People often argue whether it is better to be worst out of the best or best out of the worst. Tong Fu is by no means weak team, just that surrounding in which they is really strong. Nevertheless, although they might be the weakest Chinese team on the list, it is possible that they will go home with full purse. Chaos which they bring will be puzzle to be solved on this years International.
TongFu is Chinese gaming organisation, having Dota 2 and LoL team, that is backed by TongFu Porridge as sponsor. They were formed in 2011. and were led by former TyLoo player kabu. First year of existence wasn’t lucrative for them and in following year they made additional roster changes. During 2012. they acquired LaNm from EHOME and Mu, Hao, and Sansheng from crumbling Pandarea. At the same time original players Gx, keke, and molu left the team. After some time LaNm breached his contract by returning to EHOME. Conflict was eventually solved by EHOME paying fee to TongFu. After The International 2012. they signed LongDD from Team DK to replace Kabu and Chan from World Elite dissolution to replace Awoke. During 2013. Veronica and LongDD left TongFu to be replaced by Banana and yAobAi. Second one was soon replaced by KingJ. Roster for TI3
- Zhi Hao “Hao” Chen (1) (C)
- Pan “Mu” Zhang (2)
- Zhao Hui “Sansheng” Wang (5)
- Jiao “Banana” Wang (4)
- Yang “KingJ” Zhou (3)
Let’s start by saying that TongFu is really entertaining team. You can expect almost anything from them beside being predictable. In comparison to other Chinese teams, they tend to be really aggressive, often running dual core or tri core setup. Strategy they running usually is based on winning early games, having domination in all lanes and split pushing with hard to catch heroes, slowly gaining more and more of the map. Hao runs aggressive carries that can make things happen early on, Mu and KinJ opt for semi carries and initators, Banana has farm in the woods and all of that under watchful eye of Sansheng.
Most played hero of this team is Rubic and most successful one is Lifestealer. Hero which they banned the most is Dark Seer and the most unsuccessful for them was Bat Rider.
Biggest star of this team is Yang “KingJ” Zhou. He has been around for a while, real Dota veteran that can play every hero in game. He has been in more, less every successful Chinese team since 2009. such as KingSurf.Cn, cYc, For The Dream, EHOME, DK, Nirvana.cn (together with Banana), For.Love and finally TongFu. Given the strategy that they run, he might be either on offlane or safe lane, as semi carry, carry or sometimes as initiator although he is not a stranger to support picks. When Broodmother was part of the meta, he played her a lot. These days his favorite hero is Clockwerk, followed by Magmus.
KingJ (taken from www.gosugamers.net)
TongFu had good performance on last years international finishing 7th. Altough they botched their group, finishing 6th out of 8 teams, they miraculously recovered during lower bracket phase. They managed to win first 2 games progressing to third round. Unfortunately, DK was prepared for them and managed to end their dream. So far, although one of the best China has to offer, this team hasn’t won many tournaments. Some of the accolades they can be proud of are Dota 2 Super League and AMD Premier League Season 1, both competitions during 2013.
In last 10 games they have split record, 5 wins and 5 losses. During this period they lost to Na’Vi, DK and LDG.cn but at the same time they managed to win against LGD.cn and DK. This is really good news for all the fans of Dota because it tells us that there will be no clear favorites between Chinese teams, which will spice up the competition even more and perhaps give us unexpected results. They are at position 6. from all the Dota 2 teams.
Roster of TongFu is full of veterans such as Banana and KingJ but also new stars like Hao. Their team synergy is really nice, when they have a good day it’s really pleasure to watch them perform, because in most of the cases there will be a lot of action. Issue they are having is combination of pick volatility, that sometimes can backfire, and bad performance on tournaments. Currently, they are in solid shape and can beat most of the teams if they perform well. Realistically, because of the above mentioned flaws, they will probably finish mid card, from position 7 to 9.