TNC are SEA's last hope at the Kuala Lumpur Major

Vignesh Raghuram

15th, Nov, 2018

Image Courtesy: TNC Predator

The Kuala Lumpur Major is slowly winding down to a close with just 6 teams remaining in the main event. They will battle it out in front of the roaring Malaysian crowd here at the Axiata Arena after a gruelling 6 days of competition behind the scenes.

TNC Predator remains as the lone SEA team still fighting at the Kuala Lumpur Major. They will have to take down some of the best teams in the world including Team Secret, EG, PSG.LGD and Virtus.Pro in order to secure the title as well as a whopping 4950 DPC Points at stake for the winners.

But to get to the Grand Finals and contest for the Championships they have a gruelling road ahead of them.


TNC Predator at the Kuala Lumpur Major.

Image Courtesy: TNC Predator

TNC’s had a rough go at international events lately. Since the glory days of China Top 2017 and WESG 2016, TNC has not won a single international Dota 2 championship. They’ve made it to the finals at MDL Macau and have had a Top 4 finish at the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018, but have no titles to show for it. Their failings at these tournaments have turned that optimism into a gloom.

If any tournament could turn their streak around, it would be the Kuala Lumpur Major 2018. TNC has some serious momentum behind them after taking down J.Storm and Vici Gaming - who went toe-to-toe against Team Secret in ESL One: Hamburg 2018 Grand Finals only losing 3-2.

They also look like they've overcome their issue of only delivering in BO1s. Their pick up of ninjaboogie and Kipsul has helped plug the biggest holes in their team, which was drafting and shot-calling, as well as allowing them to exhibit a variety of unique playstyles. This has made them quite hard to draft against, for opponents and has given them a significant edge in this tournament.



The Road Ahead


TNC will have to go up against, one amongst the two strongest teams in this tournament: Team Secret or PSG.LGD, in their next match. It will be a relatively big ask for the SEA team but if they can make it through that match, they’ll have to face off against NA juggernauts Evil Geniuses or NiP or perhaps even Virtus.Pro to get themselves to the lower bracket finals. After which they’ll have to win two more series to take home the title.

Image sourced from Liquipedia

In all likelihood, this really shouldn’t be TNC’s tournament. There’s a high probability that they will be eliminated in their next match taking place tomorrow. Nearly every variable is against them at the moment.

However, history shows us that stranger things have happened for underdogs in Valve Majors. TNC Predator has shown us that they have the potential to pull off upset after upset in this tournament. Can they push on and make history?



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