PMS Asterisk

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PMS Asterisk*
Founded2005
LocationSingapore
ManagerEugene Lee/Kimberlyn See/Tammy Tang
PartnersSteelSeries
Alienware
Websitewww.pmsasterisk.blogspot.com

PMS Asterisk* is the first all-female DotA team competing in the Defense of the Ancients and Dota 2 video games, founded in 2005 by Tammy “furryfish*” Tang. The team is based in Singapore, and leads the Asian division for PMS Clan USA,[1] the world's largest multi-platform online female gaming group on Xbox, PC and PlayStation platforms.

History[edit]

PMS Asterisk* was co-founded in 2005 by Dawn "pinksheep*" Yang and Tammy "furryfish*" Tang. The team's first official event was at the World Cyber Games Grand Finals in Singapore in 2005, where the team claimed victory at the event's stage showcase match. Named by retired player Tan "flawed*" Lishan, "Asterisk*" symbolises the meeting of different personalities and minds, coming together to deliver a stellar performance.[2]

Since its inauguration, the team has been featured on magazines,[3] leading e-Sports portals[4][5][6] and television.[7][8][9][10]

The team makes a regular appearance at Thailand's annual games convention, Electronic Sports Thailand Championship, and actively participates in local and regional tournaments, conventions and forum panel discussions.

In March 2010, PMS Asterisk* added a new team to the PMS Asia roster. Formerly known as Mineski girls, led by Rea Lynne "Rheadoo" Aguinaldo, the team was renamed ""PMSki"" and will join the main team at regional events.[11]

Sponsorship[edit]

PMS Asterisk* is sponsored by SteelSeries and Alienware.[12] The ladies are spokespeople for the Cyber Wellness campaign in Singapore, as a partner of Singapore's Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA)[13][14] and are campaigning for the recognition of e-Sports as an official sport in Singapore.

Media Appearances[edit]

PMS Asterisk* was invited to appear on Steelseries' widely acclaimed reality gaming show, IronLady III[15] which was held in Shanghai, China in 2010. The show was broadcast across China on NeoTV and to the world on NeoTV's website.[8][9] The team was subsequently interviewed by the top gaming magazine in China[16] and also made the front page of myMYM news.[17]

Other key media appearances in 2010 include an interview by Singapore's leading newspaper Straits Times in an article titled "New Game Queens"[18] featuring the girls at their homebase. Dawn "pinksheep" Yang was also interviewed on two occasions by The Straits Times on Razor TV[19][20] where she shared what it takes to be a competitive gamer juggling work, life and gaming and in Straits Times bookends, where she shared her preferred reads.[21]

In 2009, PMS Asterisk* was also featured on Starhub Adrenaline TV,[10][22] in a documentary on Cyber Wellness. In the program, the ladies shared how they balanced life and gaming, as well as a few cool tips for girl gamer wannabes.

In 2008, the ladies appeared on Malaysia's 8tv live show, Quickie[7] as a post-SMM Grand National DOTA Competition feature in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 2007, leader Tammy "furryfish" Tang was also featured in "Shifting Perspectives", a documentary discussing the changing landscape of gaming, on Singapore's leading news channel, Channel NewsAsia which aired on 21 November 2007 at prime-time, 8.30pm. The documentary was produced by The Right Angle.[23]

In 2006, Cynthia "w4ndeRz-" Santa Maria was interviewed and featured on "Get Real", a current affairs program discussing her gaming habits, on Singapore's leading news channel, Channel NewsAsia which was aired in August 2006.[24]

Team Roster[edit]

PMS Asterisk's roster includes Tammy "furryfish*" Tang, Kimberlyn "Kimchi*" See, Eliza "MsJovial*" Ong, Cynthia "w4ndeRz-*" Santa Maria and Hua Yan "Yan*" Ng .[25] Recently the team added 2 well known international players from Thailand to their roster, namely Siraya "Pinkle" Sunpanich and Tao "Greenbean" Meta as well as 2 new girls from their 2013 trials, Esther "Umiisukii*" Lua and Mary "marypot*".[26]

PMS | furryfish*, Tammy Tang Zhao En (born 6 October 1984) is the current leader and founder of Team Asterisk*. She is also the current leader of PMS Asia. She goes by the alias "furryfish*" on the Steam gaming platform. Her gaming days started with all-girls Counter Strike team [Elm]-Lf- in 1999, where the team clinched titles in all-male divisions. After switching to DotA, Tammy also picked up Granado Espada, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2.

In addition to gaming, Tammy is also accomplished in sports and holds national medals in sailing and gymnastics. She attended the prestigious Raffles Girls School and Raffles Junior College in Singapore and went on to do her degree at the National University of Singapore, majoring in Geography. In her pastime, she enjoys fishing, floorball, reading and polishing her skills in the Japanese language. Currently, Tammy is a Marketing Manager at a local gaming firm. She also writes on her personal blog.[27]

PMS | w4ndeRz-*, Cynthia Rose Santa Maria (born 4 January 1987) is the spokesperson of Team Asterisk*. She is also the co-leader of PMS Asia. She goes by the alias "w4ndeRz*" on gaming platforms. Cynthia graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland in Australia and is currently a Priority Banker at DBS Bank.

PMS | kimchi*, Kimberlyn See Ee Hua (born 22 September 1991) is the commander and strategist of Team Asterisk*. Known for her aggressive play style, she excels in other games such as Jubeat and Beatmania IIDX. Kimberlyn graduated from the Singapore Polytechnic in Media and Communications and is currently an Air Stewardess with Singapore Airlines. In her free time, she likes going to the movies, playing mahjong as well as owning at the arcade.

PMS | MsJovial*, Eliza Ong Jie Zhi(born 27 June 1990) usually plays the role of hard carry for PMS Asterisk*, and goes by the alias "MsJovial*" on gaming platforms. Better known for her stunning pictures as a model, she is also a talented singer producing many covers which are posted on her Facebook as well as on YouTube.

PMS | Yan*, Huayan Ng (born 29 December 1990) rejoined PMS Asterisk* after finding time out of her new job as an Air Stewardess with Singapore Airlines. Famous for being witty and out of the box ideas, she brings crazy ideas to the team drafts.

PMS | dhazibi*

Notable retired players include Dawn PMS | pinksheep* Yang, Lishan PMS | shan* Tan, Cheryl PMS | sheRicA* Kong, and trainee Eliza PMS | chEwy* Tan.

In 2013, Asterisk* picked up a League of Legends team with Jolene "Lustreless*" Poh being the team captain, including team members Rachell "Foxy*" Hyori, Jeslyn "Claria*" Kweh, Valerie "Aya*" Seng, Cici "Sundae*" Chen and Shuwen "Auvielle*" Yeow.

Achievements[edit]

2010 Iron.Lady Championship[17][28][29] - 1st

2009 Electronic Sports Thailand Championship (ESTC) - top 16

2008 World Cyber Games (WCG) - top 32

2006 Compaq AMD Pro-Gaming League (CAPL), Premier Category - 4th

2006 Compaq AMD Pro-Gaming League (CAPL), Open Category - 8th

2006 World Games Tournament - top 16

2006 Avalon Tournament - top 16

Event Appearances[edit]

2013

Pinoy Gaming Festival (PGF) - Manila, Philippines

2010

Electronic Sports Thailand Championship (ESTC) - Bangkok, Thailand

Digital Youth Awards - Shanghai, China

Game-To-Read Hour - Singapore

World Cyber Games - Singapore

License2Play - Singapore

Iron.Lady III Championships[17][29][30] - Shanghai, China

2009

World Cyber Games - Singapore

Cyber Gaming Festival - Singapore

Electronic Sports Thailand Championship (ESTC) - Bangkok, Thailand

SMM Grand National DotA Tournament[31][6] - Malacca, Malaysia

2008

World Cyber Games - Singapore

SMM Grand National DotA Tournament - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Electronic Sports World Cup, Masters of Paris[32] - Paris, France

2007

World Cyber Games - Singapore

World Games Tournament - Singapore

Compaq AMD Pro-Gaming League - Singapore

2006

World Cyber Games - Singapore

Compaq AMD Pro-Gaming League - Singapore

2005

World Cyber Games - Singapore

Compaq AMD Pro-Gaming League - Singapore

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