EG's mid laner is not the only teenager who already had success in top teams and is one of the best players on his position. It's the same for Virtus.pro's carry Roman 'RAMZES666' Kushnarev who already has four Major wins in his bag although he is still only 19 years old.
Other players like this are Abed 'Abed' Yusop and Lin 'Xxs' Jing. They haven't won any Majors yet, but built up a reputation in the scene in the last couple of years.
Let's take a look at three more teenagers that are competing at The Kuala Lumpur Major and are trying to make themselves a name in their position.
Nisha: Secret's rough diamond
Let's start with the easiest one: Michał 'Nisha' Jankowski recently joined Team Secret and had to fill big footsteps after Marcus 'Ace' Hoelgaard left. So far, the 18 year old player is doing brilliantly.
He won PVP Esports Championship and ESL One Hamburg 2018 with Team Secret. If the team can stay on that level, the Polish carry has a great future ahead - especially led by Clement 'Puppey' Ivanov.
The veteran taught many talented player like Ace, Yeik Nai 'MidOne' Zheng or Yazied 'YapzOr' Jaradat his way of playing the game. All of them evolved as professionals under his wings. He's more than experienced in nurturing talented players.
However, already before joining Secret, he got some spotlight in the all-Polish squad Team Kinguin. As a part of an international squad, he can eventually become one of the best carries in the world.
miCKe: the youth of Alliance
Alliance is back - and that is a fact! After almost one year without international success, Alliance was able to qualify for The Kuala Lumpur Major as the third seed in Europe. A reason for that is that the Swedish organization took a gamble by trusting a new lineup without the star veterans.
A part of this squad is Michael 'mICKe' Vu, one of the most talented Swedish players. Alliance is miCKe's first real station as a professional player. Alliance legend Jonathan 'Loda' Berg played side-by-side with him at the WESG 2017 European Finals. Four days later the 19 year old carry joined the organization.
A New Generation.— Alliance @ #KLMajor 🇲🇾 (@theAllianceGG) 3. Juni 2018
Today @LodaBerg steps up to coach the Dota 2 team. It is the conclusion of the Legend's pro player career, but he will always carry on its legacy. #LiveAndLetLoda
Additionally, Alliance wish to welcome @qojqva1 who has joined the team!https://t.co/uVe8dJW8db
He still has to prove that he can compete with the best players in the world in his lane. However, Alliance could be the perfect place for him to evolve as a player. Loda is the coach and he helps the team by teaching them his experiences and supporting them in the draft.
The Swedish organization trusts miCKe and his teammates already for more than half a year even though they didn't win any big tournaments. This can help a team to stay calm and develop new skills. With this team he can concentrate on his playstyle and make Sweden and Alliance proud again.
Armel: the next Abed?
Abed 'Abed' Yusop is most likely the best Filipino player in the world right now. Only Marc Polo Luis 'Raven' Fausto is proving that he's playing on the same level.
However, those youngsters are not the only talented players in their region. In fact, the Philippines are known for having some of the greatest young Dota 2 talents in the world.
One of them is Armel Paul 'Armel' Tabios. While Abed and Raven already gained a reputation outside of SEA, Armel is still aiming for his breakthrough.
Raven left TNC Predator to join Chong Xin 'Ohaiyo' Khoo at Lotac before the season started. This is the perfect opportunity for Armel to aim for the top of the Philippines. A lot of SEA experts think that TNC is actually the best team of the region, even better than Fnatic. And at The Kuala Lumpur Major they'll have the chance to eventually prove it.
Armel is important for this goal. He needs to fill the hole Raven left behind with his departure. He should take the step into the spotlight. He proved more than once that he has the skill to lead the team.
In combination with his talented teammates like Kim Villafuerte 'Gabbi / cb' Santos or the experience of Michael 'ninjaboogie' Ross, everything is in the right setting for the 18 year old player to become the best Filipino at the SEA Major and help TNC win the event.
Which of these teenagers will win a Major first?
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