Alpha x Hashtag is the newest competitor in the Southeast Asian Dota 2 professional scene. The project was announced on the first weekend after TI9 as a collaboration between the two Thai organizations ALPHA Red and Question Mark.
Alpha x Hashtag is the first confirmed SEA team and it brings back together four former players of Power of MYSG+AU, a stack formed for the regional qualifiers for the last Major in the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit. Led back then by Chan “WinteR” Litt Binn, Power of MYSG+AU were responsible for Geek Fam’s and Boom ID’s elimination from the EPICENTER Major qualifiers. The stack made it to the qualifiers grand finals where they pushed Fnatic to a decisive game five, but despite their great showing in May of 2018, the team didn’t stay together for the TI9 regional qualifiers. Their mid laner, Cheng “vtFαded” Jia, joined Chaos Esports Club where he took the carry role and booked himself a ticket to The International 2019.
Unfortunately, Chaos had a short lived experience at the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, being eliminated in the group stages. vtFαded is now the only former member Power of MYSG+AU not joining the new SEA project. Instead, Alpha x Hashtag announced the Singaporean prodigy Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen to have taken the carry role.
Meracle played for the most part of the previous competitive season for compLexity Gaming. The NA based organization didn’t qualify for TI9 and a few days after the tournament concluded they released the entire team, which gave Meracle the option to return to the SEA scene.
Alpha x Hashtag roster from position 1 to 5:
- Galvin “Meracle” Kang Jian Wen
- Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang
- Kim “Velo” Tae-sung
- Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei
- Chan “WinteR” Litt Binn
In a post made on the Hashtag E-Sports Facebook page, the team announces its intentions to play in the regional qualifiers for the first Major/Minor of the new seasons and in any SEA and Thai tournament ” that does not have member nationality restrictions.”
According to Valve’s official schedule released for the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit, the first Major will take place from 16th to 24th of November, but no dates were announced for the regional qualifiers for it.