Fans of the Filipino pro gaming team don't have to wait long to see their favorite Dota 2 players in action, following reports of TNC Predator's current lineup about to meet two of its former players in the Southeast Asian qualifiers of the season's first Major.
Three slots are up for grabs in the closed regionals of the MDL Chengdu Major, with TNC and Malaysian organization Geek Fam among the direct invitees in Group B. This means that ex-teammates from the local esports squad are set to go up against one another during the group stage.
Recall the wild post-The International 2019 shuffle that happened barely a month ago, which had the Predator losing two of its core members from that legendary TI6 run, Carlo "Kuku" Palad and captain Nico "eyyou" Barcelon, after finishing 9-12th place in the annual world championship tournament.
Kuku then caught everyone by surprise when he decided to run it back with ex-TNC ally Marc Polo Luis "Raven" Fausto, and team up with Korean Kim "DuBu" Doo-young, American Eric "Ryoya" Dong, and Indonesian Kenny "Xepher" Deo in Geek Fam.
TNC's roster reboot for the Dota Pro Circuit 2019-20 season came in the form of Australian Damien "kpii" Chok and Korean Taewon "March" Park, who joined forces with TI9 mainstays Timothy "Tims" Randrup, Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, and Armel Tabios "Armel."
The two squads, which were also grouped with other SEA esports teams in Reality Rift from Singapore, Alpha x Hashtag (Thailand), and Cignal Ultra (Philippines, open qualifier), confirmed their participation on social media, and followers were understandably hyped about the rivalry angle. Many are excited about how the classic Kuku-Raven connection would fare against the deadly three-headed attack of Tims, Gabbi, and Armel.
Meanwhile, the official Philippine representative for the Dota 2 event of the 30th SEA Games, all-Cebuano Team Adroit, also made the cut through Open Qualifier and was clustered with BOOM Esports (Indonesia), Fnatic (Malaysia, United Kingdom), SG Dragons (Philippines), and Team Jinesbrus (South Korea) in Group A.
The Top 2 teams from each group will play in a best-of-three, double-elimination bracket in the semifinal round, with the winner of the loser's match also qualifying.