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Filipino Dota 2 Player Kuku Is Still Looking For a Team

After his recent stint with ‘Among Us’ in the BTS Pro Series 3: Southeast Asia, Filipino player, Carlo “Kuku” Palad has just Tweeted that he is looking for a new team ahead of the upcoming season. 

Considering his reputation as one of the finest offlaners in the SEA region, it seems highly likely that he will find a new home before long.

Kuku’s Recent Stints In SEA Teams

When the season started after the conclusion of The International 9, Kuku departed from TNC Predator after a three-year stint with the team. The player was picked up by Geek Fam alongside his long-term friend Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto.

RELATED:  Kuku, Raven and Xepher join Geek Fam

With Geek Fam, Kuku managed to qualify for two minors and one major in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2019-20 season before it was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. The player was forced to leave the team when they disbanded earlier last month.

RELATED:  Geek Fam Releases Its Dota 2 Roster

He stated that he was looking for a team, earlier in September 2020, immediately following his departure from Geek Fam.

Following this, he formed a temporary team alongside Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon, Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop, Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, and Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon.

RELATED:  Kuku, 23savage, Abed, Jabz, Whitemon To Team Up Temporarily

However, after the stint with Among Us came to an end, it looks like Kuku is once again looking for a new team.

SEA Dota 2 Teams in a Flux

The SEA Dota 2 scene has been undergoing a number of roster changes over the last few weeks. 

  • Teams like Reality Rift and Geek Fam disbanded their Dota 2 rosters due to Valve’s lack of communication regarding the DPC.
  • Fnatic undergoes multiple roster shuffles within a few weeks to renew their roster.
  • TNC Predator was the latest to join this fad after they announced that captain Park “March” Tae-won was going to be departing from the team, earlier today.

Since so many teams are undergoing roster changes, there will likely be plenty of opportunities for Kuku to dive into.

It will be interesting to see which team Kuku picks as his new destination over the next few weeks.

Perhaps a new team could be on the works with so many talented free agents like Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang, March, Kuku, Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon, Nico “eyyou” Barcelon in the market.

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March Parts Ways With TNC Predator

Korean support and captain, Park “March” Tae-won is parting ways with TNC Predator, the organization just announced on its social media handles. This is TNC’s first roster change in well over a year.

March Parts Ways With TNC Predator

TNC Predator announced that they were parting ways with March with a heartfelt message on their social media handles thanking him for their past successes which include winning a DPC Major.

“We would like to thank Park Tae-won MarchDota for his efforts in bringing the team closer to the apex of Dota 2’s competitive scene and with this, we are announcing his release from our official team roster.

Through many ups and downs, our Captain March, has proved his abilities to execute game winning strategies and correct judgements on the different aspect of the game for the team to fully realize its potential that will later become essential in winning the first Major of the current DPC season. He never let the team down and innovated how the game was played during that era. Park Tae-won will always be a key mover for this team and we will always cherish the fruits of the hardwork our roster achieved. Salamat March! “

RELATED:  Interview with TNC Predator’s Captain – March Dota

However, the team believes in a different path and will now look towards a different player to fulfill their future.

March has been a part of TNC Predator since September 2019. With him in the lineup, TNC Predator has won over $564k USD in prize winnings. March lead the team to their first and only DPC Major triumph at the MDL Chengdu Major as well as a win at the ESL One Hamburg 2019 tournament. He has played a crucial role in the team and can be considered to be one of the finest captains in the SEA region.

March also thanked TNC Predator and the Filipino fans on his Twitter handle, adding that this was the best year of his career.

RELATED:  TNC Predator becomes the First Filipino Team in History to Win a Major

So TNC Predator has now been reduced to a four-man unit, featuring: 

  • Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
  • Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios
  • Damien “kpii” Chok
  • Timothy John “Tims” Randrup

It will certainly be interesting to see whom the team picks up to complete their new roster. There are plenty of free agents left in the SEA scene.

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Motivate.Trust Gaming Are BTS Pro Series Season 3 Champions

A name unknown to many Dota 2 fans, Motivate.Trust Gaming, has beaten all odds to crown itself as the BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia champions. The Thai squad, Motivate.Trust Gaming defeated BOOM Esports 3-0 in the grand finals to pick up their first major tournament win. 

ALSO READ:  Team Secret Secure Their 8th Consecutive Tournament Win

A Dream Run for Motivate.Trust Gaming 

Motivate.Trust Gaming competed in this tournament with nobody expecting them to reach the finals, leave alone winning the tournament. Fnatic, Among Us, TNC Predator and BOOM Esports were considered to be contenders for the grand finals. Motivate.Trust Gaming had quite a decent group stage result, making it to the upper brackets. They won 4 series, drew 4 and lost just 1 series to Among Us. One of the favourites to win the event, Fnatic, were knocked out of the tournament following their last position in the group table. They had a very dismal show in the tournament after mainstay Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang and Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong departed from the team. 

Motivate.Trust Gaming’s winning moment:

Despite a reasonable showing in the group stages and securing an upper bracket position, the possibility of a grand final spot for such a relatively inexperienced team was a hard pill to swallow. They had a tough series in the Upper Bracket R1 against Among Us, losing 1-2 and falling off to the lower brackets. Motivate.Trust Gaming won their next two matchups against Neon Esports and NEW Esports and moved to the Lower Bracket Final. Of all the strong teams in the tournament, Among Us and BOOM Esports were battling out in the Upper Bracket Final while NEW Esports completed an upset against TNC Predator in the Lower Bracket R2.

BOOM Esports defeated unstoppable Among Us in the upper bracket final and now, Motivate.Trust Gaming had a tall task ahead of themselves to defeat Among Us. As expected, Among Us took Game 1 comfortably and went nearer to knocking Motivate.Trust Gaming out of the tournament. But Motivate.Trust Gaming rose from the ashes like a phoenix, executing their plans perfectly in Game 2 and 3  and eventually taking the series. 

RELATED:  Among Us Has Been Eliminated From The BTS Pro Series 3: SEA

After Motivate.Trust Gaming knocked out Among Us, viewers were perplexed as Among Us was touted to win this tournament after exemplifying sheer dominance in the group stages. The final stage was set and Motivate.Trust Gaming had nothing to lose. 

In Game 1, Motivate.Trust Gaming drafted a last pick Anti-Mage to counter the huge mana pool of BOOM Esports’ mid pick Storm Spirit. Though BOOM Esports played aggro on their cores of Riki, Doom and Storm Spirit, Motivate.Trust Gaming played with caution, with only mid Void Spirit dying to BOOM’s aggression. Ultimately, Anti-Mage and Masaros on his offlane Timbersaw got out of control and Motivate.Trust Gaming took Game 1.

Game 2 was a well-rounded draft from both sides but Motivate.Trust Gaming outdid BOOM Esports in every aspect playing around their Chronosphere and Reverse Polarity. They gradually won the second game and were one win away from being the winners.

Game 3 witnessed a better teamfight lineup from Motivate.Trust Gaming. Though BOOM Esports’ elusive cores of Windranger and Morphling killed a couple of heroes in a teamfight and escaped, Motivate.Trust Gaming always got the better of the teamfights and built their lead. A desperate play around the Roshan Pit from BOOM proved to be costly as they lost 4 heroes. Motivate.Trust Gaming finished off Roshan and pushed the Tier 4 towers where they forced BOOM Esports to tapout. 

With this Motivate.Trust Gaming proved to be a dark horse, clean sweeping BOOM Esports and emerging triumphant in the BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia. It is a big win in the bag for the Thai squad and they will look to take this momentum forward in any upcoming tournaments.

For BOOM Esports, they have lost 4 grand finals in the last 4 months which has to be a cause of concern for the Indonesian squad. They are perhaps succumbing to the pressure of the Grand Finals and definitely need some mental prowess to perform well in the crucial stages. They will want to utilise the period until the next tournament begins to prepare for such high-pressure moments and eventually bag a tournament win. 

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Team Secret Secure Their 8th Consecutive Tournament Win

Team Secret has emerged victorious at the OGA Dota PIT Season 3: Europe/CIS after defeating VP.Prodigy 3-0 in the grand finals. Team Secret is on an unstoppable winning spree, winning their record eighth consecutive tournament victory in a period of 6 months. Not only has Team Secret been winning tournaments consistently but has also taken the grand finals of each one of them in a dominating 3-0 fashion.

RELATED:  Team Secret Are Your Omega League EU Division Champions

The Superstars of European/CIS Dota 2- Team Secret  

Team Secret is on a whole new level in the European Dota 2 scene as they are ravaging every team coming their way. In the OGA Dota Pit S3, they just dropped one game which was their opening game versus VP.Prodigy. After that, it was just brutal slaughtering of their opponents, winning every single match. They outdid VP.Prodigy in the next 2 games, winning the series and moving to the semifinals. Next, they faced Natus Vincere, who looked strong after pulling off an upset by defeating Team Nigma. But Team Secret was just too much for the CIS team as they demolished them 2-0, ending the series in less than 45 minutes. They faced fellow Europeans, Alliance, in the Upper Bracket finals and the result again was no surprise. Though Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov’s Lifestealer in Game 1 put up a stiff resistance, Team Secret was perfect in its execution and took the game off and eventually the series. 

The finals witnessed underdogs VP.Prodigy, who looked quite impressive after a spectacular Lower Bracket run. VP.Prodigy’s addition of Danil “gpk” Skutin and Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk as stand-ins for the tournament paid dividends as they defeated meaty teams like Team Nigma, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid and Alliance to reach the finals. 

Despite looking really hot and everybody speculating VP.Prodigy to put up a strong performance against Team Secret, the series turned out to be a one-sided affair for the latter. Only Game 1 was a relatively hard-fought contest between the teams but Team Secret closed out the game, owing to their experience and execution. Game 2 witnessed a flawless performance by  MATUMBAMAN on his forte, Lone Druid which gave no chance for VP.Prodigy to settle in the game. Game 3 was an absolute stomp by Team Secret as VP.Prodigy could not even figure out the lanes. All their cores tried switching the lanes but Team Secret’s draft was way too superior and they subsequently took over the game and the series. 

Team Secret’s success is a result of the individual caliber of its players plus the overall communication of the team which is beyond the level of other European teams. Their players have such a large hero pool that they can pick any hero which fits their draft and strategy and also counters the enemy draft. This versatility and game sense can be attributed to Team Secret’s dominance in the laning phase where it seems like the game is over in the first 10 minutes. They establish a 5k gold lead in the very early phases which makes it almost impossible for teams to come back into the game. 

VP.Prodigy’s performance in the tournament has also been a takeaway as they have really solid as a revamped team. Their teamwork appears to be impeccable as all their players looked on the same page in their matches. VP.prodigy is one of the most talented youth teams in Dota 2 and will look forward to some tournament wins as they gain more experience and exposure.

ALSO READ:  Lil and gpk Join VP Prodigy For OGA DotaPit Season 3: EU/CS

It is difficult to objectively determine if Team Secret is the best team in the world in the era of online gaming. Unfortunately, cross-region/LAN tournaments still look like a distant possibility. So, for now, the European/CIS teams will have to battle out in the upcoming ESL One Germany 2020, set to begin on October 5, in a bid to break the invincibility of Team Secret. 

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Among Us Has Been Eliminated From The BTS Pro Series 3: SEA

In a surprising upset, especially considering the team’s undefeated group stage performances, SEA all-star team, Among Us has been eliminated from the BTS Pro Series 3: SEA in 3rd place after two consecutive losses to BOOM Esports and MG.Trust in the Upper Bracket Finals and the Lower Bracket Finals respectively.

RELATED:  TNC Predator Is Eliminated From The BTS Pro Series 3: SEA

Among Us’ Elimination From The BTS Pro Series 3: SEA

Among Us were pushed down to the Lower Bracket finals after a resounding 2-0 loss to Boom Esports in the Upper Bracket finals. The Indonesian team looked like they’ve really found their groove in the playoffs and were quite dominant in both games against Among Us.

Despite this loss, many of the fans in the SEA Dota 2 community believed that Among Us would be able to easily make their way through the lower bracket finals against Motivate.Trust whom they had beaten twice already. However, that was not meant to be the case.

Things went according to plan for Among Us in the first game, with Abed “Abed” Azel L. Yusop and Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon taking off on their Leshrac and Lifestealer respectively, easily claiming kills, objectives, and barracks to close out the game in a relatively straightforward manner in just 28 minutes.

MG.Trust bounced back in Game 2 with an impressive Drow Ranger display from their carry Souliya “JaCkky” Khoomphetsavong who lead his team to victory with a 6/0/13 score. The game was pretty even until the 24-minute mark where a disastrous teamfight for Among Us gave MG.Trust multiple kills right in front of their Tier 3 towers, which allowed them to take control of the map which eventually lead them to the win.

The final game was the closest one of the series. With everything on the line, Among Us turned to 23savage’s Lone Druid to carry them to victory. But JaCkky once again put up an incredible carry performance on his Terrorblade to hold the line. The player went 14/3/7 in the KDA department and showcased stellar carry play to see MG.Trust across the line and secure the victory for his team.

Among Us Defeat in the Final Game of BTS Pro Series 3

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With that victory, MG.Trust has booked a place in the Grand Finals of the BTS Pro Series 3: Southeast Asia where they face Boom Esports for a shot at the lion’s share of the $50,000 USD prize pool. 

Unfortunately, this is the end of the road for Among Us. The team who only banded together for this one tournament, walk away with a Top 3 finish. Following the loss, Jabz confirmed that the team will not be playing together in future tournaments.

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While this is certainly a little bit disappointing for the fans, it will be interesting to see whether some players in this team continue to stick together for future tournaments.

Recently, 23savage confirmed that he will be leaving them to join ViCi Gaming in the near future.

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Following Nigma, OG gets eliminated from OGA Dota Pit S3

In yet another shocking elimination, OG has been knocked out of the tournament following their defeat against Natus Vincere. They faced the CIS team, that recently acquired the FlyToMoon roster, in the Lower Bracket Round 2 where they could not put in the required effort in the absence of star player Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen.

RELATED:  OG Confirms that Topson Will Not Play The OGA DotaPIT S3

Too Hard For OG withOGout Topson 

OG had to contest in this tournament without Topson as the latter was blessed with a baby girl earlier this month. In his absence from the squad, their coach Titouan “Sockshka” Merloz stood in for the team. Now, OG was in a dilemma regarding which player to put in the mid lane as Sockshka has always played the position 5 role for OG as a stand-in. Perhaps to relive his old days as a carry player, captain Johan “N0tail” Sundstein took the responsibility of the mid position while Sockshka played the support role.

OG lost to Alliance in their opening series and fell down to the lower bracket. They won against 5men in their lower bracket match, moving on to the next round where they faced Natus Vincere. Natus Vincere, as a full roster, outdid OG and knocked them out of the tournament. 

One thing that really fascinated every OG fan was N0tail picking up unorthodox mid lane heroes like Oracle, Earth Spirit and Abaddon. It seemed as if he was playing carry on support heroes. Though he mostly lost the mid matchup, OG put up a strong fight against all its opponents taking both their series to a full 3 games. They also drafted around MidOne in all their games but Topson’s unavailability proved to be the critical factor in OG’s losses.

ALSO READ:  N0tail Talks About The IO Pick That Won OG TI9

Playoff Brackets:

Topson will probably be available in the next tournament for OG which is ESL One Germany 2020. They will look to regroup and aim to beat the current supergiants of Europe region, the insurmountable Team Secret.

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Six Countries/Regions That Deserve To Host a TI

The International Dota 2 Championships is arguably the most prestigious tournament in esports. Only at TI will you see plays like the million Dollar Dream Coil, the six million Dollar Echo Slam, and $11 million Dollar Cinderella runs. Valve’s premier Dota 2 tournament boasts the highest prize pools in esports, year after year, and draws in the attention of over 1 million viewers from across the world.

However, until very recently, The International Dota 2 Championships were only held in western countries and regions. TI9, held in China was the first one to be held in the eastern hemisphere while TI10 is scheduled to take place in Sweden, Europe, thus moving back to the west once again.

With the announcement of TI10 in Sweden, Valve has made it clear that it intends to make TI a global event that takes place in various countries across the world. It also invited bids from various countries and tournament organizers to host TI11 which adds further credence to this. 

Through this article, we will explore which venues and countries could make for the most interesting settings and which set of fans deserve to play host to The International the most. At the same time, allow us the liberty to speculate on the challenges that tournament organizers might encounter when trying to host a tournament in these regions.

RELATED:  Valve Plans to Host The International 11 in 2022

Six countries/regions that we believe deserve to host a TI.

1. Kyiv, Ukraine.

Region: Eastern Europe

Why it would make a good host: One could argue that the CIS Dota 2 region is one of the largest and most passionate fanbases across Dota 2. Russian language Dota 2 streams consistently dwarf English viewership during Dota 2 tournaments. This is perhaps the largest fanbase that is yet to see a TI being hosted in its region.

Ukraine is a prime candidate for a CIS TI simply because of relaxed VISA regulations which would allow players to actually attend the tournament without facing too many issues. The country also has several top-notch indoor stadiums such as the National Palace of Arts which played host to the hugely successful Kiev Major.

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StarLadder and WePlay! are two of the biggest CIS tournament organizers and are based out of Kyiv, which would make the tournament easily executable. Travel expenses and accommodation will also be relatively cheap, making it far more affordable for Dota 2 fans who want to catch a glimpse of the action.

Cons: If we’re being honest, nothing really comes to mind. There is a reason why Kyiv was first on our list. It is probably the perfect city to play host to a TI.

2. Manila, Philippines.

Region: Southeast Asia

Why it would make a good host: It wouldn’t be too far fetched to say that SEA’s Dota 2 player base comes largely from the highly dedicated and passionate fans in the Philippines. 

It is no surprise that the best ever Dota 2 Major took place in Manila way back in 2016. Even though it has been over four years since that wonderful event came to an end, no other tournament (Major or TI) has come close to replicating the hype of that Filipino event. The Philippines will definitely blow the roof off if it gets the opportunity to host a TI.

Keep in mind that the country is a beautiful holiday destination thanks to its exotic coasts and vibrant culture. The country is also pretty easy on the wallet, has relaxed VISA regulations along with a growing infrastructure which makes it an ideal destination for a TI.


  • Philippines Anti-Drug Laws are the big elephants in the room. Valve believes that the country’s government regulations for esports players entering the country are unreasonable infringements on the player’s privacy.
  • Despite good infrastructure, unlikely VISA issues, and a dedicated crowd, it’s going to be this one particular issue, of the anti-drug laws, that makes the Philippines a non-viable destination for a TI.

3. Los Angeles, USA

Hollywood Los Angeles

Region: North America

Why it would make a good host: Los Angeles, the home of Hollywood, and certainly one of the most iconic cities in pop culture would provide a great backdrop for The International Dota 2 Championships. The city is no stranger to Tier 1 esports tournaments, having hosted the 2013 and 2016 League of Legends World Championship Finals.

L.A. was all set to play host to one of the DPC majors this season: ESL One Los Angeles 2020. Unfortunately, the tournament did not take place due to the pandemic, and the first USA-based Dota 2 tournament in over two years was taken away from the eager fans. Hosting the tournament here would certainly help these fans get over this disappointment on missing out on a Major.

There are also several spectacular venues in the Los Angeles area such as the Staples Center which could provide a fascinating setting for The International.

The city is also in close proximity to Valve’s home base in Seattle, which would also make logistics less of a challenge. USA has proved to be successful at hosting multiple TIs, and has all the chips in place to host the world’s greatest Dota 2 tournament.


  • The USA has already hosted its fair share of TIs. Six of the nine TIs so far have been held in the USA.
  • VISA issues have always been a problem with TIs hosted in the United States of America.
  • It would be a far more expensive affair for foreign fans to attend and spectate the International Dota 2 Championships compared to other countries.

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Major

Region: SEA

Why it would make a good host: Another SEA city which has proven itself across various tournaments in being one of the most welcoming and hype Dota 2 crowds in the world is  Kuala Lumpur. The city has already played host to a DPC Major while the nearby Genting Highlands has hosted a number of ESL One tournaments as a result of the fan base and its easy accessibility.

The tournament also doesn’t have any issues with players’ privacy unlike the Philippines, whilst also preserving most of the advantages of hosting a TI in the region, making it an ideal venue if Valve decides to bring TI to the Southeast Asian region.


  • The crowd while being hype in its own right still doesn’t bring the same energy that the Philippines (or CIS crowds for that matter) bring to the table.
  • Whilst VISA issues are minimal, some countries still have a number of issues when they try to come into Malaysia. For example, Israeli players like Neta “33” Shapira have previously faced issues with entering the country for previous Dota 2 tournaments.

RELATED:  The International 10’s Prize Pool Exceeds $36 Million

5. Katowice, Poland.

Region: Central Europe

Why it would make a good host: Katowice is considered by many esports enthusiasts as the home of esports. It is one of the most historic cities with respect to esports, having hosted multiple top-tier CS:GO and Dota 2 tournaments.

ESL One KatowicePhoto Credit: ESL/Bart Oerbekke

There is an active esports viewing culture which populates the venues even for the smallest of esports tournaments. However, despite all this, it has never really hosted a massive Dota 2 tournament. The biggest one it has hosted is ESL One Katowice 2018 which featured a million Dollar prize pool.

Despite being equipped to do so, a TI caliber event has never really taken place in this city. It would certainly be interesting and rewarding to see this historic city playing host to a TI.


  • Their biggest advantage could prove to be their biggest weakness. Too many esports events have taken place in this city which could take away some of the sheen of The International from local audiences. 
  • Since Europe will be hosting TI10, hosting the next TI in the same region may not be received well by Dota 2 fans from other regions.

6. Lima, Peru

Region: South America

Why it would make a good host: The South American region is perhaps the fastest-growing region in PC esports viewership. It has a humongous amount of fans who have been underserved for years and hence are eagerly awaiting a top-tier esports tournament.

The ESL One Rio 2019 Major would have been the first major esports tournament to be held in the region. However, the pandemic played spoilsport, canceling the event. So TI has the chance to be the first esports event for legions of frenetic Dota 2 fans and will provide Valve with a massive chance to expand its player base.

While Brazilians are fond of CS:GO, Peruvians have proven that they have the most dedicated Dota 2 fan base in the region via their vocal support in online tournaments, which would likely make for a hype crowd at a LAN like TI.

The historic Coliseo Amauta with a capacity of 20,000 would prove to be a perfect venue for an event of TI’s size.


  • TI would be the first major Dota 2 event taking place in the region, which makes it hard to estimate the size of the local crowd that could turn up for the event. There’s also the question of whether or not foreign fans would be willing to travel to the country to watch the tournament amongst other logistical issues.
  • The internet issues that Peruvians face with regards to Dota 2 is well documented. Considering the fact that the tournament has to be broadcast across the world, issues with the internet could force another ‘Shanghai Major’ situation.

Where would you like to see a TI being hosted? 

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TNC Predator Is Eliminated From The BTS Pro Series 3: SEA

TNC Predator’s run at the BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia has come to an end after it lost to NEW Esports in the Lower Bracket R2. TNC Predator was thrown down to the Lower Brackets by BOOM Esports earlier today. They lost both their series 2-0 and ended their campaign in a very disappointing note, especially considering their recent triumph at ESL One Thailand 2020.

RELATED:  TNC Predator Wins ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia

TNC Predator Vs BOOM Esports

TNC Predator faced Indonesian-rivals BOOM Esports in the 1st round of the upper brackets earlier today. Although we expected this series to be a hard-fought contest between the two teams, BOOM Esports completely thrashed TNC, ending the series in a little over 50 minutes. BOOM Esports was right on the money with their drafts and strategy and provided no room for any comeback play from TNC Predator. 

In Game 1, BOOM Esports drafted greatly around the Mirana Arrow with Bane, Windranger and Tidehunter and constantly picked off heroes. All this while, Dreamocel on the carry Spectre farmed like a madman and haunted into teamfights whenever necessary. Gabbi on Sven carry was kited in every skirmish and the team also could not offer any assistance. 

Game 2 again witnessed a very intelligent draft from BOOM Esports countering the in-meta heroes, Faceless Void and Bloodseeker, from TNC with a Wraith King pick. TNC Predator picked up Slark as their last pick but their heroes had no synergy as a team. From the very beginning of the game, TNC Predator looked lacklustre and got constantly searched and picked off. The last pick Slark also did not work out and the cores of BOOM Esports were too tanky to die to initial bursts of TNC Predator’s heroes. The game ended eventually at 30 minutes and BOOM Esports took their revenge from TNC Predator for their loss in the finals of ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia

TNC Predator Vs NEW Esports

TNC Predator played NEW Esports next in an elimination match and once again everybody expected a comprehensive victory for TNC. But NEW Esports showed indomitable strength to seal the series 2-0.

Game 1 saw fairly rounded up drafts from both the teams and hinted towards a cracker of a game. NEW Esports picked up a very situational mid hero- Earth Spirit and executed it perfectly with its draft in the game. The game was mostly even in the first phase of the game with both teams losing some heroes. NEW Esports gradually picked up the pace with a better teamfight lineup and TNC Predator had no answers to their opponents’ aggression. The SEA giants were forced to GG out and look to come back in the next match.

Game 2 was a long game that lasted for nearly 60 minutes. NEW Esports was again impeccable in its strategy and execution and maintained a lead through the entirety of the game. They had the right initiation heroes in Clockwerk and Lifestealer, the right amount of magic damage in Zeus and Snapfire and a save in the form of Oracle. Lifestealer also had an MKB for Gabbi’s Phantom Assassin who was having a very pleasant game. New Esports took a lot of time taking the last set of barracks, apprehensive of a Divine Rapier comeback by Phantom Assassin. Eventually, the Lifestealer also bought a Rapier and secured the mega creeps comfortably with Rage and Aegis. Then, TNC also waited for the inevitable as NEW Esports eliminated one of the favourites from the tournament and moved forward in the tournament.  

A rather upsetting performance by TNC Predator has knocked them out of the BTS Pro Series Season 3: Southeast Asia. Their recent form has been great as they had won the recently concluded ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia. They will just take this in their stride and move forward, considering the losses to be just a bad day at the office. 

RELATED:  Among Us Book a Spot in The Upper Bracket Finals at BTS Pro Series 3

In the other lower bracket series, Motivate.Trust Gaming defeated Neon Esports 2-0 and will now face NEW Esports in the next round of lower brackets. In the upper bracket finals, BOOM Esports will face the undisputed best team in the region(atleast temporarily) Among Us for a spot in the Grand Finals. 

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Blacklisted Ex-Newbee Players Officially Added To An Unknown Team

In May 2020, Former TI champions, Chinese organisation Newbee and its players were blacklisted from Chinese Dota 2 competitions for match-fixing in the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 Chinese Qualifiers against Team Avengers and also in China Dota2 Pro League S2 and DPL-CDA S1. Two of the 5 banned players were Yin “Aq” Rui and Yan “Waixi” Chao. The names of these two players have shown up in the Dota 2 “Majors and Minors Registration” page where they have been signed to an unknown team.

RELATED:  Chinese Team Newbee Blacklisted from Chinese Tournaments for Matchfixing

Newbee Waixi and Aq Were Banned by Chinese Organizations But Not by Valve

The Newbee organization, including its players, were blacklisted by premier Chinese Dota 2 bodies ImbaTV, Mars Media and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association (CDA). They had issued statements which prohibited Newbee and its players to participate in any tournaments hosted by ImbaTV, CDA and the Dota 2 Professional League (DPL). The organizations also stated that they have submitted the required evidence to Valve.

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Though these professional bodies had issued official statements regarding Newbee’s ban, there was no communication from Valve about this issue. So in this case, one can assume that these players may still play in Valve affiliated tournaments or any other third party non-Chinese tournaments until Valve addresses this issue. 

Both players, Aq and Waixi have been added to an unknown team with the ID 8021080. It will be intriguing to know if these players can genuinely play for a team competing in non-Chinese tournaments. We might also see official statements by some professional Dota 2 organizations like the CDA with regards to this matter. 

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Over the years, many players in Dota 2 have been caught match-fixing. When sufficient evidence was provided to Valve regarding these players, they were banned from participating in any Valve-affiliated event indefinitely. Some of the players banned by Valve include: 

  • Elite Wolves: iwo, SmAsH, mstco, VanN.
  • Mineski: Jacko, Paseo, jvn
  • Arrow Gaming: Lance, ddz, xiangzai, MoZuN, MtR

A full list of the players who have been banned by Valve can be found here. It should be noted that none of the players from Newbee who were blacklisted from Chinese Dota 2 tournaments are part of this list. This likely means that they can compete in non-Chinese Dota 2 tournaments as well as Valve tournaments.

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Nigma Knocked Out Of OGA Dota Pit Season 3

Team Nigma has been knocked out of the OGA Dota PIT Season 3: Europe/CIS after they got dismantled by VP.Prodigy in the Lower Bracket R1, losing the series 2-0. Nigma is now the first team to get eliminated from the tournament which comes as an overwhelming surprise to everybody.

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Nigma’s ordinary performances? 

Team Nigma was thrown into the lower bracket by Natus Vincere after it lost 2-0 to the latter. This was yet another shocking loss to the Nigma fans as they have been quite dominant over the Na`Vi squad over the past few months. This Na`Vi team is the former FlyToMoon squad which has been signed on a trial basis for OGA Dota PIT Season 3 and ESL One Germany.

Team Nigma, known for their lower bracket runs, played their series against VP.Prodigy in the lower bracket R1. However, VP.Prodigy was impeccable in their gameplay and strategy and provided no space for Nigma to establish any lead over them. In game 2, the only time Nigma looked settled, VP.Prodigy played really well around epileptick1d’s Anti-Mage, gradually winning the match and the series. 

While both Natus Vincere and VP.Prodigy were spectacular in their drafts and teamfights, Team Nigma has certainly lacked the right decision making and calling in-game. They have followed their playstyle of 4-protect-one, centred around Miracle- picking up his signature heroes like Arc Warden, Phantom Assassin but all has been in vain. It looks like they are now really missing captain KuroKy who has been sidelined with an arm injury for nearly 3 months. 

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Team Nigma will look to assess their gameplay and come back stronger  as they play next in the ESL One Germany 2020, hopefully with captain KuroKy.