It is 8 in a row for TNC Predator at ESL One: Hamburg 2019

Vignesh Raghuram
23/Oct/2019 08:54 pm

Copyright: ESL | Helena Kristiansson

They just can’t be stopped. TNC Predator continued to rake in the wins at the ESL One: Hamburg 2019 Group Stages taking their tally to 8-0 and cementing their place at the top of the Group B tables.

Their results speak volumes about their sheer domination in the Group Stages.

Day 1:

TNC Predator 2-0 Team Liquid

TNC Predator 2-0 Ninjas in Pyjamas

(See Day 1 Recap HERE)

Day 2:

TNC Predator 2-0 Gambit Esports

TNC Predator 2-0 Quincy Crew

Here’s how everything transpired.

TNC Predator vs Gambit Esports

The sole SEA representative at this Major kicked off their day with one of the most entertaining, yet ridiculous performances we’ve seen in this tournament utilizing an Earth Shaker - Morphling Combo to perfection. 

While Gambit Esports held their ground in the early stages of the game, once Gabbi farmed up an Aghanim’s Scepter on his Morphling, it was lights out. He almost single-handedly decimated the CIS lineup and carried his team to an easy victory in Game 1.

Gambit Esports tried to give TNC a taste of their own medicine, picking up an Earth Shaker - Morphling combo for themselves. But the Filipino favourites pulled out one of the oldest Morphling counters in the book, a Disruptor-Naga Siren combo to punish it and snowball off to a dominant win.


TNC Predator vs Quincy Crew

Considering the form that TNC was in and the fact that Quincy Crew was playing with a stand-in, no one really gave the NA team a shot. 

TNC Predator showed us exactly why they were right not to. The first game saw them pick up a fairly standard lineup featuring Armel’s signature Templar Assassin and ran over Quincy Crew in just 25 minutes.

The second game, however, was not so straightforward. SumaiL and co. pressured the SEA team in the early game and punished them, winning both side-lanes. Although SumaiL was shut down in the mid-lane, he made a couple of key rotations to farm his way back into the game and managed to catch up. The situation was dire for TNC, but the Filipinos showed tremendous tenacity gaining a lot from what little space that TIMS was creating with his sick Invoker. Eventually, Gabbi just about crawled himself to finish his Aghanim's Scepter on the Night Stalker after which TNC Predator turned it around with a sick teamfight near the bottom lane Bounty runes.

After that, it was cruise control for the SEA juggernauts as they just stomped Quincy Crew and secured the series victory 2-0.

TNC Predator has confirmed their place in the Upper Bracket playoffs and will likely play Alliance in a BO3 Upper Bracket matchup.

However, they still have one last group stage game against Wind and Rain tomorrow.


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Vignesh has been covering the esports industry for nearly 5 years starting with the early days of the DPC. His industry expertise includes experience in Dota 2, CS:GO and Mobile Esports coverage.