20Q 20A: Xtinct
Our second 20-20 features another ex-Orange player, and why not? The SEA team did brilliantly at the tournament, producing some of the biggest plays of the year.
Joel "XtiNcT" Chan Zhan Leong is one of the support players that really stood out at TI. Known for his inspired Visage play, XtiNcT was a vital part of Orange's 3rd place finish at the biggest tournament of the year and is now a part of Titan, the newest SEA team on the block.
As one of the SEA's premiere supports, he will have a lot to say about the game at the highest level, and this is your opportunity to pick his brains. Have at it, TL!
Remember this? Now you can ask him anything!
Want to ask something? We'll do it for you. Just post your question in this thread. Our editors will pick the 20 best questions from this thread and XtiNcT will answer them, after which the answers will be slotted in below.
Ask away, TL!
- Of all the players in the SEA, you have been one of the most consistent and skilled support players. I actually regard you as one of the most micro intensive skilled players out there. My question is, after all those long years playing competitive Dota, how does it feel to place 3rd place in The International? Was it satisfying? [Kalimbalim]Sure it was satisfying enough for me because before I went to The International 3 my expectation was top 6 and luckily it turned out way more than I expected. We were training almost every day together throughout the year joining competitions in China and it is all worth it after we won 3rd placing in The International.
- What did it feel like playing alongside Mushi and what do you miss most about him? [rkshox]I've been playing alongside with him for 2-3 years and it feels great to play with him because he is one of the top players in SEA and he always had the confidence in the drafts and heroes that he picks. I think the thing I miss the most is playing together with him and I really wish him the best in DK and he can fulfill his dream one day.
- Were there any picks or strategies you ran into at TI3 that you weren't expecting at all, and had to adapt to? Obviously Orange collectively played an enormous variety of heroes so I'm curious if anything really made the team uncomfortable. [broodbucket]Mushi told us that he will pick heroes and strategies that we were not using on scrim. He said that we must think of something in order to win and not just the regular one. We trusted him and nothing is uncomfortable in the team.
- Can you explain the Titan roster positions of who will play solo mid, carry, offlane and support? [zwair]1-Ohy
- Now after Orange switched to Titan and will relocate to Singapore, which team should we look out to be the next big thing from Malaysia? [Geisterkarle]I think Invasion and Lowyat.
- Who do you plan on practicing with now that the Shanghai server is shut down and the connection to the Perfect World server from SEA is so poor? [Kraznaya]Now we are just practicing with SEA teams and some of the teams from China with VPN so that they have less lag in SEA server.
- What do you think about Chinese organizations recruiting foreign teams like what LGD and RS do? [LogicIsDead]I think they did a great job and it’s an opportunity for pro Dota gamers to compete in the Chinese scene with foreigners.
- In your opinion, which SEA team has the talent and potential to become the next big thing or possibly take a higher finish at The International? [wurm]Mineski, MithTrust, IMP, FD.
- What do you think of Pinoy Dota? [ghostCatalyst]Ultra-aggressive.
- What do you think that Valve should do to make Dota 2 more popular among the SEA communities where people still play Dota 1 competitively? [NB]Valve just did it I think because the internet in some of the country here is very bad and they just made the Local Area Network mode. I believe that the Philippines Dota 2 scene will grow much bigger now.
- Apart from your team and old Zenith, why has SEA Dota fallen so far behind the rest of the world in Dota 2 when they were actually rising stars in Dota 1 (before Dota 2 beta was released)? [Caladbolg]I think the teams in SEA lack commitment and of course they don't have a good sponsor that allows them to do, so that’s why they can’t really focus on Dota2, but they do have the potential to become one of the top tier teams so I believe that one day the SEA teams will rise and shine!
- Any tips for Visage play? [isaiahlemmon]Hmm, familiars' positioning and keep spamming C (legacy key for Soul Assumption).
- Are you the de-facto micro person on your team? Does anyone ever give you control of their summons, such as Alliance with dominated creeps or Fnatic giving Notail control of familiars? [jackrlong]My teammates can micro themselves if they have their own summon unit so I just have to micro my own units and hero.
- If you were allowed to pick from only five heroes for your entire life, what would they be? [Taosu]N'aix, Weaver, Ogre Magi, Vengeful Spirit, Furion.
- How long did it take for you to get recognized in the professional Dota scene? How was your journey from an amateur player into a pro player? [muazh]It took me like 2-3 years of time to get recognized in the professional Dota scene. I started my journey as a pro player together with Mushi in Nirvana.my going around the world and joining international tournaments. We survived through low salary and tournament winnings, and were lucky enough that the scene now is much better than it was.
- Malaysia, and the rest of SEA in general (speaking from experience) are places that do not take gaming as a serious career opportunity -- most people regard it as a borderline decadent hobby that distracts youngsters from more important things like academics. How did your parents react when they found out you were going to pursue professional Dota, and how did you manage to convince them to give you their blessings? [xAdra]My parents strongly disagreed when I started to play competitive Dota because there was not a huge amount of prize money that I can earn from it at that time. They always ask me to find a job better than just wasting time like these, but I still insisted to give a try so I just ignored them. As time passed by Dota was growing bigger and there were lots of tournaments with decent amount of prizepool I managed to make a living out of it, so they were fine with it and supported me after they saw me winning tournaments. They were even proud of me in The International 3 because we represented our country and we got 3rd place in a world class tournament.
- For the past 6 years, you and I have been encountered one another about 10 times in various online and LAN tournaments, and sad to say, I have not beaten you even once. Why are you so stronk? What specific advice could you give me and the rest of the tier 2 or tier 3 teams in Malaysia to even have a chance to at least give you some good matches when we're facing each other? Because, more or less when we were matched up together, your team pretty much destroyed us effortlessly. What do you think we should focus on in order to improve and break the barrier into the higher team tiers? [Restless-]I think you should focus more on the current game meta and also the drafts in order to improve yourselves to become a higher tier team. Try watching some of the replays of the top tier teams and analyze their whole gameplay so that you can improve on your team's gameplay. You can also learn your role by watching replays. For example you want to train the position 1 and you should always watch how Burning played it.
- If you were able to take a Dota hero ability and use it in real life what would it be? [Darkren]Furion's teleportation so that I can teleport to anywhere in anytime :D
- What's Malaysia's best dish? [sunneh]MAGGIE GORENG!
- If you could be a fruit, what fruit would you be? [Gosi]ORANGE!
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