The Dota 2 scene has a few sets of brothers who compete rather successfully on the big stages. Suma1L and YawaR is one of the most known examples of brothers going one against each other in the NA region. Suma1L as the mid laner of Evil Geniuses and YawaR fulfilling the same role, but for Forward Gaming, have already had the chance to settle the childhood differences by dueling in official matches during the biggest tournaments.
Limmp and Cheesie is another example. They actually started their pro careers around the same time and on multiple occasions, they played on the same team. Right now they are split, Limmp playing with compLexity Gaming in NA, while Cheesie is the mid laner of the Swedish squad For the Tribe. There are also the Junget brothers, NoiA and HeStEJoE-RoTTeN who for a few years played together in the EU region with Danish Bears, Imperial and Cloud9. The two have also ended up splitting ways. NoiA tried his luck this past season in the Southeast Asian region, prior to TI8 going to India to play for Entity Gaming. He started the new Dota Pro Circuit season at Clutch Gamers, but following the loss in the grand finals of The Bucharest Minor Southeast Asia Qualifier to BOOM ID, the new year came with a new organization to play for.
This new home of his is Exclamation Mark, an organization from Thailand who started to build a team at the beginning of last month. Their roster brings a few nice surprises and the most exciting one is the presence of Djardel “DJ” Mampusti’s elder brother, Fred “Aliyah!” Mampusti.
🇹🇭 Exclamation Mark DotA2 by Hashtag 2019 Lineup.
🇵🇭 Linuel "Teehee" Abanto
🇵🇭 Julius "JG4:13" Galeon
🇿🇦 Charl "Welp" Geldenhuys
🇵🇭 Fred "Aliyah!" Mampusti
🇩🇰 Danny "NoiA" Junget
— Klo (@clauricee__) January 6, 2019
Although we didn’t have the chance to see too much of him, Aliyah has been working on following his younger brother footsteps for three years now. Same as DJ, Aliyah is a position 4 support and here’s an interesting fact about him. Back in 2015, when DJ left Rave to join Fnatic, Aliyah took his younger brother spot on the team. His venture with Rave lasted just a few months and since then he focused more on pub games and personal development.
Exclamation Mark is his first important opportunity since Rave and on this new journey, Aliyah is joined by a couple of other newcomers.
Charl “Welp” Geldenhuys is a South African player who got signed now by Exclamation Mark and will assume the offlane role for the team. Welp is one of the most known South African players, in fact, last year he was at WESG 2017-2018 with White Rabbit Gaming. But his team got seeded in one of the strongest groups of the Global Grand finals, along with Keen Gaming, paiN Gaming and Team Romania, which featured the likes of W33, canceL^^ and bOne7.
Despite the high latency, around 300 ping, from South Africa to SEA servers, Welp managed to grind his way into the top 20 SEA leaderboards and got noticed by the Exclamation Mark manager and coach Claurice “Klo” Sta.Ana. “We took a risk by signing Welp,” said Klo for VPEsports, but he also mentioned that after he talked to the rest of the team, they all agreed that Welp is definitely someone worth giving a shot.
Another newcomer on the Exclamation Mark roster is an 18 years old Filipino mid laner, Julius “JG” Galeon. “His talent is really raw,” said his coach to us adding that he is confident that with the guidance of NoiA and the rest of the team “this kid will become a great player”.
Exclamation Mark roster from position 1 to 5:
– Linuel “Teehee” Abanto
– Julius “JG4:13” Galeon
– Charl “Welp” Geldenhuys
– Fred “Aliyah!” Mampusti
– Danny “NoiA” Junget
Exclamation Mark have already gathered in a bootcamp in Bangkok, Thailand and are training intensively for the second half of the DPC season. We wish them best of luck and we are looking forward to see DJ and his brother, Aliyah going head to head in the near future!