TNC Predator sweep J.Storm in the penultimate series of the day to secure a top 3 finish in the MDL Chengdu Major.
Victory, however, didn’t come easy for the SEA squad despite drafting a highly favorable Alchemist-Chen duo in the first game. Even with a considerable networth lead and having secured Aegis multiple times, TNC were unable to effectively break into J.Storm’s high ground. The North American team dragged out the game even longer thanks to Leon “Nine” Kirilin’s elusive Slark plays; cutting waves and attracting attention all over the map. J.Storm tried mounting their own high ground offense but lost 3 heroes in the process, prompting team captain Clinton “Fear” Loomis to call GG after 70 minutes.
J.Storm looked posed to even the tie in the second match, building up the gold lead and taking TNC’s middle and bottom towers. Unfortunately for J.Storm, Timothy John “Tims” Randup had other ideas on his position 4 Disruptor. Tims made outstanding plays all over the map, notably instigating a turnaround in the Radiant jungle which helped Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte’s Naga Siren secure a triple kill. The dreaded Disruptor-Naga combo eventually spiraled out of control and simply proved too much for J.Storm as TNC eventually marched into their base to sweep the series 2-0.
With this win, TNC have secured 2,100 DPC points and will be facing either Evil Geniuses or Vici Gaming in the Upper Bracket Finals. J.Storm, on the other hand, will continue their tournament run in the lower bracket.