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Dendi Explains Why He Doesn’t Play League of Legends And Sticks to Dota 2

Ammar Aryani
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Dota 2 legend and B8 Esports founder, Dendi recently explained about his decision to stick with Dota 2 over League of Legends.
Dendi was teaching the basics of Dota 2 to former Starcraft 2 professional player, Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen on Twitch when he explained his decision to stay with Dota 2.
Dendi noted that the outplay mechanics in League of Legends are smaller, compared to Dota 2.

Dota 2 legend and B8 Esports founder, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin has recently been streaming a lot following his decision to disband the B8 Esports Dota 2 division following its subpar performance during the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season. Recently, he was teaching former Starcraft 2 professional player, Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen about the basics of Dota 2 as the latter just recently started playing the Valve MOBA on Twitch. During one of Grubby’s streams, Dendi explained his reasons for staying loyal to Dota 2 despite having more than two thousand hours on its competitor, League of Legends.

Dendi noted that Dota 2’s complexity in terms of outplay mechanics and his hero’s impact in a match made it more challenging for him, compared to League of Legends.

Dendi Explains Loyalty Towards Dota 2 on Grubby’s Twitch Stream

Dota 2 legend and B8 Esports founder, Danil "Dendi" Ishutin had a lot of free time after deciding to disband the B8 Esports Dota 2 division following its subpar performance during the DPC season. During his free time, he decided to focus more on livestreaming on Twitch while waiting for the next DPC season after The International 2022 (TI11) is concluded.

Recently, Dendi has been noticed by the community that he was teaching former Starcraft 2 professional, Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen on his livestream. Grubby had only recently started to play Dota 2 as he tries to learn the game as a whole. During his streams, he managed to enlist the aid of Dendi to help him get better, while also learning more about Dendi as a person.

During one of his streams, Dendi explained to Grubby about his decision to stay loyal to Dota 2 while also explaining the difference between Dota 2 and its main competitor, League of Legends.

“There’s a lot of cool things that you can do [in Dota 2], like the field of outplaying [your opponents] is huge, insanely huge.”said Dendi when he explained the outplay mechanics of Dota 2 to Grubby. Grubby agreed with Dendi as he said that “Despite my love for HOTS [Heroes Of The Storm], I feel like the outplay potential is sometimes a bit lower”.

Dendi went on to explain as to why he stopped playing League of Legends despite two thousand hours of playtime, citing the lack of excitement as one of the main reasons. “ I had like 2,000 hours of playtime for League of Legends back in 2011. But the reason I stopped playing League, in comparison to Dota, is that the feeling of outplaying your opponents in League is much smaller, which turns me off. Which is the main reason why I preferred Dota 2 over League” Dendi explained.

It is quite encouraging to see new people trying out Dota 2, despite its steep learning curve. With TI11 slowly approaching, it is expected that there will be an increase in new players to learn more about the game.


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Ammar is the newest addition to AFK Gaming. When he's not covering Dota 2 tournaments, he enjoys streaming or watching other esports titles like Valorant or LoL.


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