TNC Pro Team have emerged at the top of The International 2016 Southeast Asian regional qualifier's 10-team round robin after multiple rounds of tiebreakers, claiming the first qualifier spot at the main event in Seattle.
When the round robin ended early this morning, TNC was initially tied with Fnatic and Execration at the top of the group with a 7-2 scoreline, forcing a series of tiebreakers. Fnatic missed their first chance to qualify for TI with a loss to TNC, who went on to beat Execration and punch their ticket to Seattle.
TNC have been one of the strongest teams in SEA since the majority of the roster came together in early 2015, but they almost never make it past Fnatic or MVP Phoenix, and have never attended a Valve event. Their run in the Manila qualifiers came the closest, taking second place in regionals after winning the first round of open qualifiers.
Before playing in the TI6 regional qualifier, TNC had to fight through open qualifiers, due to a roster change after the Manila registration deadline that brought in Carlo "Kuku" Palad. Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho was also brought on ahead of TI6.
TNC were knocked out by Indonesian squad Rex Regum in the Round of 64 of the first open qualifier, but came back stronger for round two, not dropping a game on their way to taking the top spot. They qualified for the TI6 SEA Regional Qualifier by beating Beyond Infinity in the open qualifier final.
Fnatic and Execration, along with the other teams in 2nd-5th place, will have another chance to qualify for TI6 in Stage 2 of the regional qualifier. The four teams will play a double-elimination playoff bracket, and the winner of the Grand Final will qualify for TI6, while the runner-up will compete in the Wild Card matches.
Here are the post-tiebreaker standings for SEA going into the second round:
|1||TNC Pro Team||7-2|
|5||White Fries Gaming||4-5|
The opening matches set for tomorrow will be Fnatic vs. White Fries Gaming followed by Execration vs. WarriorsGaming.Unity.
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