By REYNALD MAGALLON
The Philippines may not have a squad in Dota 2’s The International, but the country is still well represented once the tournament kicks off in Bucharest, Romania on Thursday, October 7 (Manila time).
A total of five Filipinos will take part in the battle for the aegis of the champions in TI10 led by Dota 2 stars Carlo “Kuku” Palad of T1 and Djardel “DJ” Mampusti of Fnatic.
Karl “Karl” Jayme will join Kuku for his fifth consecutive appearance at TI, which is also set to make his Dota Pro Circuit crowning tournament debut. DJ, who is also on his fifth consecutive tour, is joined by Raven “Raven” Fausto who will be performing his fourth tour.
Abed “Abed” Yusop, in his fifth TI appearance, is the other Filipino in the tournament and will play for Evil Geniuses.
There will be an early clash between the Filipinos in the group stages as Kuku’s T1 and Abed’s EG were both drawn in the ‘Group of Death’ where they are joined by the two-time champions. international title OG. Top teams from Team Aster, Alliance, Virtus.pro, Team Undying and Thunder Predator complete Group A.
Fnatic, meanwhile, will be in Group B and face WePlay titlist AniMajor PSG.LGD, European powerhouse Team Secret, Vici Gaming, Quincy Crew, Elephant, Team Spirit, Beastcoast and SG Esports.
T1’s Kuku and Thai Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon, and Indonesian rookies Kenny “Xepher” Deo and Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon will open their campaign against Invictus Gaming while Abed and EG’s Atour “Arteezy” Babaev, Daryl “iceiceice” Pei Xiang, Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen and Tal “Fly” Aizik will face Team Aster in a Best-of-2 series 15 hours before. T1 and EG will face off later today at 7pm. EG will also end Day 1 with a clash with the Invictus game at 11pm.
DJ, along with Malaysian Ng Kee “ChYuan” Chyuan of Fnatic, Singaporean Yang “Deth” Wu Heng and Thailand’s Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, will make winning debuts against Vici Gaming in their first game at 5pm before facing off against Elephant at 9 p.m.
The top four teams in each group will advance to the top group playoffs while the team that finishes last in each group will be eliminated. The remaining teams, meanwhile, advance to the bottom bracket of the playoffs
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