Dota 2 The International 10 Team Profile: Beastcoast

by in Dota 2 | Oct, 1st 2021

We’ve extensively covered all the teams participating at The International 10 for Dota 2 that made it to the event through The International 10’s regional qualifiers. Now, we’re looking at the teams who made it to The International 10 based on their performance throughout the year. Beastcoast is currently ranked 11th in the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit rankings, only two positions ahead of the cutoff point for qualified participants. So what makes Beastcoast an exciting team to watch if they managed to qualify for the biggest event in Dota 2 barely? What is it about this Peruvian team that draws the fascination of not just their home country but the world? 

We talked a little bit about South America’s role in the international Dota 2 scene when we looked at Brazilian team SG esports. Still, we didn’t dive into the Peruvian scene and its relevance to Dota 2. It’s something SG esports player Costabile makes a note of in an interview for the South American Dota Pro Podcast, describing how Peru’s Dota 2 culture led Peruvian teams to surpass most North American teams except for teams like Quincy Crew and Evil Geniuses.

Peru leads the Americas region in enthusiasm, talent development, and LAN competition as the cabina culture of Peru has influenced video game culture in the country. It’s something I’m familiar with as a Peruvian-American who grew up in the country while I was young, and it’s how I got started in Dota. It’s a significant part of youth culture for those who grew up in the 2000s up until the mid-2010s. 

In a dissertation presented by Victoria Holmes at the Institute of Latin-American Studies at the University of London, Peruvian net cafes or ‘cabinas’ “are particularly well used by young people, and have become popular meeting places, alongside the more established locations (the parroquías, discotecas, chichódromos, canchitas de futbol).”

As many Peruvians did not have personal computers, cabinas were an alternative solution for accessing the internet and connecting to a broader world. An Apoyo survey analyzed by Ana Maria Fernandez Maldono found that more than half of cabina users in Lima, Peru, could be classified as low to very low-income groups. This economic trend has helped establish cabinas not only as a sensible, cheap solution to a larger infrastructural problem but as a cultural milestone, and Dota 2 continues to influence Peru’s cabina culture to this day. 

It’s from this culture that Beastcoast comes from, where the difficulty is constant, but you continue to move forward. It’s why everyone gets excited when they take the stage to challenge Dota 2’s most prolific teams from the game’s strongest regions. Peru is the global underdog in Dota 2, working with limited resources, infrastructural disadvantage, and the ire of the entire world, and Beastcoast is their best representative. 

We’ve been doing team profiles on Dota 2 teams participating at The International 10. Leading up to the first day of group stages, the goal is to provide detailed team profiles on all teams competing to give new viewers and returning fans improved insight for this year’s event. Check out profiles we’ve published on Team UndyingElephantOGTeam Spirit, and Fnatic if you’re curious. As always, stay on the lookout for more blogs on The International 10 to come in the future.

Who Are Beastcoast? The Peruvian Dota 2 Team Making Waves at the International 10

After failing to qualify for The International 2019, Beastcoast saw their majority North American roster split up and depart to other teams. In October of 2019, Beastcoast would sign former Infamous players playing together as Team Anvorgesa. In their brief tenure as Infamous, Team Anvorgesa would qualify for The International 2019 a few months before their switch to Beastcoast. They posted impressive results in a group containing last year’s champions OG and teams like, Evil Geniuses, and Vici Gaming. Infamous managed to tie most of their games in the round-robin, except against Fnatic, who beat 2-0. Infamous would also lose their series against OG and netting them 5th place in their group.

In the playoffs stage, Infamous managed to beat Newbee, who were fielding a North American roster composed of now Quincy Crew players YawaR, CCnC, and MSS, along with Sneyking and Swedish veteran pieliedie. Many considered this Newbee roster a gatekeeper for Americas region teams attempting to climb out of the lower bracket, so when Newbee faced Infamous in round 2 of the lower bracket, many expected Infamous to fall. Infamous, however, managed to win their series 2-1 to face up against one of Europe’s best teams: Team Secret. 

Scofield and StingeR had faced Team Secret a year prior, playing against them in the group stages of ESL One Katowice 2018. The match was a best-of-one affair that saw the more experienced Team Secret quickly dispatch the South American hopefuls. Their game at The International 2019 was more competitive, with Infamous applying pressure to secret early in the first game and driving their advantage deep into Team Secret’s base. 

After nearly 58 minutes of play, Infamous was exhausted and could not execute their highly aggressive play against a restabilized Team Secret. Team Secret would win the second game with little effort as they adapted well to Infamous’ tower dives and constant fighting. Unfortunately, Team Secret would take advantage of MidOne’s super late game Earthshaker and Nisha’s Faceless Void to come back strong and win against what could have been a certain Infamous victory.

Infamous would take 8th place at The International 2019 and depart from the Infamous organization to try and find more stability outside of the fairly chaotic South American Dota 2 scene. Once they signed to Beastcoast, they took 4th place at ESL One Hamburg 2019, 8th at the Chengdu Major 2019, and 7th at Dreamleague Season 13: The Leipzig Major in early 2020.

Overall, Beastcoast provided the Peruvian squad with a stable environment to compete in and grow as a team. They showed strong results at offline events throughout 2019, leading into the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, where Beastcoast, unfortunately, hit a bit of a roadblock.

Beastcoast – Recent Results & Roster Changes

The 2020 global pandemic stopped Beastcoast’s international competition, which the team desperately needed to remain competitive on a global scale. The team showed they were already competing at the height of their ability in South America and North America and needed LAN experience to keep growing. 

While the team had shown excellent results on LAN, they began to suffer in online events that grouped North American and South American teams, forcing Beastcoast to compete on a ping disadvantage against teams like Evil Geniuses, Quincy Crew, and CR4ZY a headache. These teams enjoyed better networking infrastructure than what Beastcoast had available. 

While the team won ESL One Los Angeles Online: South America, they would show disappointing results at ESL One Birmingham Online, BTS Pro Series, and Dota Summit 13 Online: Americas. Beastcoast would finish 4th at Realms Collide in November 2020, ending their 2020 season on a lackluster note.

The team would see an improved format in 2021 that included regional leagues that led up to two LAN Majors for the 2021 season. Beastcoast would qualify for the Singapore Major by winning season 1 of the OGA DPC South America Regional League but be unable to attend due to StingeR’s exposure to COVID-19. The team would again qualify for the second major of the season – the WePlay AniMajor, taking second in Season 2 of the OGA DPC league after losing a best-of-one tiebreaker to NoPing e-sports.  

Unfortunately, by the time Beastcoast made it to the AniMajor, the ring rust had set in, and the team was not performing to their potential. Beastcoast lost most of their games 0-2 and could only manage ties against Team Spirit, Evil Geniuses, and Team Liquid, causing them to fall to last place in the round-robin and be eliminated from the event. However, due to the DPC points they received from their placements at the South American regional league, Beastcoast was able to qualify for the Dota 2 The International 10 event.

Beastcoast would return to a semi-LAN environment at ESL One Fall 2021, where they played against other TI10 qualified teams and teams like Tundra Esports, Team Empire, and Creepwave. Beastcoast would win against PSG.LGD in their group’s round-robin and manage ties against other teams except for SG e-sports, which they would win against 2-0.

The playoff stages would see Beastcoast drop to the lower bracket by the event’s champions, Tundra Esports. Their unfamiliarity against their opponent T1 would lead to Beastcoast dropping out of the event and securing sixth place. Beastcoast’s match against T1 would see Beastcoast overfeeding in attempts to put team fight pressure on Southeast Asia’s top team. Beastcoast would be unable to handle the pressure of a fed mid Keeper of the Light who could push lanes and secure a farm for T1’s 23 Savage, who could set up a good Chronosphere that his team could capitalize on, leading to Beastcoast’s demise. 

Beastcoast – Predictions for The International 10 for Dota 2

Overall, Beastcoast saw signs of life during 2021 after a disappointing pandemic year. Now that the Peruvian team has adjusted to playing on equal ping and no longer needs to compensate for their region’s inherent disadvantage, there’s a strong chance that they’ll create opportunities for themselves to net surprise wins against the strongest teams competing at The International 10. 

If there’s one word to describe Beastcoast’s play style on LAN, it’s maximalist. Beastcoast enjoys playing heroes that have reliable teamfight presence and can establish early-game pressure through ongoing team fights. It’s one of the reasons why fans from across the globe enjoy watching Beastcoast play, as the team loves to play risky, flashy Dota 2 with lots of big spells and big plays. We can expect the Dota 2 team Beastcoast to turn the knob to 11 at The International 10. 

Due to the team’s history of having to play on ping disadvantage, this has created an aggressive mentality within the team to try and create as much space as possible for their carry player K1, who shows patience, resolve, and steel nerves in the chaos his teammates create on the map. Expect K1 to perform well on late-game cores like Phantom Lancer and Spectre, who suit his patient playstyle. However, teams should be wary of his Wraith King, a hero with whom he feels immensely comfortable rotating to fights. 

If you’re new to Dota 2 or haven’t watched in a while, Beastcoast is a team to watch as they play a super active style of Dota that they will bring to The International 10. Beastcoast will have to contend against the other South American teams familiar with them and can easily take games off them on a bad day. Beastcoast must get through North American teams like Quincy Crew and Evil Geniuses to post good results during the group stages at The International 10 for Dota 2. 

A key match to keep an eye out for will be Beastcoast against Team Secret. Team Secret has routinely stood in Beastcoast’s way in international competition and has routinely eliminated them from several events. While Team Secret vs. Beastcoast isn’t a grudge match, Team Secret represents a hurdle that Beastcoast has yet to overcome. If Beastcoast can manage to win against Team Secret, it’s a good omen for how far they’ll go in the tournament.

The hopes and dreams of Peru reside with Beastcoast. Beastcoast is possibly the best representative for Peru and South American Dota 2 competing at The International 10. While many don’t expect much from this region, everyone secretly hopes to see Beastcoast do well, simply because their participation means so much for a region that has received so little. 


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