Once again, TNC Pro Team carries the weight of an entire nation of Dota players on its shoulders.
With a thrilling 2-1 win over Puppey's Team Secret just earlier today, the boys in orange secure their second straight top four entry in an international event, further building their case as perhaps the best Philippine Dota 2 team in history.
After getting swept in their TI6 rematch against OG yesterday, Kuku and the crew opened their elimination campaign in the most TNC way possible: on the back of their deadliest weapon, *TIMS's Earth Spirit.
With China's iG.V absolutely showing no respect for Southeast Asia's ES God, they found their midgame teamfight compositions crumbling in two straight outings, securing an outing with Team Secret later on in the day.
The ES God In Action © NoobFromUA
RESPECT THE EARTH SPIRIT GOD
Puppey, playing to his legacy of being, at times, a reckless drafter, didn't learn from iG.V's mistakes early on in the day, as he neglected to ban the ES, which TNC picked up first with no hesitation whatsoever, resulting in yet another tour de force performance from the Philippines' current top playmaking support, giving the Pinoys a quick 1-0 lead.
Finally respecting TNC's rock hard ace, Secret finally first-phase banned the hero in the next two games, but alas this would not be enough for the Turkey-based org, as they would get eliminated in the series rubber match.
INTO THE PLAYOFFS
The win secures TNC at least $30,000 as they crash tomorrow's final four. However, they will have all odd stacked against them tomorrow as they take on tournament favorites, Kuroky's white-hot Team Liquid which is fresh from a 2-0 drubbing of hte reigning Aegis holders Wings Gaming from yesterday.
However, a win tomorrow will further propel the team into Dota immortality.
What will you be doing tomorrow? I know I'll be watching this showdown at 10AM SGT at twitch.tv/mineskitv.