Posted 4th October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – With an undefeated winning streak, Filipino team TNC Predator is now qualified for the ESL One Hamburg 2018 SEA qualifiers via direct invite. They took the sole spot for the Southeast Asian region after defeating their opponents, Tigers and EVOS Esports, twice in the qualifiers.
TNC Predator has been part of the competitive Dota 2 scene for 5 years now. After acquiring Jimmy “Demon” Ho as captain, TNC placed first in The International 6 Southeast Asian Qualifiers to become as the first Philippine squad to qualify since Mineski. The team started in the lower bracket of the TI6’s group stage but quickly got back on their feet to secure a B03 rematch against OG—this year’s TI champion. They lost the finals against the second placer, Digital Chaos, but they still secured 7-8th rank and went home with over $500,000 dollars. Their match was considered by some as the biggest upset in the history of Dota 2 Championship series.
Not long after the conclusion of the International 6, five original players left TNC’s roster. Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto, Nico “eyyou” Barcelon, and DeMoN eventually joined Fnatic. The original roster consists of Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Sam “Sam_H” Hidalgo then formed a new roster with John Linuel “Teehee” Abanto, Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa, and Mark “Cast” Pilar. In 2017, TNC qualified for the WESG 2016 LAN Finals in China and later moved to the playoffs stage after reaching first place in the group. They won the tournament and once again cemented their name to the Dota 2 international scene. Their continued run with other heavy favorites gave them opportunities to compete at the China Top 2917, Starladder i-League Invitational, and Dota 2 Asia Championship.
This 2018, TNC Predator bid farewell to Sam_H and Raven after their disappointing year at The International 8 where they only placed 13-16th. They announced their replacements afterward, picking players from Mineski and Clutch Gamer’s previous rosters. Since the shuffle, the team finally found their balance to qualify for the first major of the new DPC 2018-2019 season: The Kuala Lumpur Major. With their consistency and impressive winning streaks this year, they received a direct invite for ESL One Hamburg 2018 which will culminate on October 23 to 28.
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