Team Malaysia routs iG, falls to C9

Team Malaysia routs iG, falls to C9

Team Malaysia routs iG, falls to C9

Comments 📅04 October 2014, 13:04


KUALA LUMPUR: In a surprising turn of events, Malaysian Dota 2 squad Team Malaysia managed to advance to the second round of the Loser’s Brackets at the World Cyber Arena championships in China.

Despite losing their first round match against Alliance, the newly-formed outfit successfully clawed their way through the Loser’s Brackets by taking a decisive 2-0 win against Chinese powerhouse iG.

Team Malaysia, led by veteran Mushi (Chai Yee Fung), introduced both conventional and unorthodox strategies to spring an upset against iG, who were the favourites to win the best-of-three series.

iG, which also lost their first game, were on the back-foot from the beginning as they struggled to break the momentum and aggressive play style of their Malaysian opponents.

Team Malaysia seemed to be in their element from the get-go and held the initiative for most of the two games, which ended convincingly in their favour.

However, the Malaysian team eventually succumbed to Cloud 9 in the second round of the Loser’s Brackets with a score of 0-2.

With the result, Mushi and company have been eliminated from the tournament and sent packing.

Team Malaysia nonetheless leapfrogged the global rankings and are currently placed 29th in the world standings.

They are also now placed 8th in the Southeast Asian region, according to gaming portal Gosugamers.

(Picture courtesy of Babyoling Facebook page)

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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: fb.com/adrian.lai1