This is part of “Esports Heroes“, a series that takes a closer look at the stories and origins of some of our favorite esports pros and teams.

Team Asterisk’s Rangsey “Magic” Mou is one of the most promising young Dota players in Singapore.

Originally from New Zealand, Magic has been the position 1 carry for Singaporean female esports organization Asterisk* since March 2018.

Together with Kimberlyn “kimchi” See, Tan “jiaa” Jia Hui, Aurora Munchkin and Amanda “Badabing” Lim, Asterisk* took second place at last weekend’s FSL: Female Esports League Dota 2 tournament.

Magic, whose gamertag is a reference to the Harry Potter series, which she’s a huge fan of, first started playing Dota accidentally.

“I initially played Warcraft III and I played on I came across Dota accidentally,” Magic told ONE Esports. “I meant to join a Warcraft III minigame like the minimaps and then I accidentally joined Dota and I picked Earth Shaker and bought an ultimate orb for the first item.”

Magic’s first Dota game immediately sparked her interest in MOBAs and she’s been playing them ever since.

Despite dealing with 150ms playing on the Singapore servers from New Zealand, Magic was able to impress Asterisk* with her consistently solid play.

“When I first started, I was s***. The delay was making me miss last hits but the more you do it, you just have to pretty much time everything a split second faster than what you want.”

Having achieved an impressive peak solo MMR of 6400, Magic is making a name not just for herself but for the growing female esports players in the scene.

“I think it’s just in general that more guys play Dota than girls do. I think quite recently, over the years, a lot more girls are starting to play Dota,” said Magic. “When I first started playing Dota, I was only one of the very few girls in the region but now there iaredefinitely a lot more girls.”

As for any girls out there aspiring to go pro, Magic had three words to inspire them: “Just keep trying!”

“I think it’s very hard especially with the stigma that girls have. People will generally try to put you down or they don’t believe in you,” she elaborated. “What you should do is have faith in yourself. Your friends will have faith in you. Just keep learning. Just keep getting advice from your friends and you just got to keep climbing. That’s what Dota is.”

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