MALAYSIA is making its mark in the professional Dota 2 arena.
Team Malaysia — comprising (in order of position) Lee Kong Yang (otherwise known as kYxY), Fadil Mohd Raziff (Kecik Imba), Khoo Chong Xin (Ohaiyo), Lee Siong Tait (JoHnNy) and Chai Yee Fung (Mushi) — came out tops in the Southeast Asia Qualifier of the Red Bull Battle Grounds: Dota 2 recently.
According to the organiser’s write-up on the team, its members have been playing together for some time and bring with them experience from playing internationally (with multiple veterans of The International — the mother of all Dota 2 championships) on other bigger teams as well, such as Team DK, Titan, and Orange eSports.
Somewhere between late last year and now they became EHOME.my, the parent company’s first attempt at moving from China to Southeast Asia, before returning to the independent Team Malaysia title.
It had beat Can’t Say Wips (from Australia) as well as touted favourites Rave (from The Philippines) and MVP Phoenix (from South Korea) to earn a spot at the playoff stage at the Red Bull eSports Studio in Santa Monica, California on May 5 and 6.
The team will represent the Southeast Asian region at the playoffs against four other regional champion teams from the United States, the Commonwealth of Independent States, China and the European Union.
This competition marks the energy drink maker’s first ever professional Dota 2 tournament (it is no stranger to the world of eSports, though, having run tournaments for StarCraft II and League of Legends, among others).
Teams are competing for piece of the base prize pool of $75,000 or RM274,830 (the prize split has yet to be announced).
There are three stages to the competition — the regional qualifiers (which features 20 invited professional teams battling for a spot at the next stage), the playoffs (where the five regional champions go head to head) and the finals.
The two winning teams from the playoffs would square off at the finals on May 10 at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, which would feature an all-star match where the last two undefeated LAN players get to pick and play with their favourite players.
Details on matches and spectator tickets are here: http://battlegrounds.redbull.com/