Filipino esports powerhouse TNC formally announced their entry into the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) competitive scene and partnership with Work Auster Force to join the MLBB Professional League (MPL) for its upcoming eighth season on Tuesday (13 July).
Work Auster Force turned heads during their debut run at MPL Season 7, where they reached the second round of the playoffs after defeating fan-favorites Nexplay Esports.
Six players from that Work Auster Force squad — namely Frediemar “3MarTzy” Serafico, Daniel “Chuuu” Chu, Clarense “Kousei” Camilo, Dylan "Light" Catipon, Patrick "P-GOD" Ibarra, and coach John "Lift" Ruiz — will headline TNC's ten-man roster for MPL PH Season 8.
The roster also includes Douglas "ImbaDeejay" Astibe, formerly of Cignal Ultra, and Adrian "Toshi" Bacallo, formerly of Smart Omega, as well as newcomers "Der" and "Benthings". The team's tenth player will be coming from Singapore, though his identity has yet to be revealed.
TNC's new MLBB roster will be looking to continue the dominance its organisation has shown in Dota 2, where its TNC Predator squad has proven to be one of the strongest teams in Southeast Asia and boasts a Major championship from the MDL Chengdu Major in 2019.
Despite a Top 8 finish in the WePlay AniMajor in June, TNC Predator narrowly missed out on a spot in The International 10 (TI10), this year's iteration of Dota 2's annual world championship tournament, after losing to rivals Fnatic in the grand finals of the tournament's Southeast Asian regional qualifier.
"With every rise and fall, we come back stronger and now we harnessed the perfect new power to achieve greatness! Being widely known for their great achievements in Dota 2 and being Southeast Asian multi-gaming organization of Philippine net cafe chain, we are proud to announce that TNC has now entered the Mobile Legends scene and we are honored to be its new banner holder," said Work Auster Force in a post on its Facebook page.
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