South America’s underdog Hokori takes a game off PSG.LGD to start TI11 with a bang
Did we just see the biggest upset of The International? Hokori came all the way from Division II to take a game from China’s powerhouse PSG.LGD in TI11 Group Stage’s opening series.
The Dota 2 community was ready for upsets at TI11 but we definitely weren't ready for this stomping storyline. The first series of the day already pulled off THE biggest upset of the tournament with Hokori outperforming PSG.LGD two games in a row. Even though they ended up losing the first game, Hokori shines brightly under the limelight courtesy of their unexpected prowess.
Hokori's drastic improvement pre-TI11
There is nothing better than a jaw-dropping underdog storyline at the peak of competition here at TI11. Hokori rose from the deep trenches of Division II in South America (SA) to deliver one of the biggest upsets in the TI11 Group Stage. At the end of Tour 3, the team faced relegation to the lower division and opted for new players, Edward "Lumière" Valencia and Thiago "Thiolicor" Cordeiro. The new lineup proved a success as they managed to qualify for TI11 through the SA Regional Qualifier.
Pre-TI11, Hokori joined the Beyond The Summit Pro Series S12 tournament alongside top SEA teams like Fnatic and BOOM Esports. The tournament saw them placing 4th, even eliminating the region's favorites, Fnatic 2-0.
Hokori made sure to ride that victorious momentum into TI11. In the first series of the Group Stage, they paired up with PSG.LGD - arguably the strongest Dota 2 team in the world - but they were not shaken. In contrast, they were on fire.
What happened in the BO2 match?
The series started with an unexpected dominance by Hokori in the first half of the game, catching everyone by surprise. Despite a strong control of Game 1, they let it slip away and PSG.LGD pulled off a comeback.
They didn't let this mistake repeat in Game 2. Hokori picked up the heavily-banned Marci on Vitaly(Pablo "Vitaly" Roman)'s offlane and he wreaked havoc across the map, accumulating a 13/2/18 score. All players of Hokori gelled well together to mercilessly punish PSG.LGD and by 35 minutes, Hokori held multiple Godlike streaks.
One thing we can take from this series: South American Dota 2 is one to look out for. The region definitely looks solid, especially this year where Peru stands tall in terms of country representation at TI11.
China not the most represented at TI for the first time in history
For the first time in TI history, China does not have the most players at TI11 as Peru and Russia surpass the country by an inch.
Sarah "KZ" Zulkiflee
More action from TI11 Group Stage
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Sarah "KZ" Zulkiflee
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Born and grew up in Malaysia, but a citizen of the world. High-key addicted to everything Dota 2. Spams support heroes but Ancient Apparition is an all-time favorite (a 100% Ice Blast accuracy). Only PMA during the day.