Kuku Says He is Confident of T1’s Chances at the Stockholm Major
T1 secured Southeast Asia’s final spot in the ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major after securing a 2-0 victory over Polaris Esports in the tiebreakers of the SEA Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021/22 Upper Division Tour 2. After it secured qualification for the Major, captain Carlo "Kuku" Palad expressed his excitement in the post-game interview and explained why he is confident of T1’s chances at the Major.
T1 Kuku: “Southeast Asia is not really a weak region”
When he was asked about how T1 felt about securing the third and final spot for Southeast Asia at the ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major, Kuku said that the team was in good spirits. “We feel good, even though we’re just third place. It is really good because there is no Wild Card [this time], it would be really hard if there [was] a Wild Card. So I am excited [for the] Major,” he said.
The Majors format for this season of DPC seems to have undergone radical changes after it received some flak from professional players last year. The ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major will no longer have three different phases (Wildcard, Group Stage, Playoffs), with teams no longer being separated according to their placements in the DPC. All teams will compete in a BO2 round robin group stage, and the top twelve teams will be seeded into a double-elimination playoff bracket.
Kuku went on to add that the team was confident about its chances at the Major. “I think we are confident. Even though we [were] third place in this region, Southeast Asia is not really a weak region. And some of the teams also cannot go, so maybe it is our time,” he said.
As the Eastern European DPC season has been postponed indefinitely due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, no teams from this region are expected to compete at the Major. Teams from China might also not be able to travel to Sweden because of the strict lockdown restrictions currently imposed in Shanghai (where most Chinese DPC teams bootcamp).
Towards the end of the interview, T1’s captain shared how the team intends to prepare for the major. “Right now, we [are] gonna go home because we are in the Philippines and our friends need to get VISAs, so we need to [take a] break for maybe five days. Then we’re gonna play online first, and then go straight to Sweden.”
ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major will take place in the Hovet Arena, Stockholm, Sweden from May 12 to 22 with a $500K prize pool and 3,530 DPC points on the line at this event.