Earlier this year, LifestyleTech highlighted the rise of five-girl gamer team Sphynx. The girls have once again proven their mettle at the Zowie Divina Women’s Asia CS:GO Championship 2019.
The first tournament of its kind for female players in Asia – held in Shanghai, China – Zowie Divina pit eight teams from Indonesia, Mongolia, China, Singapore and the Philippines against each other last week (June 20-23).
Now calling themselves Orange.Sphynx (after a tie-up with Orange eSports, a KL cybercafe and hotel), the ladies – Ramona Azween (30), Shanice Choo (19), Iffah Nazurah (19), Aisya Sabrina (21) and Jasmine Sim (23) – have emerged champs and won themselves a place at the Dreamhack Showdown 2019 which will be held in Valencia, Spain, from July 5-7. The tournament will feature eight teams (from Europe, North America and Asia) and has a prize pool of US$100,000 (RM414,350).
According to team leader Ramona, the qualifying tournament in Shanghai was amazing.
“It was our first regional tournament on that scale and it was so enjoyable. From the player hospitality, the venue, the PCs, the Zowie Zone to the production, we got to experience everything. Everyone was incredibly nice, took great care of us and we can’t thank Zowie enough for inviting us to participate. Winning a ticket to Valencia was the icing on the cake!”
Ramona said the tournament was challenging because the opponents were fierce competitors, and it was not easy coming out on top.
Iffah added: “We knew it was possible, but it was definitely not going to be easy and it would take a lot of team effort. There were times where we doubted ourselves, but we pulled through in the end.”
Ramona added: “We didn’t get to play against China’s 7pm (the upper bracket finals winners) but maybe we’ll get the chance to in Valencia.”
The team leaves on July 3, and it will be their first time in Spain.
As exciting as that must be for them, Sim said that the team has been doing their usual practice sessions. “It’s a very short period of time for us to prepare but we are trying to do as much as we can, as we are going to be competing against the best female teams in the world!”
The girls are aware that most of the teams have been around for a long time and have more experience than them. Aisya Sabrina even admitted that they may be the underdogs, “but that doesn’t mean we won’t put up a fight!”
Orange.Sphynx, which came together in November 2017, has played five competitions prior to this tournament and won first place at the World Electronic Sports Games South-East Asia (WESG SEA): Malaysia Qualifier Finals in the Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) category in 2018; and third place at the subsequent WESG SEA. In February, the girls took part in Beyond’s Rise Of Legion: CS Go Lady tournament, and came out on top.