Park "March" Tae-won is a professional Korean/Canadian Dota 2 player who is retired. He had a notable career in both DotA and Dota 2, managing to attend The International 2014 and The International 2015.
March's first real step into the Dota 2 scene was with the announcement of the first Korean team signing, by FXOpen e-Sports. While the team did attempt to compete in SEA tournaments, they struggled there, getting knocked out early in open qualifiers, and so the team only saw success in the highly secluded and new Korean scene. FXO would win the first Nexon sponsored tournament, Nexon Starter League in convincing fashion, not dropping a single game. Winning this cup would result in March's first trip to Seattle, as the team would be invited, as spectators, for The International 2013. The team went on to dominate other small local cups, until a couple months later FXOpen dropped their sponsorship of the esports orginization. The organization would return to their previous name of For Our Utopia, but March would leave the team shortly after, helping form MVP's new team, Phoenix, on November 17th, 2013.
MVP Phoenix's first showing as a team would come in Nexon Sponsorship League Season 2, where March's team would again show that they were at the top of their region. Along with import, and old DotA teammate, DeMoN, the team would sweep all matches on their way to the final, where they would go 3:2 against QO's team, 5 in QO. With their winning of this sponsorship cup, they would be locked out of major local tournaments until the Korean Dota League started a few months later in 2014.
Excitement grew in the global scene, as the Korean teams continued to improve, and in April 2014, MVP Phoenix qualified, with a 13-1 record, to Star Ladder Star Series Season 9, which would be a Korean team's first international LAN. Before leaving for Kiev, the team reached the finals of the Korean Dota League Season 1, where they would go up against foreign team Zephyr. Despite confirming their spot as the best Korean team, Zephyr were able to continue their streak against MVP Phoenix, going 3-0 in the finals, and 5-0 overall in the tournament. From here, they would make their trip to Star Ladder, but despite the hype for Korea's arrival on the international scene, MVP stuttered, not managing to win a single game at the event.
March would take Kiev as a learning experience, and with his return to Korea, he would Lead MVP to new heights, as they took solid control of the Korean scene, taking Korean Dota League Season 2 in convincing fashion. With this success, the team would be granted an invitation to the The International 2014 Southeast Asia Qualifiers. After finishing tied for first in the group stage, the team would go on to finish second overall, good enough for a wildcard invitation the main event. March would be heading back to Seattle, but this time earning the right to compete, instead of simply watching as a spectator. In the wildcard stage in Seattle, MVP drew Virtus.pro as their first matchup, widely considered a heavy favourite. In the matches, March would unveil drafts to the international scene that would become recognized as signature MVP. In both games, they would run an aggressive Io and Bristleback lane, a combination very rarely seen in competitive play outside of Korea, as well as one very out of meta Warlock pick. They would take the series in and upset with two close matches, 2-0, setting up a match against Team Liquid to progress to the main group stage. Liquid appeared to have studied MVP's drafts though, banning out key heroes to MVP's style, leading to MVP to eventually fall to Liquid's aggressive pushing drafts in two games.
With their new internationally recognized play, they would attend IeSF Asian Championships in September as the Korean representative, going on to win the tournament. They would also win the next season of the Korea Dota League in October that year. March would continue his world travels with a trip to DreamLeague in Sweden, i-League in China, and StarLadder in Kiev, and the final season of the Korea Dota League over the next few months. Korean Dota had arrived on the international scene, and March was leading the way.
Their play over the previous few months earned the team an invite to the Dota 2 Asia Championships that year, the largest ever Dota even outside of The International. Unfortunately, this left little time to prepare as a new squad, and the team stumbled, placing last at the event. Shortly after the event, and likely due to the disappointing result, the MVP squads do an internal shuffle, with Heen and Forev moving to HOT6ix, and Febby and kpii coming over to Phoenix. A month later, Reisen goes inactive, and Warnutz joins the team. This new roster would qualify for the joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 1, after barely taking the top spot over familiar opponents Rave. At the event itself, MVP outplayed expectations in the group stage, tying powerhouse team and Dota 2 Asia Championships winner Evil Geniuses. The squad would go on to place 4th overall.
March announced he was reporting for his Korean military training in the navy on March 22nd, 2016. He would not sign up with the team for the coming Spring Major.
|2015-10-17||5 - 6th||Premier||MLG World Finals||0 : 2||$11,398|
|2015-10-11||1st||Major||World Cyber Arena 2015 - SEA Pro Qualifiers||2 : 1||$47,280|
|2015-08-06||7 - 8th||Premier||The International 2015||0 : 2||$829,333|
|2015-04-12||4th||Premier||joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 1||0 : 2||$8,646|
|2015-02-02||13 - 16th||Premier||Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015||1/-/14||Grp. S.||$30,575|
|2015-01-04||4th||Premier||i-League Season 2||0 : 2||$8,401.84|
|2014-03-26||2nd||Major||Korean Dota League Tier 1||4/-/2||Grp. S.||$20,160|
|2013-12-28||1st||Premier||Nexon Sponsorship League Season 2||3 : 2||$75,840|
|2013-11-10||2nd||Premier||Nexon Sponsorship League Season 1||1 : 3||$7,528|
|2013-07-14||1st||Major||Nexon Starter League||3 : 0||$8,600|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- 2015-07-26 | TI5 MVP Phoenix Team Interview by Kaci Aitchison of Valve at The International 2015
- 2015-07-25 | TI5 Community Report: Hot_Bid and March by Hot_Bid of Valve at The International 2015
- 2014-07-17 | MVP.March: 'We were rooting for Team Liquid since they beat us' by GosuGamers.net at The International 2014
- 2014-04-19 | Team MVP 'March' on the inter-team comaraderie at StarLadder IX by Cyborgmatt of onGamers.com at Starladder Season 9
- 2009-10-24 | Interview with AzN by Hieu "CrucifieD" Doan of NADota