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T1 Disbands Entire DOTA 2 Roster; Future Plans Unclear

T1 Disbands Entire DOTA 2 Roster; Future Plans Unclear
  • PublishedNovember 20, 2022

Many fans expected T1 to rebuild after their disappointing finish in the 2021-2022 DPC Season. T1 parted ways with their coach, Park “March” Tae-Won, and two players namely Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Kenny “Xepher” Deo three weeks ago. The rebuild seems imminent when the coach and two players left the team. However, to the surprise of many, T1 decided to completely disband their remaining roster.

via T1’s Official Twitter Account

“Today, we decided to disband our #DOTA2 roster. We thank ‘Topson’, ‘ana’, ‘Kuku’, ‘Xepher’ and ‘Whitemon’ for their time with us. We wish them the best of luck for the future. Thank you #T1Nation for supporting us since the beginning!” 

T1 announced the full departure of their entire DOTA 2 roster. Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, Anathan “Ana” Pham, Carlo “Kuku” Palad, Kenny “Xepher” Deo, and Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon are now free agents and looking for a new home for the next DPC Season. 

Former TI champions Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Anathan “Ana” Pham is now without a team once again. Topson has been vocal about his wanting to return to Europe and play professionally as a DOTA 2 player. Ana however will most likely return to retirement as he has stated no announcement that would merit his desire to play once more. 

Following T1’s official announcement regarding the disbandment of their DOTA 2 roster, rumors have circulated that the organization will pull out of the DOTA 2 scene entirely. While these are only rumors, the fans pointed out that the poster of the announcement included “2019-2022” which may be a tell-tale sign of T1 pulling out of DOTA 2. 

T1 was a premier South East Asia DOTA 2 team, especially in 2021. They were the hope of the South East Asia region in The International 2021. The team made great strides early on in the tournament placing in the Top 4 in the Group Stages. Despite being knocked down in the first round of the Upper Bracket, they were able to make a deep run in the Lower Bracket reaching the third round. T1 finished TI10 in 7th-8th place. 

However, T1’s 2021-2022 DPC season was full of disappointments. Everything went south for them since they removed 23savage and added Gabbi as their position one. Despite their struggles, they still qualified for the Last Chance Qualifier and made roster adjustments to add Ana and Topson to the fold. However, they failed to win the Last Chance Qualifier and ended the 2021-2022 season in disappointment.

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Juan Cesar Torres

College student. Gamer since birth. Learned to read because of Pokémon. Dreams of buying a Nintendo Switch. Always looking for game recommendations (will play anything).

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