TnC qualified for SL iLeague LAN season 3 after assuming the top position in the group stage of the SEA Qualifiers. The Filipino team narrowly edged out Team Faceless by only one point. TnC will head to Shanghai, China in February- joining Wings Gaming, iG.Vitality, VGJ, two qualified teams from Europe and one from Americas yet to be determined, as well as one more directly invited team. The eight teams will compete for the $300,000 prize pool.
The SEA SL iLeague LAN season 3 qualifiers have come to end – with TnC topping the group stage for their spot in the main event.
TnC ended their run in the first position with a total of 16 points – including five wins, one draw and one tie. TnC lost 0:2 to Team Faceless – the mixed Singapore based team that gave TnC a run for their money. Despite the loss, they still managed to come out ahead, edging out Team Faceless to secure the only spot allocated for their region.
The Filipino team clenched the title and first place prize in WESG only 10 days ago – continuing to display riveting performances and cohesive team play.
Wings Gaming has been directly invited to the main event. iG.Vitality and VGJ already qualified to represent the Chinese region. Three more teams will qualify and one more team will be invited – bringing up the total to eight teams competing at the main event taking place in Shanghai, China next month.
SL iLeague LAN season 3 SEA qualifiers format
- Dec 25 – Dec 26
- Single-elimination bracket
- Best-of-one matches
- Best-of-three finals
- Top 2 teams advance to group stage
- Geek Fam and Power Gaming advanced
- Jan 16 – Jan 25
- 6 invited teams – Mineski.GGNetwork, Fnatic, Team Faceless, WarriorsGaming.Unity, Execration, TNC Pro Team
- 2 teams from Open Qualifier – Geek Fam and Power Gaming
- Round-robin group
- Matches two game series
- Top team qualified to LAN Finals
Last year TNC stormed through The International 6 open qualifiers all the way up to Top 8 in thrilling fashion. Despite the indisputable achievement, the team still fell victim to roster changes during the post-TI shuffle.
Sam “Sam_H” Enojosa Hidalgo and Carlo “Kuku” Palad were the only two members left standing, back in September.
The team struggled to find their place and achievements and looked towards continued roster changes to make improvements.
On November 21st, TNC parted ways with two of their players, Mark “Cast” Pilar and Linuel “Teehee” Abanto.
One day after being released from Fnatic’s roster, Marc Polo “Raven” Luis Fausto rejoined TNC Gaming on November 29th leaving only one vacancy left on the team – it was filled in mid December with Timothy “Tims” Randrup.
The roster was completed one day prior to the start of WESG – a tournament that the Filipino team seized the championship title in.
TnC current roster:
Marc Polo “Raven” Luis Fausto
Carlo “Kuku” Palad
Samson Solomon “SamH” Hidalgo
Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa
Timothy “Tims” Randrup
StarLadder iLeague StarSeries Season 3
Eight teams will compete in the third iteration of the joint series between Starladder and iLeague.
The LAN finals are to be held February 23-26 in Shanghai China at the International Gymnastics Center with eight teams competing for the $300,000 prize pool.
The International Gymnastics Center was built in 1997 and is 24,900 square meters to accommodate up to 4,000 viewers.
- Direct invites: 2 teams – Wings Gaming/TBD
- China: 2 qualified teams – VGJ/iG.Vitality
- Europe: 2 qualified teams – TBD/TBD
- America: 1 qualified team – TBD
- South East Asia: 1 qualified team- TnC Pro
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