TNC punches ticket to Kiev Major as Mineski blows two chances

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Mineski had two tries of landing seats in the Kiev Major.

Mineski failed to capitalize on both occasions.

TNC stole a seat from its domestic rival after taking a 2-1 series win in the all-Filipino Kiev Major Southeast Asia Qualifier lower bracket finals on Monday night.

TNC, which became well-known after a deep run in The International 6 in Seattle last year, defied a disadvantage in kills and relied on a solid objective game late to steal Game 1 from Mineski.

Mineski, however, turned the tides in the second game after holding off TNC's middle lane push and taking down the barracks in the top and the bottom lanes to force sudden death.

In the rubber match, however, TNC focused on the main DOTA objective even as Marc Fausto, playing Juggernaut, and Carlo Palad, playing Weaver, wrecked havoc in the player kills to force Mineski to concede after only 30 minutes.

Barring any roster change, Sam Hidalgo, Tims Randrup, and Ryo Hasegawa will join Fausto and Palad as the quintet to the Kiev Major on April 27-30.

The Mineski side of skipper Ryan Qui, RR PeƱano, Julz De Leon, and foreign reinforcements Galvin Kang and Michael Ross missed its first chance of getting tickets to Ukraine after losing to Singaporean side Faceless in the upper bracket finals, which served as the first qualifier finals.

TNC and Faceless will join directly invited clubs Wings, OG, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Digital Chaos, Newbee, and VGJ in the Kiev Major proper.

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