Armel says it’s easier to play with all-Pinoy roster as TNC sweeps Omega for share of lead in DPC-SEA

Published April 21, 2021, 6:36 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from TNC Predator

Having an all-Filipino lineup makes playing Dota 2 so much easier according to TNC Predator star midlaner Armel “Armel” Tabios. 

And it was clearly evident in the ongoing Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Season 2-Southeast Asia Upper Division as TNC easily crushed the former team of Marvin “Boomy” Rushton and Jun “Bok” Kanehara in Smart Omega, 2-0, for a share of the early lead on Wednesday, April 21. 

The Filipino powerhouse got position-5 support Boomy and offlaner Bok as replacements for Korean captain Kim “Febby” Yong Min and Australian veteran Damien “kpiii” Chok after failing to qualify for the ONE Esports Singapore Major. 

TNC found success early on, defending its throne in the APAC Predator League against OB x Neon Esports earlier this month and now enjoying at the top of the SEA Upper Division with its second straight victory. 

“Mas madali ‘yung communication tas madaling nakakapag-bonding sa bootcamp kasi kumbaga pwede nyo i-topic lahat. (The communication is easier and we get to have bonding in the bootcamp because we can talk about any topic),” said Armel in the post-game interview aired through TNC’s Facebook page. 

“‘Pag sa foreigner kasi, kahit marunong ka mag-English, parang mahirap mag-usap ng malalim. Kumbaga sa Dota lang talaga (If you have foreign teammates, even if you can speak in English, it’s difficult to talk deeper. We only talk about Dota),” added the 21-year-old pro. 

Carry Kim “Gabbi” Santos also joked about the advantage of having particularly Bok in the team. 

“Siguro ‘yung pagiging joker ni Bok. Komedyante din kasi ‘yun si Bok eh. Napapasaya kami ni Bok (Bok is a joker, he’s a comedian and he makes us happy),” Gabbi said in jest. 

And it looked like TNC was having fun in its stomping of Omega wherein Armel starred on his Tiny and Bristleback. 

Armel’s Tiny made sure TNC would keep the series opener even from early to mid-game and give Gabbi’s Spectre enough space to farm en route to a 34-14 triumph in 36 minutes. 

With Gabbi left uncheck, he was able to secure a Manta Style in the 19th minute and TNC snowballed from there with him and Armel leading the charge to multiple pickoffs and team fight victories. 

Armel then went ham with his ultra-hard Bristleback (11-2-17 kill-death-assist) armed with Aghanim’s Scepter to power TNC’s 37-21 rout of Omega in Game 2 in just 32 minutes. 

Bok on his Clockwerk also stepped up with 14 kills and 11 assists against four deaths while Timothy “Tims” Randrup on his Io chipped in 23 assists.