While some parents often complain that their children spend too much time on DotA, Filipino players proved that DotA can actually lead to something; in this case, something to the tune of half a million dollars in cash.
Philippine Dota 2 team TNC Pro Team bagged the grand prize in the championship round of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2018’s Dota 2 tournament, Sunday, March 10.
The TNC beat China’s Keen Gaming and took home a whopping prize of $500,000 or approximately P26,350,000. The World Electronic Sports Games was held at Chongqing, China.
This year’s TNC lineup consisted of players Timothy Randrup, Armel Paul Tabios, Kim Villafuerte Santos, Nico Barcelon, and Marc Polo Luis Fausto.
Marc played in place of their team captain Kuku Palad. Kuku is currently banned in the host city in China for hurling a racial insult at a Chinese player back in late 2018.
TNC had an impressive run during the tournament. They were undefeated in the playoffs; beating Brazil’s Team Canarinho in the first round. They also beat Russia’s White-Off in the semi-finals round. Eventually, TNC beat Keen Gaming in the championship round, and the Chinese team brought home $200,000 as runner-up.
The winning team shared their success on Facebook and thanked their supporters.
They wrote, “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.”
This isn’t TNC’s first win though. The winning roster already won the inaugural tournament in 2016, which netted them $800,000. In 2017, the team didn’t participate in the competition.
World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) was established in 2016 as an international esports tournament by Alisports in Shanghai, China. WESG currently possess the highest prize pool of any third-party tournament.