Mushi returns to form EHOME.Malaysia

Mushi returns to form EHOME.Malaysia

Mushi returns to form EHOME.Malaysia

Comments 📅03 March 2015, 23:00

International Dota 2 superstar Mushi (Chai Yee Fung) stunned the international community yesterday when he announced his decision to form an all-Malaysian team to compete for a place in The International 5 tournament later this year.

Mushi, who had in recent months traveled to China with compatriot Ohaiyo (Chong Xin Khoo) to be part of the rebooted Chinese team Ehome, announced his return to Malaysian soil after a sub-par performance in the recently concluded Dota Asia Championship.

His announcement, made on his Facebook page, earned almost 4,000 likes since yesterday:

You may have heard that Ohaiyo and I have returned to Malaysia, yes, we indeed have. A few months ago during the formation of EHOME, EHOME said that they are also interested in forming a Malaysian squad and now, we have been given the assignment to lead EHOME Malaysia.

EHOME Malaysia will comprise of :

Yee Fung ‘Mushi’ Chai
Kang Yang ‘KyXy’ Lee
Chong Xin ‘Ohaiyo’ Khoo
Johnny ‘JohNny’ Lee
Fadil ‘Kecik Imba’ Bin Mohd Raziff

With that said, I want to thank my former teammates Inflame, Zyf and ddc for their time and dedication during our short stint in China. We also want to thank EHOME for investing in the South East Asian market despite during tough times. This is the second time a Chinese company is investing in a South East Asian team (the first being Nirvana). I believe that EHOME sees the potential SEA teams can bring and we are intending to make them proud. I hope more company and sponsors can see the potential the SEA market can bring as well.

This means that while the original EHOME players has parted ways, team owner 71 has plans to expand to Malaysia while retaining the Chinese EHOME team, albeit with different players.

Many observers from the Dota 2 community have claimed that the formation of EHOME.Malaysia is to enable easy passage to The International 5 tournament, without having to compete with other Chinese teams in the regional qualifiers.

Mushi, however, has not answered these claims.

Mushi, who is receiving flak at home and abroad for allegedly “breaking teams apart”, has been previously been accused of tearing apart Team Malaysia, and team Titan last year after the conclusion of The International 4.

Mushi’s decision to rope in Kyxy and KecikImba, nonetheless, did spark a Malaysian reshuffle of sorts.

Kyxy, who was initially the mid player in G Guard, had left the team after accepting Mushi’s invitation to join EHOME.Malaysia, and this prompted the other players in G Guard to leave for other Malaysian teams.

The departure of KecikImba from Invasion eSports also meant that the team lacked a carry player, and his position was quickly replaced by former G Guard carry player DabeliuteeF.

It is unsure what roles will be assumed by the players in EHOME.Malaysia, but pundits have predicted that Johnny and Kyxy will play the support roles, while KecikImba, Mushi and Ohaiyo will reprise their roles as the carry, mid, and off-laner, respectively.

It is apparent that the aim of this team is to punch their way to The International 5 ticket, either by direct invitation or by winning the regional qualifiers. However, it is safe to assume that they will face stiff resistance from other top Malaysian teams, including Natit (led by Yamateh) and Team Redemption.

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Adrian "La_DottA" Lai has been involved in the Dota community since he became an administrator for Garena Malaysia in 2006. After two years, he ventured into the world of eSports journalism by becoming a rookie writer for now-defunct website Meet Your Makers. Following a year-long stint, he was invited to writer at various eSports news sites, most notable GosuGamers and joinDOTA. He currently works as a journalist for Malaysian national newspaper New Straits Times, where he writes political news on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter @LaiAdrian and Facebook: