Gorgc Explains How ATF Enjoys Toxicity in Dota 2
In recent months, OG's offlaner Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf has been the talk of the town, demonstrating not only excellent gameplay ability but also a passionate personality, poking enemies or getting poked at by them. As a result, there have been plenty of instances where he has been tipped, all-chatted, and items have been dropped on him, but as popular livestreamer Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski pointed out in a recent livestream, ATF thrives in such situations. According to Gorgc, most Dota 2 players get frustrated when poked in such a way, but ATF is one player who enjoys the toxicity.
Gorgc discusses how ATF, unlike most other Dota 2 players, feeds on toxicity
Gorgc had a little lighthearted back and forth with ATF during a recent Twitch livestream where he was playing a ranked game against him. During a brief pause in the game, Gorgc discussed ATF's embrace of toxicity, comparing him to other professional players such as Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev and Ludvig "zai" Wåhlberg.
“There are some people who are like RAMZES666. He tips but he can not stand being tipped. He’s like - oh, smadging, I can’t believe he tipped me, right. And there are some players who don’t like tips like zai. And then there’s Ammar, which I have actually never seen before, he likes the toxicity. He actually likes when people are toxic to him and he is toxic back. He enjoys that environment, it seems like to me. He doesn’t care, I don’t know (laughs).
ATF does endure trash talking and banter, but Gorgc said it is not pleasant to receive it as well.
“Of course, he doesn’t like when people are toxic to him, and yeah, he does smadge a bit.”
Despite moving to Southeast Asia (SEA) to prepare for The International 11 (SEA), ATF has apparently continued to play in European pubs for his own reasons despite being on a ping which is usually more than 150. This is opposed to his teammates and other teams who are going to be a part of TI11 which are now playing on SEA servers.
TI11 is just a couple of weeks away, but before then, the last chance qualifier starts on 8th Oct. The qualifier will feature 12 teams from around the world that qualified through regional qualifiers. Only two of these 12 will move on to TI11's group stage, which begins on 15th Oct. As far as ATF and his teammates are concerned, they are among the top candidates to win.