TSM, EG, Quincy Crew, Nouns to make NA Dota look great again
It’s not every day Dota 2 fans get excited about the North American scene. That was until TeamSoloMid broke the status quo, putting NA into the big picture. TSM won first runner-up at the Stockholm Major 2022, second only to team OG.
While many considered OG’s dumbfound power creep to be a massive fluke, TSM shouldn’t feel like they got the short end of the stick. After all, they were facing Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Sébastien “Ceb” Debs, who subbed during the major’s tenure.
TSM are suddenly favorites in Tour 3 of the Dota Pro Circuit, but the competition is stiffer then ever.
Evil Geniuses’ new roster with an old ally
Anyways, there is a lot more to the North American scene today than it was two seasons before. Back when Evil Geniuses were the sole powerhouse from the region, to ever give any major participants a run for their money.
Hence, it becomes a rather ironic topic to discuss about EG’s performance issues and what changed going into DPC Tour 3. For the uninitiated, EG kicked JerAx (Jesse Vainikka) in favor of Tal “Fly” Aizik, noting their poor judgment on what the team needed caused them the fiasco at the Stockholm Major.
Fly left after the International 10 (TI10) with unsatisfying results, ninth-place to be exact, and arguably their worst TI run by the record. Anyways, with Fly back on the playing field, EG is confident that they can finally return to its former glory.
Don’t count Quincy Crew and nouns out yet
Quincy Crew and nouns are North American candidates that have gone under the radar amidst the attention TSM and EG received.
For starters, Quincy Crew spots a new roster of former members for their third season’s run. While there’s no denying that Quincy Crew’s latest line-up didn’t live up to their expectations, we don’t know if recruiting the founding members again is the move forward. For the record, the founding Quincy Crew roster qualified for TI10, only to finish at twelfth after playing together for two years.
Not exactly something to brag about, considering they lost to OG, which at the time, had a handicap, Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan. Anyhow, desperate time calls for desperate measures, and Quincy Crew probably feels the synergy of their founding members, Quinn “Quinn” Callahan, Yawar “YawaR” Hassan, Rodrigo “LESLÃO” Santos, and Arif “MSS” Anwar.
That said, Quincy Crew does have an ace up their sleeves, notably Adrian “Fata” Trinks as their hard support and captain. The veteran may not have won the most majors or International championships, but he has consistently participated in every International.
Then, there are nouns, which is 4 Zoomers under a new namesake. Besides that, nothing has changed, but one can assume that they probably have better finance to sustain their competitive career. Perhaps that would assist in improving nouns in the grand scheme of things.
Besides having a sponsor, the roster is relatively consistent since their players, notably Nicolas “Gunnar” Lopez are well-regarded as veterans. Even if nouns did not make it into the majors or Internationals, they are still well above the average NA team in DPC NA Division 1.
Opening week matches at DPC NA Tour 3
With many strong rivals up for challenge, the first week of DPC NA Tour 3 will be a thrilling sight.
We kick off the first week with matches featuring EG, Quincy Crew, nouns, and TSM.
- EG versus nouns will be our first glimpse into whether EG’s gamble on Fly’s return worked. Nouns are by no means an impossible contender, but will still be formidable. Even so, not much has changed in EG since TI10, except for Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko, who is EG’s new offlaner. Since the past Tour and Stockholm Major have only been a fiasco for EG, we can’t be the best judge of Nightfall’s potential.
- Quincy Crew vs 5RATFORCESTAFF does not seem like an even match-up at first glance. However, 5RATFORCESTAFF went on an uncontested winning spree in Division 2 and might be problematic. We can at least gain some insights on how Quincy Crew’s ‘new roster’ operates under a seasoned drafter. On the other hand, 5RATFORCESTAFF might start their own magic run at qualifying for Arlington Major.
- Finally, there’s TSM vs The Cut, which will not be an even fight. TSM is the talk of the town and signifies the rise of the NA scene heading into the International 11. Thus, any match revolving TSM will be a treat for the fans.
For the most part, Stockholm Major felt incomplete without the participation of Chinese powerhouses, such as PSG.LGD or Xtreme Gaming. Hence, the NA teams will have to get ready for a tougher challenge than what Stockholm had to offer.