PETALING JAYA: Chinese team LFY – which has a sole Malaysian player, “Ahfu” Tue Soon Chuan – came in third at the prestigious The International 2017 Dota 2, winning US$2.5mil (RM10.7mil).
Ahfu, who joined the team in May was the latest addition to LFY which is made up of three Chinese players — “Monet” Du Peng, “Super” Xie Junhao, “Inflame” He Yongzheng, and captain “ddc” Leong Fat-meng from Macau.
Before this Ahfu was part of the Malaysian team WarriorsGaming.Unity which took part in The Boston Major 2016.
Other Malaysians – veteran “Ohaiyo” Khoo Chong Xin and newcomer “Ahjit” Lai Jay Son both from Fnatic crashed out in the group stages while “MidOne” Zheng Yeik Nai of Team Secret was eliminated by Team Liquid in the lower bracket match early on.
There was no all-Malaysian team this year. The last time a Malaysian team won was in 2013 when Team Orange eSports came in third at The International 2013.
Organised by Valve, The International 2017 offers the largest prize pool in eSports, US$24.6mil (RM105.7mil), which was raised through crowdfunding via the sale of the “Battle Pass” for the tournament and in-game items.
Team Liquid took the grand prize of US$10.8mil (RM46.4mil). It was led by Dota 2 veteran “KuroKy” Kuro Salehi Takhasomi from Germany with members “MATUMBAMAN” Lasse Urpalainen from Finland, “Miracle-“ Amer Al-Barkawi from Jordan, “MinD_ContRoL” Ivan Borislavov Ivanov from Bulgaria and “GH” Maroun Merhej from Lebanon.
KuroKy is one of the only three players in the world who has taken part in The International since its inception in 2011.
Team Liquid bested Newbee from China in three straight matches (out of five) for the crown. Newbee will be taking home US$3.9mil (RM16.7mil).
This year’s tournament saw 18 teams from six regions — North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and South America — competing in The International, which is often dubbed the “World Cup” of Dota 2.