ESL One is coming to India for the first time! As with tradition here at LiquidDota, I, being an Indian, thought about spicing our preview up with some good desi tadka! Without further ado, we present the five kinds of teams that are going to be competing for the gold medal at NSCI Dome.
King Khan - Past their prime
Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most talented and famous actors in Bollywood, During his reign over the movie industry, it was simply his name coupled with a romantic script that did the trick to get thousands to flock at the theaters. However, these are just memories of yesteryear. Today, his movies are not as commercially successful as once it used to be. However, remember that he has a legion of fans who are ever-ready to swallow whatever content is put up by him.
This description is in lieu of the genealogy of how Na’Vi has progressed throughout the years. Once the shining beacons of the Dota 2 circuit, just knowing that Dendi would be playing in the mid-lane were reasons enough to attract fans. Just like how removing some essential features of their style reduced the team to rubble, we can also remember how King Khan’s movies in realms outside his usual genres played out at the box office.
The Taapsee Pannu kind
She will do good acting. She will successfully execute what is demanded from her. However, you also know for sure that her performance won’t take her to the tier 1 list of actresses, because however hard she does her job, her jump will always land a few inches short from making it big. Taapsee Pannu has tried her hand in a bevy of different roles and opportunities where she manages to make the most out of everything. Let it be her confidence or her acting skills, she does a swell job. Yet, it seems that there is something that is holding her back and that she is only a few inches away from complete stardom. She may get some standalone big breaks, but it never converts into long-term achievement streak.
Similarly, we can talk about Zfreek’s and Limmp’s potential that has largely gone to waste with compLexity Gaming. Their skills as an individual player are impeccable. What largely lies in question is this: does the weight of their team’s marginal incompetence continue haunting their achievements? Maybe ESL One Mumbai could prove to be their crucible given the lackluster competition.
Paresh Rawal Types
Paresh Rawal has but one role, and that is to never be at the center of the spotlight, but to perform in the backdrop, adding laughter and joy here and there. He makes for a great sidekick and will put on a great show, but will fail at truly impacting the script of the movie in any way. Let that not act as a deterrent to his skills, however. He certainly boasts of impeccable acting skills, just enough to land a good place as a supporting act. Nevertheless, some will argue that he has what it takes to go the distance. The question is: how far?’
Ghostik and Iceberg from The Pango fall in this category. Like Paresh Rawal, they have stuck around the competitive scene for a fairly long time. The problem is that while they have had a shot to make it big many times, they’ve not really captured the attention of the masses and have struck out as a golden find. It remains to be seen whether their glory days were just a fluke, or whether they have genuine talent enough to catapult them in the lead role not once but many times. Or have we not even seen their best to the point where they are yet to peak?
Of course, there is a Govinda
Govinda is the official epitome of a falling shooting star who was at one time the biggest thing in Bollywood, so much so that his killer dance moves and comic timing left his craft undisturbed by any threat. This gentleman has come from rock bottom and rose from a choreographer to a mainstream Bollywood hero. Although, that's a very died out situation and he no longer is taken seriously. Many blame his behavior or even his decision to join politics for this decline but only he knows the absolute reason.
For the longest time, India has looked up to Crowley and No_chanc3 to bring the country at the fore in the South-East Asian region. While no one can doubt the fact that their team Signify is the best in India, little can be said for their presence elsewhere. Their careers started off very promising. For now, it seems that international achievements are on the standby, just like Govinda.
We can also talk about Keen Gaming’s Old Chicken and kaka. Their glory days seem history, and a quick turn of events in their favor seems unlikely. Reminiscent of Govinda’s dance moves, they possess special tricks up their sleeve. The only problem is that they don’t seem to work in this generation anymore. Can Signify and Keen Gaming redeem themselves in the eyes of their country’s fans?
And then, the Rakhi Sawant
Rakhi Sawant is brazen, unabashed, speaks without a filter, and acts as per her whims and whimsical. She adds the x-factor in the news where people can always count on her to deliver some spice to their dailies. She has also worked with the very best in the industry, but just to add a side-kick factor into movies, not really as the main focus of the team she would be a part of. Funnily enough, her main contribution to the movies, the item songs, would either be hilariously shot where people are left in splits, or they turn out to be some real bangers.
It is a long shot to call EternalEnvy the Rakhi Sawant of this tournament, but hear me out. EE-sama is one of the most vocal players in the scene who cares little of public perception and is more inclined to do as he wills. Everyone turns on his streams little for education but more for pure entertainment. Whether it be fiftEE fiftEE plays or consistently repeating one phrase, he is the complete package. EternalEnvy has played with most top players of the world by now, and he is yet to truly mark his place in the list of winners at the big stage since his stints at Team Secret and Cloud9. And, there is no doubt that he has been a fountain of pure entertainment and drama for the Dota 2 audience, from the Puppey debacle to spilling Monster on Hanni’s head.
Special Thanks to: Shounak Sengupta and Avirat Parekh
Special Thanks to: Shounak Sengupta and Avirat Parekh