Malaysians playing at the 2021 DPC SG Major
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Malaysians playing at the 2021 DPC SG Major

The 2021 Dota Pro Circuit season has been in full swing since January, and last Sunday, all the teams competing at the first major of the year were locked in. Here are the 18 teams who will be duking it out in Singapore.

Teams Seeded to the Playoffs:

  • Team Secret (EU)
  • Invictus Gaming (CN)
  • Fnatic (SEA)
  • Virtus.pro (CIS)
  • Evil Geniuses (NA)
  • beastcoast (SA)

These teams will head straight to the playoff brackets thanks to their stellar performance during the regional league stage.

Teams in the Groups:

  • Alliance (EU)
  • Team Aster (CN)
  • Neon Esports (SEA)
  • Natus Vincere (CIS)
  • Quincy Crew (NA)
  • Thunder Predator (SA)

These teams were close to making it directly to the playoffs but lost out to the top team in their region. Since they’ll be facing international competition for the first time this year, it’s going to be an unpredictable road for them to reach the playoffs.

Teams in the Wild Card:

  • Team Nigma (EU)
  • Team Liquid (EU)
  • Vici Gaming (CN)
  • PSG.LGD (CN)
  • T1 (SEA)
  • AS Monaco Gambit (CIS)

These teams have proven to be inconsistent in their region, securing a decent amount of wins but they haven’t displayed the performance needed to remain in the upper echelons. All six teams will have to play each other once in best-of-twos, and the top two teams will move forward to the group stage. This will be the most volatile and possibly exciting stage of the tournament, we can’t wait to see which of the teams will be the dark horses of the major.

πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ Malaysians at the Major

Now some of you might ask – where are the Malaysian teams? Unfortunately, we don’t have any full-Malaysian squads representing the country this year. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any Malaysians at the event, in fact there will be quite a number of them. The catch is – only one of them will be representing Southeast Asia.

Moon

Source: Facebook

Kam “Moon” Boon Seng – the mid player of Fnatic has come a long way since he entered the scene. Playing in smaller local teams such as GeNySis and Invasion esports, he finally rose to prominence when they qualified for the Boston Major in 2016. Getting eliminated in the quarterfinals to the eventual winners, OG, he was picked up by Mineski at the end of 2017 and played a significant role in the team’s dominance of the region in 2018. They went on to win the DAC 2018 but showed middling results at the International that year. In 2019, he parted ways with Mineski and has been with Fnatic since. Though they took a while to find their footing, they’re back to looking good again, finishing top of the groups at the SEA Regional.

JT- and Oli

Playing offlane and support for Invictus Gaming respectively, Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen and Chan “Oli” Chon Kien are two Malaysians who will be playing for China at the SG Major. After a year-long stint playing together in Geek Fam, Oli went to China to play in IG, while JT- bounced around for a bit before finding a place with his former teammate. Relatively new compared to some of the older players in the tournament, they have been key to IG’s success over the past couple years and are looking formidable coming into the Major.

NothingToSay

Source: Facebook

Another superstar midlaner from Malaysia, Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang will be playing for PSG.LGD at the SG Major. A relatively new player in the scene, his skills have taken him very far since his debut in random stacks for low tier tournaments. The twenty-year-old player managed to find a spot in EHOME within two years, and is currently on loan to PSG.LGD. While he’s got big shoes to fill in the squad, we believe this lad is up to the task.

They may not be playing for the Malaysian flag at this tournament, but they’ll always be our boys! We look forward to catching them in action next week. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates on the SG Major.

About George "goodnewsgeorge" Wong

Dota 2, In Bruges, Adventure Time, Breaking Bad, and Dance Gavin Dance are some of his favourite things. A PC gamer at heart, he’s trying real hard to get past missing his mouse and mechanical keyboard while mobile gaming. He spends his free time, writing, reading, and coming up with crappy comics and songs.

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