A packed schedule awaits SA’s highest-ranked team MLT Esports in Dubai as they prepare for what many consider to be one of the most competitive seasons in the region.
UAE – MLT Esports have travelled to Dubai to begin their intensive bootcamp for the 2024 VALORANT Challengers South Asia season. In addition to team bonding, MLT Esports will also be participating in their VALORANT Challengers South Asia Split 1 campaign during their time in Dubai, benefiting from a relatively low latency of approximately 30ms to the Mumbai server and no packet loss.
The bootcamp in Dubai marks MLT Esports as the second South Asian team to undergo an overseas bootcamp, following in the footsteps of Global Esports two years ago ahead of the 2021 VCT APAC Last Chance Qualifier.
In response to VALO2ASIA’s inquiry, MLT Esports’ Head of Management Ayman revealed that the decision to conduct a bootcamp had been in the planning stages for some time and originated from a casual conversation between him and in-game leader Sabyasachi “Antidote” Bose, with the main goal of ensuring that their players are “in the best of their forms”.
The choice of Dubai as the location is also tied to the owner of the Bangladesh-based organization, Ajoy Deb Nath. “He wants to see things happen in front of his eyes.”
In addition to the owner also being fully settled and having his business activities in Dubai, Ayman shared that they want to strengthen the bond between the organization and players, which was described as “really vital for MLT, as we just started a year ago and we now have the defending champions of SA. It’s great news but that also means a bigger responsibility, so we are trying to do the best for the players.”
The organization intensified its efforts by recently securing the former Orangutan roster that dominated the 2023 Challengers South Asia season, where they emerged victorious in both Splits and went on to represent the region at VCT Ascension Pacific.
“The conditions here are really good, and we can provide safe conditions for our players. They can enjoy, play, and dominate without the overwhelming stress of the game, benefiting from a change of environment. Another reason would include the lack of complete assurance regarding the Indian visa for Azis “azys” Nandang, and since all our players wanted to play together, this was the best alternative option. We tried to do the best for our players.”
The MLT Esports organization will also be looking to enhance its content creation game from Dubai, with the goal of “making our fans entertained both in and out of the game.” When asked regarding the duration of the bootcamp, Ayman revealed that they are still going through a trial phase to check the quality of scrims and the comfort of players. “Let’s see for Split 1 now, and if things go alright, this might be our permanent location. [But] if we feel like the quality of practice is not up to par in this region, we will probably shift our bootcamp back to India.”
“A notable shoutout to Head of Esports Raja Saikai for making it from India to Dubai accompanied by fellow management personnel from MLT already in Dubai, Abdullah Bin Sabti. They worked tirelessly for numerous days and hours to set up everything for the players, from getting the perfect villa to ensuring the right PC specs. They did a lot.”
MLT Esports are:
- 🇮🇳 Akram “Rawfiul” Virani
- 🇮🇳 Sabyasachi “Antidote” Bose
- 🇮🇳 Saaransh “Whimp” Dang
- 🇵🇭 Azis “azys” Nandang
- 🇮🇩 Rafi “frostmind” Diandra
- 🇮🇳 Soumyadeep “DOXZ3RRR” Dey (Substitute)
- 🇵🇰 Anas “traNz” Ayub (Substitute)
- 🇸🇬 Felipe “skye” Lim (Head coach)