Remembering the team’s journey in the past year, while looking towards the future.
TNC started the previous year off with a strong start, thanks to winning the Grand Finals of the WESG in January, bringing home the pride of being the best National Dota 2 team in the world, and the substantial $800,000 prize pool. It was followed by a strong performance at the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3, where the team took a semi-final finish.
After that however, the team did go on a short slump, going out in the first round of the Kiev Major at 9th-16th place despite a strong group stage, and losing out various qualifiers. Soon enough, a change had to be made, and we had to say goodbye to Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa to make room for renowned theory crafter Theeban “1437” Siva to take over the captain’s chair in May.
The team’s new captain quickly proved himself, with the team taking 2nd place at the StarLadder i-League Invitational #2, going toe-to-toe in a gripping 5-game Grand Final with future The International 7 winners, Team Liquid. Relative successes would also follow in the lead-up to The International – 3rd place at Galaxy Battles, and taking the first qualifier slot to TI 7.
At The International itself, the team performed admirably in the Group Stage, securing themselves a start in the upper bracket – though they fell to LGD.ForeverYoung, who would finish third overall, and were unable to repeat 2016’s success versus OG in the lower bracket.
After The International, despite less-than-favorable results, the roster decided to stick together, choosing stability. Valve then ushered in the new Pro Circuit system, doing away with the seasonal Majors and opening up tournaments for third party organizers – the team found successes both inside and outside the Circuit: from outside the circuit, TNC was able to win their showmatch versus Invictus Gaming.Vitality at The Manila Invitational. They also took home China Top 2017 with a win over Vici Gaming.Thunder. Meanwhile, from within the Circuit, TNC has taken a 2nd place at the MDL Macau Minor, securing 270 points and placing them 10th in the overall rankings.
It’s still a long, long road to The International 8, and we’re sure the team will do their best and work hard to bring us more exciting matches and successes – starting off with their direct invite to 2018’s first Major – Galaxy Battles Season 2, which the Philippines will be hosting in January.
KaLeRei usually can’t shut up about video games, so she writes about them instead. Single-player RPGs or empire-builders/strategy games are her usual cup of tea, but she’s also been an avid follower of the Dota 2 and CS:GO professional scenes for a while. She has a fascination for old pros trying to prove they’ve still got what it takes, and cats.
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