Daryl Koh “Iceiceice” Pei Xiang is a professional DotA 2 player from Singapore. He was born on June 17, 1990. Iceiceice (since 2010) became active in multiple Esports scenes like World of Warcraft III Starcraft II, DotA 2, League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth – all highly competitive multiplayer games.
Iceiceice first got into esports when he played Warcraft III competitively a few years after it was released in 2002. Warcraft III offered plenty of competitive nuances for players to take create their own strategies. It’s here that iceiceice developed an understanding of the game’s mechanics – which would cement his place in his career in DotA 2.
In 2006, iceiceice recognized that the South East Asian DotA scene was growing and joined Team Zenith. Iceiceice made a name for himself after a spectacular winning performance in the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) in Paris.
Despite the growth of DotA as an up-and-coming esports game, the game was held back by its reliance on the Warcraft III engine. In 2010, iceiceice took a shot at entering the competitive Starcraft II scene. Iceiceice’s experience in micro-management showed as he became the top-ranked player in the Taiwanese and South East Asian leaderboards at the same time!
But iceiceice’s would be called back to DotA once again with the announcement of its successor: DotA 2 with a new game engine that would allow the game to develop its own mechanics. With the announcement of DotA 2 – and its first-ever international competition “The International 2011” with 1,600,000 US Dollars – several of his Singaporean compatriots (hyhy, xy-, and Roy) teamed up to form Scythe.
During the International 2011, mostly European and Chinese teams were favored to win the tournament. The group battles initially showed that indeed that was the case. But as more and more teams were knocked out, people started noticing that a single South East Asian team from Singapore was holding its ground against other favorites. Scythe, the team iceiceice formed with other Singaporean professional players made it all the way to the Top 3. They clashed against Chinese powerhouse E-Home in the Lower Bracket on the way to the Grand Finals. Scythe did not win the match series but showed the international DotA 2 scene that South East Asia has players like iceiceice.
Iceiceice went back to Team Zenith in 2012 and became its captain after compatriot hyhy went into retirement. Iceiceice became an effective captain for Team Zenith, perhaps too good as he was noticed by Team DK and was eventually brought on-board as part of an all-star team.
His entry into Team DK became one of the most highlighted transfers in preparation for the upcoming International 2014. Iceiceice (together with Mushi) turned Team DK into a tempo-controlling team, a far cry from the farming-intensive strategies Chinese teams usually employ. Team DK became its own powerhouse and soon became a favorite to win the International 2014. But Vici Gaming, another Chinese team, would beat Team DK on the way to the Semi-Finals – leaving Team DK as the 4th place team in the International 2014.
This was not the result iceiceice had expected from a team that showed promise in the months leading up to the big event. Team DK eventually disbanded after the tournament. Iceiceice would later find himself in Vici Gaming and EHome but those two did not last long.
Iceiceice established his own team after noticing that there’s a growing pool of talent in South East Asia. He established Team Faceless with former Vici Gaming carry Black^ and long-time friend xy-. Team Faceless, despite an experienced line-up, did not do so well in the competitions they entered. Iceiceice’s lead on the team did not produce the results they wanted and Team Faceless eventually disbanded in the middle of 2017.
Iceiceice is married and has a baby which he occasionally shows on stream.
Iceiceice is also known for his joking (and sometimes trolly) behavior around friends, family, and even teammates. His pleasant personality, aside from his skill in video games, sets him apart from other gamers on the professional scene.
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