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Pinoy-powered T1 makes gallant stand

OG won a series of team clashes next to reclaim the gold lead but was halted at the 28:00 mark when it lost four heroes except for Ember Spirit.

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CARLO ‘Kuku’ Palad and T1 give OG a good fight in The International 10. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF LIQUIPEDIA

Filipino professional DOTA 2 players are making their presence felt as they powered their respective teams in the ongoing The International 10 at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.

Skippered by Carlo “Kuku” Palad, T1 had a gallant stand before bowing to two-time champion OG in Day 2 of this event that is considered as the most prestigious Esports tourney in history with a record of $40 million in total prizes.

Another Filipino in Karl “Karl” Baldovino backed up Kuku as well as Nuengnara “23Savage” Teeramahanon, Kenny “Xepher” Deo and Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon, but OG was simply too strong, too talented to be denied.

Teams fought often and early with T1 taking the early lead on kills, 6-2, at the 8:00 mark.

T1 looked one step ahead with its team executions, widening its lead come the mid game, but was still unable to take the gold lead.

The South Korea-based squad went for Roshan, which paved the way for it to finally take a gold lead and advance its Troll Warlord on top of the economy game.

OG won a series of team clashes next to reclaim the gold lead but was halted at the 28:00 mark when it lost four heroes except Ember Spirit.

Another Filipino duo in Marco Polo “Raven” Fausto and Djardel “DJ” Mampusti proved that it belongs to the international arena when it led Fnatic to an empathic 2-0 victory over European powerhouse Team Secret in Day 4 of the tournament.

Touted as the best DOTA 2 carry in Southeast Asia, Raven chose to play Rikimaru backed by Weaver, Tidehunter, Ogre Magi and Ember Spirit.

Team Secret, on the other hand, drafted Elder Titan, Invoker, Rubick, Mars and Phantom Lancer.

Raven got off to a good 3/0/1 start with his Rikimaru in the early stage of the game. His farming was on point, and his team backed him every move so he may farm his items.

By the 34:00 mark, Fnatic was already way ahead on kills, 27-7, with Raven taking the lead on gold with 21,000.

With their Tidehunter well farmed as well, Fnatic went for a GG push a minute later, killing four Team Secret heroes, forcing it to waive the white flag and call GG.

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