ON a Dota 2 livestream just this weekend, an offhand comment by TnC Predator’s Timothy John “Tims” Randrup fanned the fires once again of a long-running flame war between the players of two popular arena battlers.
While spectating a Motivated Trust Gaming vs. BOOM Esports matchup, Randrup made an observation about the state of Dota 2 at 33:13 into the stream.
“Pero unti-unti nang nababawas yung mga [players] sa Dota, kasi nahihirapan na sila. Mas gusto nila sa easy. Kunwari Mobile Legends. Andaming nagmo-Mobile Legends,” he said.
He continued: “Kung ikukumpara mo Mobile Legends sa Dota, sobrang layo.”
Tims did not stop there. “Tsaka, gamer ba tawag sa mga nagmo-Mobile Legends? Di ko sila tatawaging gamer,” he concluded.
What he said on the livestream caused quite a stir. The comments section on his succeeding stream, posted about a day later, grew to around 10,000 comments as fans volleyed messages back and forth.
“[G]uys chill lang kayo. [K]anya-kanyang opinion lang tayo dito. [K]ung gusto niyo sa ML, sa ML kayo,” Tims said in an admin comment in that stream. “[M]arami rin naman may ayaw sa Dota 2. Kaya haters gonna hate!”
Tims, who joined TnC Predator in 2016, was the first Filipino to be part of The International: All-Star Match last year. He was also part of the PH-based team that won World Electronic Sports Games 2018, ESL One Hamburg 2019, MDL Chengdu Major, and recently, ESL One Thailand 2020: Asia.
Various Mobile Legends streamers also pitched in their two cents on the issue. Akosi Dogie, who commands a following of 4.5 million, spoke his mind about the growing issue in a livestream posted yesterday morning. Watch it around 7:09 into the stream.
“Wala akong issue kay Tim!” he declared. “Basically, di naman magsisimulang magsalita nang ganyan si Tim kung di totoxic-in ng community. Ang masahol nun, nakisawsaw ang iba, guys. Yun ang pinakapanget dun.”
He continued: “Kanya-kanyang opinyon yan. Anong gusto niyong gawin ko? Opinyon ni Tim yun! Respetuhin niyo.”
That weekend the issue blew up, Tims also posted his first ever vlog on YouTube.