After a clean sweep in the grand finals over super stack Among Us, Motivate.Trust Gaming
are the champions of DOTA Summit 13’s Southeast Asian division. M.TG’s upper bracket run started with a 14-4 game record in the group stage, granting them the top seed. The Thai team dropped only a single game in their playoff berth, cleanly defeating Adroit Esports
and losing just one game to Among Us across two sets. The $42,000 first-place prize is the biggest win for Motivate.Trust since their formation in late 2019.
The first game in the series was also the closest. Natthaphon "Masaros" Ouanphakdee’s
Slardar went off game one, sniping initiations from Abed Azel L. Yusop’s
Storm Spirit and ending 10/5/20. Game two could have gone either way until a massive teamfight with buybacks at 40 minutes, ending in a GG call from Among Us. Game three saw Poomipat "Fearless" Trisiripanit
rack up 18 kills and two deaths as his signature Void Spirit, sealing Motivate.Trust’s championship.
rounds out the podium in third place. Their impressive lower bracket run knocked out Cignal Ultra,
Adroit Esports, and even TNC Predator
all 2:0. TNC themselves were a victim of seeding, losing to Among Us in the first round of the upper bracket. They were expected to place highly with momentum from their championship at ESL One: Thailand. Despite their promising 11-7 games record in the group stage, Adroit suffered an early exit in 6th joined by Neon Esports.
Motivate.Trust is SEA’s newest elite team
M.TG has shown a massive amount of growth since their formation at the beginning of the year. The stack already achieved modest success in 2019 under the RRQ.Trust banner, and Anurat "boombell" Praianun
transition from offlaner to captain has gone swimmingly. His drafts focus on powerful ganking cores like Position 1 Riki paired with teamfight-oriented supports like Elder Titan and Grimstroke. In a region with a captain problem, Motivate.Trust has one of the most promising leaders.
SEA’s top tier has changed considerably since the beginning of Fnatic’s
competitive break in September. Among Us’ core of Abed and Carlo "Kuku" Palad
have helped the rotating superteam reach the podium for their first two events. TNC Predator has struggled, but they’ve shown flashes of brilliance at ONE Esports SEA League and ESL One: Thailand. BOOM Esports is due for a championship any day now. With LANs slowly beginning to return in China, we could see these teams square off in-person soon. Fnatic’s reign will be more contested than ever.