DPC-SEA dark horse Neon Esports pulls rug from under TNC Predator to take solo lead
Neon Esports leaned on John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas’ Wraith King in the choosing game to manage a 2-1 stunner over TNC Predator and snatch the solo lead in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia upper department at the conclusion of the 2nd week on Saturday night.
Ace carry Natsumi- hit the ideal timing to lead Neon in group fights, securing his Radiance first before powering the league’s dark horse to a thrilling 31-22 victory in 37 minutes in Video game 3.
With the upset win, the black and yellow team climbed to the top of the eight-team standings with three wins in as many series, ahead of Fnatic (2-0) and Execration (1-1).
Only the leading 3 groups will advance to the very first Dota 2 Significant after the six-week Regional League while the bottom 2 groups will be relegated to the lower division.
Neon drew first blood in the awaited series however TNC forced an equalizer behind the monstrous Morphling of 11k MMR bring Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte.
Natsumi’s WK went ham in the decisive game, finishing with eight kills and 14 assists against an only death.
Midlaner Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer’s Gyrocopter contributed an 11-5-10 kill-death-assist record while offlaner Ejay “PlayHard” Banquil chipped in eight kills and 17 helps against 2 deaths on top of a brainy play.
TNC stopped working to sustain the momentum from its bounce-back 2-0 win over Vice Esports as it dropped to No. 6 with a 1-2 slate.
In the other upper department match, the Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Karl “Karl” Jayme-led T1 came through with a nail-biting mega creeps comeback in Video game 3 to take a 2-1 victory over 496 Gaming of Vietnam.
T1 transferred to a tie at No. 4 with Indonesia’s BOOM Esports on an identical 1-1 tally (2-3 video game record).
Over at the lower division, Smart Omega and Cignal Ultra created a three-way tie with Army Geniuses on top spot as they all ended the second week with comparable 2-0 records.