In what’s likely the biggest plotwist of the entire 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, Dota 2 Legends, Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin and Chai ‘Mushi‘ Yee Fung, will join forces in Southeast Asia to complete the all-new Tigers lineup.
Winners of the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor, Tigers showed a lot of potential early on in the season. However, following an early exit at the Kuala Lumpur Major, the team could never really recover. As time passed by, it was evident that the team was not clicking. Then, in January, Tigers lost both of their core players, Lai ‘Ahjit‘ Jay Son and Muhammad ‘inYourdreaM‘ Rizky.
With zero poachable talents left in Southeast Asia, all seemed lost for Theeban ‘1437‘ Siva and his squad. But, in a surprising turn of events, 1437 found unlikely comrades in two pros that most would never thought they’d see teaming up outside of All-Star matches.
Dendi and Mushi are both Dota 2 legends legends in their own rights. The former is essentially the poster boy of Dota 2 and the former face of Natus Vincere. He was part of the Natus Vincere lineup that won the first International and is famous for his play in the middle lane. Meanwhile, the latter is an icon in Southeast Asia. A longtime member of Fnatic, he once guided a team of Southeast Asian misfits to a fourth-place finish at The International 6.
Mushi played with Mineski earlier this season but was later dropped following the team’s lack of success. As for Dendi, this will serve as the first time he will officially be part of an organization outside of Natus Vincere.
What Does Two Dota 2 Legends Joining Mean for Tigers?
It’s never easy to remain consistent in a region with so many up-and-coming teams like Southeast Asia. Tigers know this all too well after basically falling off of the proverbial map following their success earlier this season. But, if there was a roster that could give them a fighting chance against the likes of TNC Predator and Fnatic in Southeast Asia, it’d be this one.
The sheer collective of experience of the Tigers lineup, headlined by three scene veterans in 1437, Dendi, and Mushi, is staggering. Not to mention, both Dendi and Mushi, will play roles they are most comfortable playing. Mushi will return to the hard carry position after trying out the support role with Mineski earlier this season. At the same time, Dendi will continue to try and show the young ones how it’s done in the middle lane.
With a young talent in Kenny ‘Xepher‘ Deo and an accomplished player like David ‘Moonmeander‘ Tan rounding out their roster, Tigers should be one of the more interesting teams to watch, if only for the nostalgia factor alone.
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