TNC Predator becomes first Southeast Asian team to win ESL One

Oct 28, 2019
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TNC Predator just made history as the first Southeast Asian team to win an ESL One title, getting the better of Gambit Esports in a grueling five-game series at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

The Philippine-based squad was utterly dominant during the group stage, dropping only a single map in its run to the grand finals.

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With the victory, the group of Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, Timothy "Tims" Randrip, Armel "Armel" Tabios, Australian Damien "kpii" Chok, and Korean Park "March" Tae-won also pocketed $125,000 or about six million pesos.

Game 1 saw TNC manhandle Gambit, which called GG call in as early as 22 minutes. The latter struck back in the second match, though, with the team fight-based composition of Gyrocopter and Earthshaker, ending the game in 41 minutes.

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In Game 3, Armel was back with his signature Templar Assassin that snowballed its way to a 44-minute victory. The British/Russians then forced a rubber match, thanks to their Lifestealer and Lina picks.

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    With everything on the line in Game 5, TNC threw a curveball against Gambit and picked a mid lane Alchemist and carry Bristleback. The "Raid Boss" selection proved too much for the CIS contingent, which tapped out at the 29-minute mark of the decider.

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    Team captain March was named MVP of the tournament and took home a new Mercedes-Benz.

    TNC is looking to sustain its hot streak at the first Major of the 2019-20 Dota 2 Pro Circuit.

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