Theyâ€™re the first team to make it out the super-competitive SEA qualifier.
Thereâ€™s plenty to be happy about if youâ€™re a Philippine Dota 2 fan tuning in to this yearâ€™s The International qualifiers â€“ our very own TNC Pro Team has claimed the top spot for SEA and have claimed a ticket to Dota 2â€™s most prestigious tournament, happening in Seattle this August.
TNC Pro Team took the groups with a solid 8:1 score â€“ only dropping a single game to Clutch Gamers, and finally ending their long-running lose-streak versus Team Faceless. Their opening game versus Mineskiâ€™s current SEA-CIS mixed roster was a 53-minute slugfest, with Theeban â€œ1437â€ Sivaâ€™s support Silencer transitioning into a semi-core by the end and netting the gameâ€™s best KDA of 11/3/19. In the match against Geek Fam, TNC took an early lead and never really let it go, with Carlos â€œKukuâ€ Palad showing an excellent performance with his signature Queen of Pain, ending the game with a 13/3/18 KDA. It was a similar story for the match against Moogle where Kukuâ€™s QoP reigned supreme once more, followed by a strong performance by Marc Polo Luis â€œRavenâ€ Fausto on the Anti-Mage. In their match against Faceless, Kuku and Raven once again boasted strong performances, backed up by Samson â€œSam_Hâ€ Hidalgoâ€™s Batrider setting a game-record 24 assists, and ending a lose-streak that culminated in the teamâ€™s elimination from the Kiev Major. In the game versus Happy Feet we saw Theeban break out on the Jakiro once more, and Timothy â€œTimsâ€ Randrup create chaos on the Nyx Assassin. In the game versus Clutch Gamers, TNCâ€™s Sven-Io strat was taken down by a dominant performance by Armel â€œArmelâ€ Tabios on the Lina, and would be TNCâ€™s only loss all qualifier. Versus Execration we saw Kuku shine on the mid-lane Juggernaut thanks to support from Sam_Hâ€™s batrider and Timsâ€™ Nyx Assassin allowing for pick-offs all over the map. And in the final match versus Fnatic we saw Kuku on a Drow-augmented Puck take over the game and help secure the teamâ€™s TI dreams.
Meanwhile, another bonus for PH Dota 2 fans is that all the 4 teams left in the qualifiers (battling it out for the last 2 spots) have at least one Filipino in their roster â€“ with Clutch Gamers and Execration having a full-lineup of Filipinos.
This is one success weâ€™re sure the team is thankful for, but thereâ€™s still much work to be done on the road to The International. Letâ€™s keep cheering them on!