Kuku, T1 bow out in The International 10

Delfin Dioquino
Kuku, T1 bow out in The International 10

COMMENDABLE RUN. T1 returns to Southeast Asia $1 million richer from The International 10.

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T1 ends its maiden The International appearance after getting eliminated by Vici Gaming

Filipinos Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Karl “Karl” Baldovino bowed out of The International 10 as T1 finished at seventh to eight places after getting the boot in the third round of the lower bracket on Friday, October 15.

T1, one of the only two teams from Southeast Asia to qualify for the 10th edition of the Dota world championship, saw its admirable run come to an end following a 1-2 loss to Chinese squad Vici Gaming.

Karl led the way in a Game 1 win with 20 kills and 11 assists against 1 death on Lina, but T1 failed to close out the series as Vici Gaming completed a reverse sweep to advance.

It was still a commendable run for T1, considering the team saw action in The International for the first time and four of its five players debuted in the annual event currently being held in Bucharest, Romania.

Only Kuku has multiple The International appearances with five, the first four of which he did with TNC Predator.

T1 will take home $1,000,500 (around $50.7 million) from the total prize pool of $40,000,000 (around P2 billion).

Other Filipinos Abed “Abed” Yusop of North American powerhouse Evil Geniuses, and Djardel “DJ” Mampusti and Marc Polo “Raven” Fausto of Southeast Asian crew Fnatic all landed at 9th to 12th places.

Meanwhile, a new The International champion will be crowned as two-time defending titleholder OG crashed out in lower bracket after a stunning 0-2 sweep loss to Team Spirit.

Team Spirit, Team Secret, PSG.LGD, Vici Gaming, and Invictus Gaming are the only five teams left vying for the Aegis of Champions and the grand prize of $18,208,300 (around P923 million). –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.