SEA Dota is once again on its rise. Multiple professional teams from the region are performing better than before and are dominating the DPC scene. Recently, T1 defeated Virtus Pro 3-2 to win the ESL One Summer 2021 grand finals. The team had its ups and downs throughout the tournament. However, the SEA squad still managed to beat the odds and win the title.
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T1 also faced Virtus Pro into the upper bracket finals, where Virtus Pro crushed the roster and sent them to the lower brackets. T1 then faced Team Alliance into the lower bracket finals. Team Alliance had no answers to the SEA squad as they lost the series 0 – 2. With this victory over one of the strongest teams in the competitive Dota, T1 came out confident into the grand finals.
Epic Grand Finals
The grand finals of the ESL One Summer had a best-of-five series to crown the winner. Both teams fought and represented their best forms to take the competition till the last game. With this much of Dota, the weekend for the fans just got better.
Virtus Pro to Dominate
T1 secured a smooth game 1 in 31 minutes by just outplaying Virtus Pro at every moment. However, Virtus Pro responded back by winning two consecutive games after that. VP first took the lead and it all looked like the CIS squad will take the crown and win the ESL One Summer. However, T1 had planned something else and they came out with a different strategy.
Comeback is Real
T1 came out stronger in Game 4. The team did not let Virtus Pro use their strategy on them and held the game for a long time. As T1 had a better late-game draft, the team won several team fights in the end and closed the game at the 43-minute mark. This win pushed the series into a decider in which both teams had the chance to win the title. However, T1 looked stronger than before in the last game and Virtus Pro ran out of all the answers. Eventually, Virtus Pro tapped out and called GG at the 42-minute mark.
Prize Pool and The International
T1 did not only win the title of ESL One Summer, but the squad also bagged a $175,000 prize pool. Similarly, with their current rankings, both teams are already qualified for The International 10 that will take place in August of this year.
T1’s Current Roster
T1’s current roster is stronger than ever. The team has managed to beat the biggest teams in the DPC. The official roster of the team includes Karl ‘Karl’ Baldovino, Kenny ‘Xepher’ Deo, Carlo ‘KuKu’ Palad, Nuengnara ‘23Savage’ Teeramahanon, and Matthew ‘Whitemon’ Filemon.
T1 is currently one of the most dangerous teams in the SEA region of the game. The team is also going to The International 10 where it will continue its run. With the current performance, T1 has a huge chance to win the tournament for the first time.