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All geared up for TI10’s main event? Here are the M’sian players you can cheer for!

Making a mark at The International.

With the group stage done and dusted, all eyes are on the The International’s main event that’s slated to kick off tomorrow (Oct 12), where 16 teams will duke it out to lay claim to the coveted Aegis of the Immortal.

The International (TI) is an annual e-sports tournament hosted and produced by Valve for the smash multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game DOTA 2 (Defense of the Ancients).

Aside from the massive crowds, The International is also a multimillion tournament where its current prize pool is $40 million, making it the biggest sum in e-sports history.

Homegrown talents

Being a free-to-play game, DOTA is undoubtedly a hit among Malaysians, with many eventually creating a name for themselves at the grand stage.

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Among the well-known Malaysian DOTA legends include Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung, Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin, and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng.

Malaysian titans mushi and ohayo at a dota 2 event
Image via: Facebook/Mushi

In fact, the Malaysian team Orange Esports cliched third place at TI3 back in 2013, further cementing the fact that there are many untapped local talents waiting to display their gaming skills at the international level.

Malaysians to watch at TI10

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Malaysians who will be representing the country at the biggest e-sports event in history!

  1. NTS (NothingToSay)

First on the list is 20-year-old Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang, who is currently the midlaner for Chinese powerhouse PSG.LGD.

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Rising dota2 star nothingtosay from malaysia
Image via: Twitter/@LGDGaming

Regarded as one of the top midlaners, NTS nearly missed out on participating TI10 due to Visa issues but was eventually given the gold ticket after Valve intervened.

He was also instrumental in leading PSG.LGD to a swift victory over Elephant yesterday (Oct 10) in an 18-minute stomp thanks to his aggressive plays.

2. Oli

Next on the list is Chan “Oli” Chon Kien, who’s also playing for the Chinese team Invictus Gaming, who are currently No.1 in their group.

Malaysian player oli for invictus gaming
Image via: Liquipedia

Oli began his professional career in 2017 at Genesis Pro Gaming, where he built his reputation as an excellent support player. He has also played alongside Malaysian legends such as Mushi and ChYuan during his time at Geek Fam.

Like NTS, Oli had difficulties getting a travel permit to compete in TI due to Visa issues but eventually it got sorted out.

He was also absent at the WePlay! AniMajor in March thanks to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

3. JT-

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Together with Oli, Thiay “JT-“ Jun Wen kickstarted his career with Genesis Pro Gaming and the duo continued to be teammates during their tenure at Geek Fam.

Dota 2 player jt playing for invictus gaming at ti
Image via: Liquipedia

Even when Oli bade farewell and joined Invictus Gaming, it seemed that JT- was fated to stick with him, which saw the pair ultimately reuniting in 2019.

4. ChYuan

A household name among Malaysian DOTA players, Ng “ChYuan” Kee Chyuan is considered one of the most acclaimed personalities, where his Aegis steal in yesterday’s game against favorites Team Secret has got many talking.

Based in malaysia, chyuan currently plays for fnatic
Image via: Twitter/@Fnatic

Like most Malaysians, ChYuan rose through the ranks starting from relatively unknown local teams and eventually found a home at one of the top Southeast Asian DOTA teams Fnatic.

Want to watch these talents in action? Tune in to The International on Astro’s eGG Network at channel 800, Twitch and DOTA’s official webpage.

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