After spending nearly the entirety of his career with the organization, the Filipino Offlaner is looking for new opportunities for the upcoming season
With both Mineski and Fnatic appearing to undergo roster changes at the start of this offseason period, TNC Predator remained the sole Southeast Asian squad of the region’s 3 TI9 participants to have avoided changes to its lineup. As it turns out though, the organization will not be keeping its current roster intact heading into the 2019-2020 season, as Offlaner Carlo “Kuku” Palad has announced that he is looking for a new squad for the upcoming campaign. TNC Predator has not yet confirmed his departure.
Kuku has spent nearly the entirety of his professional career as a member of the TNC Predator organization, having first joined up with the team in April of 2016 back when the team’s name was TNC Pro Team. He has shifted between multiple roles in his time with TNC Predator, playing Mid, Support, and Offlane for the team over the past 3 years. In those 3 years, Kuku has reached 4 TIs, 7 Majors, and 2 Minors, and has helped TNC Predator become one of the premier organizations within the Southeast Asian region. Unfortunately, the story around Kuku in this most recent season revolved around his ban and suspension for the use of a racist slur, with his time away from the team coinciding with a slide in results from TNC Predator. When he returned to active play, the squad was able to turn things around, making a strong run in the second half of the season to earn itself a place at TI9. Even with multiple squads in the region already releasing some solid players to free agency, Kuku will likely be one of the more sought after names during this offseason period. He has experience both within the Southeast Asian region and on the international level, has played multiple positions with relative consistency in his career, and has experience as a drafter and captain. At this stage, there are a whole slew of team’s within the region that could use the services of an experienced player such as Kuku, and the former TNC Predator player will almost assuredly have a host of options to choose from for the upcoming season.
The roster of TNC Predator following the departure of Kuku:
Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte (Carry)
Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios (Mid)
Timothy John “Tims” Randrup (Support)
Nico “eyyou” Barcelon (Support, Captain)
Lee “Heen” Seung Gon (Coach)