The rumors surrounding Carlo “Kuku” Palad’s departure from TNC Predator have been finally confirmed on September 13, when the organization has officially thanked him for his three years stay. Along with Kuku, TNC waved goodbye today to their captain Nico “eyyou” Barcelon as well, leaving the squad down to three members.
Kuku joined TNC Predator back in April of 2016 and through his stay with the team, he made a couple of role swaps to better serve the squad. Over the years, Kuku became the image of the Filipino team. Unfortunately, the last year was rough for him and the organization as he got involved in a racist conflict with the Chinese community and the whole incident snowballed out of control, which led to him being the first player to be sanctioned directly by Valve. Despite having to play without him at the Chongqing Major, TNC have still managed to qualify for TI9 via Dota Pro Circuit Points, however, this year the TI was hosted in Shanghai, China and TNC was not received well by the fans in the arena.
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TNC returned to the Philippines with a 9th-12th finish at this year’s The International despite having an impressive sprint towards the end of the competitive season prior to TI9. This marked the second time when Kuku and TNC finished in the bottom of the standings at the biggest Dota 2 tournament. However, at TI6 TNC placed top 6. Back then Kuku was playing in the mid lane and the position 4 support was eyyou.
Post TI6, eyyou, along with a few other TNC members at that time, left the organization to join Fnatic. But for the next two years, he swapped several teams before returning to TNC in January 2018. However, when he came back to the TNC Predator, eyyou spent about nine months in the coaching position before rejoining the team from the player seat and eventually taking the leadership of the squad as well.
TNC Predator hasn’t announced the replacements for Kuku and eyyou just yet, but wished their two former players good luck in their future endeavors.
Apart from Kuku and eyyou who are now officially released from the TNC roster, the team coach Lee “Heen” Seung Gon is also rumored to have left the team.
TNC Predator current roster:
- Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
- Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios
- Timothy “Tims” Randrup