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Not just the right-hand man anymore, Zeys, the assassin player of the DeadlyKittens, is a legend in his own right. Despite being no stranger to the spotlight, we’ve never quite gotten many words out of Zeys… till now.
Please give us a short introduction about yourself and your history in HotS.
Hi, my name is Bjorn Ong and my in-game handle is Zeys. I’ve been playing competitively in a variety of games since 2010, and I’ve always believed in putting my best foot forward in whatever activity I partake in. It was only natural that I gravitated towards HotS as I’m a fan of Blizzard games and the MOBA genre.
Due to national service commitments, I originally took a casual approach towards the game and had no intention of playing competitively. However, Relics approached me and offered to accommodate my circumstances, and that’s how my HotS career began.
You’ve been teammates with Mirr for over two years now. What can you say about the dynamic between you two?
We’ve actually been teammates or have played together for six years now. The general public seems to think we’re best buddies who are always in agreement, but that’s not the case. We’re very different individuals who share the same goal. Because of this, we’re constantly pushing each other to be the very best. Sometimes we fight and we’re at each other’s throats, but this helps us to find innovation in our play. I can safely say for the both of us that we rely a great deal on each other, and if that dynamic had changed, we wouldn’t be preparing to fly to Dreamhack. All in all, our differences are the foundation of our strength today, and that strength will be the deciding factor when we perform.
You were known as one of the best supports in the Southeast Asian scene, early on. What inspired you to make the switch to the assassin role?
I was told by quite a few people that my strength lies in my mechanical prowess, so I stepped up to the challenge – it was always my preferred role anyway. It was also partly due to the lack of talented assassin players to scout from. I believe I’ve sufficiently transitioned from being one of the best supports to becoming the best assassin in SEA!
Your time in competitive HotS has been a rollercoaster ride, rife with successes and disappointments. At what point would you feel that you’ve “made it” as a competitive player?
At this current moment, I’ll feel like I’ve made it only when I’m able to solely sustain myself as a competitive player. The closest feeling to having “made it” was when I was playing with the big boys in Blizzcon 2016, and going toe to toe with them on my own merits.
Besides HotS, what do you do for work and play?
I just finished my two years of mandatory national service, and I intend to take a break before continuing with my studies. Whenever I have the time, I catch up with my family and friends. Without them in my life, I wouldn’t be what I am today.
You’ve been pretty quiet as far as the public eye goes, despite your success thus far. Who is the “real” Zeys, and what do you bring to the team, besides your in-game skills?
The real Zeys is someone who likes bringing people together. I want to get the team to work towards a common goal, despite our differences. I believe I’m the most analytical person in the team, when it comes to studying our opponents and game mechanics.
To find out more about the rest of his team-mates: http://zenway.sg/Deadlykittens_WhoWeAre