TNC Predator recently made history as the first ever Southeast Asian Dota 2 team to win an ESL One Dota 2 tournament.
ESL One Hamburg 2019 was a $300,000 Dota 2 tournament held in the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg. The tournament kicked off on October 22 and ended on October 27 with TNC Predator hoisting the trophy following a nail-biter of a series against the CIS-based Gambit Esports, which lasted to the full five games.
With the win, TNC Predator took home $125,000 of the $300,000 prize pool.
Heading into the Grand Finals, TNC Predator was easily the best Dota 2 team at the ESL One Hamburg 2019. They had only dropped a single map throughout the entire tournament and were heavily favoured to win if not sweep Gambit Esports. However, their opponents had other ideas.
After dropping the first game of the best-of-five series in 22 minutes, Gambit Esports retaliated to even the series 1-1. Both teams then exchanged wins in close games to make it 2-2 and extend the series to a fifth deciding game.
In the end though, TNC Predator proved that they were the better Dota 2 team, besting Gambit Esports in a little over 29 minutes.
What initially started as a full Filipino Dota 2 lineup back in 2013 has since welcome various foreign faces. As of the moment, TNC Predator is composed of three Filipino Dota 2 players (Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte, Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios, and Timothy “Tims” Randrup”), an Australian (Damien “kpii” Chok), and a South Korean (Park “March” Tae-won).
For his brilliant drafts and shotcalling, March, TNC Predator’s captain, was crowned the MVP of ESL One Hamburg 2019.