The Dota 2 veteran compares the Team SMG captain with Team Liquid star Michał “Nisha” Jankowski
Team SMG have just earned a spot for themselves in the Top 3 of the Berlin Major 2023 after competing in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Southeast Asia (SEA) 2023 Tour 2: Division I. This was the first time in two years that the team could make a fierce entry into a LAN event, and judging by their current lineup, it seems well-deserved.
The Dota 2 community will witness Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng, SMG's captain fantastic, among the front liners of the team. The 26-year-old is an incredible player who has been in the trials for two years within the SEA region, and this will be the first time in a while that he will be participating in a major LAN event.
The last time MidOne was seen in a Major event was at the EPICENTER Major 2019, which took place in June of that year. He represented Team Secret for three years straight, from 2017 to 2019. MidOne helped his team to three Major titles back then and also made a fourth place finish at The International 9.
Popular Dota 2 live streamer Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski was caught rooting for MidOne during one of his streams. The two are reportedly friends off the scene and seem to be on excellent terms, especially after Gorgc expressed his support for both Team SMG and MidOne.
Gorgc Compares MidOne with Nisha from back in 2018-2019
After MidOne went on to play for OG, he struggled to retain his previous string of success. MidOne's struggles continued even after joining SMG — albeit the team has been through numerous lineup changes — until this year's Division I. It highlights the extent of commitment and effort the 26-year-old has shown thus far to achieve something of this length.
I will become a god again :)))))))))
— MidOne (@midonedota2) March 15, 2021
The 29-year-old Swedish streamer, Gorgc, who is a professional player himself, had followed a Reddit update about the game during his livestream and found that Team SMG was the first to go through to the Top 3. Gorgc stressed that this is a big moment for Team SMG and went on to say that MidOne's peak performance was reminiscent of Michał “Nisha” Jankowski's performance from 2018-19.
Nisha is one of the best-known midlaners in the game, and MidOne used to be an excellent midlaner back in the day as well. He transitioned to an offlaner later as he lost his mojo as a midlaner. MidOne has finally seemed to regain his confidence and is eager to compete at the highest level.
“SMG? Oh, man. I am so happy for them. I genuinely feel happy for them. First time, MidOne has gone to a LAN in forever. Damn, cool. This guy literally used to be a GOATed Dota player, guys. He was the Nisha of 2018-19. Then he hasn't played LAN in years. That's big.”
The Berlin Major 2023 will commence from April 26 until May 7, with a whopping $500,000 prize pool and, of course, 1900 DPC points at stake. Team SMG will enter the fray in great form, as they have won five out of their six matches in Division I in the DPC SEA 2023 Tour 2, which put them at the top of the standings.
With SMG's decision to utilize MidOne as an offlaner and add Wilson “poloson” Kohto to the roster, the squad looks promising for the upcoming events. Before setting off to prepare for The Berlin Major, the squad will play Bleed Esports in a Division 1 match-up on March 29.
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