A bat­tle for supremacy

> The highly-an­tic­i­pated Dew Chal­lenge for Dota 2 play­ers is back, this time with a new cat­e­gory of prizes for mo­bile gamers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

AF­TER the suc­cess of last year’s in­au­gu­ral Dew Chal­lenge, which was the coun­try’s largest ama­teur Dota 2 tour­na­ment, Moun­tain Dew has brought back the pop­u­lar ama­teur e-gam­ing com­pe­ti­tion, fea­tur­ing a prize pool of RM150,000.

This year, Moun­tain Dew is also in­tro­duc­ing a mo­bile gam­ing chal­lenge in an aug­mented real­ity for­mat, which is open to all mem­bers of the pub­lic, and has a prize pool of RM50,000.

Moun­tain Dew’s en­try into the e-gam­ing scene in Malaysia has opened up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for gamers to prove them­selves in com­pet­i­tive cir­cles, and po­ten­tially get them­selves no­ticed by pro­fes­sional teams.

This was what hap­pened to Dota 2 player Yeik Nai Zheng, bet­ter known by the han­dle MidOne, at the 2015 Dew Chal­lenge.

At the time, MidOne was ready to re­tire from the e-sport, but de­cided to give it one last try. He formed a team with some friends and en­tered the Dew Chal­lenge.

MidOne and his team qual­i­fied for the fi­nal round, and ul­ti­mately won the tour­na­ment.

His Dew Chal­lenge win landed the player an of­fer to join in­ter­na­tional Dota 2 gam­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Fnatic, and most re­cently, he placed fourth at The In­ter­na­tional 2016 tour­na­ment in Au­gust.

Now, other as­pir­ing play­ers will be look­ing to try and fol­low in his foot­steps, or at the very least, earn them­selves the ti­tle of the best ama­teur Dota 2 play­ers in the coun­try.

For the 2016 Dew Chal­lenge, there will be room for 224 Dota 2 teams from all over the coun­try, with each team com­pris­ing five mem­bers.

The teams must first do bat­tle in their re­gional level in or­der to pro­ceed to the fi­nals. The five re­gions are Pe­nang, Se­lan­gor, Kuala Lumpur, Pa­hang and Jo­hor.

The se­lected top teams from all the re­gions will pro­ceed to com­pete at the group stage level on Dec 9 in Kuala Lumpur.

The top eight teams left stand­ing will then move on to the fi­nals on Dec 10 and 11 for the chance at the RM150,000 prize pool.

At the same time, mo­bile gamers will also get the chance to par­tic­i­pate in a fun, in­ter­ac­tive game where they will be re­quired to cap­ture as many vir­tual Moun­tain Dew drones as they can.

The player who earns the high­est points wins, but there’s a twist – play­ers can steal points from their ri­vals, so ev­ery­one will have to be ex­tra vig­i­lant while play­ing.

Only the top 10 par­tic­i­pants from each re­gion will pro­ceed to the fi­nals in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 11 for their chance at the RM50,000 prize money.

The first re­gional round of com­pe­ti­tion, Pe­nang, took place on Oct 15 and 16 in Ge­orge Town with around 100 par­tic­i­pants for both the Dota 2 and mo­bile gam­ing chal­lenges.

The sec­ond re­gional com­pe­ti­tion (Se­lan­gor) took place last week­end at the INC Cy­ber Cafe in Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

The other re­gional com­pe­ti­tions – Kuala Lumpur, Pa­hang and Jo­hor – are re­spec­tively sched­uled for this week­end (Nov 12 and 13) at the Orange Sta­dium in Ta­man Se­ta­pak, Kuala Lumpur; on Nov 19 and 20 at WOC Net Cafe in Kuan­tan; and on Nov 25 and 26 at 818 Cy­ber Cafe, Jo­hor Baru.

He­malatha Ra­ga­van, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment for Etika Sdn Bhd (for­merly known as Pe­ma­nis Sandi­lands Sdn Bhd), said: “We are big ad­vo­cates of fol­low­ing one’s pas­sion and we highly en­cour­age Malaysians to do so.

“Hence, we have cre­ated this on­line gam­ing arena and the mo­bile gam­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for fel­low gam­ing en­thu­si­asts as a plat­form for them to chan­nel their pas­sion for gam­ing.”

Those in­ter­ested can stay up­dated on the com­pe­ti­tion news and re­sults on Moun­tain Dew Malaysia’s Face­book page.

Play­ing for the prize ... (clock­wise, from above) the par­tic­i­pants with sup­port­ers at the Se­lan­gor re­gional stage of the 2016 Dew Chal­lenge.

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