Team ABC clawed Game 2 back into their hands with a 2-0 win against Desert Tigers, claiming the top spot at the ROG Masters DOTA 2 Singapore Qualifier held over the weekend at the Singapore Toy, Games, and Comic Convention 2017 (STGCC 2017).
Desert Tigers put up an excellent fight against the former pro DOTA 2 players from renowned teams such as First Departure and Scythe.SG. For those who were present at the offline tournament, Team ABC was the clear favourite.
The ROG Qualifier Grand Finals saw the return of renowned DOTA 2 pros Hana, xFreedom, Chibix, and Poloson, along with Draynich. Aside from Draynich, the four players were, at some point in their career, part of the Singapore team First Departure.
After Team Zenith disbanded in 2013, First Departure was considered one of the top teams in Singapore. But as life commitments caught up with the team, they could no longer practice consistently, leading to the disbandment of First Departure in 2015.
Here’s a quick rundown of the players that comprised Team ABC during the finals.
Hana, Poloson, And Chibix
Paul “Hana” Tan was one of the founding members of First Departure. He was First Departure’s offlaner, but left the team in 2015 due to National Service (NS). After finishing his NS, he joined Moogle in 2017, reuniting with most of First Departure and adding chibix into the mix.
Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei is known for his solo and mid plays, and is also one of the founders of First Departure. He hopped across several teams, including Scythe.SG and White Fries Gaming, before returning to FD.
Joel Chan “Chibix” Jian Yong can fill multiple roles – mainly carry, solo or mid – and was formerly from Scythe.SG as well. He temporarily stood in for Ryan Jay “raging-_-potato” Qui on Mineski in 2016.
Most recently, the trio played in Moogle, along with Galvin “Meracle-” Kang Jian Wen and Teo “Kai” Kai Sheng. Moogle lost to Team Faceless in The International 7 Qualifiers.
Nicholas “xFreedom” Kelvin Ileto Lim is best known for his two The International appearances with Team Zenith in 2012 and 2013. Known for his support plays, xFreedom’s trademark Crystal Maiden was missed last year even though he was playing for the promising White Fries Gaming with Benedict Lim “hyhy” Han Yong in the leadup to The International 7 Qualifiers.
Linus “Draynich” Loh played Lifestealer and Necrophos in the ROG grand finals. He last played for Insidious Idol, which is currently on an indefinite hiatus. He managed to hold his own well as a carry against Desert Tigers and plays more of a conservative carry style.
As Easy As ABC?
With such a stellar roster, could team ABC be these players’ comeback to the DOTA 2 scene? If it is, we’re looking forward to where this leads. This time round, however, due to personal commitments, Team ABC will be replaced by Desert Tigers to represent Singapore at the ASUS ROG South East Asian Qualifiers in Manila on September 24.