Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin is one of the most famous mid players in the pro-scene. He has played for Natus Vincere since late 2010. ‘Dendi’ gained fame after winning The International 2011 and being part of one of the most dominant teams for years. He also featured in Valve’s documentary Free to Play.
‘Dendi’s career began in DotA around 2007. He played with the team Wolker Gaming at several tournaments including MYM Prime Defending. He would later join the team DTS and place 3rd at the World DotA Championship 2010. Joining ‘Dendi’ on DTS was ‘Artsyle’ who, along with ‘Dendi’, would move to Natus Vincere at the end of 2010.
Na’Vi debuted at The International 2011, where the team managed to come 1st place at the event. In the years to come, Na’Vi was perhaps the most dominant and consistent team in the entire pro scene. Between 2011 and 2013 Na’Vi had won 5 seasons of StarLadder StarSeries, placed 1st once and 2nd two times at The International 2011-2013, The Defense twice in addition to an array of other victories. At The International 2013, ‘Dendi’ participated in the 1 vs 1 tournament and placed 3rd/4th, demonstrating his incredible skill at world-class level.
However, towards the end of 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, Na’Vi’s performance began to waver. The team placed 5th at Dota 2 Champions League and at the EIZO Cup. Then, in April of 2014, two of ‘Dendi’s teammates, ‘Puppey’ and ‘KuroKy’, left the team. Na’Vi began to perform drastically worse and although they were invited to The International 2014, they placed 7th/8th. ‘Dendi’ once again entered the 1 vs 1 tournament, although this year he placed 5th/8th.
It seemed as if Na’Vi’s along with ‘Dendi’s dominance of the pro scene had come to an end. The team wouldn’t win any events until November of 2011 at the Dota 2 Champions League. Na’Vi continued to perform quite poorly. Although they managed to win the European Qualifiers for The International 2015, the team placed joint last. Other than the victory at The International 2015 Qualifier, Na’Vi won no events throughout all of 2015.
2016 was a much better year for ‘Dendi’. His team had managed to win DreamLeague Season 5 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries. Na’Vi also managed to place 2nd at a few premier events, although once again, the team placed joint last at The International 2016. Na’Vi also placed 7th/8th at the Valve sponsored Major, The Manila Major 2016 and also failed to qualify for The Frankfurt Major, The Shanghai Major and The Boston Major
The first half of 2017 was rather unsuccessful for ‘Dendi’s team. They had failed to qualify for The Kiev Major 2017 along with several other events including The International 2017. After failing to qualify for The International, Na’Vi didn’t play for a few months and made some roster changes. Their new squad saw much more success as they immediately managed to qualify for several events including StarLadder i-League and DreamLeague where they would place 5th/6th and 4th respectively. The team would later place 3rd at MDL Macau and qualify for ESL One Genting, although they would only place 7th/8th there. Overall, Na’Vi are looking much stronger than they did between 2015-2017, although nowhere near the level of dominance they had exerted in the years prior.
Most of ‘Dendi’s major achievements were between the years of 2011-2013 and these were also arguably his most notable achievements. ‘Dendi’ had placed 1st at The International 2011 and 2nd at The International 2012 and 2013. He is also the first person to attend 6 of The Internationals with the same organisation. Unfortunately, ‘Dendi’ has no significant achievements at any of the Valve Majors, and has failed to qualify for most of them. Despite his team’s poor performance between 2014-2017, Na’Vi seems to once again be on the rise.