Hongda ‘Faith’ Zeng is a 26-year-old pro gamer that hails from the province of Guangdong. He plays Dota 2 professionally competing for his current team, Newbee. He trains in the supportive role helping out his teammates with his signature dota characters, Ancient Apparition, Rubick and Shadow Shaman.
Apart from playing dota 2, he appreciates his free time, taking a walk in the country to breathe in the country air and refresh his mind, coming up with new game plans. Aside from being a pro gamer, faith loves to travel to compete on the world stage, showing the esports scene his capabilities to be one of the top dota 2 players in China.
Where it all began:
Nearly every day after school, Zeng would be playing video games. Since the family only had one computer, whenever his older brother needed to use it, Faith would go to an Internet Café to practice Dota 2.
Before becoming a professional player, faith played around 10 hours of dota on a daily basis. He would take the opportunity to practice when he had the time on his hands, he would also compete in some online esports tournaments. It was in 2012 that Zeng heard about the prestigious event, The International that offered a high reward of $1 million. Hongda was quite impressed at how professional the event was and the lively atmosphere, giving him more motivation that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, play Dota 2.
Newbee is a Chinese esports company based in Shanghai, that was established in 2014 just before The International 2014. The gaming association supports esports teams that professionally compete in Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Dota 2, to continue their gaming passion achieving success.
Newbee created their Dota 2 esports team in February 2014. The roster has recently signed on the professional gamers, Moogy, Sccc, kpii, KaKa and Faith as captain of the team. The blue knights will work as a team to take their gaming skills to the next level.
The most recent dota 2 esports tournaments that Newbee Faith participated include the StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4, ESL One Genting 2018, H-Cup Season 9, DreamLeague Season 8, Perfect World Masters, ESL One Hamburg 2017 among many competitions.
Newbee Faith has acquired the gaming experience going against top dota 2 esports teams like LGD, Team Liquid, Vici Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Secret, Planet Odd, NP, TNC where he improved on his mistakes and learnt new strategies in-game.
The highest earnings for dota 2 player, Faith and his team Newbee was when competing at the esports tournament, The International 2017. The dota squad dominated the upper brackets beating the likes of Evil Geniuses, Invictus and LGD.Forever Young. Reaching the finals, the dota 2 unit lost to Team Liquid finishing in second place, taking home a staggering prize of $ 3.9 million.
Another great accomplishment was at The International 2012, where faith played for Invictus Gaming at the time. On their way to the finals, IG beat the likes of Evil Geniuses in the Winners Round 1, defeating EHOME, Team DK and LGD Gaming in the Losers Rounds. Invictus defeated Navi in the grand finals with an unbeatable score of 3-1, to claim their second highest prize of a stunning $1 million.