TNC Predator flaunted Southeast Asia’s signature hyper-aggression as it ripped Chinese squad Vici Gaming in Game 2 to force a 1-1 draw and score its first game win in the WePlay AniMajor group stage early Saturday, June 5 (PH time) in Kiev, Ukraine.
The core trio of Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte’s Monkey King, Armel “Armel” Tabios’ Razor and Jun “Bok” Kanehara’s Magnus did not give VG a breathing room throughout the 35-6 romp in 30 minutes.
Support duo Timothy “Tims” Randrup’s and Marvin “Boomy” Rushton’s Snapfire also came out instrumental in TNC’s fluid movement across the map to get pickoffs and eventually prevail in team fights resulting in a whopping total of 78 assists.
Gabbi and Armel each hit 12 kills while combining for 27 assists without a single death even as Bok also put up a perfect record with 20 assists and four kills.
TNC could have actually seized a 2-0 win after dominating most of the laning stage and mid game of the series opener with Armel’s Tiny and Tims’ Lion making plays across the map.
But Yang “poyoyo” Shaohan’s Medusa proved too much to handle heading to the late game with the help of Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang who came up with big Dream Coil plays on his Puck as VG took the victory in 45 minutes.
TNC earlier lost via 2-0 sweep to Abed “Abed” Yusop and Evil Geniuses to open its AniMajor campaign.
The Filipino squad sat on a three-way tie at the bottom together with Beastcoast and Team Liquid on identical 1-3 records.
Only the top six teams will advance to the playoffs while the bottom two will be eliminated.
TNC will look to sustain the momentum and spark a big push to the playoffs when it battles Beastcoast, Team Nigma and PSG.LGD starting at 8 p.m. later.