Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Karl “Karl” Baldovino of T1 wound up as the last Filipinos standing in The International 10 after Abed “Abed” Yusop and Evil Geniuses suffered a stunning exit on Thursday, October 14.
Southeast Asia powerhouse T1 advanced to the third round of the lower bracket and guaranteed itself of a top-eight finish after making quick work of European squad Alliance, 2-0, in their best-of-three series.
Kuku starred in Game 1 with 4 kills and 15 assists against 3 deaths on Magnus, while Karl led the way in Game 2 with 18 kills and 8 assists against 2 deaths on Ember Spirit.
With the sweep, T1 will take home at least $1,000,500 (around P50.8 million) from the $40 million (around P2 billion) prize pool of the Dota 2 world championship being held in Bucharest, Romania.
Meanwhile, Abed and Evil Genuises got the boot following a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to Chinese crew Vici Gaming as they collapsed in the last two games after nailing the opening match.
It was a disappointing turn of events for the North American giants, given that Evil Geniuses topped the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit rankings in total points.
Also, the Chinese curse continued for Evil Geniuses.
Evil Geniuses settled for runner-up finishes in the ONE Esports Singapore Major and WePlay Animajor earlier this year after succumbing to Chinese squads Invictus Gaming and PSG.LGD, respectively.
Finishing at 9th-to-12th places, Abed and Evil Geniuses still raked in $800,400 (around P40.6 million).
Other Filipinos Djardel “DJ” Mampusti and Marc Polo “Raven” Fausto of Fnatic also landed at 9th-to-12th place.
T1 and Vici Gaming will tangle in the lower bracket on Friday. – Rappler.com