Team Rave, a Filipino Dota team based in South Korea has recently placed 5th in the Dota 2 Asia Championships. Held in Shanghai China, The Dota 2 Asia Championships was a tournament organized by Perfect World and MarsTV with a total prize pool of $3,000,000.
Placing 5th out of 40 teams was enough for them to take home $152,876 in prize money or 6.8 million pesos. This is so far the biggest win a Filipino team has achieved in an international e-sports event.
According to the team, winning is very important for them to continue their passion for playing Dota. They do not have the salary and sponsors the other professional teams have and whatever prize money they get from tournaments, it goes to training, house rent, electricity, food and other necessities.
They were so close to winning 4th and a shot for 3rd and even Finals. But team Big God proved to be the veterans that they are, executed a perfect play at the closing minutes of the 3rd and final game to seal the win.
The eventual winners of the tournament are:
Here’s a quick interview with the the team:
Ataricoffee.com: Rave could have taken BigGod. Some said there were lag issues. But hypothetically, how RAVE would have fared against Secret, VG and EG in a best of 3?
Team Rave: It will all be a very tough test just like the other teams.
Ataricoffee.com: Your DAC performance showed the individual talents of RAVE players. If ever one of you receives an offer to play for a Western or a Chinese team, will you take it?
Team Rave: We will stay with the team.
Ataricoffee.com: Millionaires boys! Time to feast. What’s your favorite food?
Team Rave: Favorite food, can’t tell lol. Jollibee is one of them.
Their plan is to go back to Korea after Shanghai China to prepare for MLG Pro league. And on March, Rave will be flying to Malaysia for the Major All Star League. They have a lot to thank to their former player and now manager Pyeong Kwon. According to the team, in Korea they can scrim with Chinese, SEA, Korean and American teams; making it a good place to train.
(Special thanks to Rave FB admins Hoffman-Rae Sacobo and Khatie Santos for the picture and interview)