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Danil “Dendi” Ishutin explained how he chose the new team and why he joined Tigers, assessed the level of teams from the CIS, shared his opinion on the meta and discussed the possibility of changing the position.

Eight years — that is how long Dendi played for Ukrainian team Natus Vincere. Through good and bad times, through hot and cold. Among many other respectable results, NaVi, lead by Ishutin, won The International 2011 and came in second the two years after that.

The last few years weren’t that great for Natus Vincere. The team struggled to constantly show good results and a big change was needed. In September 2018 NaVi management decided to bench its star player Danil “Dendi” Ishutin.

Four months later, Dendi joined Tigers on loan, together with David “MoonMeander” Tan, Kenny “Xepher” Deo, and Sivatheeban “1437” Sivanathapillai.

In an interview with Russian DOTA 2 caster Vitaly “v1lat” Volochayu, Dendi talked about the recent months of his life — leaving NaVi, joining Tigers, among other topics.

About choosing a team

“A lot of teams approached me, I can’t even remember them all. But I was not interested in all this. Some of them were interesting, but I simply couldn’t afford in this position, because it’s a double-edged sword. People are waiting for some results, or, conversely, haters are sitting and waiting for me to fail.

I needed some kind of other option. From tier 1 teams no one called me anywhere. Perhaps because they are all stacked, perhaps because they do not consider me to be a super strong player — I have a tarnished reputation, since the last two years. <…> I wanted to get into the team, in which I would have some kind of faith in me. In any case, I would go to some team, because half a year has already passed [in an inactive role]. When Tiban called me, I decided that this option is pretty good, looking at the players who were there. In addition, I wanted to go to another region, I did not want to play here in the CIS.”

About teams from the CIS

“The level of the CIS in DotA is rather weak. Mechanically, the CIS is one of the strongest regions in the world. This is 100% true. In terms of mechanics, micro, laning, we have very strong guys, that is, they can smash those buttons very well. But in terms of strategy, in terms of macro, team play — very big problems. Because we have such a mentality, we all want to be cool. It is impossible to say where this sense of self-importance came from.”

About the possibility of changing the position

“I have a lot of experience on the center lane in the competitive DotA, but I have no experience in other positions now. Of course, I am sure that with my knowledge I will be able to adapt to any role. Some role may be better suited to me, and some — worse. But I can switch.

On January 22, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin became a Tigers player . The team was not selected for any tournament from the Dota Pro Circuit. Most recently, Tigers won StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Southeast Asia Open Qualifier, but dropped out of the closed qualifier after two straight losses.

You can watch the full interview in Russia here:


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