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  • Chawy hasn't gotten to play in the World Championships.

  • And I think that's because of his curse.

  • Winning and losing is part of the game,

  • but I think Chawy's story is definitely the saddest.

  • Actually I'm pretty worried that if

  • ahq picks Westdoor as the mid laner,

  • then I won't have a chance to play again.

  • So who are they going to pick here?

  • Westdoor said he wants to play Azir.

  • And the other players say stop fooling around.

  • You can see AN facepalm and say stop fooling around.

  • He's really picking it! He picked Azir!

  • I wish to keep my strengths

  • and improve my Champion pool.

  • After the Spring Finals, we realized that two players

  • in one lane isn't actually that great.

  • So when next season starts,

  • we will pick the more suitable player for each lane.

  • I have to compete for the Mid Lane position.

  • So to me it's very disappointing.

  • Chawy's reaction should be...

  • same as mine. Practice harder.

  • Hope to compete and earn the position.

  • Whats up?

  • Why are you trembling?

  • Stop trembling.

  • -I wasn't trembling. -Loosen up.

  • Why are you all tensed up?

  • Don't drag the rest of us down.

  • Oh...

  • The elevator just hit something.

  • What... what was that-

  • Oh...

  • Are we going?

  • Well I'm gonna live no matter what.

  • If you want to live, as soon as it crashes,

  • you just jump.

  • I know that.

  • Are you sure?

  • If you jump, you'll live.

  • Does that work?

  • You just have to jump.

  • We are pro gamers, easy.

  • Left, left.

  • Oh, it's the ROX Tigers.

  • There are the Tigers.

  • Hello, Hello...

  • All: Hello.

  • At the Spring Finals,

  • I think we tried really hard, the entire team.

  • But despite all of that effort,

  • at the very end,

  • since we experienced that very disappointing loss,

  • that part is the most...

  • difficult.

  • Today is our first match of Summer Split.

  • The opponents are Samsung.

  • It's my first match in a while,

  • so I'm feeling a bit nervous.

  • And, honestly, I just want to get it over with quickly.

  • I think it's going to be fun.

  • I come from Singapore.

  • My dad is Singaporean,

  • and my mom was born in Malaysia.

  • Come here and get something to eat.

  • Is it very far?

  • Do we need to buy tickets to get in?

  • No need.

  • I don't think so.

  • Pretend you're there to play in the competition!

  • So our family is actually quite loving.

  • Here, eat more.

  • And I feel like I am closest with my brother.

  • Gameboys and such, we didn't have those.

  • Because we were considered like country people,

  • So we played some pretty basic stuff,

  • perhaps like cards.

  • And actually we were pretty happy

  • and we felt very fortunate.

  • We always played outside.

  • We didn't really play indoor things like computer games.

  • So our childhood was pretty different from other people's.

  • So in my school there were quite a few people,

  • who would pick on weaker or smaller kids.

  • So at that time I was pretty much small and skinny

  • and I got picked on a lot.

  • So I started working out.

  • Starting when I was 13, I worked out every day.

  • Every time when I'm back in Singapore,

  • we will come here.

  • Sometimes I'll be, like,

  • "Aww... I'm tired from all the training."

  • He'll be, like, "Oh, come on man...

  • let's go down and workout."

  • It's always good to have someone,

  • who wants to do the same thing as you.

  • Our family is considered not very rich,

  • so we did not have computer growing up.

  • So we had to sneak out and play at Internet cafes.

  • So we would tell my mom we went...

  • to exercise, to run, to ride bicycles.

  • But we always went out to play at Internet cafes.

  • When XingLei (Chawy) started playing,

  • he would say he's going out with brother.

  • But we knew in our hearts,

  • he definitely was running to that-

  • to inside that shopping mall.

  • To play games.

  • And then us parents would definitely

  • walk around and see if he's there.

  • If he was, we would secretly check up on him.

  • After a while we said,

  • as long as you guys don't learn bad things,

  • or hang out with bad people,

  • then you can play.

  • When they came back they looked very satisfied.

  • They were really happy.

  • Shoot?

  • Oh, you don't have it.

  • I'm dead.

  • So I think that if we didn't

  • go to Internet cafes in the past,

  • I probably wouldn't be playing professionally right now.

  • Actually, when I first told my parents

  • I wanted to compete,

  • I wanted to be a pro gamer,

  • they were very much against it.

  • Playing games in Singapore isn't easy.

  • The majority of parents don't approve of it.

  • Guess how many there are?

  • I don't know.

  • Don't you know?

  • Huh? Yeah you do!

  • 6 years ago... 7 years ago, this was for Dota.

  • This one's also 2nd place.

  • Wow, I keep getting 2nd place.

  • The first time I wanted to be a pro player,

  • a pro player with a salary was

  • when the Singapore Sentinels were founded in Singapore.

  • Because at that time I just joined...

  • just started in the Army.

  • And in Singapore you have to do two years in the Army.

  • So at the time they were looking for 10 players.

  • I was considered the best player on our server.

  • But they didn't put me on the 10-player tryout list.

  • Because they thought since I just joined the army

  • I would probably become bad.

  • Usually, players who serve in the Army become really bad.

  • National Service lasts for two years

  • and practice time is very, very little.

  • So because it was a bit-

  • I was very sad and a bit angry.

  • So I made myself really strong.

  • So I told myself in competition I have to destroy them.

  • That is, I must join this team.

  • And then, at that time I found four players,

  • and then in a tournament

  • we beat Singapore Sentinels.

  • And then they finally were willing to seek me out.

  • We realized that Chawy had a great potential

  • even though he was still in National Service.

  • Hi, everyone, my name is XingLei.

  • People know me for Chawy.

  • Yeah and I play the AD Carry for Singapore Sentinels.

  • I woke up every day at about 6:00am,

  • took the bus to the Army grounds.

  • After work I would rush over to the Singapore Sentinels.

  • And regardless of if it was team practice

  • or preparations for a match,

  • we would practice until 10:00pm.

  • So when I got home it would be about 11:00pm,

  • but once I got home I felt like I hadn't practiced enough.

  • So I would practice until 2:00, 3:00am.

  • And then go to bed for three hours or so

  • and then wake up again.

  • And I did that pretty much for two years.

  • I would tell myself over and over

  • however much I can sacrifice, I'll sacrifice

  • to keep persevering.

  • Because I thought,

  • I really wanted to be the world's best player.

  • and do our region proud.

  • When I was in the military,

  • I was photographed, that is, as the poster boy,

  • And I thought it was pretty funny.

  • So every day when we ran at Parade Square,

  • running, or just walking, we'd see my face.

  • All big and hanging there.

  • Back in the days when Chawy was in Singapore Sentinels,

  • it was a team that was very exciting and innovative.

  • We were like two tiers above all the other teams

  • and basically no one could come near us.

  • Chawy was pretty much our star player

  • because he was playing very well.

  • He actually carried Singapore Sentinels in a number of games.

  • A lot of videos were made showing his muscles.

  • I think in his time with Singapore Sentinels,

  • I think it is clear that

  • his teammates weren't at his level.

  • If you really want to go, like, greater heights,

  • you really have to get out of Singapore.

  • I joined TPA in 2014 because

  • at that time on Singapore Sentinels,

  • we didn't get any good results.

  • We were very sad to see him go because

  • it was definitely a big blow to our chances,

  • but it was definitely the right step for Chawy

  • and Singapore in general.

  • At that time, they were preparing to go to All-Stars

  • and also preparing for Worlds,

  • and they told me they would let me start.

  • When I first heard the news, I was very happy.

  • And I discussed with my family for a long time.

  • I couldn't bear to part with my family.

  • But my parents, especially my mom, kept saying,

  • "Go, go, not everyone gets this kind of opportunity."

  • We all supported him going.

  • Because this is his dream.

  • This opportunity isn't one everyone gets.

  • I think that leaving your home

  • and going to do something you really want to do

  • and even chasing your dreams

  • is a very mighty thing to do.

  • Leaving my family, just...

  • is quite difficult

  • because I can't see my family every day.

  • So I came to Taiwan.

  • And then in the end they didn't let me play.

  • Because there was another Mid Laner.

  • I think Chawy was fairly close to Worlds at the time,

  • but Chawy's individual skill and his team

  • didn't ever pair well.

  • I came to Taiwan to chase my dreams.

  • And to chase my dreams,

  • the most important thing is, of course, to play onstage.

  • At that time, I kept watching them play from the sidelines.

  • I didn't get any opportunities to play onstage.

  • So I felt like I wasted a year.

  • At the time, I felt very disappointed

  • because I felt a bit like I was tricked into coming to Taiwan.

  • In 2015, the coach and manager promised me that

  • they'll definitely let me play onstage,

  • they'll let me start.

  • So I grasped the opportunity.

  • Actually, there were a lot of weeks when I got MVP.

  • Then I got suspended,

  • and TPA had to bring in a sub to play.

  • Because back in 2013... there was a time

  • on Singapore Sentinels that I didn't want to play any more.

  • because I wanted to study, study at a private school.

  • It's very expensive and the tuition is really high.

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