posted by Brasozial,
In this first episode of players who have been waiting for another tournament victory, we’ll focus on players attending the last round of the DPC only.
Artem 'fng' Barshack is the mastermind behind Gambit Esports and and the reason why the CIS squad has been doing so well lately. The Belarussian captain played for several renown East-European teams such as Vega Squadron, Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere or Team Spirit.
However, he hasn’t won a tournament in quite a while. His last victory was at the Almeo Esports Cup in 2017. He attended the event with Team Spirit. They were by far the strongest team in the tournament at which only eight teams competed.
If we look back at relevant tournaments with strong international lineups, we have to go all the way back to DreamLeague Season 3. Back then, he won the tournament with Virtus.pro alongside Ilya 'Illidan Stormrage' Pivtsaev and Ilya 'Lil' Ilyuk.
Dominik 'Black^' Reitmeier has been in kind of an on-and-off relationship with Dota 2 in the last years. The German carry played for teams such as Team Faceless*, Mousesports* and Fnatic, but had his biggest success with the Chinese team Vici Gaming.
His last championship dates back to Black^'s time at Vici, when they won The Summit 2 in December 2014. This was more than four and a half years ago. VG beat Team Secret in an amazing best-of-five series.
Secret was also a very talented outfit back in the day with Kuro S. 'KuroKy' Takhasomi and Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov, Tal 'Fly' Aizik, Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein and Gustav 's4' Magnusson. All of them have won a TI in the meantime (if they hadn’t at that point).
But back to Black^: it's about time that he takes home another trophy! With joining Infamous he won't be a favourite at the Major, but by qualifying for WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon they can win their first LAN.
Otávio 'tavo' Gabriel is playing for a squad outside of South America for the first time in his career. The Brazilian offlaner joined compLexity Gaming after lack of success with Chaos Esports Club.
It's his chance to prove that he can suceed with line-ups outside of his region. So far he played for Chaos, paiN Gaming and SG e-sports - all Brazilian institutions. In fact, he hasn't won an international tournament yet, although all his teams had minor and major success against the best teams in the world.
His last tournament victory was the Brasil Game Cup in October 2017, back then when he played with Midas Club Elite alongside William 'hFnk3' Medeiros.
Zakari 'ZfreeK' Freedman is a veteran in the North American scene and quite unusual, because he's been playing for one team almost five years. Since he joined compLexity Gaming, he has never worn another jersery - despite of lacking success.
It's true that compLexity has had some more or less good results over the last years, but they havn't won a single LAN tournament so far. This means Zfreek has never taken home a trophy. Maybe the rebranding will bring fresh wind to compLexity to finally get their hands on a championship.
Which other players should win another trophy?
Photo credit: DreamHack - Adela Sznajder/ StarLadder