TNC Predator parted ways with their captain and drafter Park “March” Tae-won today, September 28, a year after he joined the team.
As one of the oldest players in the Dota 2 professional scene, March came to TNC in the post TI9 shuffle after a brief stint with Fnatic in the coach seat. Soon after he took on the position 5 duties at TNC, the Filipino team started to dominate in both domestic and international competitions, winning the World Electronic Sports Games 2019 Philippines Finals and the WESG 2019 Southeast Asia Finals, the ESL One Hamburg 2019 title, and more importantly, they were on the path of having a great 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit season by winning the first Major counting towards a spot at TI10, MDL Chengdu.
“Through many ups and downs, our Captain March has proved his abilities to execute game winning strategies and correct judgements on different aspects of the game for the team to fully realize its potential that will later become essential in winning the first Major,” TNC said in their goodbye post on Twitter.
At 32 years old, March became in November last year the oldest player to have won a Valve sponsored tournament. However, TNC’s dominance came to an end abruptly once the competitive scene had to adapt to an online only schedule.
Having March playing from South Korea with incredibly high ping, TNC couldn’t keep the pace with their competitors from Southeast Asia and the only online tournament victory was registered just recently at ESL One Thailand.
Last week, TNC placed just top 6 at BTS Pro Series Season3: Southeast Asia, which was the last tournament for March under the TNC tag.
“Unfortunately, the team decided to go towards a different path to achieve our goals. Although this is where March parts his way, it is not the end of our friendship. A great player and leader that we will encounter in our pubs and, if the situation permits, pro tournaments,” TNC mentioned.
TNC Predator current roster:
- Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
- Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios
- Damien “kpii” Chok
- Timothy John “Tims” Randrup
Neither TNC nor March announced the next step moving forward. While it’s unsure if March will continue his professional player career or if he will return to the coaching seat, for TNC there are a couple of options to fill in the empty seat. Fnatic’s former captain Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong is free of contract after he’s been removed earlier this month from the team, as well as all the Geek Fam players, including TNC’s former member, Carlo “Kuku” Palad. So, stay tuned for further updates regarding TNC’s latest addition to the roster!
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