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GMusawer is a 23-year-old software engineer

Known as Ghost Khan in the gaming community, Musawer is a 23-year-old software engineer from Peshawar and the captain of the Portal Esports Dota2 team. Having won everything there is to be won locally, including Mountain Dew Gamers Arena, he represented Pakistan in the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Asian qualifiers in China in 2018. Finishing in the top 10 meant his team qualified for the world final, an event they couldn’t attend due to problems in acquiring visas. Musawer is the first Pakistani to amass 8000 Match Making Rating (MMR) points, doing so in October. Listing down the challenges faced by his team, Musawer was always going to mention visa issues. “My team members were very disheartened to miss WESG finals in 2018. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us,” he says. He also laments other issues. “There are no Dota2 servers in the region, which causes an extremely high ping. Playing online with South East Asian players is a nightmare because we face lags in gameplay. “One of the reasons we did so well in China was because the matches there were LAN-based. Moreover, there is a skill gap in the local community. While players are improving, the rate needs to increase. I’m the only 8000-MMR player in Pakistan, other countries have multiple players of this calibre. There are even 9000-MMR players in the world now. This gives them a competitive advantage. To combat this, we need to have players of the same skill.” Looking forward, Musawer feels things will improve with time. He points to events such as Mountain Dew Gamers Arena and Telenor GameBird Fest as initiatives which could bring the sport forward. “A lot of people are unwilling to put in their all to achieve success in the gaming arena because of lack of rewards. Tournaments such as these and the formation of Esports teams offer incentives to up-and-coming players. I am determined to play my role in the development of the sport in Pakistan, for which I’ve submitted a proposal to the government,” he says. When asked about any upcoming tournaments, he says that his team had qualified for an international tournament in Macau, but it’s been cancelled due to the pandemic.

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Ahsan started playing DotA 1 back in 2009

The 19-year-old boy from Pakistan, Muhammad Ahsan “Arrow” Hameed is one of the top players of Dota in Pakistan. Many of you already know his name. Ahsan started playing DotA 1 back in 2009. He played casually for 2 years then took a break. He returned to DotA in 2015 and in October of 2016 he participated in the GIKI DotA Event. In this tournament he got a chance to play against his favorite Pakistani player Shiraz "Sh1zzy" Akhter. It ended up as a failure, Sh1zzy’s team wiped them out from the tournament but for Ahsan this tournament was game changing. After this tournament, he had only one goal, to defeat Sh1zzy. He accomplished his goal in 2017, at “Softec”. He was playing offlane at that time for “V2”, first his team defeated Musawer "Ghost" Khan and Muhammad "KsG" Ibrahim in Semifinals. After that they defeated Sh1zzy in the finals. That moment changed everything for Ahsan. After this tournament’s performance, He joined Sh1zzy, Ghost, KsG in Portal. During selection of Portal, there were two players “Unpredictable” and “Arrow” to select from and Sh1zzy recommended his captain to get Ahsan in the team. After winning ESN, because of some internal issues everyone left Portal on 1st Jan 2018. They accomplished a lot of things together but it was time to move on so they joined “Eximious”, they even got qualified for “WESG China” but because of some visa issues they couldn’t make it to the Main event. After that they parted ways, Sh1zzy and Ahsan stayed together but Ghost and KsG made their own team. They found two new players for their team and made a new team under the banner of ‘Prometheus’. The roster of ‘Prometheus’ was Sh1zzy, Arrow, Titan, Joker, and Ebad. They participated in ‘Dew Gamers Arena’ and lost finals to their ex-teammates, “Ghost” And “KsG”. After that they left Prometheus and decided to play on their own. They were ready to participate in Gamefest Qualifiers but 1 week before tournament Sh1zzy left them and joined Portal Esports. Arrow defeated Portal at Gamefest and proved that he and his team are still one of the best out there.

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ARSLAN ASH MADE WAVES IN THE GLOBAL E-GAMING

Professional Tekken player, Arslan Ash made waves in the global e-gaming community when he was crowned the champion of both EVO World and EVO Japan earlier this year. Arslan Ash defeated South Korea’s Knee in Las Vegas to take home the trophy for the world’s most coveted Tekken 7 tournament. While one wonders that Arslan would be invincible and moon-walk his way to victory over other Pakistanis on his return to a local Tekken 7 event, two other talented Pakistanis showed what they were capable of. Awais Honey and Atif Butt are professional Tekken 7 players who hold the record of beating EVO World 2019 champion in a local gaming event. These three players were set to leave for the Philippines to participate in Rev Major, however, the visa requests from Awais and Atif have been rejected. Arslan, on the other hand, will be seen in action at the event which is a premiere Fighting Game event in the Asia-Pacific region. Players from around the region will be seen fighting for glory in different fighting video games. It would have been a spectacle to see the Pakistani trio battle it out at a global stage for the first time. However, they have been denied visa for the event which is scheduled to take place this weekend.

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Sumail Hassan Syed from Karachi made history

The world of e-sports has a rising star. Fifteen-year-old Sumail Hassan Syed from Karachi made history for Pakistan on Monday when he helped his team, EVIL GENIUSES’, claim the DEFENSE OF THE ANCIENT 2 (DOTA 2) Asian championship in China. Having moved to the United States only a year ago, the child prodigy had already made waves in the in-house gaming league for North America. It is there where he was picked up by one of the biggest e-sports team, the Evil Geniuses. EG’s captain said Sumail – who is conveniently known by his in-game alias of ‘Suma1L’ – was brought in after they spotted the “x-factor” in the young Pakistani. EG was so impressed that they took the risk of including the 15-year-old, who had yet to play in a professional competition, on their roster for the world's second biggest Dota2 tournament, the Dota2 Asian Championships (DAC) . The risk paid huge dividends for EG as Sumail on Monday helped the third-seeded team past Chinese team Vici Gaming at the DAC grand final in Shanghai to bag the $1.2 million prize money. Sumail played an instrumental role in the team’s success as he was the core player (game-changing role). Quickly gaining popularity among fans and players alike as the most talented newcomer in Dota2, the prodigy has now set his sights on The International 5 – the biggest tournament in e-sports, with an estimated prize pool of over $10 million.

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