TNC Predator bounces back, Smart Omega struggles in DPC Season 2

Published May 5, 2021, 10:19 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from TNC Predator 

Filipino powerhouse TNC Predator evaded an upset scare from Indonesia’s Boom Esports, 2-1, for a rebound victory while Smart Omega faltered anew this time to Fnatic, 2-1, in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Season 2-Southeast Asia Upper Division on Wednesday night, May 5. 

11K MMR carry Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte went ham on his Tiny in the deciding Game 3 as TNC ripped Boom apart with a 28-14 kill score and forced the GG call in nearly 35 minutes. 

Gabbi dished out a game-high 29K damage to rack up 13 kills and 10 assists without a death while finishing with a 21K net worth. 

Stats from PGL livestream 

Captain-support Marvin “Boomy” Rushton on Nyx Assassin chipped in 17 assists while Timothy “Tims” Randrup on Phoenix tallied an 8-3-12 kill-death-assist record. 

TNC proved better in team fights with Armel “Armel” Tabios’ midlane Medusa equipped with Aghanim’s Scepter and Tims’ well-placed Supernova ultimate even as offlaner Jun “Bok” Kanehara set up pickoffs. 

Stats from PGL livestream 

Armel’s Puck and Boomy’s position-5 Tiny fueled TNC’s relentless assault in the 26-10 Game 1 triumph but they fell on the receiving end of a 31-10 rout in Game 2 with Rafli “Mikoto” Rahman’s Ember Spirit and Saieful “Fbz” Ilham’s Night Stalker leading the charge for Boom. 

TNC bounced back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Karl “Karl” Jayme’s T1 last Saturday and remained atop the eight-team Upper Division with a 4-1 record, ahead of Execration (3-2) and Boom (3-3). 

Meanwhile, Djardel “Dj” Mampusti and Polo “Raven” Fausto’s Fnatic got its second win in a row at the expense of the skidding Omega, 2-1. 

Dj and the crew foiled Omega’s attempt to use the Morphling-Dark Willow cheese strategy at the hands of carry Justine “Tino” Grimaldo and soft support Mark “Shanks” Redira in the do-or-die Game 3. 

Stats from PGL livestream 

After starting its campaign with a surprising 2-0 loss to Execration, Fnatic improved to 2-1 and moved to No. 4 in the standings. 

On the other hand, Omega suffered its third consecutive defeat after going on an impressive two-game winning start as it sank deeper to No. 6. 

Omega will try to arrest its slide against the Singapore Major top six finisher OB x Neon Esports (1-2), which is surprisingly on a two-game losing skid, on Thursday.