SEA side drops out of ESL One Hamburg

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In an announcement, ESL have revealed that TNC Predator, Southeast Asia qualifiers for ESL One Hamburg 2018, have resigned from competing due to scheduling conflicts with the upcoming WESG Philippine Qualifier.

National pride takes precedence for TNC

While many may find their decision puzzling, given the size and prestige of ESL One Hamburg, TNC were clear in stating their reasons — representing the Philippines in WESG 2018.

Their participation in that event is by no means guaranteed, meaning this move is a massive risk for the SEA organisation. First, they must face off against Neon Esports in a final best-of-three match, having come through a 29-team national qualifier to make the final two.

It is this match which seemingly conflicts with ESL One Hamburg. Winning it means they then move on to the Southeast Asia Qualifier, where ten teams from the region will battle over four places at WESG 2018 proper.

The Olympic-style event is nationality-based, meaning many of the established lineups are not eligible to take part. As such, mix-teams are typically formed for players to represent their countries. As an all-Philippine side, TNC are perfectly placed if they can qualify, and the massive prize pool — last year’s edition saw Team Russia* take home $800,000 for their win — is certainly an enticement alongside national pride.

Who will replace them in Hamburg?

ESL have not yet released details of TNC’s replacements at the Barclaycard Arena. As a qualifier rather than an invite, logic may say that their place should go to another SEA team — and as the beaten finalists that would be EVOS Esports.

However, ESL may also look to invite another team to the event should last-minute issues arise, such as teams’ unavailability and visa problems, or simply for the sake of prestige.

Do you agree with TNC’s decision? Who will make up the numbers in Hamburg?

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