Just a month after winning ESL One Hamburg, TNC Predator grabbed the first Major of the season. Coming into the Chengdu Majors, they were highly touted as a heavy favorite to win it along with Chinese team Vici Gaming. Aside from analysts praising the freshly revamped TNC lineup, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein picked TNC as the “team to beat” coming into Chengdu.
With all the hype surrounding their run, they definitely delivered the goods. TNC dropped down to the lower bracket after losing two games to Vici Gaming. Then, they swept Invictus Gaming 2-0 to earn the last spot in the grand final. From there, it was all business for the South-east Asian squad. They soundly beat Vici Gaming 3-1, avenging their upper bracket final loss. TNC repeatedly used the Morphshaker combo right after the Major, as they rode its insane power all the way to the title.
To be fair, the strategy is far from unbeatable. The Morphling needs time to collect items, such as the Aghanim’s Scepter. The rest of the team needs to apply pressure to allow the carry to farm. Moreover, they’ll need great teamfight coordination to allow the Morphshaker to do its thing. However, once they get the ball rolling, it’s difficult to stop them. Vici Gaming managed to put TNC in a tight spot in Game 3 of the final. However, it just wasn’t enough. Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte’s supporting cast put him in a great spot to carry most of their games. New additions Damien “kpii” Chok and Park “March” Tae-won meshed almost instantly with TNC mainstays Gabbi, Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios and Timothy John “Tims” Randrup.
— TNC Predator 🇵🇭 @ MDL Chengdu 🇨🇳 Major (@TNCPredator) November 24, 2019
Dota Pro Circuit
With the Dota Pro Circuit in full swing, TNC earned 4,850 points total. The win puts them in a great spot to qualify for The International 10 next year. Most of the top teams, like defending champions OG, opted to skip the first major so they can rest for a while longer. Burnout can definitely be an issue, especially for the back-to-back TI winners. Even if TNC doesn’t win a major the rest of the year, if they do well in most tournaments, they’ll probably still earn enough points for a direct invite.
We’ll see if their momentum carries over to their next assignment, ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. There, the competition will be a lot tougher than Chengdu. More top tier teams will be attending: Team Secret, PSG.LGD and Virtus.Pro. Best of luck to TNC Predator!
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