TNC’s Morphling-Spiritbreaker not enough vs Fnatic; PH powerhouse now in danger of missing SG Major

Published February 25, 2021, 11:43 AM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from PGL live stream

Fnatic just found an answer to tame the scary Morphling of TNC Predator carry Kim “Gabbi” Santos. 

Behind a crowd control heavy lineup, Fnatic denied TNC’s Morphling-Spiritbreaker duo in Game 2 before Filipino carry Polo “Raven” Fausto’s Phantom Assassin took charge in the decider for a 2-1 victory in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia Upper Division on Wednesday night, Feb. 24. 

TNC was actually able to draw first blood in the crucial “SEA El Clasico” match with the insane combo of Gabbi’s Morphlng and captain-hard support Kim “Febby” Yong Min’s Spiritbreaker charging their way against Fnatic for a 29-12 victory in 35 minutes. 

But Thai soft support Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong’s Enigma and compatriot offlaner Natthaphon “Masaros” Ouanphakdee’s Timbersaw proved too much to handle for TNC’s “MorphBreaker” as Fnatic scored a 34-18 win in the 50-minute Game 2 to equalize the series. 

Raven, the 11K MMR carry of Fnatic, then took matters into his own hands in the all-important Game 3, with his “godlike” PA hitting 11 kills and 12 assists against only two deaths to power Fnatic’s 33-14 rout in 34 minutes. 

Photo from PGL live stream 

With a 6-1 record to end its campaign in the six-week regional league, Fnatic secured its spot in the Singapore Major–the first Dota 2 Major tournament of the year which will be hosted by ONE Esports and PGL next month. 

The Malaysia-based team also secured itself a seat in the Major group stage at the least. 

Fnatic will only wait for the result of the match between Neon Esports (5-1) and T1 (4-2) on Thursday to determine if it will take or go on a tiebreak against Neon for the No. 1 spot that guarantees a ticket to the Major playoffs. 

Read: Scenarios for TNC and Neon to qualify (or not) for the Singapore Major

For its part, TNC slipped to 4-3 and fell on the verge of failing to qualify for the SG Major. 

The Filipino powerhouse team will need T1 to lose to keep its Major chances alive. 

If T1 loses to Neon, TNC, Indonesia’s Boom Esports and T1 will have identical 4-3 records, resulting in a three-way tiebreaker for the No. 3 that gives a berth in the Major wild card phase.