Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nai made Dota 2 history by becoming the first Southeast Asian player (and second overall) to reach 10k MMR.
MidOne surpassed the mark Sunday, eventually raising his MMR to 10,016 points. The moment happened during a stream, as MidOne was a single win away from breaking the 10K ceiling. As the game finished, both he and the chat were in a celebratory mood.
“Told you guys, today is the day,” MidOne said, before getting up from his desk. “Get fucking 10K.”
MMR, or Match Making Rating, is a measure of player skill in Dota 2. The more a player wins, the more MMR they get, and when they lose, they lose MMR points. Often used as a barometer for which players have the potential to go pro, players who rapidly rise in the rankings tend to get attention from a range of teams. For a long time, the top tier players — including most professionals — have resided in the 8K range, with only a small number ever having surpassed 9K.
Digital Chaos’ Abed “Abed” Azel Yusop first eclipsed the 10K mark last month, winning 17 out of 21 matches to leave his mark in Dota 2 history. MidOne was directly behind Abed with 9,672 MMR when Abed reached the benchmark.
MidOne is the solo mid laner for Team Secret, which qualified for The International 7 through the European qualifier.
As for future 10K players, Evil Geniuses’ Artour “Arteezy” Babaev is the next closest player to reaching the mark, as he has an MMR of 9,479 as of publication time.
Cover photo by Adelan Sznajder/ESL, eslgaming.com