For the first time in quite a while, Malaysian Dota 2 player, Yee Fung ‘Mushi‘ Chai, is teamless, and he has yet to announce what his plans are going to be.
Mushi was once part of the legendary Team DK that many considered as the first “superteam” ever formed in Dota 2. After his stint in China, the legendary Dota 2 player moved back to Southeast Asia, where he helped set the bar for the rest of the region. In a way, Mushi is as iconic to the game as another fellow legend, then TI1 winner and the former face of Natus Vincere himself, Danil ‘Dendi‘ ishutin.
But now, Mushi finds himself without a team and plenty of people with questions regarding what he intends to do next.
As the region he once dominated has grown in competition, taking a break now is a huge risk. On one hand, it can help him recover and find a way to get back his former form, as many of his fans have noticed a drop in his play in recent years. Meanwhile, being away for too long only to come back and fail again could damage his career, potentially hurting his legacy as one of the pioneers of the SEA region.
While Mushi has yet to state any of his future plans, below are a few routes that we believe he could take in the upcoming months:
Move to Another Region
To China, in particular.
Mushi is no stranger to playing in China, having played for prominent Chinese teams such as the aforementioned Team DK, as well as the once-dominant EHOME. Although the region is much more competitive than Southeast Asia, China values experience far more than other region. Mushi could find himself in a coaching role for an up-and-coming team in China. Better yet, he could land a role as a battle-hardened, stable carry who can provide help provide a fall-back option to a team who plays more around an aggressive young core.
Besides, Mushi need not worry about the language barrier. He speaks the language fluently. Not to mention, he has a network of contacts there that he can call anytime.
Ultimately, it wouldn’t come off as a surprise of China moves to another region, or specifically, China. He’s one of the few players who could actually grow and thrive there.
Go the Full-Time Streaming Route
— Mushi (@Mushi_Chai) October 12, 2014
It’s no secret that streaming can become a viable source of livelihood. While a lot have failed to find success as a streamer, Mushi should not be one of them. He is easily one of the more popular Dota 2 players worldwide, and while he may not have shown to possess a crowd-pleasing personality in the past, a lot will likely subscribe and follow him just for the sake of being able to watch him play Dota 2.
Mushi previously had a streaming contract with Douyu.TV, and there’s very little doubt that he can secure another one if he should want.
If he wants to step away from the competitive scene, but not go away entirely, streaming is a viable route he can take that allows him to come back anytime he wants — all with him being able to retain most of the skills that made him famous in the first place.
Be a Coach
We briefly mentioned Mushi going the coaching route earlier, and we’re doubling down on it here. The fact is, you just don’t get to captain your own squad from the carry position — something that Mushi has down multiple times in then past — without having a mind for the game. Add his years of experience as one of the more versatile carry players in the game, and you’ve got a recipe for a coach who could add some tremendous value to a team looking to get a leg up over their competition.
It’s no secret that coaches are becoming more and more valuable in the scene. Evil Geniuses swears by the importance of Sam ‘BuLba‘ Sosale to their success. Previously, OG attribute much of their success in Valve Majors to Sébastien ‘7ckngMad‘ Debs and when they won The International 2018, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell, even from afar, just how much insight Cristian ‘ppasarel’ Bănăseanu brought to OG that allowed them to outplay the teams that many thought they had no business beating.
A proven leader, Mushi as a coach will be a sight to see, and we are confident that he’ll find a way to fit into his new role, should he ever go that coaching route, without much problems.
Retire — For Good
As much as every pro player would love to play or be in the scene forever, that’s not always possible. For Mushi, who should have amassed himself quite the fortune throughout his years as a player — he’s won more than $1 million USD in prize pool throughout his career — money should no longer be that big of a drive for him to continue playing so he can live comfortably.
Mushi can afford to retire now, is what I”d like to say.
With the years already catching up to him and the Southeast Asian scene already in a good place, thanks in part to his contributions throughout the years, retiring would not be the most surprising thing that Mushi could do.
So far, we’ve seen three prominent Dota 2 figures step away from the scene this season. There’s Clinton ‘Fear‘ Loomis in North America; Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin in CIS; and Yee Fung ‘Mushi‘ Chai of Southeast Asia.
Of those three, only Mushi has yet to win a TI, and we’re hoping that’s enough to give him enough motivation to come back and compete. But, even so, despite his lack of TI wins, Mushi has no doubt left an indelible mark in the Dota 2 community and his legacy will forever be remembered.
Whatever Mushi decides to do next, as true Dota 2 fans, we can only wish him good luck in the days ahead.
What do you think Mushi will do next? Will he retire? Or will he continue playing? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.