TNC Predator qualify for the Epicenter Major 2019

Vignesh Raghuram

17th, May, 2019

With a dominating 6-1 display in the Group stages of the Epicenter Major - SEA Qualifiers, TNC Predator has qualified for the last major of the season. This marks their return to the Dota Pro Circuit after they failed to qualify for 4 DPC tournaments in a row.
 

The road to qualification

 

Day 1:

TNC Predator kicked off their journey in the SEA qualifiers with a win over WG Unity in an epic 79-minute brawl fest. A win over BOOM ID followed, following which they would drop their game against Geek Fam and close out Day 1 with a 2-1 scoreline.

Day 2:

Coming into Day 2, TNC Predator needed to win all their 4 matches to secure a spot in the Epicenter Major as SEA’s first seed.

The first game of the day, saw TNC Predator taking down Mineski in a relatively one-sided game with Armel’s raid boss Medusa. Mineski just couldn’t deal enough damage to bring down the snake lady in the later stages of the game allowing TNC Predator to waltz down the lane to secure the win.

They took down EVOS Esports with yet another great performance from Armel on Medusa before their clash against Fnatic.

Against Fnatic, TNC Predator opted to stick with the same winning formula of Armel’s Medusa, this time combining it with Gabbi’s Bristleback. Although Fnatic had the edge in the earlier stages of the game, TNC Predator managed to keep up the farm on their two cores. Fnatic eventually just lacked the damage to bring down the two tanky cores of TNC as they chipped away at Fnatic’s base. They ended up conceding the game after TNC Predator brought down Fnatic’s ancient after multiple team wipes.

Finally, TNC Predator closed out their run in the SEA Qualifiers with a win over Power of MYSG+AU to secure their place in the Epicenter Major.

 


This marks TNC Predator’s return to the Dota Pro Circuit. They’re currently in 11th place in the DPC tables and require a Top 4 placing at the Epicenter Major to mathematically guarantee their place at TI9.

However, realistically, they’d only require to finish above J.Storm or secure a Top 8 place at the Epicenter Major to grab one of the 4 remaining TI9 spots.

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