As of today, TNC Tigers will set down the TNC banner and will be under a new organization — Static Dream, while keeping the Tigers name. Tigers want to thank the TNC organization for the supports given in the past few months.— Tigers (@tigers_dota) September 6, 2018
A full roster and more details will be announced soon pic.twitter.com/5p00XkOmoi
An organisation reborn
In January, wth TNC Predator deciding to go with an all-Filipino roster, veteran Canadian support Theeban '1437' Siva found himself without a side. Cue TNC Tigers, born in March to give him and his international, SEA-based roster a home.
However, just six months later, having narrowly missed out on qualification for The International 2018, they fell victim to Valve’s rule change on sister teams.
With 1437 and Indonesian pair Kenny 'Xepher' Deo and Muhammad 'inYourdreaM' Rizky retaining the core of the old TNC Tigers side to play under the Static Dream banner, the Tigers were reborn. With Canadian offlaner David 'Moonmeander' Tan and Malaysian carry Lai Jay 'Ah Jit' Son on board, they were ready for the new DPC season.
We introduce to you the new logo of Tigers, the banner that we will carry forward towards our journey to the new season. Changes are never easy but to adapt and face what is coming are the things we – Tigers are looking forward to. #roar pic.twitter.com/sdGGrruHrW— Tigers (@tigers_dota) September 8, 2018
Not the best start…
Immediately the side went into qualifiers for the Kuala Lumpur Major. They breezed through the open qualifier, not losing a single game, but came horribly undone at the SEA finals. Losses to region powerhouses Fnatic and Mineski, along with a lower bracket loss to Lotac, meant they would have to do things the hard way.
Minor qualifiers saw them discover some form, dropping just one game each in the open qualifier and regional finals. They followed that up with victory in the open qualifier for ESL One Hamburg, before falling in third place in the regional finals to EVOS Esports – where a win would have taken them to the event due to the withdrawal of former parents TNC Predator.
Narrowly missing out on playoffs in the King's Cup 2: SEA event, they went on to claim victory in the Southeast Asia Cyber Arena offline finals, before their big chance came…
Congratulations @tigers_dota on winning the first Minor of the Pro Circuit season, our @CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 10 Champions!— DreamHack Dota (@DreamHackDota) November 4, 2018
Thanks to everyone involved in the production of #DHDreamLeague!
And last but definitely not least, big thanks to all of you tuning in! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NP8yhUL6oa
A huge win in Stockholm
That’s right, Tigers are currently leading the fledgling DPC season following an epic win at the DreamLeague Minor.
First, they eased through a group containing Royal Never Give Up, The Final Tribe and BananaSlamJamma’s Rooons, ending with a 4-1 record. In the Upper Bracket, they took on Natus Vincere and came out on top, before claiming a rematch victory against RNG in the Upper Bracket finals.
A spot at the Major on the line, they took on a resurgent Na’Vi again — the CIS side having gone on an unbeaten Lower Bracket run to earn a rematch. After taking the first game, Tigers then lost two in a row to hand Na’Vi the advantage. With their fates on the line, a massive Game 4 forced a decider — which they dominated to lift the trophy and take their place in Kuala Lumpur.
With this kind of fighting spirit and form behind them, Tigers are a dark horse for a Major run. However, with the quality of opposition a step up, it will a litmus test for the rest of the season.
- Lai Jay 'Ah Jit' Son
- Muhammad 'inYourdreaM' Rizky
- David 'Moonmeander' Tan
- Kenny 'Xepher' Deo
- Theeban '1437' Siva
Do you think Tigers are dark horses for the Major?
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