In iceiceice’s eyes, DJ and other Filipino pros are among the best talents in SEA Dota

Published March 9, 2021, 10:29 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo screen-grabbed from SecretLab’s exclusive interview with iceiceice 

Veteran Singaporean offlaner Daryl “iceiceice” Koh Pei Xiang made a personal list of top Dota 2 players in Southeast Asia, with Djardel “Dj” Mampusti and other Filipino professional players among the highest-ranked pros in his mind. 

During his over two-hour stream on Monday night, March 8, iceiceice ranked the SEA players according to the roles they’ve played most of the time in tournaments and put them in a tier list using letters. 

The 30-year-old pro, who is now playing for North American king Evil Geniuses along with Filipino mid laner Abed “Abed” Yusop, only listed down those who have competed in The International and/or a Major tournament and have suited up for a SEA or Chinese team. 

He did not include those playing outside the region such as Abed, OG’s Malaysian carry Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Undying’s South Korean support Kim “DuBu” Doo Young. 

Iceiceice gave his former teammate and Fnatic stalwart Dj the highest ranking of SS among 13 players in the soft support/position-4 role. It was also the topmost rank in the overall list which included 59 players. 

Dj also ranked the highest (S) in the hard support/position-5 role along with T1’s South Korean coach and former TNC captain Park “March” Tae Won against 10 other players. 

Photo screen-grabbed from iceiceice’s Youtube video 

Fnatic’s Polo “Raven” Fausto and TNC’s Kim “Gabbi” Santos were on top with S ranking in the carry position together with 12K MMR Thai star Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon among 11 players while he did not rank John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas due to unfamiliarity. 

TNC’s Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios topped the 11-man mid lane category with S rating along with Boom Esports’ Rafli “Mikoto” Rahman, ZeroTwo’s Muhammad “inYourdreaM” Rizky, Fnatic’s Kam “Moon” Boon Seng (also known as Nana) and Team Star’s Yi Liong “ddz” Kok (indefinitely banned by Valve). 

T1’s Karl “Karl” Baldovino, Neon’s Erin “Yopaj” Ferrer and Smart Omega’s Mc Nicholson “Mac” Villanueva were given A, A- and D ranks, respectively. 

In the offlane position where 12 players were listed, T1’s Carlo “Kuku” Palad took the peak ranking of S together ex-TNC standout Damien “kpii” Chok and Invictus Gaming’s Thiay “JT-” Jun Wen. 

Iceiceice ranked Neon’s Andrei “debil_2000” Ong (a.k.a Skem) as A, Neon’s Prieme Ejay “PlayHard” Banquil and former TNC star Samson “Sam_H” Hidalgo as D and Omega-turned-TNC player Jun “Bok” Kanehara as unknown due to unfamiliarity just like in the case of Natsumi. 

Behind Dj in the position-4 role were TNC’s Timothy “Tims” Randrup and Fnatic’s Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong with S rank. PlayHard was A while ex-Omega and now TNC bet Marvin “Boomy” Rushton was A-. 

The other Filipinos put down by iceiceice in the position-5 list were Team SMG’s Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross (D), Execration player-turned-coach Kimuel “Kim0” Rodis (D-), former Clutch Gamers captain-turned-Mobile Legends aspirant Kenneth “Flysolo” Coloma (D-) and Neon’s Jaunuel “Jaunuel” Arcilla (unranked). 

Ex-TNC captain-hard support Nico “Eyyou” Barcelon was among the honorable mentions.