T1 Collapses as Talon Esports Jumps into the Grand Finals of TI11 SEA Qualifiers
With a spot in the Grand Finals on the line, the superstar lineup of T1 faced off against the upstarts of Talon Esports in the Upper Bracket Finals. Despite a great performance from T1, Talon Esports advanced into the Grand Finals thanks to Rafli "Mikoto" Rahman and Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon performances during the series.
Following the win, Talon Esports will now compete in the Grand Final for a chance at a direct invitation to The International 2022 (TI11) Group Stage later tomorrow (17th September).
Talon Esports vs T1: Match recap
Despite Talon’s miraculous run from qualifying to Division II at the start of the SEA Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) towards qualifying towards the PGL Arlington Major at the end, the viewers were still expecting T1 to beat Talon and march into the Grand Finals of the SEA Regional Qualifiers. However, things simply did not go that way.
Talon Esports opted to draft Slark, Beastmaster and Rafli "Mikoto" Rahman’s signature Puck. T1, on the other hand went for a carry Pudge for Anathan "ana" Pham and Morphling for Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen.
Despite an early game dominance from T1 thanks to Topson’s Morphling, Talon Esports managed to withheld the aggression long enough for Nuengnara "23savage" Teeramahanon’s Slark and Mikoto’s Puck to catch up and overwhelm T1 in the late game. The team managed to secure the win after 56 minutes, with Mikoto on the Puck pulling off some clutch plays to gain 1-0 lead for Talon.
In Game 2, T1 went for Lone Druid as the carry, Venomancer as the offlaner and Topson’s signature Invoker in the mid lane. Talon Esports opted to counter T1’s lineup by picking up Faceless Void carry, Void Spirit for Mikoto in the midlane and an offlane Primal Beast for Damien "kpii" Chok.
While the early game went in favor of Talon, T1 were stalling the game for ana’s Lone Druid to be itemized for the late game. However, 23savage’s Faceless Void was constantly hitting his Chronospheres onto multiple heroes during critical teamfights. Despite T1’s attempts to force a Game Three, Talon Esports would go on to secure the series 2-0.
Following the win, Talon Esports will march into the Grand Finals of the TI11 SEA Regional Qualifiers for a chance at a direct invitation into the TI11 Group Stage. T1 on the other hand, will have to fight the winner of the RSG vs Polaris Esports series for a rematch against Talon.