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,
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
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
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
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
You can watch the full interview in Russia here:
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