It is difficult to make a name in eSports, but if you manage to become a legend, even if you are 20 years old, you become part of the history. Danil “Dendi” Ishutin is one of those people, who managed to win The International with Natus Vincere (Na’Vi), a team he hasn’t abandoned yet. He was born in Ukraine in 1989. Dendi started his career with Warcraft III as the first game. He showcased his talent in local tournaments and even won a championship.
Early career of Dendi
With the arrival of Dota, Dendi started to dedicate hours and hours to the new genre. At the age of 17 years, he began his professional career at Wolker.Gaming.
In 2006 he was already playing as the representative of Ukraine in the MYM Prime Nations. The following years were years of experience, in which Dendi was switching between several teams. He won third place in the WDC in 2010 and a second place in the ESWC 2010 with DTS.
The International Dota 2
The big career jump came with Dota 2 and the announcement of The International 2011 (TI). TI had a prize pool of $1 million, the biggest prize pool in eSports at that time.
From the beginning Dendi signed for Na’Vi, becoming one of the best teams during the following years. His side reached the grand finals of TI2 and TI3 which showed the strength of Na’Vi at that time. Since then, luck has not been with the Ukrainian team, who despite keeping Dendi as captain, has made several changes over the years to their roster. The International 2017 was the only one of the seven TIs to date that Dendi has lost. This year, we will won’t be seeing Na’VI and Dendi in Vancouver this year.
The International, where legends are forged
Dendi has not only become a renowned player in the Dota 2 scene, he is also one of the most loved by the community. Being from the beginning, He is also one of the veterans within Dota 2 landscape, knowing the game perfectly and the importance of team play to reach the top. He has starred in historical plays, such as the hook with Pudge in The International 2013, or a perfect final with Magnus against Vega Squadron in The International 2015.
In order to maintain the professional level, Dendi usually plays two or three serious games in a habitual way. These numbers reach up to 15 when he is training for a big competition. The documentary ” Free to Play “, created by Valve to tell the emotion with which The International 2011 was lived by the players who participated, shows the life of Dendi as a professional player and what it meant for him to win one of the most important tournaments important in the history of eSports.