TNC Pro Team have replaced John Linuel "Teehee" Abanto with Dota 2 veteran Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho, the team announced Thursday. DeMoN will play with TNC in their bid for The International 6, starting next week in the open qualifiers.
"This roster change happened due to sudden differences in our goals and objectives in the team," team manager Paulo Sy said in a release. "As much as we want to keep Teehee in our roster, we believe that it’s not the best decision at least for this qualifier since his vision is not the same with the team’s vision anymore. He is a very talented player but we want our team to be in the same page especially for this tournament."
DeMoN will play as a support for TNC, while Carlo "Kuku" Palad is moving back to the mid lane after playing as the team's carry since he was picked up in April.
DeMoN is one of Dota 2's most well-known players, having attended three Internationals — The International 1 with Meet Your Major, The International 2 with Evil Geniuses and The International 4 with Team Liquid. He's earned a reputation as a mercenary, standing in for various teams like MVP Phoenix at the Fengyun Dota 2 Tournament in China, Fnatic's European team at Dota 2 League Season 4 and Virtus.pro Polar at Dota 2 League Season 5.
Since his TI4 appearance with Liquid, DeMoN has been playing on a number of lesser-known U.S. teams such as High Council of Wizards&Priests and EverNovaS, as well as Peruvian teams As1- and Infamous. None of his recent teams have found much success.
TNC were unable to qualify for the most recent Major in Manila, despite a deep run in the main qualifier bracket. After fighting their way through the open qualifier, they topped their main qualifier group over Rave and Signature.Trust, swept Team Taring 2-0 in the semis, swept Mineski 2-0 in the Winner's Finals, but were swept themselves 3-0 by Mineski in the Grand Finals.
TNC played through the Manila open qualifiers because Kuku joined their roster after the Valve roster lock deadline had passed. Because Valve established a single deadline for Manila and TI6, TNC will also have to play through the open qualifiers for TI6, despite finishing second at the Manila main qualifier. However, that also frees them up to make roster changes without additional consequences.
The TI6 open qualifiers run June 21-24.
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