Malaysia’s largest amateur Dota 2 tournament, the Mountain Dew Dota 2 Challenge is now over. Five players from Team DOT brought their A-game and managed to triumph over 4095 other players to be earn their title as champions. We spoke to ‘Panda’ from Team DOT right after their victory, to find out what kind of preparations his team made before the event. The answer was not quite what we expected.
Representing DOT Cyber Cafe from Penang, Team DOT fought their way through the online regional qualifiers, and made it into the quarter finals here in Klang Valley. The Team consists of Ooi ‘WeNz’ Woo Boon, Hoe ‘Panda’ Chun Sheng, Yeik ‘MiDuan’ Nai Zheng, Lim ‘BBoy’ Ewe Wei, and Soon ‘Brusa’ Sin Sein.
How do you feel about winning the Mountain Dew Dota 2 Challenge?
I’m very excited and happy for winning this tournament. I’m also very thankful to my teammates who joined this tournament with me, because we don’t get to join big tournaments like this. So, yeah. It’s been a wonderful experience.
How long has the team been together?
Probably for about two months, ever since the beginning of this tournament. We literally got together one or two days before the qualifiers, and registered solely for this tournament.
We’ve witnessed the match and it seemed like an easy 3-0 victory for your team. What do you think was the winning factor for your team?
Drafting. We’ve been analysing how the team has been choosing their heroes, and we’ve made changes to counter their strategy. Other than that, it’s just communication between our own teammates. We just be honest with one another and tell each other what we feel. This improves our synergy and our gameplay at the same time. There was one day where we had a 6-hour meeting just to talk about what we felt that was unsatisfactory in the team. We managed to solve our differences and even these few days before the quarter and semi finals, we didn’t really train much. We just kept communicating and going through our strategy.
Alright. That’s all the questions we have for you and your team, and congratulations on your victory!
All came to a close after the prize giving ceremony was held. Team DOT walked away with RM60,000, while Team TG.Gizmo settled for second place; winning themselves RM30,000. Doesn’t matter if it’s companies, players, or supporters, let’s hope that more will join in contributing to the growth of not just competitive Dota 2, but for e-sports in general.