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Ana & Topson Prepare for TI11 LCQ by Playing 100 Games Each Within a Week

Ammar Aryani
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T1 was preparing for a final chance to qualify for The International 2022 (TI11) via Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) after losing to Polaris Esports in the TI11 SEA Regional Qualifiers.
To prepare for the upcoming LCQ, the newest recruits of T1 in Anathan “ana” Pham & Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen decided to train hard.
Topson played 96 games during last week, while ana played 112 games.

Teams are beginning to assemble in Southeast Asia (SEA) in preparation for the upcoming competition as The International 11 (TI11) draws closer. This includes teams competing in the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) for TI11 in an effort to secure the remaining two spots. While Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen already began preparations for the upcoming qualifier, his fellow teammate, Anathan “ana” Pham also decided to join him in training. They both trained extremely hard by playing around a 100 games in a single week.

In total, the two-time TI winning duo of ana & Topson played a total amount of 207 games in the past week alone, with Topson playing 95 matches and ana playing 112 matches separately.

Ana joins Topson in his extreme training for the Last Chance Qualifiers.

Previously, the community noticed that T1’s stand-in for the mid lane, Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen was preparing for the Last Chance Qualifiers by playing 30 ranked games in a single day. However, he had company in his training as fellow teammate Anathan “ana” Pham decided to follow in his footsteps.

According to Dota 2 Pro Tracker, Topson has played a total of 95 matches during the past week which also included his 30 matches in a single day. On the other side, his teammate ana also decided to take his training to the next level as he played a total of 112 matches during the past week according to his Dota 2 Pro Tracker profile.

Topson's Dota 2 Pro Tracker profile.

In total, the duo had played a total of 207 matches over the past week as a part of their training since they both wanted to qualify for TI11 through the Last Chance Qualifiers with T1. Both players came back after a long break/retirement during the Dota Pro Circuit season before joining their current team.

Interestingly, ana had a win rate of 57.1% out of his 112 matches while playing heroes like Enigma, Mirana and even his Bounty Hunter had a high win rate. However, Topson did not have the same experience as ana as the Finnish midlaner had a terrible 35.8% win rate out of his 95 matches. Despite the terrible win rate, Topson was seen playing a total of 33 heroes with Tiny and Primal Beast being his most successful heroes during the week.

Topson and ana along with T1 will begin their Last Chance Qualifier journey in Group B, alongside Team Liquid, Xtreme Gaming, Virtus Pro, Wildcard Gaming, and Infamous on 9th October. T1’s first opponents will be Team Liquid and Infamous.


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Ammar has been actively engaged in the esports industry in Malaysia in multiple roles in the past. Now, he utilizes his esports expertise to create insightful and meaningful content as the de facto Dota 2 writer at AFK Gaming.

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