A few weeks after a controversial roster move that has now forever been immortalized in memes, Khoo ‘Ohaiyo‘ Chong Xin has finally found himself a new home in LGD.ForeverYoung.
DOTA | @ohyohyohy departs for LGD.Forever Young.
— FNATIC (@FNATIC) February 5, 2018
Ohaiyo will complete an LFY squad who recently bid farewell to their captain Leong ‘ddc‘ Fat-meng, who is now with VGJ.Thunder. Meanwhile, Yao ‘Yao‘ Zhengzheng will join the team, moving from the main LGD Gaming squad after having spent months as an inactive player. Xie ‘Super‘ Junhao will also return to LFY after their experimental swap with Invictus Gaming failed to produce results.
By welcoming Ohaiyo and Yao to their roster, LFY will experience a slight uptick in Qualifying Points. They will now have a total of 200 QP for the season, up from 135. This will help break their tie with compLexity Gaming, giving them sole possession of the 13th spot.
How Will Ohaiyo Fare in a Chinese Squad?
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that Ohaiyo have spent time with a Chinese organization. Ohaiyo and Chai ‘Mushi‘ Yee Fung headlined a newly-revived EHOME squad back in 2015. However, they were never able to find their footing. As a result, the team would disband just a few months after their formation and the two longtime Dota 2 teammates decided to form their own Malaysian squad that went on to become Team Malaysia and eventually, Fnatic.
Having said that, Ohaiyo’s fit within the team is questionable at best. His signature aggressive style is a trademark of SEA teams. This is in contrast to the more disciplined style of play preferred by most Chinese teams. But, then again, Tue ‘ah fu‘ Soon Chuan seems to be doing well with LFY, and he got his start with the all-Malaysian Dota 2 squad WarriorsGaming.Unity.
Ohaiyo’s former coach with Fnatic Muriëlle ‘Kips‘ Huisman said it best when she said she was curious to see if whether Ohaiyo will bring a taste of SEA to China, or if the Chinese style suited him better all along.
LFY’s latest lineup will make their first official international LAN appearance at the Bucharest Major in March as one of the direct invites to the event.
How well do you think LFY will do with their latest roster? Do you think they’ll be able to go as far as their previous five-man lineup did? Or will it be more of the same? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.