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Fng Names the Best Position Four Player in Dota 2 History

Rakshak Kathuria
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During a recent livestream, Artsiom "Fng" Barshak, a veteran of Dota 2's competitive scene, shared his pick for the best Dota 2 player in the position four role.
Invictus Gaming's support player Xu "fy" Linsen, according to fng, is the greatest position four player of all time.
During the livestream, fng also shared his thoughts on JerAx and Cr1t-, two players often mentioned in the debate of the best position four Dota 2 players.

The debate about the best Dota 2 players in the five roles goes on, with different professionals having different perspectives on who they deem the greatest. A veteran of Dota 2's competitive scene, Artsiom "Fng" Barshak, revealed his pick for the best player in the position four role during a recent livestream. He considers Invictus Gaming's support player Xu "fy" Linsen to be the best position four player of all time. In addition, Fng also offered his thoughts on Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka and Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen, two position four players considered to be among the best in the history of the game.

Fng considers fy to be the best position four Dota 2 player of all time

During a recent Twitch broadcast, fng picked fy as the best position four player from among the many prominent position four players. “I consider fy the best "four" of all time,” he said.

Fy has been a mainstay within the Dota 2 pro scene since joining Vici Gaming in 2012. He has won several top-tier competitions in his remarkable Dota 2 career and is known for his top-tier mechanical talent and great knowledge of game situations. While he is quite versatile, his most feared heroes are Rubick, Io, and Earthshaker.

He has two second-place finishes at The International 4 (TI4) and TI8, a third-place finish at TI9, and a fourth-place finish at TI5. Fy also has two Major victories under his belt, the EPICENTER XL and the MDL Changsha Major.

During the livestream, fng also shared his opinion and compared JerAx and Cr1t-, two players that are frequently mentioned in the debate of the best position four Dota 2 players. JerAx was a terrific player at TIs, according to fng, but he didn't remember him shining as brightly in other tournaments. He also stated that Cr1t- had more outstanding moments throughout his Dota 2 career.

“JerAx is good. In my mind, they had a very cool team, and he did cool stuff. That said, barring those two Internationals, I can't say I remember JerAx for any f***king game. He showed a very cool game at the Internationals, but outside of the Internationals, in my mind, even Cr1t- is at times better "four" than JerAx. Because Cr1t- even earlier than JerAx showed super cool stuff.”

[transcriptions via dota2.net, translations via DeepL Translate]

JerAx is well-known for his time with OG when he won TI8 and TI9 and showed a level of comprehension of the game that looked to be a tier beyond his counterparts. Meanwhile, Cr1t- is noted for being Evil Geniuses' dependable position four player in the previous six years, assisting the team to multiple top three results in key tournaments throughout his time. Before Evil Geniuses, he had also won two Major titles with OG.

While Cr1t- continues to play for Evil Geniuses, JerAx has recently begun working as a Dota 2 coach for Team Liquid.


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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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