As of September 28, captain and drafter Park “March” Tae-won
is leaving TNC Predator
after a successful year with the team, dominating several Southeast Asian tournaments such as WESG 2019 Philippines and WESG 2019 Southeast Asia. He also played a large role in winning the team’s first-ever Major at MDL Chengdu 2019.
March seems to be included in the wave of team changes that have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team was on a hot streak at the end of 2019, winning several online tournaments and even a Major. However, as the COVID-19 situation developed and players began to return to their respective countries, the adaptation to an online-only competitive scene became a large part, if not the defining reason why March left TNC. Being a resident of South Korea, March’s ping could not keep up with the consistent Southeast Asian tournaments that the team wanted to join.
The announcement on Twitter consisted of the team thanking March for “his abilities to execute game-winning strategies and correct judgements on different aspect of the game” and garnered several positive responses from fans of the team.
On the other hand, popular Dota 2 personality and caster Kyle Freedman was critical of the move, stating “Yet another team decides to kick their captain because a couple core players started phoning it in” in his recent reply to TNC
, accusing the players on TNC of not taking games seriously through the pandemic, implying that it was the other players who caused the slump that TNC is experiencing.
It will be interesting to see how COVID-19 continues to impact teams and how TNC’s new roster changes will look in the coming weeks.