BLEED ESPORTS : In the guise of a purchase, T1‘s Dota 2 woes may finally be coming to an end. As reported by AFK Gaming, the Singaporean esports group Bleed eSports is in talks to purchase T1’s Dota Division 1 Pro Circuit Slot for the next 2022–23 season. After the news leaked, Tundra Esports player Sneyking tweeted what seemed to be more confirmation that the agreement would go through and Bleed would assemble a Dota 2 lineup.
Considering that Bleed eSports was just founded in September 2021 and has only competed in Valorant thus far, if they do show up for the Dota Pro Circuit 2022-23 season, it will be a whole new beginning for the organization all around.
DESCENDING T1 FAST
It’s hardly an exaggeration to claim that T1 was once the largest Dota 2 organization in south-east Asia, if not one of the largest in the world. They had a brief run of success, but their inability to make the T11 this year spelled their doom. Many roster changes were implemented after their elimination from the Last Chance Qualifiers, including the dismissal of the team’s head coach and the removal of Kuku as captain. Many of T1’s Dota players were former Geek Fam members whose contracts had expired after the T11 incident. This included the likes of Whitemon and Xepher.
Given their prior stellar reputation and the promising start to this year’s campaign, T1’s disappointing results this year came as a significant disappointment. After a very lackluster introduction to the Dota world, T1 seemed like they had finally made it in the 2021 season. After a strong run that saw them take third at the WePlay Animajor and first at the ESL One Summer 2021, Kuku’s squad finished in the top eight of the T10 before falling to Vici Gaming in the losers’ bracket.
Things took a dramatic turn for the worst after that. After doing well in that season’s ESL One Stockholm Major, the team stumbled in the upper bracket round and was eliminated in the next lower bracket round. The stage was prepared for what was to come. For T11 qualifying purposes, their failure to qualify for the Arlington Major resulted in a significant deficit of DPC points.
With the help of seasoned players Topson and ana, T11 made it through the Regional Qualifier and on to the Last Chance Qualifier, where they went 5-5 and seemingly ended their competitive career in short order. It is unclear at this time whether they would drop their Dota 2 aspirations or try to start again from the esport’s lower ranks.
A TIDY SLATE IS IN THE OFFING FOR BLEED ESPORTS
Since this is Bleed’s first time competing in a Dota esports tournament, we have no idea what to hope for. Bleed’s squad hasn’t qualified for an S-Tier competition yet, but they’re improving rapidly. Their year was highlighted by finishing in the top three in every regional challenger and qualification leading up to VCT 2022; however, they just missed out on making it to the main event, placing third in the Last Chance Qualifier.
Since their formation a little over a year ago, Bleed are relative newcomers to the competitive gaming scene. In that light, their accomplishments in Valorant are impressive, and the fact that they started an academy in May is very promising. It seems clear that they want to stick with Valorant for the foreseeable future, and it’s not unreasonable to assume the same of them in Dota 2.