For anyone that has been following professional Dota 2 for the past few years, the name Newbee should be well known. They are one of the biggest Chinese Dota 2 organizations and has a plethora of tournament wins and podium finishes under their belt, including The International 2014.
Newbee has announced a new Dota 2 squad on Twitter called Newbee.Boss, complete with the first female Dota 2 player in a top tier professional team. Bi "Axx" Xia, is an exceptional mid-lane player. At the time of writing her MMR sits at 7180 (solo) and 5580 (party) with a win percentage of 65.07 according to her DotaBlast page. She is currently playing in the CDEC Masters League and according to this Reddit thread, she has already earned the respect of many top Chinese players with her mid-lane plays.
The complete Newbee.boss squad, which you can view below, should send shivers down your spine…
- Zhang "xiao8" Ning
- Wong "ChuaN" Hock Chuan
- Luo "Ferrari_430" Feichi
- Bi "Axx" Xia
Yes, the first three names are some the most legendary Chinese players ever, each one of them with a The International win under their belt. Those three players alone should give even the top tier teams in the world pause; and maybe even scare them a little. Then, there is Bi "Axx" Xia and a player only known as Zei9.
Newbee Dota 2 caster Chen "Jophy" Ya responded to fans on Twitter, explaining that: “it’s for fun my boss have a dream;to be a player” - Source
The "boss" she is referring to is the Newbee boss, only known as Zei9. No other information is currently available on Zei9, including how good of a player he might actually be. However, rumour has it that he has roughly 6000 MMR and has been training under the Newbee coach Wang “SanSheng” Zhaohui. Even though the team was created “for fun”, they definitely shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially with three The International winners on their squad, a strong female player and an unknown entity in Zei9.
Newbee.boss should not be confused with Newbee’s core squad and Newbee.Young, both of which remain intact. If Newbee.Boss wants to make it to the Kiev Major, it won’t be an easy road. Seeing as their roster was only announced yesterday, they aren’t listed on the Majors Registration Page, which means they won’t be eligible for a direct invite or regional qualifiers. However, they can fight their way through the grueling Open Qualifiers; and they might just be able to do it.
Do you think we will see the first female player at a Dota 2 Major or maybe even The International 2017? Let us know in the comment section below.
Sources: Twitter, Reddit, DotaBlast | Main Image Credit: Newbee Twitter
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