Tundra stomps Team Secret in a 3-0, wins The International 2022

By Kenneth Williams


Oct 30, 2022

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After three stomps in Singapore, Tundra Esports is the winner of The International 2022 grand final.

Tundra has officially won TI11 by running over Team Secret 3-0 in the grand final. The squad’s upper bracket run included wins over OG, Team Aster, and two triumphant series over Team Secret. With this victory, the mixed European squad has become one of the most storied rosters in the history of Dota 2. In addition, Tundra coach Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling has made history by becoming the first Dota 2 player to win The International as both a player and a coach.

Tundra wins The International 2022 grand final 3-0

The drafts for game one were spicy, with Liquid letting Leshrac through and picking Hoodwink with Tusk mid. Secret snap-picked the disco pony, but Remco “Crystallis” Arets’ carry Pudge failed to gain purchase as Tundra’s gank-heavy lineup ran over the lanes. A Rosh fight at 28 minutes led to a pierced high ground, and ten minutes of careful gameplay sealed the first game in Tundra’s favor.

Tundra went for a feisty Arc Warden in game two, but that allowed Secret mid Michał “Nisha” Jankowski to draft his signature Morphling. Both teams seemed confident in their late game with most towers still up after 25 minutes. The slow pace was interrupted by an awkward technical pause due to a courier bug.

After resuming, Tundra finally mustered together to threaten the barracks. The squad’s immense physical damage from Visage, Marci, and Chaos Knight took mega creeps in the blink of an eye with the ancient following shortly after. Tundra then stood on the precipice of fate with a 3-0 lead over Team Secret.

Down two games, Secret mastermind Clement “Puppey” Ivanov opted for tournament terrors Marci and Leshrac against Tundra’s heavy push lineup. The lanes favored Secret, but Tundra dove tier two mid at 16 minutes to claim Nisha’s streak and stall the dire side’s momentum. A series of bloody minute-long team fights preceded severe technical difficulties, but when the dust settled, Tundra had earned a 4,000 gold lead.

A successful Roshan lead to even more map advantage for Tundra, which Oliver “skiter” Lepko’s Medusa was more than happy to farm. Arriving at the top barracks at 35 minutes, Tundra committed to the siege while Secret dropped like flies to Tiny Toss and Split Shot pressure. After a few more feeble attempts, Nisha was caught out of position with no buyback, leading to an ancient blitz.

Tundra The International 2022 Dota 2 championship roster

The Tundra roster that won The International 2022 grand final will take home the Aegis of Champions and the grand prize of over $8.5 million.

  • Oliver “skiter” Lepko
  • Leon “Nine” Kirilin
  • Neta “33” Shapira
  • Martin “Saksa” Sazdov
  • Wu “Sneyking” Jingjun
  • Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling (Coach)

Runner-up of the event Team Secret sported the following players and coach. The squad will take home 13% of the prize pool at approximately $2,447,446.

  • Remco “Crystallis” Arets
  • Michał “Nisha” Jankowski
  • Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok
  • Baqyt “Zayac” Emiljanov
  • Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
  • Lee “Heen” Seung Gon (Coach)

Both Tundra and Secret will enter as serious contenders for the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit season, which will start up with a few changes early in 2023. That season will also introduce a brand new hero to Dota 2 in Muerte, who was revealed just before the decisive best-of-five. While competitive matches will be on hold for a while following TI11, Dota 2 esports fans can look forward to the traditional post-TI roster shuffle.