photo by TNC Predator
After Michael ‘ninjaboogie’ Ross left the team just a few days ago, TNC Predator announced that they would be heading into the Open Qualifiers for the upcoming StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor – which was an odd decision for the team.
The open qualifiers saw 32 teams all battling for 2 spots in the closed qualifier and with teams such as TNC, Tigers, DeToNator and Team Admiral in the running, to name a few, it wasn’t going to be easy. TNC found that out the hard way after making it into the round-of-8 and facing off against Admiral – who eliminated them from the event. With that the team would not make it into the closed qualifiers and thus not be at the Minor or the following Major.
WESG 2018-2019 Season Grand Final will be held in Chongqing in March.
Group time: 3/7 – 3/14
Main stage time: 3/16 – 3/17
We will announce the grouping and schedule as soon as possible. See you guys in Chongqing! pic.twitter.com/rw748PCClE
— WESG (@WESGcom) January 25, 2019
However, TNC’s involvement in the qualifiers seemed like an odd choice for the team, as they were already booked for an event at the same time as the Minor. In December of last year TNC qualified as the Southeast Asia champions for the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG). This event is set to take place in early March of this year, running over the exact same dates as the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor. It is unclear what TNC would have done had they made it all the way through to the Minor, considering that WESG takes place in Chongqing.
Confirmed by WESG on Twitter in late January, Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad is banned from the region still and thus the team will be playing with a standin once again – while also having a current standin for Ninjaboogie. This leaves TNC on only 696 DPC points after their 20% point penalty and even though they remain above the likes of Team Liquid and J.Storm, they will be completely missing out on the points from the next rotation of Minor and Major in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit.
TNC have yet to announce who will replace Kuku at the WESG event nor have they confirmed any details about a permanent replacement for Ninjaboogie. We will continue to keep an eye on the situation and update as news becomes available.