Samson Hidalgo 
Continues to struggle at MDL
May 16, 2018
Sam H was missing when TNC needed him against Mineski at MDL Changsha. The veteran offlaner finished with a KDA of 7/11/14.
Sam H took his chances with the meta-popular Axe in Game 1 against Mineski, but the pick did not pay off at all. He was forced to abandon his lane against Mushi's Gyrocopter early on because of the perfect zoning from ninjaboogie's Bane. Sam H played a much better Game 2 with his Abaddon. He was dispelling instantly with his Aphotic Shield. He eventually got a Radiance at the respectable 35-minute mark, but iceiceice's Pipe of Insight eventually prevented it from being truly effective.
Kicked off the new patch struggling
May 14, 2018
Sam_H was rough around the edges in TNC's draw against Newbee in MDL Changsha. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 2/15/30.
Sam_H kicked off the series with Venomancer in the offlane. The poor pick was severely punished by Newbee as he couldn't get any farm early on. Despite relying heavily on defensive items such as Guardian Greaves and Pipe of Insight, Sam_H still died a hefty eight times in the win. In Game 2, Sam_H's performance didn't get much better. His Nyx Assassin's rough early game didn't get better after he got his Vendetta. Newbee were reading his movements perfectly and he couldn't initiate as TNC would have wanted.
Faltered after good start
March 6, 2018
Sam_H couldn't sustain his good start against Vici Gaming Thunder at the Bucharest Major. The soft-spoken offlaner finished with a KDA of 2/6/10.
Sam_H's Sand King wasn't given much breathing room by Vici Gaming Thunder in the laning stage. Despite this, Sam_H still farmed up a 15-minute Blink Dagger. He used this to initiate for TNC to explosive effect. He often got multiple hero Burrowed Strikes for his team and they eventually acquired a 20,000 gold advantage. But in VGJ.T stood strong and held on. Sam_H's end game left a lot to be desired as TNC eventually fell to the Chinese powerhouse.
Far from his best
January 25, 2018
Sam H had some good plays for TNC in their match against Evil Geniuses, but they were still eliminated in ESL One Genting. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 6/14/17.
Sam H played his favorite Batrider in the opening game of the series. He lost the laning stage badly and couldn't contest the farm of Arteezy. He eventually got a Blink Dagger and Drums of Endurance at the 17-minute mark. However, in the end his teamfight contribution was sorely lacking since he was only involved in five of his team's 17 kills. In Game 2, Sam H tried his luck with Sand King. He again struggled early and had to wait until 17 minutes to get his Blink Dagger. His initiations were lacking except for that one crucial three-man Burrowed Strike-Epicenter hit that allowed his team to prolong the game.
Continues to struggle in Macau
December 8, 2017
Sam H bad form in MDL Macau continues against OG. The normally reliable off laner finished with a KDA of 1/7/24.
Sam H played Batrider in the important match between the two squads. He had a fairly okay start finding farm against OG's trilane. He eventually bought a 15-minute Blink Dagger. Unfortunately his invitations weren't clean for TNC, as OG often punished him for it. His seven deaths really hurt his progression and his team's chances of winning.
Wins despite rough initiations
December 8, 2017
Sam H wasn't too effective against Infamous, but TNC still picked up the win in MDL Macau. The off laner finished with a KDA of 5/9/18.
Sam H picked his signature Batrider in the matchup against Infamous. He struggled from start to finish for TNC, and it really showed. His initiations were sloppy and he was often killed for it. In one key play in the late game, he even bought back and tried to initiate way behind enemy lines with no followup. It ended up being an unforced die-back from him. He had a few good Flaming Lassos eventually, but it definitely wasn't a memorable performance from him.
Can't follow through on strong Game 1
August 4, 2017
Sam_H started out strong but struggled in Game 2 of TNC's 1-1 series vs iG.Vitality in the group stages of The International 7. He finished with an overall KDA of
In Game 1 Sam_H played Clockwerk. He played very well all game, fulfilling the role of a reliable long-range initiator. His lockdown allowed TNC to chain-stun iG.V's Puck, taking a considerable amount of wind out of iG.V's sails. Sam_H finished with a 5/0/8 KDA. Sam_H played Batrider in Game 2. This was a difficult game for Sam_H. There wasn't a great target for him to use his lasso on, but he had to at least try. Despite TNC playing from behind for a lot of the game, Sam_H's initiations were a large part of what was keeping them in it. He finished with a 4/7/12 KDA.
Supports team to series split
August 2, 2017
Sam H turned it up late as TNC Pro Team split the series 1-1 with Evil Geniuses in the Group Stages of The International 7. Sam H finished the series with a 3/13/25 KDA.
Sticking to Batrider for both games, it took Sam H a little while to actually feel comfortable under the bright TI lights. He came out timid in Game 1, and wasn't really able to play as well as he should until his team was trailing in Game 2. Sam H racked up a team high 20 assists in the win and salvaged the series.
Quiet but effective showing from TNC off lane
June 28, 2017
Sam H played a quiet but effective game for TNC as they defeated Fnatic in The International 7 Qualifiers. The soft-spoken off laner finished with a KDA of 3/2/8.
Sam H took Queen of Pain to the safe lane. Though he is not normally known for that hero, he had some moments with QoP. He had an even early laning stage against Ahjit's Terrorblade. He rotated early and often for his team and dealt a lot of damage for his team with his ultimate. SamH could have done better in the latter stages, however, as he missed some Sonic Waves.
Smooth series from TNC offlane
May 21, 2017
Sam H played an excellent series for TNC as they dominate Newbee in Starladder. The offlaner finished with a KDA of 8/6/33.
SamH had a tough task in the opening series on the Batrider. With a Slark against him, he had to time his Lassos perfectly, but SamH rose to the occasion. His 10-minute Blink Dagger allowed him to provide his team with good vision and initiation early on as he gave uuu9 and the rest of Newbee a terrible time. In Game 2, SamH's Dark Seer was again in the driver's seat. His initiation and farming was spot-on as he was key in TNC's romp over the Chinese favorites.
Great initiation from the Filipino veteran
May 18, 2017
SamH was on point in TNC Pro Team's sweep of Invictus Gaming in Starladder. The off laner finished with a KDA of 12/8/36.
Sam H began the series on the Nyx Assasin. He was on a dual lane early on with 1437's Jakiro as they gave Burning trouble from the start. His rotations were clean as he helped TNC only take fights they were favored to win. In the second game, Sam H's Dark Seer was a thing of beauty. He again contested Burning's farm and was always in the right spot for good Vacuums. His 28 assists were a game-high and the off laner definitely made his presence felt.
Uncharacteristic showing from TNC off lane
April 28, 2017
Sam H was surely disappointed with his performance after TNC Pro Team were eliminated from the the Kiev Major by Team Faceless. The off laner finished with a KDA of 12/14/24.
Sam H started the series with his favorite Nyx Assassin. As one of the most accurate Impale users in the game, Sam H tried his best to swing the game in TNC's favor. However, he struggled early on and even reverted himself to a 20-minute Hand of Midas that hurt his team's chances of staying in the game. In Game 2, Sam H took Axe to the off lane. While he was often out of mana due to Anti-Mage's harassment, he still applied a decent amount of pressure. His 11-minute Blink Dagger turned things around for the off laner as his Berserker's Calls were impactful. He was involved in 16 of his team's kills and often caught Black's Anti-Mage. In the final game, Sam H's Omniknight was one of the few bright sparks for TNC. He pressured Black's farm and even killed the supports often. But in the end, his positioning was faulty and he missed some crucial Guardian Angels for his team.
Gives all he's got and gets nothing in return
March 12, 2017
Sam_H finished TNC Pro Team's 2-1 loss to Team Faceless during the semifinals of the SEA Regional Qualifiers for the Kiev Major with a final KDA of 4/15/46.
Sam_H played an excellent Game 1 as Tidehunter, scooping up a 14-minute Mekansm and a 20-minute Blink Dagger. Sam_H averaged two hits per ravage and racked up 25 assists before TNC was overcome. In Game 2, Sam_H's Abyssal Underlord was utilized effectively in TNC's lineup. The high damage output of TNC combined with Pit of Malice and an Ursa Earthshock were more than enough to hold Faceless in place to be cut down. In Game 3, Sam_H played Centaur Warrunner. He rushed a Blink Dagger anticipating a game filled with team fights centered around a Clinkz push. Despite his quick Blink Dagger, Sam_H just couldn't land the stuns he needed. Unable to lockdown Clinkz and consistently counter-initiated upon by iceiceice, Sam_H expended his life fruitlessly again and again.
Nerves get the best of TNC offlane
February 28, 2017
Sam_H succumbed to the pressure of the semifinal match as his TNC were eliminated by Liquid in Starladder Season 3. The quiet offlaner finished with a KDA of 1/15/16.
Sam_H went with Sand King in both games of the series. Despite playing on one of his comfort heroes, the nerves in Sam_H's game was in plain sight. In the first game, he was a non-factor in harassing MATUMBAMAN's farm and was forced to just soak in the experience.The silver lining for Sam_H was that he found a way to get a 14 minute Blink Dagger but could not find a single kill with it throughout the 31-minute game. Game 2 was a similar story for Sam_H. He finally found a kill, but his damage output was just around 300 points higher than his teammate's Io. To sum up his performance, for almost every kill he participated in Sam_H was killed in return. Definitely not something you want from your offlaner.
Forgettable performance from TNC off lane
February 24, 2017
Veteran offlaner SamH was almost nonexistent for TNC in their loss to OG in Starladder Season 3. The off laner finished with a KDA of 7/16/21.
SamH went with Sand King in the first game. Despite being one of his better heroes, SamH looked lost in the opener. He managed a 12-minute Blink Dagger but couldn't really get anything done with it. He had a couple of good Epicenters, but it was overall a poor game for SamH as he picked up 10 deaths. In Game 2, he was on Axe to slightly better results. He picked up four kills and only died six times, but SamH will definitely still be disappointed with himself after that performance.
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