Many aspiring gamers can dream only about appearing on a stage with a stadium packed with fans, chanting their names. It became reality for one Malaysian Dota 2 player, Yeik Nai Zheng or better known as “MidOne”.
Let’s dial it back a notch and travel back to December 2015 at Mountain Dew’s Largest Dota 2 Amateur Tournament, the Dew Challenge.
Playing for Team DOT, they qualified from the Penang Regional qualifiers on the 17th of October 2015. They managed to pip 32 teams to become the champions of the regional qualifier and made their way down to KL for the Grand Finale that was hosted at TGV Cinemas on the 5th of December 2015, that of which they won and brought home RM60,000 cash prize.
2 days after the Grand Finale, he was picked up by Fnatic, one of the biggest Dota 2 teams in the South East Asia Region. At that point in time, he had a MMR (Match-Making Rating) of 7.7k, One of the highest in the region.
Enjoying a great run with Fnatic, ending with a 4th placing in the biggest event in Dota 2, The International 2016.
He has now decided to move on to explore new challenges and has been picked up by Team Secret. Playing under the leadership of Clement Ivanov aka “Puppey” dubbed one of the best drafters and captain in the game.
Is it a dream? No. Is it a fantasy? No. MidOne didn’t get where he is by sheer luck. It is with determination and hard work. Not forgetting the courage it took for him to step forward and showcase his talents on the right platforms, in hopes of catching the eye of scouts that are ever watching. So, are you up for the challenge?