Arteezy Faces Career Crisis: Misses The International for the First Time in a Decade

Arteezy Faces Career Crisis: Misses The International for the First Time in a Decade

14. June 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

Shopify Rebellion’s star carry, Arteezy, will miss Dota 2’s The International (TI) for the first time in his illustrious career, failing to qualify through the fiercely competitive North American qualifiers. This marks a significant downturn in the trajectory of a player often hailed as one of Dota 2’s biggest names.

Season Recap: Struggles and Setbacks

Throughout the year, North American qualifiers provided Shopify Rebellion (SR) a direct path to global Dota 2 tournaments. However, fortunes swiftly reversed come June. Captained by Arteezy’s former teammate Fly, nouns steadily rose in performance throughout the season while SR grappled with roster instability.

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TI2024 Qualifiers: The Defining Moment

For keen observers, nouns’ journey to TI2024 mirrored their Riyadh Masters qualifiers path. SR initially triumphed over nouns in the upper bracket finals, only for nouns to mount a stunning comeback from the lower bracket, decisively claiming the NA championship in a 3-0 sweep.

This resounding victory highlighted nouns’ resilience and SR’s inability to perform under pressure.

Analysis: Leadership Questions and Internal Strife

In all three grand final encounters, Arteezy and his team failed to demonstrate their usual vigor, overshadowed by nounscore players Yuma and Copy. This disappointing performance has sparked intense scrutiny of Arteezy’s leadership and tactical decisions, particularly as two of his former teammates secured spots at TI2024.

Internal Challenges: SaberLight’s Departure

SR faced escalating challenges with the recent departure of SaberLight, a pivotal offlaner, whose departure underscored communication breakdowns and a reportedly toxic team environment, exacerbated by tensions involving a “key member” widely believed to be Arteezy.

This development has further tarnished Arteezy’s reputation and deepened perceptions of internal dysfunction within SR.


Future Prospects: A Crossroads for Arteezy and SR

With dreams of Riyadh Masters and TI glory shattered, Arteezy now confronts a critical juncture in his career. Despite numerous roster adjustments and unwavering support from figures like Coach Bulba, SR’s strategies have backfired spectacularly.

The organization now faces a daunting task of rebuilding, addressing core issues, and possibly reevaluating its leadership structure. Fans are left questioning SR’s future in Dota 2, especially regarding its ability to sustain high player salaries amidst a year of disappointing results.

Industry Critique: Competitors’ Perspective

Criticism of SR’s management extends beyond the community, with nouns’ COO and former TI champion, Peterpandam, questioning the efficacy of their substantial investments given their lackluster performance.

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The Arteezy Curse: A Timeline of Near Misses

Despite amassing over $2.5 million in prize money, Arteezy has yet to claim a TI championship and has not secured first place at a tier one event since The Manila Masters in May 2017, where he triumphed over Newbee in a decisive 3-1 victory.

Since then, he has consistently placed 2nd or 3rd in various tier one tournaments, including notable finishes at EPICENTER 2017, Galaxy Battles II, and multiple TI events.

  • 2nd – EPICENTER 2017 against Team Liquid 1 : 3
  • 2nd – Galaxy Battles II against VG.J Thunder 0 : 3
  • 3rd – DreamLeague Season 8 against Team Liquid 0 : 2
  • 3rd – The International 2018 against PSG.LGD 0 : 2
  • 3rd – The Kuala Lumpur Major against 0 : 2
  • 3rd – The Chongqing Major against Team Secret 0 : 2
  • 3rd – MDL Disneyland Paris Major against Team Liquid 0 : 2
  • 2nd – ONE Esports Invitational Singapore against Vici Gaming 0 : 3
  • 2nd – DreamLeague Season 13 against Team Secret 2 : 3

Is it the End of Arteezy’s Career? Nouns Defeats Shopify Rebellion in Riyadh Masters


Despite his significant achievements and earnings, Arteezy’s failure to qualify for TI2024 underscores persistent challenges in achieving ultimate victory on the global stage.

As he and Shopify Rebellion navigate this setback, the Dota 2 community watches closely to see how they will rebuild and reassert their dominance in future tournaments.