1 day after losing 2 of its players, the Southeast Asian squad is back to full strength with a duo of talented additions to the lineup.
TNC Pro Team, or TNC Predator, wasted no time in putting together its new roster for the 2018-2019 Pro Circuit season. Just 1 day after announcing the departures of Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto and Samson Solomon Enojosa “Sam_H” Hidalgo, the organization has already signed and added their replacements to its roster. The Southeast Asian squad announced today that former Clutch Gamers player Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte and former Mineski support player Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. will be joining the roster for the upcoming season, completing the team’s lineup.
Gabbi comes to TNC Predator having spent the last 2 years as an “up-and-coming” talent within the Southeast Asian region. The carry player saw action with a number of squads like Execration, Clutch Gamers, and Team Admiral that were good, but not quite good enough to be considered at the top tier within the region. This opportunity to play for TNC Predator will represent his first significant chance to play for a more prestigious organization, and a chance to add even more international experience to what is already shaping into an impressive track record for the Filipino in just 2 years as a pro. Gabbi is a rising star in the Southeast Asian scene, and he will have a chance to once again play alongside another young talent in TNC Predator in Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios. The 2 were teammates on Team Admiral and Clutch Gamers in the past, and will look to reestablish a 1-2 punch, lightning and thunder sort of dynamic for TNC Predator this season.
Meanwhile, ninjaboogie hardly needs any introduction at all, as the Filipino support and captain has made quite a name for himself within the Southeast Asian scene. With over 6 years of experience at the professional level, he will be the veteran presence on this new TNC Predator lineup, and has also been announced as the team’s new captain. That move will shift Carlo “Kuku” Palad from the 5 position back into a core role as the team’s offlaner moving forward. Ninjaboogie stands as the only Filipino player to have ever won a Major in the history of Dota 2, and his extensive experience playing on the international level alongside his relatively long career in general will make him an important asset to guide what is an incredibly young roster for TNC Predator. With the average age of the team’s other 4 player being just 20 years old, those players will look to ninjaboogie to be a guiding force for them throughout the 2018-2019 season.
For TNC Predator, these roster moves make the squad one of of the strongest teams within the Southeast Asian region. Young talent and veteran experience is a mixture that can often lead to success in the Dota 2 world, and TNC Predator seem to have put together a formidable roster for the upcoming Pro Circuit season. Another factor in the team’s potential success is that its roster moves now guarantee follow up changes from one of the region’s biggest squads in Mineski. There were already rumors that the organization would be making some changes, but with ninjaboogie now officially gone, there will have to be roster moves from the team in order to fill out its roster. With Fnatic still only having 2 players on its roster and Mineski expected to make moves in the coming days, TNC Predator would appear to stand unchallenged at the top of the Southeast Asian hierarchy for now.
The new roster of TNC Predator:
Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte (Carry)
Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios (Mid)
Carlo “Kuku” Palad (Offlane)
Timothy “Tims” Randrup (Support)
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. (Support, Captain)
Jim Paulo Sy (Manager)