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Legendary Dota 2 mid laner Danil “Dendi” Ishutin has finally posted a video talking about his current situation, after returning to the professional scene last month. The former Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) player has formed a new roster to compete in the 2019 – 2020 Dota Pro Circuit.
Dendi’s current Dota 2 roster
“I can say that everything is in the process; the team and the organization are all on the go. A lot of people are helping, a lot of people are involved, and there is already a definite team that helps to figure everything out. But as it turned out, this is not as simple as I imagined,” said Dendi in the video.
“Starting from the fact that we were assembling a team from scratch, I had to be, in a way, a captain on a boot camp, a manager, and roughly speaking a coach, and a drafter, and so on and so forth. There are a lot of different things in one, and this is very difficult to handle.”
Dendi competed for Na’Vi for over seven years before departing in August of 2019. From what he stated, many assumed that he would be creating his own organization. Instead, he created a team that consisted of players Alexey “nongrata” Vasilyev, Alik “V-Tune” Vorobey, Rinat “KingR” Abdullin, and Nikola “LeBronDota” Popović with the team name Viet Flashbacks.
MDL Chengdu qualifiers
At first, the lineup attempted a trial run at the CIS qualifiers of the Mars Dota 2 League (MDL) Chengdu Major. The roster defeated teams like For The Moon but then was eliminated by Modus Unity. However, Dendi says that while “the result [was] negative,” it wasn’t unexpected.
The team wanted to advance into the closed qualifiers but were not upset since they were a new team. With this as motivation, the team will continue to work hard and look back on this as merely the beginning of the journey.
The roster isn’t filled with star-studded players, but Dendi has a connection to each of them. With his vast experience in Dota 2, he was able to scout players who would best fit the structure that he had built. Currently, the team is competing under the name “MR” and has been practicing at the Team Spirit training facility.
The next event on the timeline for Dendi is the ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifiers. As the third major of the 2019 – 2020 Dota Pro Circuit season, 15 teams from Regional Qualifiers will compete for a $1 million prize pool and 15,000 total points.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.