TNC Predator makes TI return after beating sister squad in SEA Qualifiers

TNC Predator's Filipino core of Carlo Palad, Marc Fausto, Tims Randrup, and Sam Hidalgo eliminated their former teammate Theeban Siva, right. Mike Romero (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--One thing was sure entering the two TI8 SEA Qualifier finals: TNC will be represented in Vancouver.

However, TNC Predator found itself fighting its sister squad TNC Tigers--and former skipper Theeban Siva--for the last ride to TI8 after conceding the first berth to Fnatic in the upper bracket finals.

But after a three-game classic, the now Carlo Palad-led squad made sure that an all-Filipino team will be going to TI8.

TNC's flagship team secured the other Southeast Asian seat in TI8 after edging the newly founded foreigner-laden Tigers in the lower bracket finals on Monday.

TNC Predator rose from a devastating Game 1 defeat to steal the best-of-three series away from TNC Tigers.

Game 1 saw a total team effort from TNC Tigers down the stretch overcoming an impressive early-game performance by Palad, who is now playing at Position 4, and new midlaner Armel Tabios as the Siva-led squad placed one foot into TI8.

However, a disabler combo of Palad's Jakiro, Hidalgo's Underlord, and Tims Randrup's Naga Siren paved the way for Tabios' Bloodseeker and, later in the game, Marc Fausto's Lifestealer to dominate Game 2 as the series went to a rubber match.

In the decider, Siva's support Silencer and Muhammad Rizky's Phantom Lancer led TNC Tigers to a 20-9 lead in kills as TNC Predator's low-key objective gaming was exploited.

However, Randrup made crucial Songs of the Siren that sparked TNC Predator's comeback, eventually neutralizing Rizky and forcing Siva to call GG after a 75-minute epic.

TNC Predator and Fnatic will join direct invite Mineski as Southeast Asia's representatives to TI8.

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