South Korean team T1 Home entertainment & Sports tapped Filipino star player Carlo “Kuku” Palad once again for the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia set to roll off later on this month.

“2021 DPC, Kuku still stand-in for T1 for the first big league,” the pro player stated through a post on his official Facebook page.

T1 is slated to punch it out with TNC Predator, Fnatic, BOOM Esports and the qualified groups in the upper department of the very first SEA Regional League which will begin at the end of January and run for six weeks until February 27, according to Romanian organizer PGL which was tapped by Valve to supervise the area.

The four teams each received a direct invite to compete in the upper division where the leading 3 finishers will qualify for the Significant tournament.

Kuku, a four-time The International (TI) veteran, functioned as a stand-in offlaner for T1 in the Beyond The Top (BTS) Pro Series Season 4 SEA where he assisted the company claim a third-place surface and a $6,500 (over P300,000) reward.

With the recent release of Samson offlaner “Sam_H” Hidalgo and hard support Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei, T1 decided to stick to Kuku and Indonesian position-5 Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon.

Completing the roster for the upcoming inaugural Regional League are Filipino midlaner Karl “Karl” Jayme and Laoatian bring Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong, both 11k MMR gamers, and Indonesian soft assistance Kenny “Xepher” Deo.

Remarkably, Kuku, Karl, Xepher and Whitemon were part of the Geek Fam squad that won the BTS Pro Series Season 2 in June 2020 and ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League two months later prior to it disbanded in September due to the extended suspension of the 2019-2020 DPC brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kuku likewise serves as head coach of Smart Omega, which was seeded to the closed qualifier for the upper division along with other PH groups Execration, Neon Esports, Cignal Ultra and Vice Esports.