Image Courtesy: Yana “b2ru” Khymchenko
Perhaps the most famous Dota 2 player in history, Daniel “Dendi” Ishutin, has just announced that he is going to create his own esports organization.
In a lengthy interview with Yana “b2ru” Khymchenko (Na’Vi Youtube Host), Dendi spoke about his journey through the 2018-19 DPC Season, working as a talent at TI9 and also revealed his plans for the upcoming season.
"I plan to create my own team, organization and try to develop it. I'm sure I can do it.”, said Dendi. “I have a certain vision of how to build a team, how to prepare correctly - an analytical vision. I am very confident about it. I plan to take a serious approach." He also clarified that he will be seeking investors and sponsors, rather than simply putting together a stack of players to compete in qualifiers akin to Team Secret or OG.
He has also proclaimed that although mid lane is his preferred role, he is willing to play in any other role (except carry). He also added that he hasn’t found teammates he wants to play with yet.
Dendi played for Na’Vi from late 2010 to August 2018. With them, Dendi won The International 2011 and got into the finals two more times. After The International 2018, he was benched thus making way for younger players.
In the 2018/2019 season, he played as a stand-in for Vega Squadron and Team Secret, before making his way to South East Asia to play for Tigers. Unfortunately, the SEA team did not live up to its expectations and didn’t qualify for a single DPC event, eventually disbanding. He then tried his hand at the Open Qualifiers of TI9 but failed to make it to The International as a competitor.
But finally, it looks like Dendi's contract with Na'Vi has expired and he is taking a different route to make it back into the spotlight.
Dendi has already created a new website for his new organization.