Over the weekend, Mountain Dew held Malaysia’s largest amateur Dota 2 tournament in TGV Cinemas, 1Utama. Battles were fought, teams clashed, and the champion was crowned. Team DOT – Ooi Woo Boon, Hoe Chun Sheng, Yeik Nai Zheng, Lim Ewe Wei, and Soon Sin Sein – emerged victorious to claim their share of RM60,000 from the total prize pool of RM150,000.
Mountain Dew Malaysia collaborated with Fallout Gaming (in charge of Major All Stars) to organise a Dota 2 tournament for amateur players in Malaysia. The grand final was held in TGV Cinemas, 1Utama. This is not the first time an e-sports tournament has been broadcasted in a cinema, but it is definitely the first to be held in one.
The event started at 10am on the 5th of December where 24 teams battled it out to win their share of the RM150,000 prize pool. Cosplayers appeared as Lina, Zeus, Sniper, Invoker, and Razor; while professional casters were also present to provide live commentary on the matches played throughout the day. As we’ve previously reported, all matches were played in Hall 5, while the live feed of the match was broadcasted to Hall 1 and 2 for the rest of the audience.
Despite a couple of connection issues at the finals – microphone problems, and screen hangs during the start of the match – the games continued without a hitch.
The finals saw two teams, Team DOT and Team TG.Gizmo, face off in a best of five series. Team DOT snowballed their way to a clean 3-0 sweep for the victory. In game one, Team DOT’s Shadow Fiend picks were really fun to watch, while his Magnus teammate took full control of top lane over Team TG.Gizmo’s Broodmother, by using Shockwave to farm BM’s spiderlings.
Team DOT’s Gyrocopter completed game 2 with a KDA score of 20/0/10. Team TG.Gizmo tried to counter with area of effect heroes like Tidehunter, but it proved inefficient as the players did not prioritise to get an early Blink Dagger. That being said, Team TG.Gizmo did have their moments where a comeback seemed possible, but all was ruined when Team DOT got their synergy back in the late game.
Leading by two games, in game three, Team DOT managed to ‘team wipe’ Team TG.Gizmo on their high ground. With no buybacks left and two racks down, Team TG.Gizmo decided to call in ‘GG’ and settle for a RM30,000 second prize.
On the other hand, Team DOT went home champions, with their pockets filled with RM60,000 from the Mountain Dew Dota 2 Challenge’s prize pool of RM150,000. The Dota 2 scene in Malaysia has definitely been picking up the pace, and it’s great to see companies like Mountain Dew opening up a platform for amateur Dota 2 players to show their stuff on a national level.