Dendi And Team MR Bags First Victory At Rivalry Winter Blast
Posted 2nd January 2020 By: ThisIsSam    300 Views
Esports News – Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, the iconic Ukranian midlaner who helped cement Natus Vincere’s name in Dota 2 history, is back. After a long hiatus, Dendi announced the creation of his own squad, Team MR. And after only a month of action, the team along with Dendi claimed their first tournament win after two years at Moon Studio’s Rivalry Winter Blast in Europe.
A total of 10 Dota 2 teams competed at Rivalry Winter Blast for the title and the lion’s share of the $15,000 prize pool. The teams went past BO2 round-robin stages, BO3 double-elimination bracket, and BO1 grand final.
Team MR did not display a strong start, so it was definitely an upset. They only bagged the third seed in the group stage and earned a ticket to the lower bracket of the playoffs with a 4-4 tally. The team had to defeat Extremum, Nemiga Gaming, Team Empire Hope, and N0tail’s OG Seed before moving to the grand finals with Team Singularity. It’s worth noting that they only lost a single game to OG Seed, one of the top favorites in the tournament.
The grand finals pitted Team Singularity against Team MR for the first time in the tournament. And there, Team MR found its new momentum the fans never saw when they faced OG Seed. They used Chen heavily in the first two games to protect the entire team, but they sought out the help of Alchemist, Treant, and Shadow Shamen in the last game. With consistency, MR closed out the game with a 3-0 victory.
Dendi’s team bagged the title of the online competition and went home with a $7,500 prize money. It was Dendi’s first victory after the Adrenaline Cyber League 2017. Team Singularity came in second, followed by Team Empire Hope and Nemiga Gaming. N0tail’s OG Seed finished 5th-6th.
Team MR roster
Dendi launched his team in December. Since then, Team MR competed in minor qualifiers while using Team Spirit’s training facility. Team MR’s current roster will compete next at ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifiers in February.
Arslan “xannii” Shadjanov
Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Alexey “nongrata” Vasilyev
Rinat “KingR” Abdullin
Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović