All-Filipino TNC Predator debuts in APAC Predator League Grand Final

Published March 12, 2021, 9:31 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Bannering its revamped all-Filipino roster, TNC Predator will have its mettle tested against Neon Esports and eight other teams in the 2020/2021 Asia Pacific Predator League Grand Final slated on April 6-11. 

Former Smart Omega captain-support Marvin “Boomy” Rushton and offlaner Jun “Bok” Kanehara will debut with a TNC jersey in the final stage of the APAC Predator League which was postponed last year due to COVID-19. 

With mainstays carry Kim “Gabbi” Santos, mid laner Armel “Armel” Tabios and position-4 support Timothy “Tims” Randrup, TNC will take on the Singapore Major-bound Neon and fellow Dota Pro Circuit-Southeast Asia Upper Division teams Boom Esports and 496 Gaming. 

Also in the 10-team online tournament are Galaxy Racer, Team GXR, Reckoning Esports, Team Star, Team Mystery and PSTR. 

The tourney stakes a total prize pool of $400,000 (nearly P20 million) across Dota 2 and Player Unknown’s Battle Ground (PUBG). 

TNC tapped the Cebuano duo of Boomy and Bok after parting ways with South Korean captain-support Kim “Febby’ Yong Min and veteran Australian offlaner Damien “kpii” Chok. 

The roster change was brought about by the Filipino powerhouse squad’s failure to qualify for the SG Major–the first Dota 2 Major of 2021 which will be hosted by ONE Esports and PGL on March 27-April 4. 

Boomy and Bok, who were part of the SEA Games 2019 gold-winning team Adroit Esports, helped Omega get promoted to the Upper Division next season.