South Korean Dota 2 esports team, T1, recently advanced to the third round of $40 million The International 10 tournament, overthrowing Alliance in a brutal 2-0 victory. T1's Indonesian support player, Kenny "Xepher" Deo, was later invited to a post-match interview with Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner, where he earned the hearts of millions of Dota 2 fans.
T1 Xepher calls out his mum in a heartfelt moment at Dota 2 TI10
T1 had a rather rocky start to the Group Stages of The International but managed to secure an Upper Bracket seeding. Matched against behemoths PSG.LGD in the Upper Bracket Quarter Finals, T1 lost 1-2 and fell to Round 2 of the Lower Bracket to compete against former TI3 champions, Alliance (albeit with a completely different roster).
The series ended with a complete stomp after T1 won both matches confidently against Alliance. The first match ended 35-13 (in just 37 minutes), and the second match ended 44-15 in favour of T1 after about only 34 minutes.
Watch now: T1 versus Alliance (Game 1 of Main Event Day 3)
Watch now: T1 versus Alliance (Game 2 of Main Event Day 3)
Xepher, who was arguably a major determinant of T1's success, was subsequently invited to chat with SirActionSlacks about the series in a post-match interview.
In the interview, SirActionSlacks noted that Xepher was one of the first Indonesian Dota 2 pros to represent their country at The International, and was asked if he had "any words to the fans out there that are watching."
The T1 support, out of apparent instinct, said in his native tongue, "Mama, aku di TI" (translated to: "Mom, I'm at TI") -- absolutely wholesome!
Of course, you don't need to understand Bahasa to know what Xepher said, and SirActionSlacks agreed, saying: "I understood that, I mean c'mon, it was two words" before breaking out with laughter.
In case you're interested, you can watch the full interview between SirActionSlacks and T1's Xepher in the video embedded below.
Xepher said that T1 feel confident moving ahead in their next match against Vici Gaming in Round 3 of the Lower Bracket. The losers will be eliminated from TI10 and take home over $1 million in prize winnings, whilst the winners will proceed further in the tournament.
The match will go live from 11:00 am BST on Friday, 15th October, after the Team Spirit versus OG game.
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