Puppey Names the Best Dota 2 Player He's Ever Played With
Over the course of his illustrious ten-year career as a Dota 2 player, Team Secret’s captain Clement "Puppey" Ivanov has played with numerous players both experienced and fresh from across regions. Puppey revealed during Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski's recent Twitch broadcast that Micha "Nisha" Jankowski, who represented Secret for four years, is the finest player he has played with. As he described, right from the time he joined them in 2018, Nisha was on another level, winning games on his own. As part of the livestream, Puppey also discussed why Nisha is not as popular as Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi, and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat added his thoughts as well.
Puppey considers Nisha to be the best player he has played with
While on Gorgc’s livestream, watching and casting the games of the Lima Major 2023, the livestreamer asked if Nisha has been Puppey’s best player. With conviction, the Team Secret captain replied in the affirmative, recalling Nisha’s early days with the team when he would single-handedly win games on Morphling.
“Yeah, he is definitely, probably is the best player I have ever played with. I mean the first year when he joined us, he was insane. He would just - his Morphling would do just some shit you have never seen before and you would be like - Okay, I guess we won. He was good from the beginning.”
Puppey then elaborated on Gorgc's comparison of Nisha's popularity and fanbase with Nigma Galaxy’s Miracle-, who enjoys a huge following, saying that he had risen to fame much earlier than Nisha did.
“Yeah, I think Miracle- just came first right? Also, there’s a lot of hype surrounding Miracle- with his MMR being very high and all that stuff right…Nisha is like - I don’t give a shit about my pubs,” he said.
As another former Secret member who was present on the livestream, YapzOr also believed that Miracle's rise in popularity was due to him topping the MMR Leaderboards in Europe back in 2015 and winning the Frankfurt Major with OG.
“He got the milestone. He joined OG and won a tournament. Everything kind of came at the same time.”
Nisha has recently caught the eye of many in the Dota 2 community due to his outstanding midlane skill. He was seen as a catalyst in Secret's spectacular run in The International 11 (TI11), and he has been a rock for Team Liquid since joining them a few months ago. There are hardly any games in which the player is observed losing a lane or having little impact.
Nisha is currently competing at the Lima Major 2023, and Team Liquid is among the favourites to win considering its recent form.