The Inspiring Journey of Timeless DuBu from “Not Good Sufficient” to NA’s TI10 Consultant


Kim “DuBu” Doo-young is a veteran Dota 2 participant who has contributed immensely to the Southeast Asian (SEA) and North American (NA) aggressive scenes. He represented SEA groups, MVP Phoenix and Fnatic, at The Worldwide 2016 and 2019 respectively. Moreover, he has been to Dota 2’s premier stage in 2017 with an NA group – Digital Chaos – as properly. DuBu has loved appreciable success enjoying for each these areas.

Dubu now performs place 5 for Crew Timeless which has formally booked a spot at The Worldwide 10 (TI10) as one among three North American members. Timeless was shaped seven months in the past, earlier than the beginning of the Dota Professional Circuit (DPC) 2021. In each regional leagues, the group solely narrowly missed out to Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew however ensured it lastly made it to TI10 by profitable the NA qualifier.

Timeless at the moment does not have a decent aggressive schedule with just one match lined up within the coming days – the Past the Summit (BTS) Professional Collection Season 7: Americas.

The final six months, as talked about, have been robust with rivals like Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew, however all of the work that they’ve put in over this era has lastly paid dividends.

Timeless’s journey from a DPC stack to NA’s TI10 consultant

The Timeless squad that acquired collectively initially of DPC 2021 for the NA area had a combination of well-known and rising gamers from throughout areas. The primary three members have been David “MoonMeander” Tan, a Dota 2 Main winner, and Jonathan Bryle “Bryle” Santos De Guia, an up-and-coming midlaner, alongside DuBu. The primary two performed for group CR4ZY the place DuBu coached them. “It was just a little troublesome as a result of the participant pool in NA is fairly small,” says DuBu on assembling a group collectively initially of the season.

The remaining two members have been younger and got here from completely different components of the world: Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek from Europe, and Enzo “Timado” Gianoli O’Connor from South America.

You need to have teammates who you’ll be able to belief by way of dota(talent/information and many others) and never many gamers in NA match that,” says DuBu when requested in regards to the challenges of placing a squad collectively.

Timeless’s Dota 2 roster from left to proper – SabeRLight-, Timado, Bryle, MoonMeander, and DuBu.

Nevertheless, as a Dota 2 participant, assembling a squad is not the one problem. Regardless of some stellar performances, group Timeless solely managed to be the third finest group in North America after six months of enjoying collectively. They went to tiebreakers as properly in season one, however Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew at all times edged them out. Their fellow NA groups’ spots at TI10 have been finally finalized earlier than and following the conclusion of the WePlay AniMajor, leaving Timeless with a transparent path to walk- TI10’s NA qualifier.

Many anticipated 4 Zoomers and Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao’s refugee squad, bumble bEE’s, to place up a powerful struggle. However Timeless was too hungry this time to place up with any problem shenanigans. The group defeated all that stood of their option to not solely win all of it but in addition change into the one Dota 2 group on this planet to win the TI10 qualifiers with out dropping a single match.

DuBu was pleasantly shocked at their efficiency. “I didn’t anticipate us doing so properly personally, I simply tried to play as finest as I might,” stated DuBu as he acknowledged that the laborious work they put in has paid off.

How DuBu and group Timeless are making ready for The Worldwide

With TI10 as the subsequent vital match for Timeless, DuBu has a razor sharp purpose. He’s going to purpose to win it and hopes that the outcomes will comply with naturally. Timeless shall be dealing with some stiff competitors from not solely regional rivals like Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew, but in addition from groups from different areas. For DuBu to higher signify NA, he desires to play in opposition to groups from different components of the world.

I want enjoying in opposition to different regional groups. So once we win, it’ll add up +1 to the NA scene. NA pub is a type of meme for certain however it’s a aggressive scene and I need to show it.


Resulting from TI10’s relocation from Sweden to Romania and the resultant rescheduling from Fifth-Fifteenth Aug 2021 to Seventh-Seventeenth Oct 2021, Timeless has practically three months to arrange for its opponents. With no new patch launch for the reason that conclusion of TI qualifiers on tenth July, DuBu would have preferred to play TI10 at Sweden in August since he is bored. Within the occasion that TI10 had been held in August, a patch would probably have been launched on the present time. “I want to play in Sweden, it’s simply because I’m feeling bored proper now. No patch, no scrims.

When the patch finally drops and we head into TI10 with a probably reworked meta, a notable problem for Timeless shall be how its three comparatively younger Dota 2 gamers – Bryle, SabeRLight-, and Timado deal with strain and ship constant performances. Whereas Timado has performed at TI as soon as earlier than (with Notorious in 2017), SabeRLight and Bryle shall be TI first-timers. DuBu is the second veteran within the squad after MoonMeander and so we requested him if he’s doing one thing completely different to arrange the first-timers for the large stage.

I’m not aiding them in any particular approach, I simply do issues that I might need my group to do as properly,” stated DuBu. “If I would like my group to play pubs extra, I’ll simply spam pubs as a substitute of telling them to do it. If I would like them to observe replays, I’ll watch them after which present my group what I realized from them,” he provides.

DuBu’s crusing between SEA and NA

A majority of DuBu’s profession was spent enjoying with South Korean teammates like Kim “QO” Solar Yeob and Kim “Febby” Yong-min for groups like MVP Phoenix and Immortals. Throughout this time, he had quite a lot of success, notably with MVP Phoenix, with finishes like 4th place at The Shanghai Main 2016, Fifth-Sixth at The Manila Main 2016, and at The Worldwide 2016.

He attended TI8 with a mixture of SEA and NA gamers in Digital Chaos, then stepped into different SEA groups, Fnatic and Geek Fam in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

MVP Phoenix’s phenomenal TI6 run gained them quite a lot of followers


Because of having labored in a few of these well-known organizations and established gamers in two main Dota 2 areas, DuBu has realized rather a lot. Though he acknowledges that he doesn’t keep in mind every little thing from every squad he performed for, he has change into a extra humble particular person who is aware of the best way to steadiness relationships and work after enjoying for therefore lengthy.

“I’m nonetheless studying one thing new,” provides DuBu as he at the moment performs for Timeless.

Switching between areas additionally means sacrificing one thing in alternate for gaining one thing else. Since DuBu has been enjoying in NA for over a yr, he misses the meals and its value in Southeast Asia. Regardless of this, the one factor he does get pleasure from about being in NA is attending to stay together with his spouse.

“I don’t have to take a flight to see her anymore,” says DuBu.

Having secured a slot at TI10, Timeless introduced on Twitter that they have been searching for a Dota 2 group. DuBu has already performed for various organizations earlier than, so he is aware of what he desires most from the group they’re searching for. “Strong bootcamp” and “Visa” are the 2 most essential issues, notes DuBu.

Observe – Following the interview, Timeless introduced through a tweet that it might be enjoying at TI10 as an impartial group and below its personal banner.

One of the well-liked methods to point out help for a group is by buying group merchandise. As Valve indicated the presence of a stay viewers at TI10, this may also be a facet that the 2 TI10 NA groups that can play with out a company, Quincy Crew and Timeless, may notably profit from.

Nevertheless, at the moment, Timeless has not thought of merchandise.

We haven’t mentioned or gotten any affords of doing it (merchandise). Perhaps if we carry out properly in TI with out orgs, then we will consider doing it.

What’s subsequent for DuBu?

DuBu is 28 years of age. When requested how he sees the Dota 2 esports scene 5 years from now, DuBu’s response was brutally trustworthy.

“I simply hope Dota can keep without end a minimum of till I die, so I don’t lose my job hahaha.”

Having performed for such a very long time, it’s inevitable that the considered retirement strikes Dota 2 execs, notably throughout conditions when the going will get robust. DuBu had an identical hiccup after he says he acquired kicked from Geek Fam (in January 2020).

“I thought of it (retirement) once I acquired kicked from Geekfam as a result of I might inform myself that I wasn’t ok. I didn’t quit at the moment and now I’m going to TI once more.”

DuBu on the WePlay Bukovel Minor – his final occasion with Geek Fam

When DuBu finally retires, he’s not certain what he intends to do since his experiences have satisfied him that life is unpredictable.

“I don’t actually have a roadmap of how my life ought to go after retirement as a result of issues can at all times change as this has been the case with my life till now. I’ll simply attempt to do my finest at no matter I do at that second and see the way it goes. One thing will occur.”

“At all times admire your help from a honest coronary heart,” says DuBu to his followers on the finish of the dialog. He then laughs as he invitations Timeless followers to fulfill him on the largest Dota 2 stage in Romania – Bucharest – in order that he can signal their autographs.

DuBu could have his eyes set on TI10, arguably the largest problem of his aggressive profession. With greater than 40 million {dollars} on the road, DuBu and group Timeless will face some fierce competitors from the opposite 17 finest Dota 2 groups on this planet.