having the slight lead on gold by 2,000.

A wandering Kunkka in the middle lane was caught with a Skewer six minutes later, which allowed Spirit to break a tier two tower.

The moment Skywrath and Enchantress stepped out of the base, they were also caught by Collapse’s Magnus adding two more kills to Spirit’s growing tally.

LGD was in a world of trouble from there on as it only took Spirit 4 minutes to break the tier three tower in the bottom and middle lane, thanks to a buffed-up Terrorblade backed with an 8,000 gold advantage.

Spirit went for the Dire base at the 33:00 mark, but LGD miraculously held their ground by tapping their buybacks that stopped Spirit on their tracks.

LGD, however, did not have the firepower to sustain a toe-to-toe battle with Spirit to the bitter end.

After losing three heroes in a clash near the Roshan pit, Spirit went charging to the Dire ancient guarded only by an overmatched Skywrath Mage.

It took one more blink and Skewer combo to eliminate Skywrath Mage to finally force LGD to call GG at the 36:44 mark of Game 5.

It was such a heartbreaking loss for LGD as it fell short anew after fading in The International 8 in 2018 and bombing out in the finals of The International 9 in 2019.

Although it is not coming home with the Aegis, LGD is still a millionaire with more than $5 million pot money and Team Secret won more than $3 million for its third-place finish and fourth Invictus Gaming pocketed more than $2 million.