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November 28, 1995 (age 27)
Years Active (Player):
2013 - Present
Approx. Total Winnings:
2013-02-25 — 2013-05-??
|2013-09-19 — 2014-02-21||Evil Geniuses|
|2014-03-22 — 2014-05-13||Team Dog|
|2014-05-13 — 2014-08-26||mousesports|
|2015-03-24 — 2015-07-03||NA Rejects|
|2015-07-03 — 2015-08-21||Team Archon|
|2015-08-21 — 2015-09-01||Dark Horse|
|2015-09-01 — 2015-11-27||Cloud9|
|2015-12-06 — 2016-08-18||Shazam|
|2016-09-08 — 2017-07-20||Team NP|
|2017-07-20 — 2017-08-23||Cloud9|
|2017-09-13 — 2017-12-04||Digital Chaos|
|2018-01-05 — 2018-01-29||Immortals|
|2018-02-17 — 2018-08-29||VGJ.Storm|
|2018-08-29 — 2018-09-14||Quincy Crew|
|2018-09-14 — 2019-07-21||Forward Gaming|
|2019-07-24 — 2019-09-20||Newbee|
|2019-09-27 — 2019-11-05||Quincy Crew|
|2019-11-05 — 2020-03-25||Chaos Esports Club|
|2020-03-25 — 2021-10-17||Quincy Crew|
|2022-05-24 — 2022-08-02||Quincy Crew|
|2022-08-02 — 2022-11-01||Soniqs|
|2023-03-09 — Present||Wildcard Gaming|
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Arif "MSS" Anwar (born November 28, 1995) is an American Dota 2 player who is currently playing for Wildcard Gaming.
MSS was born and raised in the United States to parents who immigrated from Bangladesh. When it came to gaming, his parents were very strict and often he and his brother would have to do gaming in secrecy, only playing when their father wasn't home. Originally like many professional players, Arif did not believe he would play Dota professionally until he started standing in for a variety of North American teams such as Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, and Team Dignitas, and made impressive performances during his times as a stand-in.
Since his stand-in performances and rise to fame, MSS has become known as one of the top offlaners in the North American Dota scene.
MSS was a former Fnatic.NA player. While the team did not accomplish much and disbanded quietly shortly after formation, MSS rose to prominence when he showed great performances as a stand-in for Team Liquid on a number of occasions as well as Evil Geniuses and Dignitas to a smaller extent.
He was signed on as a permanent member of Evil Geniuses on 19th, September 2013.
Although the exact date of Arif's departure from Evil Geniuses is unclear, the last game he played with the organization was on December 4th, 2013. The team later disbanded after a string of poor performances.
During Evil Geniuses' temporary absence from the scene (winter 2013-2014) MSS played as a regular stand-in for Team eHug, although was never picked up as a full-time member.
After playing as a stand-in for Demon since March 8th, MSS was confirmed as an official member of Team Dog on March 22nd.
MSS' new team, Team Dog started to show prominence after qualifying for ESL One Frankfurt 2014. After qualifying for this event, the team was picked up by the Mousesports organization. Later on, the team qualified for The International 2014 through the Americas qualifier. MSS described the day that the team qualified for TI4 as one of the happiest days of his life later on.
MSS and Mousesports placed 11th at TI4. Had they won one best of 3 series, the team would have took home much more money than the $38,000 they received. MSS had promised to his family that after TI4 he would take a break from his professional Dota career and go to college. He ended up being inactive for the rest of 2014 and the beginning of 2015.
As The International 2015 approached, many notable North American Dota players were teamless at the time, including MSS who was planning to resume his professional career for TI5. On March 24th, 2015, MSS along with many other North American players reformed North American Rejects (abbreviated as NAR v2, and known as North American Rejects version 2) and entered various tournaments. The team found success in the North American Dota scene and managed to reach the wild card position in TI5. North American Rejects was picked up by Team Archon on July 3rd, 2015. In the wild cards however, the team was knocked out and were thus eliminated from TI5.
Shortly after TI5, Team Archon disbanded, leaving MSS teamless. However, this teamless period did not last for long as MSS soon became part of Dark Horse, a North American team formed by a mixture of veteran players and newcomers to the professional scene. The team had incredible results in the North American Dota scene. These results were recognized by many, and soon enough the team was picked up by the Cloud9 organization. MSS and his team won most qualifiers for premier tournaments in the Americas region, including that of the very first major event, the Frankfurt Major.
- Had the highest average assists per game (16.38) during Season 2 of the 2021 DPC NA Upper Division.
- His career high for assists in a single professional match is 44. He achieved this feat while playing for Quincy Crew as Treant Protector in Game 2 of their group stage series against beastcoast during The Great American Rivalry.
|2021-10-13||9th - 12th||Tier 1||The International 2021||0 : 2||$800,400|
|2021-05-20||1st||Tier 2||DPC 2021: Season 2 - North America Upper Division||7/-/0||Grp S.||$30,000|
|2020-12-06||1st||Tier 2||Realms Collide: The Burning Darkness||3 : 1||$24,000|
|2020-08-30||1st||Tier 2||ESL One Thailand 2020: Americas||3 : 2||$28,000|
|2019-11-10||2nd||Tier 2||DOTA Summit 11||0 : 3||$60,000|
|2019-08-22||9th - 12th||Tier 1||The International 2019||1 : 2||$686,602|
|2018-08-23||7th - 8th||Tier 1||The International 2018||0 : 2||$638,333|
|2018-05-20||2nd||Tier 1||MDL Changsha Major||0 : 3||$200,000|
|2018-05-12||1st||Tier 2||GESC: Thailand Dota2 Minor||2 : 0||$111,000|
|2016-12-09||5th - 8th||Tier 1||The Boston Major 2016||0 : 2||$125,000|
|Extended list of results|
- 2014-07-09 | TI4 Interview: MSS and Hot Bid by Hot_Bid of Valve at The International 2014
- 2015-07-25 | TI5 Community Report: Hot_Bid and MSS by Hot_Bid of Valve at The International 2015
- 2019-06-01 | "We're used to checking out the area" by jmn of dotasource.de at ESL One Birmingham 2019
- 2021-07-28 | Interview With Mss: "I Packed My Bags and Just Left." by Daniel Royte of AFK Gaming
- 2022-06-04 | "I would rank FATA right alongside Puppey and Kuroky" by Jaxon