Mushi joins Mineski

by Dennis Gonzales Mar 20 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of The International 2016 / Twitch

Malaysian Dota 2 star Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has joined Filipino organization Mineski and will captain their new Dota 2 squad, the team announced on Monday.

“I’m greatly honored to become the team captain for Mineski DotA,” Mushi said in the team's press release. “After leaving Fnatic team, I received a call from Kenchi [Yap "Kenchi" Chee Loong]. He is one of the most respectable person in the eSports industry and is not just a friend of mine, but a mentor and brother to me.

"We both share the same vision for eSports and with his sincerity, he managed to convince me to play under the wings of Mineski DotA.”

Mushi is one of the most respected and recognized Dota players to come out of the Southeast Asia region, and he has attended every Valve-sponsored Dota event from The International 2012 to The International 2016. However, 2017 has been the most inconsistent period of his career.

Mushi was unable to qualify for The Boston Major 2017 with Fnatic and left the team on Feb. 6. He later acted as a stand-in for Mineski's Malaysian squad, Mineski-X, but was unable to advance past the open qualifier for the Kiev Major 2017. Despite the difficulties, Mushi has found a home on Mineski.

“Reforming Mineski DotA was one of my top priorities for the year 2017 aside from my cyber cafe business,” Mineski Malaysia CEO Kenchi said in the team's press release. “Having dealt with eSports teams, I know that the biggest challenge is in finding the right player - not just for their skills but also for the right mentality. Mushi was the first player that came into my mind when I saw the news about him leaving Fnatic team.

"With Mushi’s experience and his versatility as a player, his addition to the Mineski DotA team will definitely bring positive impact and exciting benefits.”

The full Mineski squad is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.