posted by Malystryx.GDS,
compLexity Gaming surprised at the TI5 regional qualifiers, and even more so at the main event where they finished 9-12th, so it came as quite the shock to the community when Tal 'Fly' Aizik and David 'Moonmeander' Tan left the team to join Monkey Business. The reason for their departure from what appeared to be a roster with enormous potential has never been publically discussed, but Moonmeander decided to share the details in the interview.
On $10,000 house vs $2,000 more salary a month
"After TI5 Swindlemelonz wanted a team house that was $10,000 a month. The Complexity owner said he would give us $20,000 a month, so each us could have made $4,000 a month in salary, but instead of $4,000 a month salary Swindlemelonz wanted us to have $2,000 a month salary he wanted to rent a $10,000 house," said Moonmeander.
"I was like this is a waste of money, why do we need such a nice house, playing dota is just playing dota and because of the disagreement I didn't want to join a team with only $2,000 salary after doing so well. So I followed Fly who wanted me to join with him and we moved to the European scene."
If you were in Moonmeander's shoes, what would you have picked?
On how Monkey Business was formed
As to the formation of the roster, Moonmeander admitted he had no part in deciding the other players but said it was Fly who contacted Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein with the idea of creating a brand new team. According to Moonmeander, Notail decided to recruit pub star Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi after seeing the "Miracle 8K MMR" videos by NoobfromUA. The fifth and final piece of the line-up was Andreas 'Cr1t-' Nielsen, who was already down to play with Alliance but following discussions between the two teams they came to an agreement that Johan 'Mynuts' Andersson would join Alliance and MB would take on Cr1t.
On why Hitbox is a good answer to Twitch's "huge monopoly" who "kind of rip people off"
In the last five minutes of the interview Moonmeander goes into why the transparency of OG suits him, and also why Hitbox is a good choice for their team. "Twitch has a huge monopoly, and they changed the whole ad revenue system, CPM, they kind of rip people off, this is one of the reasons I don't like Twitch so much."
"For progamers like us we don't really need to beg for money or ask for donations," said Moonmeander. " We don't rely on that so we just want a platform to stream good quality dota. We don't need an insane viewerbase to give us ad revenue or donations, we just stream for the sole purpose of the game. So in some ways there is more morality to it."