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Saudi Arabia’s Tarzan puts medical career on hold to pursue M5 greatness

Triple Esports team captain Mohammed “Tarzan” Kharabah is proving to the world that academic greatness and passion can be pursued together with the right time management.

While enrolled as a medical student in Saudi Arabia, he has become one of the most prominent esports personalities in the Middle East after leading his country to a bronze medal finish in the IESF World Esports Championship last July.

Now, he is representing the region in the M5 World Championship after clinching the MPL MENA Fall 2023 title.

“I took two weeks off from medical school to join the M5. Right now, I’m really trying my best to maintain both grades and practice with the team,” shared Tarzan.

“Our parents are supportive now, but we agreed that I have to prioritize studies ahead of esports.”

He is participating in the M5 World Championship with his younger brother Moayed “Trolll” Kharabah, who serves as the roamer of Triple Esports.

Despite suffering a 2-0 sweep at the hands of Cambodian champions See You Soon during their debut match on the world stage, Tarzan hopes that the team can perform better after an unsuccessful opening match.

“We didn’t do half of what we could do. See You Soon played very well,” he said when asked about their performance against See You Soon.

“We know that we’re still a developing region. We don’t have as much competition in our region. We can’t have as much practice there as we can have here, but we didn’t come here to lose. We’ll try our best to qualify. We want to reach high. We didn’t perform today, but we’ll try to perform better next time.”

While conceding that Onic Esports is the “best team in the world,” Tarzan hopes Triple Esports can overcome the Indonesian juggernauts to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“We’re obviously looking forward to playing Onic, but we don’t know what the result will be. They could destroy us. We could play really well out of our minds. We can perform, but we can’t promise anything.”

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A Bacolodnon who loves basketball, chess, and esports.

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