Ever since Orange Dota2 team took the world by storm by placing 3rd in The International 3, Malaysia has been constantly in the spotlight by Dota2 fans and the community. We are honoured to feature Malaysian’s own Dota2 team, Fire Dragoon this round, about their team, personal life and their take on eSports gaming
Hello guys! Please tell us more about Fire Dragoon
yaNG: Fire Dragoon is a Malaysian based eSports organisation like the bigger names such as Fnatic, Cloud9, and etc. As the organisation is fairly new, the organisation runs in a pretty friendly environment players like us, are able to openly discuss & propose opinions and plans on building the team as long as it is relevant.
This helps us, as we are given the ability to stay comfortable with the organisation. The management team of Fire Dragoon helps facilitate all our out-of-game matters, giving us the ability to focus on in game matters and to perform the best that we could in tournaments,
Can you introduce your players and their position in game?
All: We are undergoing roster swaps & reshuffle due to our inability to qualify into The International 7, our roster should be finalised as TI comes to a close, though.
BrayaNt: My name is Pang “BrayaNt” Jian Zhe and I play the 4th position (support) in the team. I am also the captain for the team. yaNG- is my support partner, who plays the 5th position and we have our 9K MMR player, Alacrity in the Mid Lane
How did you all first come together and play Dota2?
BrayaNt: I’ve known yaNG- for quite some time, played against each other as opponents in the past. When we had the opportunity to come together as a team in Fire Dragoon a year ago, it just kind of happened. As for Alacrity, I got to know him as he had been constantly topping the MMR charts in SEA. We talked to each other and decided to play together in FDG.
yaNG: I was actually in the first batch of players in FDG Dota 2. I had a short stint in WarriorsGaming.Youth but after some struggle with myself and the team, I made the decision to return to Fire Dragoon approximately 2-3 months ago.
Alacrity: While playing solo MMR, I met BrayaNt and eventually, we became friends on steam. After talking with each other, we felt that our goals are aligned and thus, we started playing together and form the current Fire Dragoon squad
What is your playing style?
BrayaNt: I’m actually not too sure of my exact style, but I guess it’s just being aggressive – kill, kill and kill?
yaNG: My role in the team is actually to be the #truesupport, so I am pretty versatile when it comes to my playstyle and role, depending on what the team needs. That said, I believe that aggression is a very important element in playing Dota 2
Alacrity: Two words: Aggressive Farmer
In Dota2, which are your top 3 heroes?
BrayaNt: Rubick,Earth Spirit Sand King due to the high skill cap that provides a lot of ways to outplay my opponents
yaNG: Monkey king, Skywrath Mage and Disruptor as I am usually more used to playing roam-based heroes. These heroes suit my play style and I feel that it shows my personality as well.
Alacrity: Invoker, AntiMage and Terrorblade because it provides me the capable to control the pace of the game once I am well farmed in the mid to late game stage.
Which Malaysian Dota2 team you support for TI7? Why?
BrayaNt: There is currently no all-Malaysian team in TI but when it comes to players, I support Ah Jit from Fnatic and Ah Fu from LFY because they are my former teammate and a good friend of mine since the start of our competitive journey.
yaNG: Fnatic, because friends!
Alacrity: There is actually no full-Malaysian team in TI, but I support Ah Jit because we usually hang out together after a long day of training. We used to play snooker together during our free time as well!
Besides gaming, what do you all do during free time?
BrayaNt: After a whole day of playing Dota, I will still.. play Dota during my free time.
yaNG: Other than gaming, we will usually go to the pool at our gaming house to relax ourselves. I also visit the gym occasionally as well as some snooker & pool session with Ah Jit. Of course, we would also go to the movies when there are movies that we want to watch.
Alacrity: To be honest, I spend most of my free time with Dota 2 to make sure that my skills can be the best it can be. However, if my friends ask me out, I’ll usually be hanging out with them.
What is a typical day in your life?
All: Simple – Eat, sleep, train, repeat!
yaNG: but seriously, that is what we do on a daily basis as the competition in Dota 2 is extremely high and there is a need to work really hard to get the results that we desire
Which Malaysian player is your inspiration in Dota2? Why?
BrayaNt: I love Malaysian players, but the ones who truly inspired me in Dota 2 is Dendi and Arteezy due to the hard work and struggles that they went through in order to succeed
yaNG: WG.Ahfu. He is a really good leader and is willing to sacrifice his own time for the team. His attitude in game and out-of-game is really positive and his ability to create a happy & lively work environment within the team is really admirable. Overall, I respect him a lot and the respect will be there for a very long time
Alacrity: I actually got inspired mainly by Dendi. In fact, I started playing Mid because of him!
If you can have one famous Dota2 player to join your team, which player will you choose? Why?
BrayaNt: Arteezy, because I enjoyed watching his play style where he would be able to make high level plays that would win his team the game and also his personality of being able to be entertaining, yet extremely serious when he plays competitively. It’ll be awesome to be able to play alongside players like him.
yaNG: Miracle, because if he comes into the team, he’ll create miracles, get it? Seriously though, Miracle is a one-of-a-kind talent that is able to deliver miraculous plays and single handedly win the team a game, so having him to be in FDG would be pretty awesome.
Alacrity: I think i will choose w33, because of his unpredictable play style. W33 is really good at making non-meta heroes work, and his skills alongside a huge champion pool would be awesome for our drafts and strategy.
What is your team motto?
All: Unity and friendship
BrayaNt: I believe that in order to optimize our gameplay, the team needs to be united with one clear goal. Also, enjoyment is pretty important
Alacrity: Those 2 elements are really important for us, as we want to win as a team, and lose as a team.
What advice would you give for people who wish to pursue eSports as a career?
BrayaNt: If your dream is to be in eSports, do not give up. Chase your dreams, focus on your objective and have a clear direction on your goals. Work hard to improve your game play and have a positive mindset, always.
yaNG: To do well in eSports, you need to fully understand your own objectives. If you want to be a strong core player, climbing the MMR ranks is one of the options you can work towards without a team as it legitimately proves your skills. However, the moment you join a team, what matters is team play, experience, game sense and shotcalling – of course, you’ll need to be among the average MMR when it comes to skills!
Alacrity- Hard work. That said, work smart too – do not simply grind games without a goal. If you are relatively new in the scene, there will be a need for you to work on your personal skills by VOD reviews, studying of the game and also on mechanical drills