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S4 Becomes 5th Dota 2 Pro To Play 2000 Professional Matches

Vignesh Raghuram
31st Jul, 2020

Earlier yesterday, Alliance competed against Team Nigma in the Grand Finals of the OGA Dota PIT Season 2: Europe CIS. Although the Alliance lost the game 3-2, their captain and offlaner Gustav "s4" Magnusson achieved a monumental figure in pro-Dota 2. He became the 5th player in Dota 2 history to have played 2000+ professional Dota 2 matches.

(Also Read: [Watch] Nikobaby Trash-Talks VP.Prodigy For S4 at ESL One Birmingham 2020 Online: Europe and CIS)


S4 Has Played 2000 Professional Matches

Only five players have reached this historic figure. These five players have all been a part of the professional Dota 2 scene for over 5 years and have consistently played at the top of the Dota 2 circuit. They are

  • Tal "Fly" Aizik
  • Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi
  • Johan "N0tail" Sundstein
  • Xu "fy" Linsen
  • Gustav "s4" Magnusson
  • Amongst these players, three of them (KuroKy, S4, and N0tail) are TI champions. Fy has multiple runner-up finishes. While Fly’s best finish at a TI is a 3rd place finish at TI8.

  • All 5 players have all earned over $2 Million USD in prize winnings over their careers (which averages out to a $1000 USD per game). Of course, KuroKy and N0tail have earned significantly more due to their recent TI victories.

  • S4 has the highest win percentage (64.73%) amongst these 5 players. However, Puppey, who has currently played 1994 pro games will surpass him when he crosses this mark with his 66.95% win rate.

  • Four of these five players were all part of the original Team Secret lineup. When Puppey joins the list, five out of six players will have been part of the Team Secret 1.0 lineup.

S4’s Journey Through Pro Dota 2

S4’s competitive career started in 2012 in Team Empire. Since then he has played in a number of top tier Dota 2 teams including Alliance (aka No Tidehunter), Team Secret, OG, and Evil Geniuses. He won The International 2013 with The Alliance and would later win two Valve Majors with OG. 

In a controversial move, the player joined Evil Geniuses in May 2018 departing from OG right before The International 2018 (OG would go on to win two TIs following his departure). The player rejoined Alliance for the third time in April 2020, where he currently plays.

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The player has won 1 TI, 2 Valve Majors, and numerous other LAN tournaments which have resulted in him earning over $2.5 Million USD over the course of his career.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.