Singaporean Dota 2 fans who might have wanted to throw a "wah lau eh" at their teammates in game can now do so, for a limited time.
As part of the Team SMG Supporters Club seasonal team perks, players can get that together with other Singlish phrases like "Steady pom pi pi" (usually used to describe something or someone reliable) and "Sibeh sian ahhhhh" (roughly translating to being tired of something), which can replace some of the regular chatlines in the game.
"Steady pom pi pi" was also recently used in one of the local government's efforts to boost the country's COVID-19 vaccination drive, while "wah lau eh" is an expression, usually directed at something surprising or stupid (for more Singlish terms, check out the series Singlish with Uncle Gwee on Yahoo TV).
The perks, under the Gold tier, also include other cosmetics such as a Team SMG gold badge and loading screens. It costs S$26.65, and includes all the items in the lower tiers. The Silver tier costs $13.30 and features sprays and emoticons, while the Bronze at $2.65 only includes the badge. The content is seasonal and is scheduled to expire on 31 July 2021.
Team SMG were one of the teams included in the list for the updated Dota Pro Circuit Supporters Club before The International (TI) 10, which is scheduled for August this year.
According to Valve, 50 per cent of the revenue goes towards the supported teams. Other SEA teams added include T1, TNC Predator, OB.Neon and Galaxy Racer Esports, among others.
The team is co-founded by Singaporean superstar JJ Lin, who has made known of his wish to bring the team to Dota 2's premier tournament.
Having not participated in the Singapore Major in March and the upcoming WePlay AniMajor, Team SMG's only chance of making it to TI10 will be through the regional qualifiers, where competition is expected to be stiff from the Southeast Asian teams in the DPC that do not qualify for a direct invite.
However, it should be noted that the two-time back-to-back defending champions, OG, had to enter TI8 via open qualifiers previously, and will also have to participate in their own regional qualifiers after missing out on a direct invite again this year.
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