UPDATE: TNC Pro Team has named its newest members, Australian Damien Chok aka "kpii" and Taewon Park aka "March," following the exit of Carlo Palad aka "Kuku" and captain Nico Barcelon aka "eyyou."
The two will be joining the trio of Kim Villafuerte aka "Gabbi," Armel Tabios aka "Armel," and The International 2019 All-Star Timothy Randrup aka "Tims," in the active roster of the Philippine-based professional Dota 2 team.
Before joining TNC for the upcoming WESG 2019 PH online qualifiers, kpii played for another Pinoy team in Mineski, while March coached Malaysian squad Fnatic. According to the announcement, "a new ruling allows the maximum of two foreign players to play per country."
The remnants of TNC's historic TI6 upset of back-to-back champions OG are now gone.
In the farewell video, TNC CEO Eric Redulfin acknowledged Kuku and eyyou's contributions to the esports organization and their plan "para baguhin yung image ng Dota sa Pilipinas (na) na-fulfill naman namin."
He added, "Pansamantala, si eyyou ngayon ay magte-take rest for Pro Team. Si Kuku hindi ko pa alam kung ano ang plano (niya)."
Shortly after, the esports free agents said goodbye to TNC through their respective social media accounts.
Post-TI shuffles aren't exactly new in the Dota 2 community, but Kuku and eyyou's departures were a bit surprising given how well the team fared at TI9 (finished in 9-12th place).
The two were the only remaining players from the underdog TI6 squad that shocked reigning champs OG, before the latter became the juggernaut that it is today.
Kuku — who got banned from a tournament last year for racist language — made a name for himself as the Filipino Huskar and Aegis snatcher at TI9, while eyyou took over TNC's captaincy in late March.