Gaimin put NA and SA Dota down in a brutal 2-0 shellacking in the TI12 Lower Bracket.

Gaimin Gladiators has swept Nouns Esports 2-0 in the Lower Bracket of The International 2023, TI12. Gaimin clean-swept the North American squad in pair of uncharacteristically short matches in the first match of The International’s main event on Oct. 27.

In a match that some dubbed the battle of web 3.0 sponsors (Gaimin is a NFT and Blockchain developer, while Nouns a decentralized autonomous organization based on NFT ownership), Gaimin bucked the current TI12 meta of late-scaling carries like Dark Willow, or as Nouns picked for their first match, Terrorblade. Instead after dominating the late with the likes of Marcus "Ace" Christensen’s Tidehunter, the squad were able to push lanes and take down their opponents deep inside Dire territory.

In game two, things didn’t go much better for Nouns as Ace this time picked up Lone Druid, and used the incredible pushing power of the Bear to incredible effect. 

(Image via Gaimin Gladiators)
(Image via Gaimin Gladiators)

But while the Cores and Carries were important for the speed of the victory, the secret weapon was none other than Chen, played by Melchior "Seleri" Hillenkamp. The classic zoo support was able to provide endless utility and pushing power to the squad leading to victory over Nouns in both games, including a 25-minute stomp in game two of the TI12 lower bracket match.

With the defeat, North America and South America have lost their last hopes of lifting the Aegis of Champions. Nouns some of both NA and SA’s most notable players including Héctor "K1" Rodríguez and Héctor "K1" Rodríguez. Fittingly, this was done by none other than Quinn "Quinn" Callahan, the NA star who departed the region to find success in Gaimin Gladiators. Nouns leaves TI12 with a prize of approximately $78,000. 

Gaimin on the other hand continues on to potentially make history. If they win TI, they’ll become the most dominant team in the history of professional Dota 2, having won all Majors this year, and several Tier 1 tournaments.


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