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TSM joins Dota 2 with Team Undying roster

After many years of deliberation and possibly peer pressure from fans, Team SoloMid (TSM) has officially entered the Dota 2 Esports arena, by signing the North American power-forward, Team Undying.

While TSM is a well-known force in esports such as League of Legends, CS:GO, and VALORANT, its name is unfamiliar to most Dota 2 fans. The move to bring up Undying for their Dota 2 debut is most likely a wise one for the organization.

Undying is not a new name; they made their debut at their first International last year and have stayed strong and consistent. The team’s independence in going two seasons without a sponsor will be an encouraging success story for fans who jump on the TSM bandwagon.

Undying established itself as a stack prior to the 2021 DPC season and rapidly became one of North America’s best teams. Under the guidance of veterans MoonMeander and DuBu, the lineup battled with the likes of Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew across both regional leagues.

Valve and its brainchild, the DPC system, deserve credit for this decision. The DPC system has evolved throughout time, but Valve’s most recent structure provides long-term grounds for developing new teams.

The Division 2 bracket is an outstanding demonstration of an amateur league done correctly. It prefers stability over one-time flukes, as the points distribution and ranking style clearly demonstrates. Teams who consistently finish in the top six in the Majors have a good chance of qualifying for the Internationals even if they do not win the championship.

What lies ahead for TSM

TSM, on the other hand, will most likely have a complete season to try to build the winning NA squad. With assured participation in Tour 2 Division 1 and at least Division 2 in Tour 3, the organization has an entire year to concentrate on solidifying the core of their Dota 2 journey.

Although Team Undying finished second in the DPC2021-22 Division 1, the fight isn’t over yet. In fact, TSM’s debut in the Regional Finals for North America is barely three weeks away. MoonMeander and his dependable stack will continue their season-long war with EG, albeit with a new name.

The roster is experienced by Dota criteria, and supporters believe they will be ranked among the top three teams in North America right away. They finished far higher in Division 1 than EG, although EG defeated them in their prior meeting. EG’s sloppy days are finished, and even the Division 1 champion, Quincy Crew, couldn’t beat them.

TSM’s daring foray into not only the Dota 2 scene but also the NA region, may serve as a starting point for more esports investors to invest in the scene.

It’s been over two years since fans had a powerhouse in NA other than Evil Geniuses, yet there are still quality teams without an organization or sponsor. For example, Quincy Crew, which took first place in the DPC2021-22 Tour 1 Division 1 bracket three years ago, is still unsponsored. Even 4 Zoomers with a solid fourth-place result might use a sponsor to fuel their pro career.