After acing the Southeast Asia Qualifiers, Team SMG is all set for the big Dota 2 showdown.
Dota 2 International 2023
This article is about Dota 2 International 2023: Team SMG Shocking Triumph in Southeast Asia! Southeast Asia always has these bold Dota 2 teams, eager for a chance at The International spotlight. The recent Qualifiers were a real showdown, and Team SMG snagged the ticket as the second team from SEA to The International 2023—a dream they’ve been working hard for.
After a stellar run in the Regional Qualifiers, Team SMG will be attending The International 12!— Team SMG (@TeamSMGofficial) August 31, 2023
A special thank you to all the fans that stood with us along the way, and cheered us on through the lowest of lows to the highest of highs!
We'll see you in Seattle!#TeamSMG… pic.twitter.com/g6PM9JzJRq
Team SMG, or Still Moving under Gunfire, is a gaming squad led by the famous Singaporean singer JJ Lin. They’ve been around since 2017, making waves in mobile esports like PUBG: Mobile and Mobile Legends. Their Dota 2 team, though newer (starting in 2021), has faced its fair share of challenges.
In a nutshell, Team SMG’s Dota 2 journey has been a mix of almost-there moments. They’ve had some okay results and flashes of brilliance in the SEA Dota Pro Circuit. Sadly, they missed out on Majors until their first shot at the 2023 ESL One Berlin Major. Surprisingly, they beat the top pick, Blacklist International from the Philippines, in the SEA Qualifiers to secure their spot at The International.
The heart of their strong spirit is their captain, Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng. A seasoned Dota 2 player in SEA, MidOne has faced tough times in his career, playing for big teams like Team Secret and OG before returning home.
Despite the ups and downs this season, Team SMG finished strong, showing they’re not to be underestimated. They might be the underdogs at The International, but they’re determined to prove that another SEA team is worth keeping an eye on.