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.
Singaporean Dota 2 pro, Tay “[M]erody” Hui Chun, is the position 3 offlaner and leader for Filipino team Bren Esports Elite.
Despite being a different nationality from the rest of her Filipino teammates Gillanne “Gill” Lumberio, Princess “Jaina” Pagsisihan, Johanna “Ligaya” Sta. Maria, and Maria “Baerida” Bensi, [M]erody still manages to reach out and bond with her girls.
“So as you can guess because I’m in a Filipino team, my four other team mates are closer to each other,” revealed [M]erody to ONE Esports. “We weren’t so close, but I would say the only possible way of us bonding together is usually at the tournament itself.”
Bren Esports Elite recently placed third in the FSL: Female Esports League held last weekend at the Bountie Arena in Singapore.
When asked about being a gamer student, [M]erody told ONE Esports that she would get serious on her studies come junior or senior year.
“When I was in year one and two (of university) I already knew some of the subjects currently being taught as I was from a polytechnic. So I could sort of chill a bit because I already knew some of the content. But if I’m going to year three or four, that will be my crucial year. I will sort of prioritize my studies over gaming.”
As one of the few professional Dota 2 players around, [M]erody hopes that Valve will give more light to the professional female esports scene.
“I think esports is very different for different game titles. In CS:GO they have different divisions, different leagues, for female and male,”she said. “But if you’re talking about Dota 2, I don’t think they are looking to split the tournaments into different male and female divisions.”
She even sent an e-mail to Valve’s support team to request for a female version of the prestigious Dota 2 tournament The International (TI).
“TI8 had a tournament segment for females, and there wasn’t one this year (at TI9).”
[M]erody strongly suggests new players go out there and sign up for tournaments for a first-hand experience.
“I would suggest to the new players looking to get into the scene, you need to have a taste of what the competitive scene is all about. I know you may lose, and I know you may be upset, but just remember those feelings and work hard towards your goals and I’m sure one day you’ll get to where you want to be.”
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