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TNC finally scores gold, wins WESG

From TNC's Twitter account
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--After a big 2016 highlighted by a deep run in TI6, TNC opened 2017 with a bang.

The Philippine e-sports club notched its first title ever by winning the World E-Sports Games DOTA 2 Tournament in Changzhou, China on Sunday.

TNC, which has three players from the TI6 quintet that roared to a Top 8 finish, 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 almost botched up in 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 OD, leading the charge.

But two huge wipeout clash wins with Carlo Palad taking advantage of the spell lifesteal bonus from QOP 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 US$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 JaviƱas went home US$150,000 (PHP7.5 million) richer by winning the Hearthstone Tournament.

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