Kee Chuan “ChYuan” Ng, a Malaysian player from Team Aster. At 20 years old, he is one of the younger players in the scene.
You’re relatively new to the Dota scene, playing professionally for more than 2 years. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced
When I was with a SEA team, I always cannot break through against stronger teams like TNC, Fnatic and Mineski. I always end up in fourth place and it’s really sad, and I couldn’t qualify for a Major until now.
Do you feel like you’re walking in the path of xNova?
I can’t compare myself with him because he achieved second place at TI and I haven’t even played in TI yet. I hope I am on his path, yes.
Who was your Dota 2 player idol before you joined the scene and why?
SumaiL because I wish I could get good achievements like him, especially at such a young age.
What did your family or friends say when you chose to pursue this path of being a Dota 2 pro-player?
Of course, they had objections at first. They said, “Eh you should have gone to work.” But I told them, “Give me some time, I will prove myself.”.
My family slowly and surely, learned that esports is not just a game. It’s also a career. They read about esports in the news and started to support me. I’m really glad.
Have they attended any of your tournaments?
When I was in Malaysia they visited my bootcamp. They haven’t been able to visit me overseas yet.
Do you have any advice to young players who want to play professionally?
My advice is just don’t give up. I believe that a chance for everyone will come one day.
You’re now playing overseas with Team Aster – it seems like most of the top Malaysian talent is recruited by Chinese teams because you can speak Chinese. Do you think this helps the Malaysian scene improve?
Of course, because in Southeast Asia I don’t think there’s a lot of opportunity for us, especially players who can’t really speak English either. I think China provides a good opportunity for players like myself.
How different is it playing for a Chinese organisation compared to a Southeast Asian organisation?
There’s not too much difference, but Chinese teams have a tighter schedule. We start training from 10am and end at 6pm daily. Compared to my previous experience, we only started playing around 12pm if I remember correctly.
How different are Chinese pubs compared to SEA pubs?
I think there’s a big difference. In China, you meet a lot of serious players who communicate all the time. Compared to SEA, my past experience shows me that they don’t communicate, they play their own game, they die, they screw games. They just play their way and we cannot communicate with them.
Do you have anything to say to your fans at home?
Thank you for supporting me. I will work harder in the upcoming tournaments. Thank you!
We hope to see more success to ChYuan as he continues his Dota 2 journey in China.