Arguably Southeast Asia’s top two Dota teams, Fnatic and TNC Predator, have announced a show match to take place on April 18 that will double as a donation drive to help combat the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Both teams will compete with their full lineups in a best-of-five match played in Reverse Captain’s Mode, where the captains of each team will draft the lineup they want their opponents to play.
The proceeds from the show match will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, an initiative started by the World Health Organization in response to the global viral outbreak.
“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 […] The back-end staff from FNATIC and TNC have been hard at work the past few weeks to put on this spectacle, so that you will be entertained in this difficult period. At the same time, we would also like to contribute whatever we can to fight COVID-19,” FNATIC Dota 2 team director Eric Khor and TNC team manager Arjay Domdom said in a joint statement.
The coronavirus pandemic has virtually ground the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) to a halt, with the DOTA PIT Minor and EPICENTER Major in May being canceled shortly after the Los Angeles Major was postponed.
There is only one Major event, the ONE Esports Singapore Major, remaining in the season before The International 2020 is set to begin in August. With that said, the status of the season’s last Major remains up in the air as coronavirus outbreaks around the world continue to worsen.
In response to the indefinite suspension of the DPC, the scene has turned to online tournaments, such as the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Online Regional Leagues and the WePlay! Pushka League, to continue competitions amid the crisis.