Months of being a punching bag for other Southeast Asian Dota 2 groups have lastly come to an end. TNC Predator have actually taken house their first online title of the season at ESL One Thailand with a 3-2 win over BOOM Esports.

This is the team’s first total win of the year, with their latest title coming last November at the MDL Chengdu Major, the very first Major of the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit.

From the start, this was one of TNC’s better showings this season, going 4-1 (9-3 general) in the group stage, just dropping a full series to Fnatic. That led into a deep playoff run, where they took down Neon Esports and after that swept BOOM in the upper bracket finals.

Despite being tore down to the lower bracket, BOOM continued to impress in yet another huge competition, with Alfi “Khezcute” Nelphyana and his squad getting rid of a struggling Fnatic roster, who they previously swept in the group phase. That ended a loser’s run from Fnatic that included sweeps of Geek Fam, Triggering Arrow Video Gaming, and Neon Esports.

A Terrorblade initial draft for BOOM resulted in a slow death for TNC to begin the last series, with Gabbi’s Phantom Assassin being the only web positive hero on the side of TNC. Randy “Dreamocel” Sapoetra played out of his mind on that Terrorblade, going 13/0/1 for 37,300 damage to offer his group the early edge.

TNC did bounce back with a strong Void Spirit/Drow Ranger combo for Armel and Gabbi managing the whole second round. BOOM had no opportunity to find their footing as TNC marched to a 28-8 victory.

Video game 3 had a comparable result, with the Armel and Gabbi duo going unblemished with identical 9/0/12 lines on Lina and Space Spirit respectively, however BOOM required a decisive video game 5 behind an enormous Outworld Devourer game from Rafli “Mikoto” Rahman.

TNC closed things out with a strong Magnus performance from Armel and solid well-rounded efficiency for everyone else, especially kpii who was great all tournament, taking home $50,000 and their very first title in simply under 10 months.

And while the award hasn’t been called yet, kpii is one of the finalists for the ESL One Thailand 2020 Online Asia Mecedes Benz MVP.