TNC Predator was able to close out a tough day 1 at the WePlay AniMajor group stage with a commanding win over Vici Gaming to build some momentum heading into the latter phases. The Filipinos got off to a harsh start at the Major, losing the first series 2-0 to Evil Geniuses. TNC also faltered in the first game of its second series of the day against Vici Gaming, finding it on the brink of a disastrous 0-4 start. But they managed to hold their nerves and absolutely dominated Vici Gaming in the second map to end the series in a 1-1 draw. Though TNC’s overall score still does not look impressive following the conclusion of day 1 of the WePlay AniMajor group stage, they will certainly enter day 2 with some restored confidence.
The group stage of the WePlay AniMajor kicked off on May 4, 2021, with TNC Predator taking on Evil Geniuses on the main stream.
TNC did not appear to match the drafting level of its opponents in either of the two matches. In game 1, this lack of draft disadvantage escalated quickly as TNC got smashed in 30 minutes. In game 2, they bounced back and played the laning stage and the mid-game incredibly well. At one stage, Boomy and his teammates looked to be nearing victory but they seemingly lost to two mind-boggling Sunders by Arteezy’s Terrorblade.
In the first game of the second series against Vici Gaming, TNC once again had a decent start but fell off as the game progressed. The early game moves netted them some crucial kills and a couple of objectives but their teamfight and pickoff potential gradually declined, forcing them to lose map control. Going on to eventually lose the game, TNC had little time to reevaluate its plans and correct its mid to late game decision-making. Boomy and his teammates once again made some stellar early games in game 2 to establish a solid lead. But this time, they seemed to have learned from their mistakes as they watchfully turned the lead into a victory.
June 5, 2021, is going to witness a total of 10 BO2 series between these group stage teams. TNC Predator will play three series against Beastcoast at 8:00 PM SGT, Team Nigma at 10:00 PM, and PSG.LGD at 2:00 AM.