Written by Austyn W.
TNC Predator and Geek Fam will play against each other in the group stage of the ESL One Birmingham 2020: Online South East Asian tournament. Geek Fam and TNC Predator are two of the biggest names in SEA Dota 2 and this clash could very well determine the final standings in this tournament.
The ESL One Birmingham 2020 - Online: Southeast Asia tournament is a six team online tournament. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESL has had to move most of its esports tournaments to an online format. The ESL One Birmingham LAN event stands cancelled, instead teams will compete in regional online leagues. The South East Asian tournament has a $40,000 prize pool, with the winner receiving a significant chunk of money.
The tournament has a single-stage round robin format. The top two teams move to the upper bracket playoffs while the bottom two teams are eliminated. The third and fourth placed teams will move to the lower bracket of the playoffs.
Both teams have had a slow start to the tournament. While Geek Fam has won a match and also lost a match, TNC has yet to win a single map. It is very difficult for TNC to secure a top two placement with their poor start. However, TNC fans will hope that the team can salvage some pride and make it to the top four.
TNC has some of the most popular Dota 2 players on its team. Players like Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte, Armel Paul "Armel" Tabios and Timothy John "Tims" Randrup have put up innovate plays in the past. With Park "March" Tae-won coaching the team, this roster has a lot of experience between themselves.
TNC players are not in the best form and the players have had many inconsistent results int he past few months. Their losses to Team Adroit and BOOM esports should not come as a surprise to their fans who have seen the team’s form plummet in the past few months.
Geek Fam has a Philippines roster with players like Carlo "Kuku" Palad and Kenny "Xepher" Deo. The team’s performance has seen a lot of improvements and they have won their last four matches.