Who says playing Dota is nonsense? A Filipino Dota team wins more than 6 million pesos in the recent 2015 Dota 2 Asia Championships held in Shanghai, China. Team Rave, which most members are Pinoys, won P6.6 million (or $150,000) after landing at fifth place, and lost to China.
According to a post at dota2philippines.com, the South Korean-based team members are Mark “Cast” Pilar, Djardel “Chrissy” Mampusti, Jio “Jeyo” Madayag, Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa, and Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross. The site also congratulated the team via their official Twitter page.
Despite the Pinoy DOTA team lost to China’s Big God in their best of 3 match (1-2), their victory is still considered a great achievement. Nevertheless, the DAC2015 champion is very huge stepping stone as a possible candidate for the annual International Dota 2 Championship in Seattle, Washington.
During the introduction interview, Ryo said that the group considers Mark as their spiritual being the oldest member of the team. For Mark, he said he treats all the team members as friends and that they have a special chemistry during their practice and actual game.
As posted at the official Facebook page of the Rave-DOTA team, their previous name is EOT Hammer, which was then consists of pure South Korean players. After they did not become successful until Cast entered. Pyung, being a former team member eventually became the team’s manager and all players now are Filipino.
The team moved to Incheon, near Seoul after Pyung borrowed money from his parents just to find a decent house for them. But because their only sponsor that time is Turtle Beach, which provides their gaming headset, the team players have no allowance and literally ate eggs for a week just to save money.
“There was a point in time in my career here in Korea where I could only eat once a day because I had no money; I lost about 15-20 lbs probably because of this.” Jio “Jeyo” Madayag wrote on Rave-DOTA Facebook page, noting that he is playing not because of money but because he really loves the game.
“But no matter what, my family still supported me so I could do what I want and I can only be thankful for having a family like I do. Whatever earnings I have left from tournaments, I send it to my family. They need it more than I do, to pay for house and my brother’s education.” Madayag added.
During the competition, Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV publicly announced his support on the team via his official Twitter account. But while the entire team thanked all their Filipino supporters, they said they still have no plans to go back to the Philippines anytime soon.
Rave Team said they will return to South Korea this Wednesday and rest for a while. Then, the team will start playing for the MLG Proleague and will be flying to Malaysia sometime in March for the Major All Star League DOTA competition.
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