Beyond the Summit Pro Series Season 4: Southeast Asia continued today, this time with upper bracket action as TNC Predator and Fnatic were the two teams fighting in the first series of the day.
Prior to the BTS Pro Series Season 4: SEA, the last time we saw TNC and Fnatic go head-to-head was back in September at the Season 3 iteration of the event. Back then, Fnatic were in a bad spot, as they were eliminated in the group stages but this time the team were back to their winning ways – although losing to TNC during the group stages.
Going into the series it seemed as though TNC would take another clean sweep over Fnatic as they destroyed their opponents with ease. With Armel “Armel” Tabios on an unkillable and unstoppable Puck which ended 14-0-9, TNC took a fantastic early series lead, leaving Fnatic to pick up the pieces or suffer the lower bracket. However, the fight back from Fnatic came in game two, as they punished TNC for a Medusa lineup by playing faster than their opponents.
TNC only managed a total of eight kills as the series was tied and a decisive game three would be needed to tear the two squads apart. Although Fnatic made some decent plays in the final game, the Sven from Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte was far too much for them to handle. Having 820 gold per minute, Gabbi’s Sven destroyed the Fnatic lineup and effectively ended the series, giving TNC another victory over Fnatic.
While not eliminated from the event, Fnatic will now have to brave the lower bracket where their first opponent will be Motivate.Trust Gaming – a series which will open the day tomorrow. For TNC Predator, they secure a guaranteed top three finish at the BTS Pro Series Season 4: SEA and await their upper bracket final challenge – T1 or Team Dog.