The path to becoming a professional Dota 2 player is paved with dedication, talent, and sometimes a twist of fate. For those who once looked up to the greats of the Warcraft era, they now find themselves as beacons for the aspiring talents. At The International 12, the GosuGamers crew seized the chance to delve into the influences that shaped today’s celebrated figures in Dota 2.
The Prodigies of Dota 2: Finding Their North Star
Daniel “Stormstormer” Schoetzau’s Admiration for Dendi
Dendi’s journey from the first TI victory to his iconic Invoker playstyle has profoundly impacted Stormstormer. His perseverance and positive demeanor amidst life’s challenges have made Dendi an eternal symbol of inspiration for many, including Schoetzau.
Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov’s Idolization of Puppey
For Miposhka, Puppey represents the epitome of leadership within the Dota 2 scene. NAVI and Team Secret emerge as dream teams for him, igniting a desire to collaborate with legends of the game.
Danylo “Kingrd” Nascimento’s Nostalgia for Early Dota Greats
Kingrd finds his roots in the admiration for pioneers like Yamateh and teams such as EHOME and DK. Puppey’s enduring excellence continues to captivate him, affirming the timeless nature of true skill and leadership.
Jose “Panda” Padilla’s Evolution of Role Models
Transitioning from idolizing Sumail to looking up to Puppey, Panda’s journey mirrors his shift from core gameplay to an appreciation for strategic mastery.
Luke “Yamsun” Wang’s NA Dota Pride
Yamsun attributes his love for Dota to NA stalwarts Arteezy and EternaLEnVy. Their streams and personalities have left an indelible mark on his career, culminating in the treasured opportunity to play alongside EE-sama.
Omar “OmaR” Moughrabi’s Ethical Admiration for GH
OmaR admires GH not just for his gameplay but also for his sportsmanship and moral standards. As a fellow Lebanese player, GH’s image as both a player and a person resonates deeply with Omar’s personal aspirations.
Erik “tOfu” Engel’s Appreciation for Dota Stalwarts
While Engel may not have a direct role model, the allure of players like Miracle-, Arteezy, and Sumail, and their electrifying gameplay, has undoubtedly influenced his passion for the game.
Jonáš “SabeRLight-” Volek’s Respect for Offlane Masters
SabeRLight-‘s reverence for offlaners like Zai and Faith_bian showcases his tactical respect for the game. However, it is Timado’s qualities, both in and out of the game, alongside OG’s innovative spirit, that truly resonate with him.
Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi’s Homage to the Old Liquid and YapzOr
Transitioning from HoN, iNSaNiA found guidance watching the old Liquid team and YapzOr’s mastery of Rubick. The accessibility and skill of these players provided a template for his own career in Dota.
Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok’s Dedication to Dendi’s Legacy
Resolut1on’s journey began with an admiration for Dendi. Studying Dendi’s plays and following his career with DTS has been a cornerstone of Fomynok’s pursuit of excellence.
The Importance of Role Models
The narratives from TI12 professionals not only highlight the impactful legacies within the Dota 2 community but also underline the importance of role models in shaping the future of esports. These stories of inspiration and aspiration serve as a testament to the vibrant history and the dynamic future of professional Dota.