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T1’s Dota 2 team is set to play in a new tournament with two Singaporean veterans after recently letting go of Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier and Yixuan “Xuan” Guo. Those moves came after the team failed to qualify for multiple tournaments, including the ESL One Los Angeles Major.
This means that besides T1’s sole founding Korean player in Lee “Forev” Sang-don, the roster is comprised entirely of Southeast Asian players.
The Korean organization is participating in an online tournament, the Thailand Celestial Cup. It features 12 teams and has a $14,000 prize pool.
To fill the two empty slots, T1 has opted for two players who have been staples in the Singaporean Dota 2 scene. Galvin “Meracle” Kang and Wilson “Poloson” Koh are standing-in as the carry and hard support for the team.
Both players are longtime teammates who have played together for organizations like First Departure and Resurgence. The two players were recruited to Alpha x Hashtag at the beginning of the season, but they’ve since moved on to other projects.
Meracle has made waves in the international community with his splitpush play on various heroes, especially Naga Siren. He was one of the first pioneers to play an aggressive splitpushing style that saw him running behind towers to cut creep waves.