The best Dota 2 players, the king of the hill, the GOAT. Frankly, exceptional players go by many titles, but it’s the plays they made or championships they won that engraved their names as world’s best Dota 2 players.
As such, the Dota 2 scene has no shortage of incredible talents, so to speak. Plenty of players can easily be considered among the best Dota 2 players at one point or another in their career. What takes the following five apart from the rest, is how defining they have been to the way the game is played or how instrumental they have been for their organizations and during their career.
1. Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
Kicking things off, it’s the Canadian golden boy for Evil Geniuses, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev.
EG is famously known for being the International 2015 champions, but you would find it surprising that Arteezy wasn’t part of the winning roster.
He has built his name up by outplaying and dominating opponents to earn his spot on this list. One of his signature Dota 2 skills is the perfect Armlet-toggling. For those unaware, The Armlet of Mordiggan is an active item that can be toggled on and off to drastically increase/decrease health.
Back at the The International 2019, Arteezy single-handedly rampaged against Vici Gaming by simply Armlet-toggling, and the crowd went nuts. Even before, the way he plays Dota in terms of in-game mechanics, makes his every play look second to none in terms of effort.
With EG in first place on the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 (DPC 2021) rankings, all eyes are on Arteezy to deliver Ti10 glory for his team.
2. Anathan “ana” Pham
The next player in the hall of fame is no other than Anathan “ana” Pham. When we talk about the youngest Dota 2 champions in town, Ana takes the cake for all the awards at this point.
Ana has won two consecutive Internationals in his pro career but only spent less than three months with his team to win them both. His rivals have many reasons to envy the immense talent and skill he possesses.
Considering he takes his Esports career like a part-time job, regularly taking breaks off the competitive Dota 2 scene, he is a prodigy in every sense of the word.
Ana returned to team OG earlier in April for the third time. With OG in no shape to qualify for the WePlay AniMajor 2021, all eyes are on Anathan to bring his team glory through the TI10 qualifiers.
3. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
We feature many young prodigies, but rest assured there’s a spot for the seasoned veterans as well.
Puppey, the captain and co-founder of Team Secret has undoubtedly aged like fine wine. For a Dota 2 player of his “age” (31), he is considered one of the greatest dota 2 players of all time and currently simultaneously.
It has been over a decade since he won the first International, yet he’s still keeping up with the times. He’s the mastermind behind Team Secret’s unorthodox strategies that he kept innovating patch after patch. There’s no reason to stop until he wins another TI trophy.
4. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
JerAx is part of the winning roster that won two consecutive Internationals. Many fans even believed he was the catalyst behind OG’s unbelievable comeback potential despite heavy early game shutdowns.
As a position 4 support player, he certainly knows how to constantly make space around the map, redirecting the enemy’s attention towards him. And that, in essence, is what enables team OG to recuperate even after their opponents’ barrage of attacks.
However, winning two TI’s is not the only reason Jerax is on this list. For five years prior, he has rubbed shoulders with some of the best players in the scene and has been at the top of the game in every iteration of a team he’s been a part of. His unparalleled ability to adapt and support any type of player is what makes him one of the best dota 2 players of all time.
JerAx’s retirement after winning the International 2019 shook the entire Dota 2 player base as he wants to spend quality family time. While there’s no sign of JerAx ever returning to the pro scene, he can often be found casually streaming on Twitch.
5. Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg
Speaking of retired Dota 2 players, Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg from Sweden deserves the title as best offlane Dota 2 player of all time.
The former International 2013 champion was a pioneer of split-pushing strategies, aka rat Dota. As Mr. Henrik would claim, he mastered his two signature heroes, Lone Druid and Nature’s Prophet.
However, saying that he mastered his heroes doesn’t do justice to what he’s capable of. After all, his art of split-pushing already left ripples throughout pro Dota 2 players today. To this very day, pro players will still pay respect bans on his signature heroes in pub matches.