When it comes to Dota 2, very few regions are as unpredictable as South America, and seeing Hokori qualify for The International 2022 with a team built around three players that joined back together in July is peak SA Dota.
Brayan Gardick Cardenas and off-laner Pablo Vitaly Roman have kept the Hokori roster going for more than two years, surviving all of the hardships that come with constant rebuilding in a volatile region.
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The last time the pair attempted to qualify for TI, they finished seventh in the SA qualifier for TI10 and hit the reset button heading into the next Dota Pro Circuit season. The 2022 season has treated them better, but they still failed to qualify for a single Major and were relegated out of Division I in the Summer Tour.
After falling apart during the Summer Tour, the team began rebuilding around its two main foundations, bringing in three players who had experience playing with Gardick and Vitaly, and training like never before with familiar faces leading up to the event only to fall into the lower bracket after one win.
Hokori's miserable start should have put him in the final spot in a field of teams with more experience. However, instead of bowing out, the team rallied together and put together a perfect 90 run to win the entire event, in part due to a little luck.
Due to connection issues in the lower bracket, Hokori won a 20-win over Tempest.
The results the team achieved were impressive, particularly the 30 win over qualifier favorites Infamous in a series that saw every game go over 40 minutes.
Hokori won the second consecutive 30 grand finals after the BetBoom Team won the Eastern Europes qualifier over Outsiders. And with that win, the Peruvian org earned its first TI, all while also being relegated to Division II for next season.
For the third year in a row, SA has three teams competing in the TI event, including Hokori joining beastcoast and Thunder Awaken.
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At the TI11 Last Chance Qualifier in Singapore, which begins October 8, teams from each region will compete for the final two spots on the Dotas biggest stage.