Bren Esports head coach Francis “Duckey” Glindro is no stranger to the struggles that TNC Pro Team is currently experiencing. Having faced similar challenges in the past, he knows all too well the importance of patience and mental fortitude in such situations.
Back in Season 9, when M2 World Championship MVP Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno left Bren for Echo, the team faced a similar fate as TNC is facing now – they finished last in the regular season standings and missed the playoffs. But Duckey and his team didn’t give up. They kept fighting and eventually bounced back stronger.
Now, as TNC continues to struggle in the ongoing Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines Season 8, Duckey is urging the team to not lose hope.
“I would say that there’s still a chance. Just don’t give up on hope, really. We’ve been there,” he said.
Former TNC head coach and now Bren Esports assistant coach Vrendon “Vren” Lin shares Duckey’s sentiments.
“Sa tingin ko wala namang problema sa team nila. It’s just that they planned and prepared for something and it didn’t work out for them,” Coach Vren told the press after their third season win.
“Kung may maipapayo man ako sa kanila, lakas lang nila ang mental fortitude nila kasi as once a TNC member, yun talaga yung pinakacore trait ng team eh. Yung mental fortitude nila malakas,” he continued.
For Bren midlaner Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, TNC’s struggles began in Season 10 when the team failed to reinvent itself after an impressive Season 9 performance.
“Nung Season 9 kasi sila yung nag-abuse ng demonslayer kaya sobrang ganda nung playstyle nila nun. Parang lahat nakatingin sa kanila eh. Sila yung ginagaya,” recalled Pheww.
“Tapos nung Season 10, parang nagfo-fall off na yun (ang old meta). Para sakin parang nagstick pa rin sila sa meta nila eh pero nung Season 10 meron nang lumalabas na mga assassin, parang di sila naka-adapt.”
But when the meta changed in Season 10, Pheww thinks that TNC failed to adapt. He also believes that TNC’s current strategy of fielding different rosters for different games is affecting the team’s mentality and momentum.
“Parang ang gulo ng playstyle nila. Lalo na nung papalit sila ng player. Yung last week, para Game 1 etong team. Game 2 etong team naman,” claimed Pheww.
“Para sakin napakahirap ng ganun eh. Lalo na yung player natalo nung Game 1, syempre gustong bumawi ng Game 2 nun eh. Nakakaapekto nga sa mental nila yun kung ganun yung [ginagawa].”
Despite the challenges, the members of Bren Esports remain hopeful and supportive of their fellow players in TNC Pro Team. They know what it feels like to be in their shoes, and they believe that with patience, mental fortitude, and a willingness to adapt, TNC can turn things around and bounce back stronger than ever.