Fun story heading into #VCT Masters Berlin: Jessie Cristy "JessieVash" Cuyco of @BrenEsports is a legend in the 🇵🇭 Philippines esports scene— The Esports Writer (@FionnOnFire) August 22, 2021
He is a former Dota 2 pro who competed at the first TI all the way back in 2011
Now, a decade later, he's playing VALORANT at a major LAN pic.twitter.com/FKUzcFsbAP
LoL, Overwatch, Mobile Legends, Dota, Valorant - A wide repertoire
The Filipino pro player was the position 5 for Mineski during TI1, the team finished on 11th place. JessieVash would continue to compete in Dota 2 until around 2018-2019, mostly under the banners of Mineski and Happy Feet. He also appeared in iternational LAN events, such as the The Frankfurt Major or the ESL One Manila 2016.
His career is however way more diverse than just being a former Dota pro player. As he shared on Twitter this Sunday, he already competed in an official tournament from Riot Games, apart from the upcoming VCT Masters. In 2010, he got to third place in a League of Legends event and received a special award for getting most kills, all while already being a Dota pro.
JessieVash also used to work as a coach for the Mobile Legends division of Geek Fam. Because being great in MOBAs is not enough, he also competed professionally in some Overwatch events for Mineski around 2015-2017. Now, the multitalent is conquering the VALORANT scene with Bren Esports. The team is considered the strongest squad from the Philippines.
TRIVIA: @PlayVALORANT Masters is actually not my first @riotgames event. Coz I was part of Ring of the Champions @LeagueOfLegends in SG wayback 2010 & got the 3rd place + the special award for most kills.— BREN Jessievash (@Jessievash10) August 22, 2021
P.S I was a professional Dota player that time haha pic.twitter.com/YprGu07oVF
How Dota helped him to excel in Valorant
In an interview with ONE Esports, he explained how playing Dota helped him to be a better VALORANT player. "This is one of the things I was attentive to in MOBAs that I managed to apply in VALORANT. For example, in Dota, you’ll call the skills, even the cooldowns, down to the very last second. Paying attention to how you use your skills and getting the right timing, like in a MOBA, can really help improve your game."
He further explained how MOBAs have influenced his decision-making in VALORANT. He states that he learned to base his decisions on what’s best for the team, "For example, in MOBAs, I’ll probably sacrifice myself, as a support player, instead of my team’s carry getting killed. Or sometimes you’ll take hits for your core or so that a more important position doesn’t get damaged."
Photo credit: JessieVash