(last update: 2017-10-06)
Kok Yi "ddz" Liong is a professional Malaysian Dota 2 player who is currently playing for HighGround.
ddz is considered one of the best solo mid players in the South East Asian scene. Playing for Lowyat Esports in 2013, he and his squad were picked up by Arrow Gaming in early 2014. Shortly after their sponsorship, they competed against top SEA teams such as Titan and Orange in SEA's premier tournaments with good results. On April 29 2014, ddz and his squad were invited to the SEA qualifiers for The International 2014, where they have reached the grand finals, and secured themselves a spot in Seattle. In October, 2014, ddz was discovered to have taken part in matchfixing, and was removed from Arrow Gaming, along with his teammates. ddz made a public apology on facebook shortly after:
The purpose of writing this is to clarify about the 322 incident.
But firstly, we, the 5 members of Arrow Gaming as well as XiaoTing and Hishiko (DDZ and Lance’s girlfriends), would like to sincerely apologize to the organizers, Synergy League and BeyondTheSummit, and to our fans as well as the Dota 2 community for all the trouble we have caused.
Firstly, we want to admit that the 322 by DDZ and Lance is true, and we are very sorry for this mistake. We considered doing it in the first place because we were desperate for money. We live in the city, and being underpaid, things are just very tough and harsh on us sometimes. We are very very sorry for this action and we should have never done it.
We were very afraid and lost, and didn’t know what to do and how to react. And thus, we approached our management for help and we were advised to cover up for the sake of our reputation. We knew this was wrong but we felt extremely pressured to follow whatever our manager Jaren Gan, said, as we are working for him.
The statement, as well as the ‘evidence’ provided, that was made in DDZ’s name, was not written by him, but by Jaren for damage control. We know this is wrong and it made things even worse by covering up a mistake with lies. We should not have let it happen.
We are also sorry for not confessing earlier, and also very sorry for letting all our fans and the Dota 2 community down. We are deeply sorry for not following our hearts and just doing what is right, because we were afraid and terrified of what would happen to us. Gaming is our life and we were afraid that we would lose everything because of our greed and desperation.
But no matter what it is, we accept 100% the punishment and consequences that is to be made to us, and we give our word and our promise that this will never happen again. It was an extremely stupid mistake, and we made it worse by doing something we knew was wrong instead of admitting it straight away. We have finally found the courage to admit it and to confess because we know that lies will only lead to more lies and we will never find peace of mind. We believe that telling people the truth and admitting our mistakes, even if it may be too late, is the right thing to do.
We are also very sorry that we were too stupid to realize how unethical it was… we are sorry for everything that we have done. We have betrayed our fans’ trust and faith in us, and we will never forgive ourselves. We hope that you can forgive us even after all we’ve done. Thank you.Kok Yi "ddz" Liong
- Due to his skill at many high skill cap heroes, clutch plays, and young age, many people compare him to Team Secret's Arteezy, and as such the catchphrase "2EZ4RTZ" has been altered to "2EZ4ddz" reflecting this.
- On October 18th of 2014, DDz and Lance (both Arrow Gaming players) are suspected of a match fixing scandal. After thorough investigations, these suspicions are proved to be true and correct. Both players are banned for life in the Synery league, and the team was also removed from The Summit 2. The players were shortly after dismissed from Arrow.
|2018-01-14||1st||Minor||Malaysia Cyber Games 2018||3 : 1||$5,035.08|
|2017-09-17||1st||Minor||ROG MASTERS 2017 Malaysia Qualifier||2 : 0||$5,963.1|
|2017-04-20||3rd||Minor||SEA Kappa Invitational Season 4||2 : 0||$2,500|
|2016-12-27||2nd||Minor||Kings Dota2 Cup||0 : 3||$500|
|2016-12-11||1st||Minor||MGA Pacific Championship||2 : 0||$4,000|
|2016-09-10||5 - 6th||Major||MPGL Southeast Asian Championship||0 : 1||$1,200|
|2015-12-07||2nd||Minor||BTS Southeast Asia #2||2 : 3||$3,000|
|2015-03-21||5 - 6th||Major||Major All Stars Dota 2 Tournament||0 : 2||$6,718.74|
|2014-06-24||1st||Minor||BountyHunter Asia Special||3 : 0||$1,500|
|2013-06-08||2nd||Monthly||MSI Beat IT GosuCup June||0 : 2||$500|
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- 2017-06-30 | 322 - SEA Version by ddz - A Short Story by eSports Stories