Moments ago it was announced that the Chinese Dota 2 team DK would be attending Major League Gaming's Columbus event later this year. This will be the first time that the a Chinese team has traveled outside of Asia to compete in a Dota 2 tournament, save for Valve's The International.
GameSpot had the opportunity to sit down with Zhi Lei “BurNing" Xu, Yee Fung "Mushi" Chai, and team manager Peng "Farseer" Bei to talk about their new roster and their decision to attend MLG Columbus.
What were you thinking when putting together this new roster? Why did you decide to add Mushi and iceiceice?
Zhi Lei "BurNIng" Xu: I was thinking that they are very good players with their own individual thinking. I decided to add mushi and iceiceice because they are really motivated to win everything.
What will Mushi and iceiceice be able to bring to the team that wasn't there before?
BurNIng: They bring a lot of new strategies in as they are both top tiered players from South East Asia. They also strong vigor and fighting spirit!
Does it matter at all that Mushi and Iceiceice aren't chinese players? Either in terms of communication of for other reason?
BurNIng: Not at all, even. Though they are not from China, they are still Chinese and they understand Mandarin, so communication and stuff isn't an issue. There are no nationality issues as well.
There were rumors at the end of TI3 that you were going to retire. Instead you form this all-star team that has the world's attention--what changed?
BurNIng: My friends were very encouraging towards me, and I wanted to make a team where we will be known as the best for a long period of time. Just like the EHOME in 2010.
How do you feel about coming to MLG and America once again? Alliance and Na'Vi are both attending. Do you think you’ll have what it takes by the time MLG hits to beat both of these teams? Did you learn anything from TI3 that you will implement against them at MLG?
BurNIng: I'm really excited to be able to challenge Na'vi, Alliance, and the rest of the European teams again.
Yee Fung "Mushi" Chai: We can beat any team in the world as long as we perform, and we can only lose to ourselves. I'm always learning, maybe I have something new against them so you guys can wait and see!
How do you feel about coming to MLG and America once again?
Mushi: I can finally drink Starbucks every day again! And like BurNIng; I can challenge the best European teams.
Could you give a general statement about attending MLG? Not only are you the only Chinese team to go to MLG, but you will are also the first Chinese team to ever attend a foreign event outside of China besides The International.
Peng "Farseer" Bei: As far as I know, MLG didn't have a Dota event before, but it's very influential internationally. This is the main reason we would like to go to MLG
What does it mean to you to be the first Chinese team to ever attend a foreign event outside of TI?
Farseer: We are having a lot of pressure, and there are still some problems we need to get over with, but we will surely do our best.
With the results at TI3, with non-Chinese teams taking 1-3, do you feel a responsibility to represent China as a whole at MLG?
Farseer: Maybe we cannot represent all Chinese teams, but we will prove ourself this time and win glory for China
The team has only been together for a few weeks now. How are you guys preparing and practicing for WPC and MLG?
Farseer: Now we are trying to get familiar with each other's style, both in game and in real life. I believe we will be much stronger after ACE-WPC's two-month tournament. There's still a lot of space for us to improve.
By the time MLG rolls around in around that two month span, do you believe you'll in sync enough to have a good shot of winning? Do you think it'll be enough to beat Alliance and Na'Vi? Have the players learned anything from TI to use against Alliance and Na'vi?
Farseer: We will absolutely be stronger in two months, but I don't think there's a team that can say they can beat those two teams for sure. During TI3 we came up with some ideas to beat them, so this time we will take our chances
Any special message you'd like to give foreign fans about coming to MLG and the United States, and seeing some of them in person in Columbus?
Farseer: We are really honored to attend MLG, even if just for a few days. We will do our best to play nice games for all Dota 2 fans. I hope fans can come and cheer for us.
Correction: We forgot about EHOME attending ESWC during the interview. We apologize for the mistake.