Team Taring is now co-sponsored by Orange Esports. Yes, you read that right. Malaysia’s very own national Dota 2 team is now officially sponsored by a local gaming organisation. From now on, the team will be called Team Orange Taring.
The announcement was first made on Team Taring’s Facebook page, with a profile picture change showing an image of the Orange logo with Team Taring’s below it. With Team Taring’s recent performance, it was clear that the team needed help – be it in terms of team management or looking for new team members.
Earlier this month, Team Taring’s captain, Adam “343” Shah left the team to be a substitute player for Team Fnatic Dota 2. His departure allowed the team’s substitute player, Ben-ahbenLIM to join the team as a core player. But it was also a sign of the team’s foundation being shaken.
Having said that, with the addition of a co-sponsor also comes a new team roster. Team Orange Taring now includes YamateH as the team captain, with Ice, Ling, syeonx, as well as NJ.
Formed at the Malaysia Cyber Games back in December 2015, Team Taring was formed to be the national Dota 2 team, and would be fully supported by the government. However, the team hasn’t been doing well in recent e-sports competitions.
In the recent WePlay Season 3 Dota 2 Tournament, Team Taring pulled out from the tournament halfway through, citing internal conflicts between players. Team First Departure then replaced Team Taring, inheriting Team Taring’s score of three wins and two losses to continue on in the tournament.
Perhaps the management decided Team Taring could use some assistance. After all, Orange Esports has been in the scene long enough to hopefully steady the ship. The first move to install YamateH as captain is already a step in that direction.
With Orange Esports’ experience at The Internationals 2013, Team Orange Taring should be in good hands. The team is off to a new start with a new roster, but with the same aim. Let’s hope this change will bring about the potential of our national Dota 2 team.