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TNC tries to make repeat of dream TI run through SEA Qualifiers

Three of the members of TNC's TI6 team will return for the TI7 Qualifiers. From TNC's Twitter account.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The SEA Qualifiers of TI7 is expected to be a hard-pounding one as familiar faces made up its direct invites.

TNC, which had a memorable deep run in TI6, leads the cast of the direct invites in the SEA Qualifiers.

Three of the members of last year's TI team, Marc Fausto, Carlo Palad, and Sam Hidalgo, will lead the way for TNC along with Tims Randrup and Canadian player Theeban Siva.

Also getting direct invites to the SEA Qualifiers are Filipino sides Happy Feet and Clutch Gamers, which shocked TNC in the finals of the Manila Masters Philippine Qualifier, TNC's archrival Mineski, Fnatic, Faceless, and Geek Fam.

Formed just last year, Geek Fam, based in Malaysia, has a Filipino member in carry player John "Teehee" Abanto.

The other three spots in the 10-team qualifying pool will be vied through an open qualifier on June 22-25 and a special tournament called the "Champions Cup".

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