Dendi

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Player Information
Name:
Данило Ішутін
Romanized Name:
Danil Ishutin
Birth:
December 30, 1989 (1989-12-30) (age 28)
Country:
Status:
Active
Alternate IDs:
Squirrel, 321
Signature Hero:
Pudge Magnus Invoker
Approx. Total Earnings:
$788,120
Pro Circuit Rank:
Links
History
DotA:
2007-10-15 — 2008
2008 — 2008-09
2008-09 — 2009-03
2009-03 — 2009-06
2009-06 — 2010-12-25
Dota 2:
2010-12-25 — 2015-10-16
2015-10-20 — 2018-09-01
2018-09-01 — 2018-09-03
Natus Vincere (Inactive)

Danil "Dendi" Ishutin (born December 30, 1989) is an Ukrainian professional Dota 2 and former DotA player. Well known for his solo mid skills, he is regarded as one of the most creative players in the scene today, and is renowned for his unorthodox play style and unconventional skill and item builds. After having played for Natus Vincere for the entirety of his professional Dota 2 career, he finally departed the active roster for the first time in September 2018.

Gear and settings[edit]

Hardware
Mouse Mousepad
ZOWIE GEAR FK2 ZOWIE GEAR G-SR
Headset
HyperX Cloud II

Biography[edit]

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Dendi got an early start with competitive gaming in net cafes when his older brother married, moved out and took the family's PC with him. Dabbling with Counter-Strike first, he soon found Warcraft 3 where he played in local tournaments and built a love for the competition and a thirst to be the best. Though he was quite successful in Warcraft 3 and even won a few local championships in Lviv, he knew he had found his calling when he stumbled upon DotA. He picked up the game quickly and played it almost exclusively over the next few months.

Beginning with learning only supports, he practiced heavily and was quickly vouched to the IHCS1 league and soon created his own team for tournaments in Lviv. After he led his team to a championship in Kiev, he was drafted by a team called "Wolker.Gaming" and began his professional career at 17.

DotA[edit]

Dendi started playing professionally with WG in 2006.[1] He was a part of the Ukrainian squad that finished third in MYM Prime Nations the same year. Only a few months later WG made it to the grand final of one of the most prestigious tournaments at the time; MYM Prime Defending.[2] When Kingsurf.international merged with WG the next year he became a full-time member of Ks.int.[1] In late 2008 he joined DTS, only to return to Ks.int in March 2009.[3] Three months later though, Dendi returned to DTS. [4] The team would end up finishing 2nd at ESWC 2010. At the end of 2010, Dendi and DTS finished 3rd at the prestigious WDC 2010.[5] Dendi joined Natus Vincere at the end of 2010.[6]

Dota 2[edit]

Dendi started his Dota 2 career with Na'Vi, who quickly established themselves as one of the best teams in the world by winning The International 2011. Na'Vi continued to dominate and won many tournaments in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Dendi was the center of Na'Vi's consistent stable and skilled rosters, with his performance greatly contributing to their success.

The Natus Vincere Dota 2 team achieved significant success with Dendi as their midlaner during the first few years of the game; they finished as the runners-up for both The International 2012 and The International 2013, losing out to Invictus Gaming and Alliance, respectively. 2013 would mark the last year of Na'Vi and Dendi's dominance in the Dota 2 scene, as they only recorded two LAN victories since January 2014. The International 2014 saw Na'Vi and Dendi finishing the tournament outside of the top 2 for the first time and the following two Internationals, TI 5 and TI 6, they would finish in last place. The results would deteriorate further, as they would fail to even qualify for The International 2017, they failed to advance out of the group stage of the regional qualifiers. This marked the first year of The International tournaments without Dendi attending as a player. The 2017/18 season started of promising for Dendi and Na'Vi, who dominated the CIS scene in the early months, crowning their improving results with their second LAN victory since 2014. However, the second half of the season saw the roster break apart and finally the team would fail to even reach the regional qualifiers for The International 2018, after losing in the open qualifier.

Four years of roster instability and poor results finally took their toll on the reputation of the Na'Vi organization and on Dendi's status as a legendary player and a top tier midlaner. After 8 years playing mid on Na'Vi, Dendi was finally removed from the active roster in September 2018. However, Dendi vowed to continue playing professionally.

Achievements[edit]

Date Placement LP Tier Tournament Team Results Prize
2017-11-222017-11-22 A11st A2Major Adrenaline Cyber League 3 : 1 $65,000
2016-07-242016-07-24 A11st A1Premier StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 3 : 1 $135,000
2016-06-192016-06-19 A22nd A1Premier ESL One Frankfurt 2016 0 : 3 $62,909
2014-11-022014-11-02 A11st A1Premier Dota 2 Champions League Season 4 3 : 0 $38,118
2014-07-192014-07-19 A77 - 8th A1Premier The International 2014 1 : 2 $518,889
2014-04-152014-04-15 A11st A1Premier Dota 2 Champions League Season 2 3 : 1 $61,500
2014-01-192014-01-19 A11st A1Premier StarLadder StarSeries Season 8 3 : 1 $62,000
2013-08-112013-08-11 A22nd A1Premier The International 2013 2 : 3 $632,364
2012-09-022012-09-02 A22nd A1Premier The International 2012 1 : 3 $250,000
2011-08-212011-08-21 A11st A1Premier The International 2011 3 : 1 $1,000,000
About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament

Trivia[edit]

  • Started his professional career as as support player. [7]
  • He was featured in a Valve film called Free to Play, showing a gamer's perspective into competitive Dota 2.[8]
  • Dendi is first person in the history of Dota 2 to participate in six Internationals under one organisation.[9]
  • Sneaked himself into the The International 2015 All-Star Match as one of the players chosen from the crowd.
  • Dendi broke the record for most games played with one team at 25 December 2015, with 1039 games under Natus Vincere's banner (Previously held by Silent, who played 1037 games for Team Empire.) When he left the active roster, Dendi had played 1560 games with Navi.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "riptide" and "SirJolt" (2012-07-30). "All Pick - Danil "Dendi" Ishutin". Team Liquid. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  2. "Dendi - the Dota 2 millionaire". SteelSeries.com. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  3. Chris "Zeyall" H. (2009-03-18). "Ks.Int adds Dendi". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  4. andy "meesteryen" shieh (2009-06-01). "Ks.int and Ks.cn Roster Changes". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  5. PlayDotA ESWC 2010 Full Coverage
  6. Andrew "Xeo" Yatsenko (2010-12-25). "Na`Vi.DotA welcomes ArtStyle and Dendi". NaVi-Gaming.com. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  7. Jesper "Julmust" Bergeskans (2018-05-17). "Puppey: "I don’t want to step into that situation where I get just a good player that wants to be all over the place."". cybersport.com. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  8. "Free to Play: The Movie (US)". Valve Corporation. 2014-03-19. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  9. Kara Jacobacci (2016-06-30). "Dendi and NaVi Attend All Six Internationals". esportsedition.com. Retrieved September 16, 2016.