Team Spirit has done it: they have claimed The Aegis. The CIS team beat PSG.LGD, one of the most favored teams in the tournament, in a grueling Best-of-5 that almost saw a reverse sweep.
Team Spirit pulled off the unthinkable when they took down the Chinese juggernaut, PSG.LGD, in the grand finals of The International 2021 (TI10). Coming into the final day against all odds, Team Spirit defeated Team Secret 2-1 in the lower bracket finals and then went on to defeat the tournament favorites 3-2 in the grand finals. It is the first time a CIS team has won The International after Na’Vi did it at TI1 in 2011.
Team Spirit got to TI10 through qualifiers, barely made the upper bracket, dropped to the lower bracket on the first day of the playoffs and after that, just didn’t look back. The only thing they kept mentioning was they were playing for fun.
PSG.LGD, have finished 2nd, 3rd and 2nd in the last three TIs, and Ame is the only one who has been part of all three squads.
Team Spirit takes home $18,208,300 as cash prize, with $5,202,400 left for PSG.LGD. The DPC season for 2021-2022 will resume later this year, at a yet unspecified date from Valve.