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TNC Predator is the team to beat.

I'M not an expert at eSports but in my opinion, Dota 2 is probably the most popular game in the Philippines right now. One reason, I think, is because it is accessible unlike other eSports.

Thus, it is not a surprise that Filipinos do so well at Dota 2.

TNC Predator recently scored back-to-back victories to affirm their supremacy and secure for the team a place in Philippine Dota 2 history.

TNC Predator was the champion in the Dota 2 Grand Finals at the World Electronic Sports Game (WESG) 2018, held last March 10 in Chongqing, China. They won the top cash prize of $500,000 (over P26 million).

Before that, TNC Predator beat nine of the best teams from the Asia Pacific region at the Dota 2 category of the Predator League 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, where they won the $75,000 cash prize.

The all-Filipino pro eSports team is currently composed of Armel Paul 'Armel' Tabios, Kim 'Gabbi' Villafuerte, Nico 'eyyou' Barcelon, Timothy 'Tims' Randrup and Carlo 'Kuku' Palad. All the pro-gamers of TNC Pro Team continue to be recognized all over the world since its inception in 2015.

The team started collecting international victories when they became the first Philippine team to qualify for The International 2016. One of the highlights of the tournament was the team's unexpected 2-0 win against European favorite, OG. They ended up placing seveth and eighth, marking the highest placement a Filipino team has achieved at The International.

In 2017 TNC Predator won the Dota 2 championship title from China's VGJ.Thunder at the China Top 2017 Tournament. That same year, they won the WESG 2016 Grand Finals. They added

to the team's success when they brought home the first championship title, defeating Danish roster Cloud9 in the Dota 2 finals-with their win at WESG 2018, TNC Pro Team has become a two-time WESG World Champion.

Predator, a constant partner in success of the TNC Pro Team's Dota 2 roster since 2016, has always provided the best laptops, desktops and accessories to help the team play their best game at all times. This year, Predator has also extended its support to TNC's Counter-Strke: Global Offensive and League of Legends rosters.

The brand celebrated the teams' recent achievements by hosting an exclusive victory party for the Philippine Dota 2 champs with their fans at Oasis Manila. Also present were the team's family members, loved ones and close friends.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Apr 13, 2019
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