5 more must-watch teams in the DPC Winter Tour Regional Finals

The 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Winter Tour Regional Finals concluded its first half for Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America last weekend, with Gaimin GladiatorsBOOM Esports, and Beastcoast being crowned champions of their respective regions.

Now it’s China, Eastern Europe, and North America’s turn to deliver some top-tier Dota 2 action. For the second half of the Winter Tour Regional Finals, here are our picks for the teams you should be watching:

Team Spirit

Team to beat in the DPC? Team Spirit (from left to right): Miroslaw
Team to beat in the DPC? Team Spirit (from left to right): Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov, Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek, Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov, Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk, and Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov. (Photo: Valve Software)

In Eastern Europe, there is no team that has garnered as much attention as The International 10 (TI10) champions Team Spirit. Traditionally, teams that win TI tend to have a weaker showing in the next season, but not Team Spirit.

Team Spirit are tied with South America’s Thunder Awaken as the best performing teams in the Winter League, with both teams taking 14 wins and only dropping a single game in their respective leagues. It’s an impressive record for Team Spirit as they are the team with the biggest target on their back.

In our analysis of the metagame in Eastern Europe, it was obvious teams from the region were strategizing to beat Team Spirit. Heroes such as Bane who thrive in other regions and is one of Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov’s signature heroes suffer in Eastern Europe due to other teams hyper-focusing on countering Team Spirit.

After winning TI10 and a dominant performance at the Winter League, nothing less than first place would satisfy Team Spirit and it’ll be fascinating to see how they aim to achieve that.https://dk79lclgtez2i.cloudfront.net/rU7MRm8

Team Spirit roster:

  1. Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk
  2. Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek
  3. Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  4. Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov
  5. Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov

Evil Geniuses

DPC returnee: Former OG position 4 support player and two-time The International champion Jesse
DPC returnee: Former OG position 4 support player and two-time The International champion Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka has come out of retirement to join North American powerhouse Evil Geniuses for the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit season. (Photo: Dota 2 TI Flickr)

For a while during the Winter League, it looked like Evil Geniuses (EG) were no longer the powerhouse North American team that they have been for years. After an expected win over Arkosh Gaming, EG lost against Black N Yellow and Wildcard Gaming in massive back-to-back upsets.

Since then, the team have managed to find their footing — aided by the fact that EG are currently the only team that have a two-time TI champion on their active roster.https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEY2jq_yAaY?rel=0

After a long hiatus from competitive Dota 2, former OG position 4 support Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka is back and playing with EG this time. He has also switched roles and now plays as the team’s position 5 support.

Jerax isn’t the only star on the Evil Genuises as they also field Twitch’s biggest streamer Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and MMR record breaker Azel “Abed” Yusop, the first player to reach 10K and 11K MMR.

Will Evil Geniuses reclaim their spot as the strongest team in North America? Dota 2 fans will find out in the upcoming Regional Finals.

Evil Geniuses roster:

  1. Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  2. Azel “Abed” Yusop
  3. Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko
  4. Andreas Franck “Cr1t-” Nielsen
  5. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka

Quincy Crew

Quincy Crew will be sporting a new international lineup for the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit that includes German offlaner Maurice
Quincy Crew (from left to right): Quinn “Quinn” Callahan, Yawar “YawaR” Hassan, Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann, Remus “ponlo” Goh Zhi Xian, and Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara. (Photo: Quincy Crew)

If there is one team in Dota 2 that represents determination and desire to win, it’s Quincy Crew. This team was founded four years ago and they keep getting better every year with the same core of players.

Quincy Crew’s players believe in themselves and have relied on nothing but their performance to stay in the competitive scenes. While other teams have big organizations and sponsors supporting them, Quincy Crew have no outside financial support and remain independent.

That independence has made Quincy Crew hungry for victory and they showed that during the Winter League as they were the best performing team in North America, winning six out of seven series. Their only loss was against EG.

Quincy Crew has had a fantastic Tour so far with their first place finish in the regional league, but time will tell if that momentum will be enough to crown them as the Regional Finals champions.

Quincy Crew roster:

  1. Yawar “YawaR” Hassan
  2. Quinn “Quinn” Callahan
  3. Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann
  4. Milan “MiLAN” Kozomara
  5. Remus “ponlo” Goh Zhi Xian

PSG.LGD

(Photo: Valve Software)
PSG.LGD (from left to right): Wang “Ame” Chunyu, Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang, Zhang “y`” Yiping, Zhao “XinQ” Zixing, and Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida. (Photo: Valve Software)

PSG.LGD are the best Dota 2 team in China. They have been extremely consistent for the last four years, getting second place at TI8 and TI10 and third place at TI9.

The superstar Chinese team’s heart and soul is carry player Wang “Ame” Chunyu, who has been described as the best Dota 2 player in the world by Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan during one of his streams.

Team Spirit’s carry player Ilya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk has even stated that Ame is his idol despite beating him in the TI10 grand finals.

Ame isn’t the only threat on PSG.LGD. Midlaner Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang is one of the few players to make it to 12,000 MMR and is also known as the best Tinker player in the world. NothingToSay’s Tinker was able to easily take a game off Team Spirit during the TI10 grand finals.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Us-aqFqAe60?clip=UgkxH2xUNP_z9tlPX9p2-fhq3qMNDPggNA0X&clipt=ELyKDxjM3RE

While PSG.LGD haven’t won a TI yet, they do have TI champions on the team with Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida and Zhang “y`” Yiping both hailing from Wings Gaming, the champions of TI6. The team coach Zhang “xiao8” Ning is also a TI winner, taking home the Aegis back in TI4 with Newbee.

The strongest Dota 2 team in arguably the strongest Dota 2 region. If there’s one team to watch in the upcoming weekend, it’s PSG.LGD.

PSG.LGD roster:

  1. Wang “Ame” Chunyu
  2. Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang
  3. Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida
  4. Zhao “XinQ” Zixing
  5. Zhang “y`” Yiping

Team Aster

(Photo: Team Aster/Intel)
(Photo: Team Aster/Intel)

Team Aster have a fascinating reputation in China. They are one of the strongest teams in the region, regularly winning massive tournaments such as the previous DPC season, both seasons of the I-league, and most recently Intel World Open Beijing.

Team Aster are a team to be feared, however, their strong results begin and end against other Chinese teams. When competing in International events featuring other regions, Team Aster have had a lackluster performance.https://www.youtube.com/embed/9uuI4KoMTJY?clip=Ugkx84wFmmTSSfGYomscoZ8Oz3DhPC0G7Mn-&clipt=EMWIGRiJ4Ro

Team Aster placed 9-12th in the last two Dota 2 Majors, taking home no DPC points or prize pool earnings. They were among the last placing teams in the International 10 that made it to the playoffs.

Will Team Aster continue to dominate the Chinese Region or will other teams figure them out? Either way, you can bet Dota 2 fans will be tuning in to see how Team Aster performs.

Team Aster roster:

  1. Du “Monet” Peng
  2. Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang
  3. Lin “Xxs” Jing
  4. Ye “BoBoKa” Zhibiao
  5. Yu “Siamese.C” Yajun

The Winter Tour Regional Finals will take place across the weekends of 11 to 13 February and 18 to 20 February, with three regions competing in each weekend. It will feature the Top 4 teams of the DPC’s six regions competing for their cut of a US$100,000 prize pool and all-important DPC points.

For everything you need to know about the Winter Tour Regional Finals, check here.

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