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TNC Predator take ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia title

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

TNC Predator bested Boom Esports 3:2 to take their first title in 10 months at ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia. 

TNC Predator started out doing amazing this last DPC 2019-2020 season. After their disappointing 9-12th place finish at TI9, they came back with a vengeance and started taking title after title, eventually overpowering Vici Gaming 3:1 at MDL Chengdu Major. Somehow, they started to slide in December and weren't able to pick up the momentum before the season was put on hold. 

Now, for the first time in 10 months, the SEA team was able to claim another title. 

Despite taking the top seed in their group and advancing to the grand finals via the upper brackets, their championship victory was hard-fought and hard-earned. Things were pushed to a full five games and they had stared out on the wrong foot as BOOM's Terrorblade overtook them with a flawless 13/0/1 game. However, TNC bounced back strong in game two with a Drow-Vengeful Spirit duo core and took Game 3 with ease. After BOOM evened the series in Game 4 with a perfect Outworld Devourer, TNC's Park “March” Tae-won took his signature Venomancer and overwhelmed BOOM to take an early lead and hold on to it for the game and series victory. 

Format

  • Participants
    • Eight invited teams
    • Two teams from ESL Thailand Championship 2020 Season 1
    • Two teams from a closed qualifier
  • Group Stage - August 20th - August 31st, 2020
    • Two groups of six teams each
    • Single round-robin
    • All matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs
    • 3rd and 4th place teams from each group advance to the lower bracket of the playoffs
    • Bottom two teams from each group are eliminated
  • Playoffs - September 1st - September 6th, 2020
    • Double-elimination bracket
    • All matches except Grand Final are Bo3
    • Grand Final is Bo5

Prize Pool

The $135,000 prize pool was spread among the teams as below:

Place $ USD Team
1st place $50,000 TNC Predator
2nd place $25,000 BOOM Esports
3rd place $15,000 Fnatic
4th place $10,000 Neon Esports
5th-6th place $7,500 T1
Sparking Arrow Gaming
7th-8th place $5,000 Motivate.Trust Gaming
Geek Fam
9th-10th place $3,000 Adroit Esports
Aster.Aries
11th-12th place $2,000 Team Trust
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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

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