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TNC Predator sweeps Neon in all-Filipino Predator League DOTA 2 finals

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--TNC Predator showed on Sunday night that they remain as the barometer of Filipino DOTA 2 success after sweeping Neon Esports, 2-0, in the grand finals of the Asia Pacific Predator League.

With the new DOTA 7.29 version activated for the finals, TNC Predator quickly adjusted to the remodeled game play and stomped its dominance on Neon, which was just fresh from a gallant stand in the One Esports Singapore Major.

Despite choosing a hero which was nerfed, that is, the hero has been weakened, in the latest patch, hard carry player Kim Villafuerte insisted on using Io for Game 1.

The gamble worked wonder midway through the match when TNC Predator completely foiled Neon's Roshan attempt with a game turning back-to-back team wipes within the Roshan area.

That set up TNC Predator's dominance that eventually forced Neon to call GG after 36 and a half minutes.

In the rematch, Armel Tabios pulled off a surprise by playing Bristleback at the middle lane, and through the help of Marvin Rushton's Winter Wyvern, Tabios quickly built his core items to become tanky enough to withstand Neon's offense.

Tabios' durability in the Bristleback helped Villafuerte take over as safe lane Queen of Pain, even achieving a rampage at the top lane with Rushton's Winter's Curse skill setting up the team wipe.

After falling down in a team fight at the Roshan area, Neon conceded after 29 minutes.

The win avenged TNC Predator's loss to Neon in the upper bracket semifinals even as they have to first beat Boom Esports earlier Sunday in the lower bracket final.

Following its 2019 gold, TNC Predator has now won back-to-back Predator League titles.

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