MANILA, Philippines – After a spirited run that had local e-sports fans frothing at the mouth, the Philippine-based Dota 2 squad TNC dropped out of The International 6 (TI6), the world's biggest Dota 2 tournament, on Friday, August 12.
The magnitude of the victory against Team OG is comparable to national hoops team Gilas Pilipinas winning against a top 10 world basketball contender like Spain or France – a victory that propelled TNC to the competition's final 8 teams.
Screen grab from The International 6 website
TNC would go on to face US team Digital Chaos in the next round where they were defeated Friday.
The Philippine team ends with a 7th/8th finish in the tournament, breaking the record of another local team, Mineski, which finished in the 9th-12th bracket back in 2011. This marks the highest-ever finish for a Filipino team in The International, a worthy achievement in the growing e-sports scene.
Also worth celebrating for TNC? The fact that they'll be taking home a prize that currently stands at $509,983 (around P23.8 million). The prize may still increase as the tourney's money pool grows with continuing sales from Dota 2 virtual content.
Team Digital Chaos remains in contention in TI6 along with teams Wings, EG, Ehome, MVP and Fnatic, all vying for the $8.9-million grand prize. The finals will take place on August 14, Manila time. – Rappler.com
US$1 = P46.9