Nightfall Claims CIS Carries Are the Best in the World
In a recent interview following BetBoom's triumphant victory over OG at DreamLeague Season 21, Egor "Nightfall" Grigorenko, the carry player for BetBoom Team, made a bold proclamation that has stirred the Dota 2 community worldwide. "I feel like the CIS carries are kind of like the best carries right now in the world," Nightfall confidently declared, sparking debates and discussions among fans and experts alike.
CIS carries, the best in the world?
Nightfall's assertion isn't devoid of merit. With an average of 749.60 gold per minute in the group stages of the tournament and a jaw-dropping 733 gold per minute during the playoffs, he himself averaged a mighty 741.3 GPM, setting the stage for his audacious claim. His stellar performance undoubtedly contributed to BetBoom's success, but Nightfall was eager to point out that he isn't alone in his belief.
The data from DreamLeague Season 21 lends credence to Nightfall's statement. The top carries in terms of net worth during the tournament were predominantly hailing from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This trend in recent tournaments highlights the formidable presence of CIS carries on the Dota 2 stage. Nightfall, however, dug deeper, suggesting that it's not just their numerical superiority but their tactical prowess that sets them apart.
"First of all, I think we have good map awareness and then we're sensing like what's gonna happen in game and like how to not die like when enemy mid can kill you and when he cannot first then then I guess it's like always like uh like good farm patterns" Nightfall said.
Indeed, the ability to predict opponents' moves and make strategic choices is crucial in Dota 2, and CIS carries have displayed exceptional prowess in this aspect. One name that prominently shines among them is Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk, the carry player for Team Spirit, who clinched the DreamLeague Season 21 and Riyadh Masters 2023 titles. Yatoro's consistent performance in high-stakes matches underlines the strength of CIS carries on the global stage.
Nightfall's perspective didn't stop at lauding his fellow CIS carries. He also emphasized the significance of hero choices in the current meta. Phantom Assassin, in particular, received praise as a potent hero in the current competitive landscape. Nightfall even suggested that the outcome of their first elimination match against Shopify Rebellion might have been different had Artour "Arteezy" Babaev not chosen to play Phantom Assassin against Nightfall's formidable Troll Warlord.