Southeast Asia’s top teams will compete in a best-of-five series. Interestingly, the series will take place in a reverse captain’s mode format. This means the captain of each team will draft their opponents’ heroes.
The beef between TNC and Fnatic all started when Fnatic mocked TNC Predator for missing out on tournaments. Fnatic had just won the ESL One Los Angeles SEA online league. TNC Predator failed to qualify for the ESL One LA Major before it was changed into an online league.
TNC Predator reminded Fnatic that it’s still the top-ranked team in the Dota Pro Circuit. Fnatic’s title at ESL One LA did not earn the team any points. The banter continued and eventually led to a challenge.
“We hope you enjoyed the banter and the meme war between Fnatic and TNC [for] the last few days. Rivalry aside, Fnatic and TNC, alongside all the other SEA teams are actually close friends and we have always been supportive of each other in every situation,” Fnatic’s team director Eric Khor and TNC Predator’s team manager Arjay Domdom said in a joint statement.
All proceeds from the event will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. TNC Predator and Fnatic encouraged fans to watch the match and support the cause. The two teams join a number of other esports institutions in helping health organizations against the pandemic.
Dota 2 and Counter-Strike tournament organizer WePlay! ran the WeSave! Charity Play tournament, which featured a slew of top Dota 2 teams. Players, streamers, and organizations such as Team Liquid have also run charity events of their own.
The Fnatic vs. TNC Predator showmatch between TNC Predator and Fnatic will take place on April 18, at 5 p.m. SGT, or 3 a.m. EST for fans in North America.