MANILA, Philippines – Philippine DotA 2 representative TNC Pro Team won home $500,000 after defeating China's Keen Gaming in the championship round of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2018's Dota 2 tournament, Sunday, March 10.
This is the second time that TNC took the trophy as the WESG champion, having won the inaugural tournament in 2016, which netted them $800,000.
TNC did not participate last year, however.
The team announced their victory on their Facebook page, also mentioning the challenges they've recently faced. "It is known that our group had encountered challenges outside the game way back last year, and we are thankful for those who stuck with us through thick and thin," TNC said.
The winning roster is comprised of Timothy Randrup, Armel Paul Tabios, Kim Villafuerte Santos, Nico Barcelon and Marc Polo Luis Fausto. Fausto is a replacement for team captain Carlo "Kuku" Palad who is currently banned in host city Chongqing in China for hurling a racial insult at a Chinese player back in late 2018.
The victory is among the biggest for TNC. It's their third-largest prize ever, following the 7th-8th finish at The International 2016 ($519,262) and the WESG 2016 championship ($800,000).
TNC had a spectacular run, staying undefeated in the playoffs, going 2-0 against Brazil's Team Canarinho in the first round; 2-0 against Russia's White-Off in the semis.
In the WESG grand finals, TNC managed to sweep Keen Gaming in a 2-0 score. The second game was a tight match, however, the Philippine representative managed to came back taking down the Chinese team. Keen Gaming took home $200,000 as runner-up.