CompLexity picks up stayGreen - short Moonmeander interview
After two years compLexity Gaming returns to the Dota 2 scene. The North-American multigaming organization picks up former HoN now turned Dota 2 team stayGreen. Together with former DreamDestroyer player MoonMeander, the team will be looking to establish themselves in the professional Dota 2 circuit.
Former Heroes of Newearth pro team stayGreen has transitioned to Dota 2 and already secured themselves a sponsorship. Multigaming organization compLexity Gaming picks up the mainly North-American roster. The team, most of which may be unknown to the Dota 2 community, has made a name for themselves in the HoN scene. Their former mid player Chessie is currently associated with Swedish team Alliance, but the team found themselves a replacement in also former HoN player David 'MoonMeander' Tan.
Statement by captain Kyle“swindlemelonzz” Freedman:
We're all very excited to partner up with compLexity. I have faith that it will be a very mutually rewarding experience,
and I can't wait to start crushing under the coL banner.
Introducing the team
As stayGreen may not be a familiar name amongst the Dota 2 community, compLexity provided us with a bit of background information regarding each player.
"As one of the original HoN competitors swindle was often on the outskirts of success, but over the last two years he has made his mark on eSports. The outspoken, cocky drafter and captain of the stayGreen championship team might be controversial, but he also has a resume to back up his talk. During his HoN tenure he was awarded accolades ranging from Best Drafte to Most Valuable Captain, and the highly coveted 2013 Most Valuable Player award. He now looks to translate his success to the competitive DOTA 2 world, where he hopes to carry his team to victory."
Role: Carry (Captain)
"The young Swede is one of the most up-and-coming players in MOBA games. Since the young age of 16 he has been hailed for his versatility, occupying different roles in successful teams like stayGreen, Trademark eSports, and Bad Monkey Gaming. With the transition to DOTA as coL’s offlaner, he is eager to prove himself as the new prodigy, cementing his legacy in the eSports-crazed nation."
"Perhaps one of the best players in HoN history, ZfreeK has made a career in the shadows of other big names. As a jungle player and support his actions would be expected to remain in the background, yet Zfreek’s skills showed off a new potential in his positions. With stellar play on multiple teams and in multiple roles ZfreeK has earned himself a spot in the elite player group. His consistency and dedication to learning a game inside and out are what make him a force on the field, while his sarcastic nature and quick wit are what make him a fan favorite."
"Coming off a break from competition, Riser comes into DOTA as a player with huge potential. His years of experience have had him as part of major organizations like EG and SK, while his participation in coL.DOTA marks the second time he has represented the compLexity organization. The quiet, and calm American is not known for big words or trashtalk; he instead prefers to let his actions on the support or jungle role do the talking for him."
"The streamer, the star, the Dota 2 player MoonMeander is a man that fits several descriptions. The charismatic streamer made his career breakthrough alongside swindle at NASL Finals in 2011, and he is once again in prime position to break out. The homecoming of the former coL player is not only one with his old organization, but also with several old teammates. In HoN he fought sidebyside with Swindle, ZfreeK and Riser in different teams. Now the band has been rearranged some, but it is back together and looking to rock the world of DOTA 2."
Interview with David 'MoonMeander' Tan
Congratulations on the sponsor pickup - for those that didn’t follow your HoN career, could you introduce yourself?
Hey, I'm Moonmeander, I’m a 22 year old professional gamer from Vancouver, BC; ex-Hon pro that is going hard in Dota 2 now.
Does that mean you are committing full time to Dota 2?
How’s your experience been so far, how difficult was it for you to adapt to Dota 2?
It was hard at first, but because HON used to add heroes every 2 weeks I've learnt to be an adaptive player. Every Dota 2 hero required intensive practice and research.
Would you say then you feel comfortable enough to play most heroes on a competitive level or are you looking to improve still, together with your team who also transitioned from HoN to Dota2?
I am anything but comfortable on all heroes on a competitive level. Laning against Dragonfist taught me a lot of things. I still look to improve together with my team, Dota 2 is not a sprint, it's a marathon.
Let’s hope you have the stamina then ! How would you describe your playstyle? Are you particularly aggressive, or rather patient?
I'm not as aggressive as I was in HoN because I'm always afraid of smokes. It can really turn the tide of the game if you get smoke ganked mid. I'd like to think I play a more patient style game.
So your teammates are also former HoN players - do you think that makes it easier to communicate and play together, as you have a similar understanding and approach to the game?
Yes, communication is key. I'd say we share the same views because we all came from HoN, which is nice because we view the game differently than most players.
Tell me about your teammates, who’s usually the mos talkative, who makes the calls and does everyone chip in for drafts/ideas, or is it all centered around the captain?
Our captain swindle is usually the most talkative; everyone makes calls in-game, as for drafting - that's a secret :)
Haha okay then - your team will have fierce competition, what goals have you set up for yourself, is TI5 already in the back of your heads or is that something you don’t deem probable yet?
Everyone has the goal of TI5. If you don't set a goal like that you might as well quit right now and go start schooling or get a job. I'm not going to be like "Oh I'm not going to win TI5..." because I'm definitely gunning for it and will give my all day in day out for the next year.
That sounds like a healthy attitude. As an NA player, how would you rate the current na scene? There aren’t too many professional teams yet.
I think the NA scene is extremely strong and challenging. Obviously we're behind other teams but in time we'll improve and catch up to the current NA scene!
Moon, it’s been a pleasure talking to you, the last part is for you, do you have any shoutouts?
Yes, shoutout to my new teammates, our new organization compLexity Gaming, and our sponsors, Sound Blaster, CyberPower PC, Creative, Twitch, Corsair, DXRacer, Scuf Gaming and PWNIT WEAR. Also to dragonfist, wagamama and ChaQ, they taught me a lot. Actually, Waga didn't teach me anything, he just challenges me to Icebucket challenge. Forget him.