TNC Pro Team have officially cut ties with their team captain Theeban ‘1437‘ Sivan after the team’s lackluster performances at both Galaxy Battles and ESL One Genting 2018.
The latest roster news comes from 1437 himself, who took to Twitter to announce the roster move. He added that the Philippine-based Dota 2 team will reportedly go back to playing with an all-Filipino roster following his departure.
Pizza party concluded 😥. Love 🇵🇭 fans no matter what. TNC will go back to a full Pinoy roster and take a different route. As for me, I have no idea what I will do as of now.
— Theeban Siva (@1437x) January 26, 2018
Having gained international fame for eliminating the then-heavy favourites OG in the lower brackets of the main event of The International 6, TNC Pro Team failed to build on their initial success the following season. Though they would go on to win WESG 2017 and took home a sizable prize pool, the win came with the caveat that it was against inferior competition.
After struggling for months, TNC Pro Team then finally decided to get help from a foreign captain. This came in the form of 1437, who had then most recently played for Team NP and coached Team Secret at The International 6.
The team initially found success with the Canadian at the helm. In their first tournament together at the Starladder i-League Invitational Season 2, TNC Pro Team nearly took home the crown. It would take all five games for Team Liquid to take them down in the Grand Finals of the said tournament. TNC Pro Team then followed it up with a 3rd-place finish at Galaxy Battles 2017 before topping the SEA Qualifiers to qualify for The International 7 where they finished in 9-12th place.
Though TNC Pro Team have had a less than ideal start to their season, they have started to gain some momentum in the past few months. In particular, they won China Top 2017 and placed 2nd at MDL Macau back in November.
All in all, TNC Pro Team have been most successful with 1437 as their captain, which makes this roster move surprising, to say the very least.
What’s Next for 1437?
A veteran of the game and a proven leader, 1437 could go back to North America where he could form another stack. Or, he could gather a bunch of free agents in Southeast Asia and try to do the same. He could also go back to being a broadcast talent, something that he had some success with at the Kiev Major as one of the analysts.
Either way, 1437 will have no shortage of suitors now that he is without a team.
Where do you think will 1437 go next? Do you think his replacement will be able to guide TNC Pro Team to higher levels of success? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.