TSM are make their entry into the Dota Pro Circuit by picking up Team Undying, the second place team in North America. Team Undying was formed during the first DPC 2021-2022 and has been at the top of the North American leaderboard ever since.
-TSM FTX (@TSM) January 25, 2022
In 2021, Team Undying was led by veteran Captain David “MoonMeander” Tan in the support position. He was joined by another veteran support player in Kim “DuBu” Doo-young. These two formed the core, and the rest of the team was made up of young players who had just entered the Dota scene. They were rounded out by Jonathan Bryle “bryle” Santos De Guia, Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek, and Enzo “Timado” Gianoli. The combination of veteran and young talent has taken the unsponsored squad to great heights.
Team Undying already dominated the North American DPC in its debut season. Throughout 2021, Undying always fought for the top spot in the region against Quincy Crew and Evil Geniuses. However, they were always one win away from a Major.
Team Undying’s opportunity would come during the final regional qualifier for The International 10, where they defeated all other North American teams to make it into the biggest tournament in Dota history.
On the last day of the International 10 group stage, Undying narrowly lost their place in the Upper Bracket. They would continue to lose a best-of-one against Fnatic, eliminating them from the tournament. Despite an early exit in 13th-16th place, Undying’s overall impression was that they were one of the strongest teams in the North American DPC.
The TSM acquisition has been in the works for months. Dota fans have always wondered when the premier North American organization would pick up a team. A new organization stepping into Dota is a glimmer of hope after months of negative news, including the cancellation of last Winter Major.