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ESL Welcomes Teams to ESL One Malaysia 2022 With Humorous Intro Letters

Ammar Aryani
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Customized letters by stage host Neal "Tsunami" Khandheria welcomed the teams to ESL One Malaysia 2022.
Following in SirActionSlacks’s footsteps, Tsunami tells the story of each team’s journey to the tournament while also making jokes regarding their history.
ESL One Malaysia begins tomorrow on 23rd August with 12 teams competing for the shared prize pool of $400,000 USD.

Previously in June, ESL announced on Twitter that it will be coming back to Malaysia for its third iteration of ESL One Malaysia, having taken a four year hiatus after its second one back in 2018. Twelve teams from around the world, with six invited teams and another six from closed qualifiers are starting to arrive in Genting, Malaysia where ESL One Malaysia 2022 will take place. The teams are welcomed to their hotel by ESL with a customized introduction card for each team, written by stage host Neal "Tsunami" Khandheria instead of Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner as part of its usual customs.

Tsunami and ESL welcomes ESL One Malaysia 2022 teams with humorous intro cards

ollowing the conclusion of the PGL Arlington Major, ESL One Malaysia 2022 will be the final LAN event before The International 2022 (TI11) as September will be the TI11 Regional Qualifiers. As usual, the teams attending the ESL One Malaysia 2022 are greeted by a customized yet humorous introduction card but this time, the introductions were done by Tsunami with references to the recent Major as well as each team’s trip to Malaysia and performances during the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season

Boom Esports

After its first place finish at GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series HatYai Thailand 2022, Tsunami jokingly congratulated the team on becoming the sole SEA representatives to receive a direct invite to TI11 before correcting his statement. “More than a welcome to Genting, I'd like to congratulate each of you on being the sole one of the SEA representatives to be directly invited to TI11.” it said.


For Fnatic, Tsunami used Fnatic’s storyline about their qualification to TI11, having almost missed out by 0.05 DPC points and motivating the team ahead of ESL One Malaysia 2022 group stage before jokingly singling out Anucha "Jabz" Jirawong for having a bad fantasy rating. “I'm counting on you. Seriously, you guys always earn me ridiculous fantasy points every single TI. Except you, Jabz. Fantasy hates offlaners. Every time I dust your card, I swear it isn't personal. I'm just trying to roll a gold +20% GPM Raven is all” it said on Fnatic’s intro card.


For Entity’s intro card, Tsunami used a checkbox form format to funnily describe Entity’s Arlington Major run before telling Entity to play nice with former player, Remco "Crystallis" Arets ahead of their match versus Secret in the group stage. “Also, listen, I don't mean to tell you your business, but Crystallis is also here. Play nice, alright? You're both doing great. Kind of. WEU TI quals are gonna be a bloodbath, but that's a whole couple of weeks from now.” it said.

Thunder Awaken

Having come from Lima, the capital of Peru, Tsunami described Thunder Awaken’s plane trip to Malaysia in its intro card by calculating the flight hours before finding out that it took the team almost 34 hours just to arrive in Malaysia. “That was the fastest, most expensive flight too! The other ones were like 50+ hours?! And you guys are gonna have to do it again in like eight weeks. which, by the way, congratulations on your TI11 Singapore invite. But Dios Mio.” Tsunami expressed his shock in Thunder Awaken’s intro card.


For Alliance, Tsunami jokingly wrote the intro card from the perspective of an Alliance fan, in which he wrote about defending the team’s performances while calling out the Dota 2 subreddit for flaming the team.

Talon Esports

For Talon, Tsunami used pictures to describe the team’s Major run as well as his hopes for the team during ESL One Malaysia 2022.

Team Secret

For Team Secret, Tsunami described each of Team Secret’s' players, with Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok receiving probably the wackiest description as it read, Reso, у тебе € яйчя. The audacity to replace iceiceice and still show your face in front of a sea crowd? You're lucky you're so impossibly charming. They can't stay mad at you. “


In TSM’s intro card, Tsunami funnily joked about David "MoonMeander" Yang after his teammates played in the Arlington Major with different teams while he was forced to watch from his home before asking TSM to help pull North America out of the trash.

It's even more exciting to watch how the actual action will be with such captivating content, thanks to ESL and Tsunami, just a few days before the final Dota 2 LAN right before TI11.

ESL One Malaysia 2022 begins on 23th August with 12 teams competing for the lion’s share of the $400,000 USD prize pool. While the group stage takes place from 23rd to 25th August from the teams hotel in Genting, the final three days - 26th to 28th August - will see the playoffs being held in front of a live crowd at the Arena of Stars at Resorts World Genting.

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Ammar has been actively engaged in the esports industry in Malaysia in multiple roles in the past. Now, he utilizes his esports expertise to create insightful and meaningful content as the de facto Dota 2 writer at AFK Gaming.

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