TNC Predator officially announce Kuku's departure alongside eyyou

Sep 13 2019 2 min read

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It was late in August after The International 2019 that Carlo “Kuku” Palad posted a very short tweet in which he stated that he was in search of a new team. No official confirmation was made by TNC Predator, until now. 

The Southeast Asian team made the announcement today and also mentioned the departure of Nico “eyyou” Barcelona. As no replacements have been announced, this leaves the squad with three players. There is also a rumour that the team's coach, Lee “Heen” Seung Gon has left the team as well.

KuKu joined TNC in April 2016, making a few role changes during his tenure and eventually becoming the face of the team. This last year was hard for him and the team as Kuku was accused of making racist comments against a Chinese player which led to a Valve sanctioned suspension. During his absence, TNC still managed to qualify for TI9 in Shanghai via Dota Pro Circuit points. Unfortunately for them, the Chinese community hadn't forgotten the controversy with Kuku

TNC made a 9th-12th place finish at TI9. Surprisingly enough, the squad it used to place top 6 at TI6 happened to include both eyyou and Kuku. Soon after that impressive finish, eyyou and two other members left TNC for Fnatic. He moved between a few teams for a while but eyyou eventually returned to TNC in January 2018. Spending the next nine months coaching the team, eyyou later returned to competitive play. 

TNC Predator is  owned by the Philippines chain of net cafes, TheNet.Com. The squad has some reshuffling to do if it hopes to be ready for the DPC 2019-2020 season. 

Update: TNC have signed Damien “kpii” Chok and Park “March” Tae-won as replacements for eyyou and Kuku. Both are experienced players with kpii coming from Mineski and March from his coaching position with Fnatic. As such,  TNC has confirmed its DPC roster. 

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