Malaysia Cybergames 2015 – Dota 2 and Team Secret!

So Malaysia Cybergames 2015 is a pretty big event, with the main attraction being a personal love of mine – Dota 2. Best game ever! The 3-day event which started on 11th December 2015, attracted 5255 gamers to compete across 4 tournaments for Dota 2, FIFA16, Counter Strike and Street Fighter IV ULTRA, with a total cash prize value of RM300,000 up for grabs.

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

I dropped by on the last day to check the finals of the Dota 2 tournament between Team SatuDuaTiga (probably the favourites with star player YamateH) against Who2bet who isn’t so high profile, but does have an ex Fnatic player JoHnNy.

Check out my Axe shirt, I SAID GOOD DAY SIR! Used to love trolling people with Ax in mid lane with my shout shield.

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

The setup was really nice, quite similar to The International with 2 booths on stage with the players in on each side, the trophy in the middle and a huge screen behind.

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

There was a proper professional crew on hand too, good commentary and instant replays of the big plays – good camera direction (mostly, they missed a Roshan kill haha).

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

The final was pretty fun to watch too, honestly it doesn’t seem like the meta game has changed THAT much since I stopped playing. The picks, builds and strats were fairly similiar to what I was playing a couple of years back, slightly less of a focus on hard carries if anything. But then again these aren’t Chinese teams, so they were playing a faster tempo than Chinese style farm-fest Dota (if they still play like that?).

In the end Team SatuDuaTiga won and they will become TARING – a national Malaysian team which will represent the country in International competition.

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

And the surprise (well I didn’t know about it haha) was an appearance by Team Secret, which is a pretty big deal. There was only one player which I knew who it was straight away, the rest looked familiar – but well they aren’t Puppey level. Best support EVAR!

Because, you know, well I’m old haha. So my reactions are slow and I’m more strategic (supposdely), so in REALLY serious games, I always played the support role. In pretty high level games, I could play a decent mid-lane, and in a normal pub I could handle pretty much any characters (I loved a bit of turtle hard carry too with AM, Naix or Void).

He’s a legendary player, valuable in any role and one of the best captains in a game. It was a honour to see him in real life and I hope Team Secret does well as in some ways, it’s the Allstar team of Dota 2.

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

The queue to get things signed, and take a photo with the Team Secret players was immense! They actually didn’t do very well in The International 2015, and the whole team disbanded after the tournament (BigDaddy, Simbaaa, KuroKy and s4) – apart from Puppey who has built a new team around himself, which you see here (EternalEnVy, w33, MiSeRy and pieliedie).

Although it was in my time when EE led No Tidehunter to a surprise victory in DreamHack 2012 Winter – which pretty much shocked everyone.

Malaysia Cybergames 2015 - Dota 2

It was cool to see them in Malaysia, and to see such excitement around it too. I’ve played Dota since it was on RoC back in 2004-2006 when TFT version (Dota Allstars) just started getting popular.

I actually genuinely disliked it at that time, it lacked the fine balance of the original Dota and seemed to overpowered. I tried to play it a bit, but the whole fast paced ganking style gameplay wasn’t for me.

I tried Dota 2 when it was Steam though, as it was free…bad move, it wasn’t free in the end haha – it cost me many thousand hours. What an addictive game! You can see my public profile here on Dota Buff – you can see most the games I won, was when I played a support char haha.




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