TNC Esports Cup 2018 Day 1 Recap
If you’re a fan of top tier Philippine Dota, then the High Grounds Café in Scout Rallos, Tomas Morato is definitely the place to be this weekend! With P50,000 worth of cash on the line, eight of the best teams in the country gathered to make the TNC Esports Cup 2018 Grand Finals an event you surely won’t want to miss.
Did we mention that admission is free? Not to mention that each of these teams are champions in their own right, having beaten out their competition in respective branch qualifiers. Here are the teams you can expect to see:
- Sterling Global Dragons from TNC Fairview
- Net Central Game Central from TNC General Santos
- Neon AT from TNC Monumento
- Voyager from TNC Bohol
- The Game Engine from TNC Sindalan
- Steelwolves from TNC Bacolod Downtown
- Miraculum from TNC Imu
- Viggo.net from TNC Bacolod USLS.
The first day certainly lived up to the hype with the area being the perfect stage for epic comebacks (and throws alike), fast-paced action, intense gameplay, and even Divine Rapiers!
The day kicked off with tournament favorites Sterling Global Dragons taking down their opponents NCGC in a convincing fashion in the upper Bo1 round. Of course, nothing less can be expected from a high-caliber team who just recently bagged themselves a competing slot at The International 2018’s regional qualifiers. Team Voyager, TGE, and Miraculum soon followed suit, beating their opponents (Neon AT, Steelwolves, and Viggo.net, respectively) to move on to the second round of the tournament. Unfortunately, the losers will have to sit out and wait until the second day to resume their tournament runs.
While the first round definitely delivered with a ton of action-packed Dota, the biggest surprise of the day came in the second round wherein team Voyager took out SGD with a 2-0 sweep after a long series of nail-biting teamfights. The other series between TGE and Miraculum, on the other hand, didn’t have a clear winner until the very end. It was only after a full three-game series and nearly two hours of intense gameplay that Miraculum was able to finally clinch the win. Nevertheless, their opponents certainly made them fight tooth and nail for that result.
Even as the sun has set, the day remains far from over with one more match to decide the competition’s first grand finalist. After yet another unsurprisingly grueling full three-game series, Team Miraculum took the win against Voyager and now await their challenger, earning themselves a well-deserved break in the process. As for the other teams though, their fight only continues as matches resume tomorrow morning for more non-stop Dota happening all throughout the day!
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