20Q 20A: Mushi
We're not going to introduce Mushi to you, because that would be unnecessary at this point. We're not going to argue that he was the de facto MVP of TI3, because the community already did that for us. We're not even going to tell you that he is arguably the most successful SEA player of all time or that he is one of the best mids in the world, because you know all that.
What we are going to do is, let you ask him 20 questions!
Yup, you get to pick the M-GOD's brains!
Known for dominating mid and being hyper-aggressive in chasing his kills, Mushi led Orange to a Top 3 at TI3 and is now on the verge of leaving to China where he will join the professional circuit and play in upcoming Chinese leagues this year. Team Liquid has arranged to conduct a quick interview with him before his departure. Only, this interview is going to be different: you are going to give us the questions. Read on to find out how!
Want to ask Mushi 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 Mushi will answer them, after which the answers will be slotted in below.
Ask away, TL!
- You’ve had huge success so far by playing with your fellow countrymen who speak your own language and share your culture. How do you think the transition to China will affect you (positively and adversely), and do you think that you'll become a Dota 2 icon in China even though you're a foreigner to them? [NeThZOR]I don't think I will have a communication problem with my teammates in china, because I am used to speaking in Chinese. I think most of my fanbase is in China as well, so I don't think there will be much of a difference for me.
- What is the thing that you will miss the most about Orange and Malaysia, when you go to live and play in China? [IndoPr0]I will miss everything in Malaysia, but if I want to succeed and fulfill my dream, then I have to make sacrifices.
- Where do you personally see Dota 2 headed in the future in regards to international competitive growth? Specifically, in the next few months/years, do you think we will see professional teams come out of countries that have been minor players in the international scene, such as Australia, Indonesia, Philippines or Thailand? If so, what do you think is needed to be done to give communities such as these a boost in their respective competitive scenes? [Dicellol]Since there are many Dota 2 tournaments, I’m sure there will be more professional teams forming every year.
- What do you think Valve should do to make Dota 2 explode in Asia? [RTSDealer]Have more events!
- Who do you think is the best player left in SEA now that you are leaving? [StrayWolf]There is no best player, only the hardworking player who succeeds from the amount of work he/she puts into Dota.
- Beside yourself, who do you think is the best middle solo in China right now? Best carry? Who was the player you looked up to the most when you first started playing dota? [vndestiny]Depends on what kind of solo mid. If it’s just solo skill, then most of the top Chinese players are at the same level skill. About the best carry, Burning, Zhou, Sylar and Hao all have the same level farming skill. It just depends on the game, and as long as not many mistakes are made, they will be the best.
- You have arguably the largest hero pool of any competitive player. How do you stay practiced on so many different heroes? Besides experience, what does it take to stay on top form with all of them? [Comeh]I always try and train on a new hero in pubs, and think of some strategy for them. I just have to know the game play about the hero then I can play any hero in the pool.
- Which heroes do you find most fun to play? Which do you find the most boring to play? [Xynch]I would like to play Techies but it is not in the hero pool yet. The most boring hero for me is Syllabear!
- If you could be any dota hero in real life which one would you be? [Confuse, United States]Windrunner, because a very important person loves to use this hero.
- Have you played Starcraft: Brood War / Starcraft 2? If so, what did you think of them? [Trozz]I never played Starcraft 2 and Broodwar. Only used to play Red Alert.
- What made you choose DotA over other esports (Starcraft, WC3, Quake, CS, etc.)? [psychopat]Because I used to play with my friends a lot and we are having fun, so I chose to play Dota 2 competitively.
- What are the major game changing differences between the old WC3 engine and the new Dota 2 Engine? Do you feel like the game has evolved for the better, or are the newer changes misguided? [tpmraven]Everything in Dota 2 is better.
- What type of leader are you, in-game? [EpiK]I do the drafting for the team and give part of the commands.
- What do you think was the core aspect being Orange’s recent success at The International 3? Do you think that other teams underestimated the strength of your support players on Visage + Nyx, and your other favorite combinations? [Kosak]The five members of Orange.Neolution were good, and I think everyone underestimated our team. We just tried our best.
- What's a funny story you remember from the early days of competitive Dota? [Dankleteer]Haha! Sorry about this, but my memory is not that good, so I can't remember any funny stories.
- What's your training schedule? Any difference between normal days and during big LANs such as DSL, pre-TI, and during TI? [WetSocks]When I was on Orange.Neolution, our training schedule began at 2.30pm with a bo3. Then we took a break and had our dinner, and then right after that we had another bo3 or bo5 game again. Training days are Tuesday - Friday, but since we are at bootcamp everyday and we also have tournament games everyday, it’s almost like we have no rest until a big tournament ends
- What are the most important qualities that separate amazing Dota pro players from the more 'average' players? [bias-]A pro player will know how to represent their sponsor, respect their opponent and will be training very hardcore daily.
- You are famed as one of the most mechanical players, if not the most mechanical player in all of Dota. Pretty much nobody can defeat you in lane in terms of CSing and lane control. How did you achieve this status? Is there a way to train this specifically for this, or is it just playing many games on mid? For example, do you practice 1v1 with other players a lot? [Kipsate]I always watch other players and how they play solo, so I’m always learning from them, because there are many ways to solo. You must know what is best for the situation and also know how to use it to your advantage.
- Why 'Mushi'? Does it mean anything, or is it just a random nick? [VelJa]There is no meaning to it. When I was young I liked cute names, so I called myself Mushi.Lushi. But after I started playing Dota 1 competitively and I had a team, they only allowed 14 letters in your name, so I renamed myself to Mushi.
- Pick a SEA All-Star Team (2008-2013)! [parazice]Everyone who was on Orange.Neolution!
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