TNC suffers shocking defeat to bottom team, Omega snaps skid in DPC Season 2

Published May 16, 2021, 3:34 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from DreamHack

TNC Predator’s bid to make it to the second Major of the year suffered a massive blow as it absorbed a stunning 2-0 loss to also-ran Lilgun of Mongolia in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Season 2-Southeast Asia Upper Division on Saturday night, May 16.

Playing the spoiler’s role, erstwhile winless Lilgun pulled off a 44-minute upset in Game 1 behind Sukhbat “Sanctity-” Otgondavaa’s Anti-Mage who destroyed Armel “Armel” Tabios’ Medusa and the rest of TNC in the late game.

The Mongolians then went for a cheese offlane Pudge pick for Tuguldur “MaRveL-” Munkhbat that seemed to have rattled the Filipinos’ game plan in Game 2 while working wonders for them to score a 45-22 romp in 31 minutes.

With the shocking defeat, TNC wasted a golden opportunity to secure at least a third-place finish in the SEA Upper Division which guarantees a spot in the second Dota 2 Major of the year.

The PH team, which missed the bus to the ONE Esports SIngapore Major, surrendered a tie at No. 1 with Fnatic and T1 on identical 4-2 records in the eight-team standings.

For its part, the eliminated Lilgun seized its first win after suffering five straight losses in its Upper Division debut.

DPC Season 2-SEA Upper Division Week 5 Standings from TNC.Gabbi’s Facebook page

In the second series, Smart Omega kept its hopes of staying in the Upper Division alive after snapping its four-game losing skid and closing out its campaign with a 2-0 sweep over Boom Esports of Indonesia.

Omega banked on carry Justine “Tino” Grimaldo and position-4 support Mark “Shanks” Redira to get the crucial win that put them at joint sixth with Boom on similar 3-4 slates.

Tino and company forced a tiebreaker against Boom at the least for the right to stay in the Upper Division and avoid relegation to the Lower Division.