Armel getting ready to play in vital TNC vs Fnatic ‘SEA El Clasico’
TNC Predator star midlaner Armel “Armel” Tabios aspires to take on their intense competing Fnatic in a critical series in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia upper department.
Called as the “SEA El Clasico,” the much-awaited match between the 2 powerhouse groups is slated on Wednesday, February 24, at 7 p.m.
“I’m truly eagerly anticipating that match. We’re training actually hard these days,” said Armel, who becomes part of the elite 11K MMR club and presently ranked No. 6 in the SEA leaderboard.
“We’re type of competitors. So we’re gon na do our best versus those people,” added the 21-year-old pro.
Stakes could not get higher as both TNC and Fnatic are on a must-win scenario to protect their place in the Singapore Major-the initially Dota 2 Significant tournament this year-that will be hosted by ONE Esports and PGL next month.
TNC, currently tied with T1 at No. 3 on a comparable 4-2 record, needs to emerge victorious and hope that the Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Karl “Karl” Baldovino-led T1 will lose to Neon Esports (5-1) on Thursday, February 25, to prevent any complications.
On the other hand, the league-leading Fnatic (5-1) will punch a ticket directly to the Major playoffs with a triumph over the Filipino powerhouse team.
Just the top 3 teams in the SEA upper department will make it to the Singapore Major, with the No. 1 getting an area in the playoffs, the No. 2 sitting in the group stage and the No. 3 settling for a slot in the wildcard stage.
TNC is coming off a 2-0 sweep of Vietnam’s 496 Video gaming behind Armel’s Death Prophet in Game 2 and 11K MMR bring Kim “Gabbi” Santos’ Alchemist in the Game 1 resurgence on Saturday night, February 20.
Fnatic, for its part, is fresh from a massive accomplishment after dealing former leader Neon its first defeat, 2-1, with 11K MMR Filipino carry Polo “Raven” Fausto’s Wraith King leading the charge together with Malaysian mid laner Kam “Moon” Benefit Seng’s Death Prophet in the choosing Video game 3.