The all-Filipino Dota 2 team, TNC Predator, took home $500,000 in prize money earlier this week as they took on China’s representatives...

AW by Asura World in Mar 11, 2019
The all-Filipino Dota 2 team, TNC Predator, took home $500,000 in prize money earlier this week as they took on China’s representatives, Keen Gaming, in the grand finals of the Dota 2 portion of the WESG 2018 – an Olympic-style esports tournament where every participating team has to be composed of players of the same nationality.

This will serve as the second time that TNC Predator will be crowned as the WESG champions. They were the first to win it all at the inaugural tournament back in 2016, where they bagged $800,000 in prize money. TNC Predator chose not to participate in the following year due to a conflict in schedule with the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit.

TNC Predator were proud and yet candid in their announcement on their Facebook page. They talked about how they had “encountered challenges outside the game way back last year” before going on to thank their fans who have stuck with them through it all.

TNC Predator also added a highlight reel of their victory on Facebook page for all to see.

The winning roster was far from the heavy favourites due to last-minute lineup changes. Of the official TNC Predator lineup, only Timothy ‘Tims' Randrup, Armel Paul ‘Armel' Tabios and Kim ‘Gabbi’ Villafuerte are registered. Meanwhile, both Nico ‘eyyou' Barcelon and Marco Polo Luis ‘Raven'Fausto are merely stand-ins for the team, albeit both have had previous experience playing with the other players on various teams in the past, as well as in TNC Predator.

TNC Predator’s captain, Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad, was prohibited from joining his team for the event after being banned by the city government of Chongqing for using racial insults in a public match directed towards a Chinese player in late 2018.

This is a big win for TNC Predator. In terms of prize money, this is their third biggest tournament win ever. The first was WESG 2016, which netted them $800,000, followed by their Top 8 finish at The International 2016, which saw them take home $519,262 and more importantly, put them on the map after successfully pulling off the upset against the then-favourites, OG.

TNC Predator went undefeated during the entire playoffs of the WESG 2018 Dota 2 Finals. They swept Brazil’s Team Canarinho in the quarterfinals and dispatched of the defending champions, Russia’s White-Off, in the semifinals.

China’s Keen Gaming, the runner-ups, will take home $200,000 for their efforts.
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