Top 5 Dota 2 Teams/Players in Malaysia
Who comes to mind when someone asks you to name Malaysia’s most famous athletes?
Nicol David. Lee Chong Wei. Pandalela Rinong perhaps?
They are all individuals who have excelled in the so called ‘traditional’ sports.
What about e-Sports though?
If you’re a follower of DOTA and the gaming world, you would be hard pressed not to revere Chai Yee Fung, commonly known as Mushi. Yet, Mushi is not the only Malaysian DOTA athlete to make it big. A few others have climbed their way to the top too.
Let’s take a look at some of them in our list of the Top 5 DOTA 2 Players in Malaysia and see who makes the cut.
Many of us may not have heard of them, but they’ve broken down stereotypes while winning competitions.
Not many all-female DOTA teams make the news. But Grills Gaming, consisting of Bette Chia, Nicole Lim, Wei Sian Wong, Tiffani Lim and Stephanie Lim managed to do just that in 2017.
Grills Gaming played their way to the top of the pile by winning the Female SEA League and putting themselves on the map. They beat 23 other all-female teams to become champions!
The most incredible part was that they were actually the solo team representing Malaysia at the tournament!
When interviewed, they admitted that a major part of their struggle was finding the right balance of team mates to form a competitive team to play with. But now that they’ve done that, the world is their oyster!
Girl (or should we say Grills) power!
Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nai
Zheng, or MidOne, currently plays for Team Secret.
He became the first Southeast Asian eSports athlete to hit the 8,000 MMR mark on the world rankings, laying down a milestone that us mere mortals could barely dream of.
Perhaps his biggest achievement was being ranked as the number one player in all of Europe in February 2017.
Number 1. In. All. Of. Europe. That makes my head spin.
It doesn’t hurt, of course, that he raked in an estimated USD 411,000 cash money in 2016 alone, making him the second highest earner for that year!
MidOne was also part of Team Fnatic which famously won fourth place at The International DOTA 2 tournament in USA in 2016.
Travelling and raking in the dough at the same time. What a career that must be.
Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan
While ChuaN is currently playing for Vici Gaming in China, he will no doubt, continue to be a legend of the Malaysian DOTA 2 scene. Whether he makes his return back home to Malaysia from China remains to be seen as of yet.
The International 2012 was the highlight of ChuaN’s career as his team, iG, walked away with the tag of champions and the cash prize of USD 1,000,000 dominating nearly everyone else at the time.
While a run of unsuccessful tournaments recently has dropped his stock slightly, there’s no doubt he still remains a DOTA powerhouse.
WarriorsGaming.Unity is currently the 5th ranked DOTA team in all of Southeast Asia.
Consisting of the all Malaysian cast of Yap Jian Wei, Chua Soon Khong, Lai Jay Son, Kam Boon Seng, Ng Ee Wooi and Tue Soon Chuan, they have been ranking highly in a number of local tournaments over the course of the past 2 years, steamrolling most of their competitors while climbing the gaming ladder.
Having placed first in the World Cyber Area Southeast Asia Qualifiers 2016, they followed that success up with first place victories in two consecutive SEA Kappa Invitationals as well as the Infinity Sky League.
While they’re yet to perform on the biggest international stages, there is a lot of promise about the way they have been picking up first place finishes and gathering steam. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung
Of course, we mentioned him at the beginning of the article, so how could we not include him at the end?
Undoubtedly the most famous of the Malaysian DOTA players, Mushi is currently plying his trade for Mineski. He shot to fame after joining Orange in 2011, helping the team score an invite from Valve themselves to The International 2012 tournament.
The combination of Mushi and YamateH, two of the biggest players around, during their time with Orange has become the stuff of legend in the local community.
In 2016, Mushi finished 4th along with Fnatic (which included MidOne) at The International 2016, winning almost USD 1.5 million in the process. This, combined with Fnatic placing well in the Manila and Shanghai majors made Mushi the top earner in the DOTA community in 2016.
Mushi remains the most recognisable and advertisable face in the local eSports community, with sponsors queuing up after him left, right and centre.
What remains to be seen is what Mushi’s new role as the captain of Mineski will yield. If he can get the team chemistry right, we have exciting times ahead indeed.