T1 Kuku Tears up After Receiving a Surprise Birthday Cake at Bootcamp
T1’s captain, Carlo "Kuku" Palad celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday, on 21st Sept 2021, with his teammates in Romania where they are carrying out the bootcamp for The International 10 (TI10). As the team appeared to be focused on preparations, Kuku was then presented with a cake from T1 by its coach, Park "March" Tae-won, who also recited the birthday song for the captain. Kuku was teary-eyed upon experiencing this moment and he later shared a video to his Facebook page, thanking the organization for this pleasant surprise.
Kuku's emotional reaction to T1's surprise birthday cake
“Thanks T1 Dota 2 you guys make me cry,” exclaimed Kuku through his Facebook handle.
Kuku removed his spectacles as soon as he saw March with a birthday cake in his hand and wiped away his tears. Then he hugged Kenny "Xepher" Deo and Matthew "Whitemon" Filemon, the support duo.
Amidst the revelry Kuku could not resist making a funny wish so he chose to wish, "I wish we will not choke (at) TI," leaving his allies in giggles. However, Kuku's cake-cutting scene was not uploaded.
Kuku and his teammates have been bootcamping in Romania for quite some time now. Over the last six months, they have been in decent form. They finished third at the WePlay AniMajor and first at the ESL One Summer 2021. The team’s last events were in August and September 2021 when they competed in the ESL One Fall 2021: Bootcamp Edition as well as the Sapphire OGA Dota PIT Invitational. In both of these events, the team finished fourth.
T1 will now have a larger goal in mind: winning The International 10. TI10 has more than $40 million USD on the line, which makes it not only Dota 2's biggest event this year, but also the biggest tournament in the game's history. TI10 will take place from 7th-17th Oct 2021 at the Arena Nationala Stadium in Bucharest, Romania. Valve has yet to reveal information about the group stage, so it is currently unknown who the Southeast Asian team shall go up against first.