Moon Studio is giving us our first taste of a Southeast Asia and China Dota 2 collaboration with Moon Studio Asian League
Moon Studio Asian League is going to run from July 29 through August 9. The event's already featured one qualifier each for China and for Southeast Asia to give two teams from each region the chance to compete.
What's at stake?
This Dota 2 event will feature $45,000 USD in the prize pool, with the first-place team taking home $20,000.
This event also provides SEA and Chinese teams the opportunity to get some competitive experience outside of their own region. While a team like TNC Predator
has plenty of international experience, we suspect Team Black
Four teams qualified for the event, and eight were directly invited. They've been divided into two groups of six:
Taking a glance at these groups, we anticipate seeing TNC and BOOM perform well. However, beyond that, we're very prepared to be surprised.
This event didn't attract the very tip-top of Chinese and SEA Dota 2 (though we'd argue TNC and BOOM belong in the conversation for the latter), but there are some notable players in some of these stacks.
Xu "Sakata" Zichen, on Ares Gaming, competed with iG.Vitality from 2016-2018, winning World Cyber Arena 2016, placing fourth at Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017, and competing at the Boston Major 2016, Kyiv Major 2017, and The International 2017.
Xiao "Jixing" Zhihao, also on Ares Gaming, competed with LGD Gaming in 2016, and with Team Serenity in 2018-2019. He's taken a year off of professional competition but is now back in this stack of Chinese players.
Meanwhile, Galaxy Star Racer features hard support and team captain, Adam "343" Hussein, who notably spent the 2017-2018 season coaching Fnatic before competing with compLexity Gaming and Royal Never Give Up. Also on the team is Yang "Deth" Wu Heng, a promising Singaporean offlaner who also briefly played with compLexity Gaming.
We're excited to learn more about some of these other teams as Moon Studio Asian League gets underway. With qualifier opportunities for events with bigger prize pools, such as OMEGA League and ESL One Thailand, this event could be a significant stepping stone - not to mention
How do I watch Moon Studio Asian League?
Also, shout-out to Dotabuff and Trackdota writer, Temirlan "KawaiiSocks" Tattybekov, who will be casting this event on the Russian stream!