Team Spirit lost to Team Aster with a score of 0:2 and got eliminated from ESL One Berlin Major 2023, having lost two matches in a row in the playoffs of the tournament. This event caused quite a loud reaction in the Dota 2 community, and Spirit players also did not stand aside and commented on their latest results.
Commentator Vladimir 'Maelstrom' Kuzminov believes that this situation cannot be easily corrected, and the team will have to carry out a very voluminous and comprehensive work on mistakes. According to Vladimir's observations, after the release of patch 7.33, the team suffered from all aspects of the game, from the draft stage to individual performances, where the team's midlaner Larl was the main focus of criticizm.
Alexey 'STORM' Tumanov has a similar point of view. The Ukrainian commentator noted that Spirit players are failing at the second Major in a row and that it is time for the management to conduct a "debriefing" and "start all over again".
A more radical point of view was expressed by analyst Khaled 'sQreen' El-Habbash and content maker Timur 'TraVoMaN' Khafizov. The first one believes that this roster of the team is no longer able to fight for the highest places, and the second one called the team's performance "a real cringe".
Spirit players said that their performance at ESL One Berlin Major 2023 was affected by a disturbed sleep pattern, however, this argument also drew criticism. Commentator Nikita '4ce' Kotkov noted that this is a problem, but also stated that it sounds ridiculous from the Dota 2 world champions. Maelstrom cited his daily routine as an example, when, after commenting on the last games of the day, he not only had time to sleep, but also had an hour of spare time left.
The captain of the dragons, Yaroslav 'Miposhka' Naydenov, said that, in his opinion, led to the defeat.
"We just played poorly. We're in a bit of a bad shape right now, even during drafts. When we're leading, we still play like bots, to be honest, we don't make any moves on the map, we don't react to the opponents' actions. I don't know, what happened in this tournament. At the group stage, everything was fine more or less, but this series with Gaimin Gladiators, I think, broke us. Sh*t happens, but we will come back stronger," told the captain of the dragons, Yaroslav 'Miposhka' Naydenov.