TNC Predator announced their withdrawal from ESL One Hamburg after scheduling conflicts with the upcoming WESG 2018 Philippine finals.
Just a week ago, TNC breezed through the ESL One Hamburg SEA Qualifiers in an unblemished run to claim the sole spot of the region. However, despite a strong and consistent performance, the team decided to drop out of the LAN proper that is about to begin in just two weeks.
Both slated within October 23-28, TNC had to choose between flying to Hamburg or securing a slot at this year’s WESG qualifiers and as far as the 2016 WESG World Champions are concerned, they want to represent the Philippines once again.
Due to scheduling conflicts, @TNCPredator have decided to withdraw from #ESLOne Hamburg 2018.
We are currently in the process of finalizing their replacement team and will announce it in the near future. https://t.co/87ooprTShS
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) October 8, 2018
TNC to fight for pride, country
Their decision to opt in favor for WESG doesn’t guarantee a spot at the world finals. Despite being the heavy favorites in the qualifiers, the all-Filipino group still has to face Neon Esports in a BO3 LAN Final series at ESGS (Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit) which conflicted with ESL One Hamburg dates.
If they win the Philippine Qualifier over Neon, they then advance to the SEA Finals where they have to deal with 9 other teams across the region to claim one of the four spots towards the LAN finals in China.
We are going to the grand finals with a 2-0 win! GGs to Miraculum Gaming for a great series.
— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) October 7, 2018
TNC already had their fair share of success after winning the 2016 iteration of the tournament over Cloud9’s lineup from Denmark. Historically, the Olympic format of WESG favored organizations already represented by a single nationality thus giving TNC Predator a decent shot at the event.
Who’s playing for Hamburg then?
ESL is still processing details for TNC’s replacement at Hamburg and they are about to announce the representatives soon.
It might be the SEA runner-ups which are Evos Esports from Indonesia, but last-minute issues such as scheduling and visa issues are still looming, which makes other highly established organizations a potential invite.
WESG 2017 didn’t have TNC in its finals due to conflicts with the maligned Galaxy Battles 2, and it looks like the boys in orange are looking for reclaiming the title this year.