I claim that Trap's chokes aren't actually related to the event scope. There are two parts to my argument. First, a lot of the big tier events where trap loses aren't actually due to him playing terribly. Second, while there are definitely instances of Trap playing really poorly during a day (i.e. IEM katowice), this ALSO occurs during lower tier tournaments. Combining these arguments, I'm basically saying that trap is a consistent player that just occasionally has off days, and that these off days aren't actually that correlated with the scope of the event.
For the first part of my argument, I'll first address IEM Katowice. While trap has done horribly there, this is just one big tournament and in my opinion this isn't enough to conclude that "big tournaments" are the problem. A more consistent source of big tournament that trap plays is GSL, and overthere, his performance has been remarkably consistent. Here is a list of Trap's elimination losses.
1. (2020 S1) 2-3 vs Innovation.
2. (2020 S2) 0-3 vs Stats.
3. (2020 S3) 1-3 vs Maru.
4. (2021 S1) 3-4 vs Maru.
5. (2021 S2) 1-4 vs Dark.
6. (2021 S3) 2-4 vs Rogue.
I believe that in almost all of these losses, Trap actually played reasonably well. Perhaps not his best, but it would be a disservice to his opponent to call them chokes. People bring up the 3-4 vs Maru a lot, but my interpretation of those matches were both players going for very high volatility early game micro/mind games. Because it was a reverse sweep, people want to conclude that Trap "fell apart," but I feel like if those games were played in a different order, the narrative would be more like "a tense bo7 between 2 strong players who know each other well."
For the second part of my argument, while Trap has looked ungodly online, he does lose, sometimes to much weaker players! For example, he got eliminated in DH masters going 1-2 against Scarlett and 0-2 against Lambo (although tbf I think Lambo has excellent Zvp). Another example: Wardi Spring Championship, a "lower tier" event that Trap should dominate in theory. He got eliminated 7-12 on maps finishing second from the bottom in his group. This is a performance reminiscent of his IEM performance except it was against arguably a weaker set of players (Reynor, Zest, and Big Gabe are all very strong players where going 1-2 against them isn't that damning).
Finally, before people try to accuse me of being a Trap stan or something, I want to point out that my point is really neutral on how strong trap is. By detracting from the "Trap Chokes" narrative, I am also implying that he's not an invincible player as long as he "shows up." I think his losses 4-1 and 6-0 to Dark and Serral recently were just a result of him getting totally outplayed and his actual performance wasn't even that bad.