The Southeast Asian organization has confirmed the departure of a pair of experienced players as it rebuilds its lineup for the 2019-2020 season
TNC Predator was already an organization that many were expecting to see official roster changes from, as Offlaner Carlo “Kuku” Palad had previously announced via his Twitter account that he was looking for a new squad for the upcoming season. TNC Predator has not confirmed that Kuku is indeed headed for free agency, but he won’t be going alone apparently, as the organization has also parted ways with Support and Captain Nico “eyyou” Barcelon.
Kuku’s departure from the TNC Predator roster brings to an end a period of over 3 years with the organization, as the Offlaner initially joined the squad back in April of 2016. Throughout his time with TNC Predator, he has shifted between roles both in and out of the game, serving as the team’s Midlaner, Offlaner, and Support over various periods of time while also holding the position of Captain for a time too. In many respects, Kuku came to the be the face of the TNC Predator organization, remaining a constant on the team’s roster over the course of its rise to the status of regional leader within Southeast Asia. Considering his success and extensive experience both within his home region and on the international level, Kuku is sure to attract a heavy level of attention as a free agent.
eyyou’s time with TNC Predator may not have been as constant as Kuku’s, but his connection to the organization stretches back just as long, with the Support having begun his professional career with the old TnC Gaming roster back in 2015. Though eyyou has ended up playing for a handful of other squads within the Southeast Asian region over the course of his career, his path has always seemed to lead him back to the TNC Predator organization. Whether as a member of TNC Predator or another rival squad within the region, eyyou has racked up a respectable level of experience both at home and on the international level, making him a valuable asset for any squad looking to upgrade its roster, or for a team looking to build itself an entirely new lineup from scratch.
As for TNC Predator itself, this move makes it even more abundantly clear that the organization plans to build around the Carry/Mid duo of Gabbiy and Armel moving forward. That plan certainly does appear to have some potential behind it, as we just saw Chinese organization Vici Gaming pull off a similar move last season with its focus upon the duo of Paparazi and Ori that helped the team earn a pair of Major Championship titles and a 5th-6th place finish at TI9. The key for TNC Predator moving forward will be finding the right pieces to put in place around its young star duo, with the team’s future success likely hinging upon who it brings in to replace the departing duo of Kuku and eyyou.
The roster of TNC Predator following the departures of Kuku and eyyou:
Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte (Carry)
Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios (Mid)
Timothy John “Tims” Randrup (Support)
Lee “Heen” Seung Gon (Coach)