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Dendi Enjoys His Experience In NA Despite its Reputation

Ammar Aryani
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As of late, many players including the likes of Arteezy and Quinn have expressed their frustrations about playing in the North American region.
However, B8 Esports’ owner and midlaner Danil "Dendi" Ishutin felt that the criticism is unwarranted as he is having a great time in the NA server.
Dendi and B8 Esports are currently preparing to play in the first tour of the NA DPC 2023.

Popular community figure and B8 Esports’ midlaner Danil "Dendi" Ishutin recently talked about his experience in the North American (NA) region following his recent move. During the off-season, Dendi announced that his organization and new roster will be relocating to NA for the upcoming season after acquiring Wildcard Gaming’s spot in the first division in the region.

While many were concerned about Dendi’s move to NA, the Ukrainian midlaner noted that B8 Esports’ relocation to North America could help grow the Dota 2 scene in the region.

Dendi loves playing in NA despite many players criticizing the region

According to, The International 2011 (TI1) winner and B8 Esports’ midlaner Danil "Dendi" Ishutin recently opened up about his experience in the North American region.

Dendi started off by getting straight to the point, saying that his public match experiences within the NA region were amazing. However, he was also left confused on the reasons behind the criticisms regarding the scene in the region.

“The pubs in NA have been great so far! I don't understand why people hated the region. Who said that they are bad?”

While Dendi expressed his joy of having an amazing time within the NA region, other players who were based or started their careers in the region do not share the same sentiment as the TI1 winner. 

[transcriptions via, translations via DeepL]

Gaimin Gladiators’ Quinn "Quinn" Callahan, who started his career in NA was one of the few players who had heavy criticism towards his home region, claiming that the region was “dead” and it was on a rapid decline.

Shopify Rebellion’s Artour "Arteezy" Babaev also shared the same thoughts as Quinn during his recent livestreams, as he can been seen expressing his frustration regarding the quality of the ranked games in North America and the difficulties of playing ranked games in the region.

After The International 2022 (TI11), North America has come under criticism as a hub for both professional and recreational gaming while its neighboring region, South America (SA) saw signs of improvement and new investments coming into the region itself.

However, despite the recent criticisms many were hopeful that Dendi’s B8 Esports relocation to NA could help in growing the Dota 2 scene in the region by attracting more investments into the region as well as scouting for up and coming talents.

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Ammar has been actively engaged in the esports industry in Malaysia in multiple roles in the past. Now, he utilizes his esports expertise to create insightful and meaningful content as the de facto Dota 2 writer at AFK Gaming.

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