TNC Predator has officially inserted its Korean coach Kim “Febby” Yong Min into its lineup for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia Regional League upper division set to fire off on January 18.
The Filipino powerhouse team announced the development with a subtle prank through its Facebook page on Thursday night.
“Today we announce that we are releasing Kim Yong Min, better known as Febby, from coaching… and welcoming him back officially as our new team captain!” the team said.
A veteran in the Dota pro scene and a close friend of former TNC captain Park “March” Tae Won, Febby was tapped by the accomplished PH esports organization as its coach for the Leipzig Major in January last year.
After a decent 7th-8th finish in Leipzig that netted them $40,000 and 450 DPC points, TNC retained Febby as its mentor until the squad released March and made the former a stand-in for the Beyond The Summit (BTS) Pro Series Season 4 last month.
Several fans raised an eyebrow at TNC’s move but the 27-year-old Febby proved to be a fitting hard support player as they won the BTS tournament, ending the team’s slump since ruling the ESL ONE Thailand 2020 in September.
With the promotion of Febby into the main lineup, TNC will seek to dominate the upper division of the DPC-SEA league where the top three finishers will qualify for the first Major tournament of the year.
TNC will go up against fellow direct invites Fnatic, T1, BOOM Esports and qualified teams Execration, Neon Esports, Vice Esports and 496 Gaming.
“Now that our roster is complete, we are officially taking our first step on our way back to TI (The International)! See you all in the upcoming games of the Dota Pro Circuit season,” it said.
“Position 5 baby!” the team added, referring to Febby’s famous remark.
Febby is no stranger to competitive Dota, having played for the now-defunct Korean powerhouse team MVP Phoenix wherein he played with March and current TNC offlaner Damien “kpii” Chok, and took a 7th-8th finish in TI5 as a wildcard.
The bubbly pro player continued to play for MVP and wound up at an improved 5th-6th finish in TI6 but the post-TI roster shuffle seemed to affect the team, resulting in its disbandment in January 2017.
Febby then suited up for Fnatic in TI7 but was not able to participate in the next two editions with Immortals and Team Jinesbrus.