T1 announced on Twitter on the morning of Oct. 30, 2021 that they will re-sign all members of the 2021 T1 DOTA 2 squad. The International contenders will play with each other again for the 2022 DOTA Pro Circuit season.
@MarchDota will lead our DOTA 2 squad once again, as the team re-signs with T1!
Thank you for supporting us and all the best for next season.
— T1 (@T1) October 30, 2021
T1 re-sign, and make a second run
T1’s prolific Southeast Asian squad has re-signed for the 2022 season. The announcement even included head coach Park “March” Tae-won in the re-signings.
It makes a lot of sense for T1 to return with the same team, as they had one of the best showings that Southeast Asia has ever had on the international stage. Ever since they got their captain, Carlo “Kuku” Palad back into the fold earlier this year, the team looked like the only Southeast Asian team to contest the top teams in the world. The results speak for themselves – a third-place finish at the WePlay AniMajor, a first-place win at ESL One Summer, and a top-eight finish at The International 10. With another year to gel together as a team, the sky is the limit for T1.
The most important ingredient of any successful DOTA team is their identity. T1 is one o few teams in the world that have truly established an identity for themselves throughout the course of the DPC season. T1 is one of the few teams in the world that put themselves behind in the early game, only to make it back in the late game. They usually put an extremely late-game carry on Nuengnara “23Savage” Teeramahanon and use Karl ”Karl” Baldovino to create space along with their two supports throughout the game. The entire team is kept together through Kuku’s incredible ability to captain them and keep the team on the right track. The combination of these players allows T1 to be one of the best teamfighting teams in the world, and their synergy is a large contributor to their success.
The next DPC season starts in a month’s time, and there is a large advantage to any team that does not have to deal with the chaos of roster shuffles. Look at T1 to reproduce their success this year in the next.