Filipino Dota 2 Player Heinrich Has Passed Away at Age 29

Rakshak Kathuria
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  • Former Filipino Dota 2 player, Heinrich, has passed away aged 29 after a battle with leukemia.
  • Many people had raised funds and wished Heinrich a speedy recovery in the last week but on June 6, 2021, he eventually succumbed to the disease.
  • Heinrich was well known in the Philippines as the first Filipino to make it to the top of the SEA MMR leaderboards.

Former Filipino Dota 2 player, Heinrich “Heinrich” Abad, has passed away aged 29 after a battle with leukemia. Heinrich was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on May 12, 2021, with his family later posting on Facebook about the need for financial assistance to help him through this difficult time. Many people had raised funds and wished Heinrich a speedy recovery, as communicated by his partner on Facebook. However, the Cebuano Dota 2 player, who was well known in the Philippines as he was the first Filipino to make it to the top of the SEA MMR leaderboards, lost the battle against leukemia and passed away on June 6, 2021.

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Former Filipino player Heinrich passes away due to leukemia

Heinrich’s partner had posted an update on his condition and opened a fundraiser to help them through this difficult situation on May 28, 2021. The post talked about the current condition, the costs of the tests, and the subsequent need for money to support his partner and his five-year-old son.

Heinrich's partner, in a few days' time, posted two updates thanking all who had contributed financially and asked people to pray for Heinrich.

On early June 6, 2021, Bev wrote that Heinrich, her partner, had passed away. She also narrated a heartfelt conversation they shared during the early stages of the disease and another that took place just before Heinrich's last moments.

Who was Heinrich Dota?

Heinrich was a professional Dota 2 player who had retired from the competitive scene in 2015-16. He was renowned for becoming the first Filipino Dota 2 player to reach rank 1 in SEA MMR leaderboards. His most prominent team in the competitive journey was Arcanys Gaming. During this time, he played with players like TNC Boombacs (Boomy) and Bok, and former Sterling Global Dragons’ player, jobeeEZy. 

Heinrich will be remembered as one of the best Filipino midlaners of his era and for being the first-ever to put Filipino Dota 2 on top of the SEA Dota 2 Leaderboards. In many ways, he is an inspiration for many Filipino Dota 2 players who have attempted and successfully replicated his success in the leaderboards.

He is survived by his partner and a five-year-old son to whom we express our deepest condolences.


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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.

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