MANILA –TNC, the top Philippines’ hottest e-sports club right, grabbed its first title ever by winning the World E-Sports Games DOTA 2 Tournament in Changzhou, China on Sunday.
TNC, with three of the players from the quintet that participated in the International 6 in Seattle last year still with the team, again defied the odds en route to taking all the marbles.
TNC, automatically seeded to the quarterfinals, eliminated Peruvian side DileCom, 2-1, before stunning tournament favorite Alliance via a 2-0 sweep.
However, TNC nearly blew the finals against Cloud 9 as the Filipino squad, after winning Game 1, conceded Game 2 and was on the verge of losing the deciding match as it trailed the Danish club, 26-39, 53 minutes in with Marcus Hoelgaard, playing Luna, and Jon Andersen, as Outworld Devourer, leading the charge.
But two huge wipeout clash wins with Carlo Palad taking advantage of the spell lifesteal bonus from Queen of Pain to lead the charge and fellow veteran Mark Fausto, playing Juggernaut, neutralizing Andersen sparked TNC’s huge comeback en route to the clincher that gave the team USD 800,000 (PHP40 million).
The TNC five, which also consists of Sam Hidalgo and new recruits Tims Randrup and Ryo Hasegawa, was not the only big winner over the weekend as Euneil Javiñas went home USD 150,000 (PHP7.5 million) richer by winning the Hearthstone Tournament.