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Why Waste Time Playing DOTA? These Malaysian Boys Say 'Why Not?'

Malaysia happens to have the best DOTA players in the world. Third best to be exact. Surprised? Here's how good they are.

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Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweets about Team Orange's success

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Rafizi Ramli had something to say about it too

Rafizi Ramli's nephew is a mad gamer.

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Malaysia's DOTA2 team: "Orange.Neolution Esports" a.k.a. Team Orange finished at third place of the DOTA 2 Championships (Click on images for captions)

This team has proven to be very flexible with regards to heroes and seems to be notably experimenting on heroes for different roles as of late, and getting various results in the process.

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Team Orange advance to the semi-finals.

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That "moment" when achieving a good draft against Tongfu in the deciding match (lower bracket semi finals).

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Orange are in the Top 3!

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Team Orange from left to right: Leader Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung, Wai Pem "Net" Lim, Kang Yang "ky.xy" Lee, Joel "XtincT" Chan Zhan Leong, Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo.

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Orange put Malaysia on the map by eliminating highly regarded teams from the US and some favourites from China. This year, finishing a very respectable 3rd and earning the praise of many eSports fans from around the world, Orange bagged a huge US$287,441 for their efforts.

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Orange.Neolution Esports — or simply Team Orange — may be considered the top Malaysian DOTA 2 team at the moment. They are led by the Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung, known to most as the “M-God”.

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Orange's DotA team was created in 2011. They immediately achieved result by placing 2nd in The Games Expo. After also placing 2nd in MGT, they finally won their first championship in ESTC.

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When they lost three significant team members in early 2013 many were doubtful and skeptical. There were those who expected Team Orange to significantly fall behind. The fact that they have won eight significant tournaments since their 2013 reformation proves otherwise.

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FINALS: Alliance (Sweden) vs Na'Vi (Ukraine)

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FINALS: Na'Vi beats Team Orange (Malaysia)

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What Malaysia's team leader, Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has to say after beating China

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SEMI-FINALS: Team Orange (Malaysia) beats Tongfu (China)

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QUARTER-FINALS: Team Orange (Malaysia) beats DK (China)

Malaysians supporting team Orange at 4am. Time is never an issue for DOTA fans.

Malaysians supporting team Orange at 4am. Time is never an issue for DOTA fans.

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Malaysians supporting team Orange at 4am. Time is never an issue for DOTA fans.

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Team 'Alliance' from Sweden are the DOTA 2 Champions of 2013

Team 'Alliance' are the DOTA 2 Champions

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The year's tournament was Alliance's first and only suffered one loss throughout the tournament, which was to DK in the group and main stages

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Alliance and Na'Vi went toe-to-toe after Na'Vi knocked out Orange in the previous match. Na’Vi won the first International in 2011 and placed second a year later.

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Once known as No Tidehunter, The Alliance has quickly become one of the most watched teams in competitive Dota. Their talent for unorthodox strategy and drafting often-neglected heroes into matches has earned them both praise and admiration among their peers

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The 2013 champion receives $1.4 million (RM4.5 million). That's the biggest single-event prize in the history of gaming

The biggest prize pool for a single tournament in e-sports can be found at The International DOTA 2 Championships 2013.

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The International Dota 2 Championships will run from August 7 through 11 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Fifteen of the tournament's 16 teams have already been invited with the final slot up for grabs at a qualifier immediately before the tournament begins.

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Every player who purchases an in-game Interactive Compendium at $10 apiece will add $2.50 to the total prize pool. Furthermore if the pool reaches $3.2 million, Compendium owners will be able to select the next Dota 2 Hero shipped in the final game.

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About 'The International'

The final day of The International at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, from August 7 to 11.

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The tournament began as the first public debut of Dota 2 in August 2011 at Gamescom, with a total prize pot of $1.6 million, with a grand prize of one million dollars going towards the championship team.

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The International is an annual electronic sports Dota 2 championship tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the video game developer behind Dota 2, in which sixteen teams are personally invited to compete.

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