North America is one day away from potentially having its first Major victory of the dota Pro Circuit era, with TSM handling Tundra Esports their first series loss of the event to reach the grand finals.
This will be the fourth straight DPC Major where an NA team has been present in the grand finals, with Evil Geniuses appearing and finishing second at the previous three, dating back to the DreamLeague Leipzig Major in January 2020.
Entering the upper bracket finals, Tundra hadn’t lost a match in Stockholm, but TSM was on a hot streak of vanquishing top European talent, having defeated OG and Gaimin Gladiators in the previous two rounds. That hot streak would continue despite a slow-burning game one loss at the hands of Nine’s Rubick and skiter’s Medusa.
Game two swing the exact opposite way as SabeRLighT- and Timado played some of their best dota of the event, helping their team rack up 51 total kills and evening the series. And, even after a slow start and taking six deaths before the 10-minute mark in game three, SabeRLighT-‘s Enigma helped TSM close out the series—and he finally got his high-five, too.