Dendi (Dota player)

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Danylo Ishutin
Dendi TI4.jpg
Status Active
Born (1989-12-30) December 30, 1989 (age 28)
Hometown Lviv, Ukraine
Nationality Ukrainian
Current team Natus Vincere
Games Defense of the Ancients
Dota 2
Career prize money $791,058.80
Nickname(s) Dendi, Mr.SometimesWinMid
Official website
Professional career
2010–present Natus Vincere

Danylo Ishutin (Ukrainian: Данило Ішутін born December 30, 1989), more commonly known by the pseudonym Dendi, or pseudonym TI Winner, is a professional Dota 2 mid-lane player for Natus Vincere from Lviv, Ukraine.[1] He has played on the squad of Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) since 2010[2] and is a long-time fan-favorite.


In 2009-2015, Dendi started playing professionally with WG.[3] He was a part of the Ukraine squad that finished third in MYM Prime Nations the same year. Only a few months later, WG made it to the grand final of one of the most prestigious tournaments that existed at the time, MYM Prime Defending.[4] When merged with WG the next year, he became a full-time member of[3] In late 2008, he joined DTS in its early stages, only to return to in March 2009.[5] Only three months later he returned to DTS,[6] helping them secure a second-place victory at ESWC 2010. At the end of the year, Dendi achieved arguably the greatest success in his DotA career by finishing 3rd place in the most stacked tournament at the time, WDC 2010.[7] Dendi joined Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) at the end of 2010 together with ArtStyle.[2]

Dota 2[edit]

Dendi began his Dota 2 career with the Ukrainian team Natus Vincere, better known as "Na'Vi", rapidly rising to fame after winning The International 2011. After that, Na'Vi continued to win many tournaments in 2011 and 2012, including placing second at The International 2.

At the International 3, Na'Vi became the only Dota 2 team to participate in the grand finals of the tournament three years in a row, falling short to eventual winners Alliance. Na'Vi finished in 8th place at The International 4, marking the first time that Dendi did not play in the grand finals of the tournament.

Dendi was one of three Dota 2 players focused on in the 2014 documentary Free to Play, which covered his story leading up to and including The International 2011. He is also famous on YouTube for his gameplay.

Na'Vi finished 2nd at The International 2012, losing 3-1 to the Chinese team Invictus Gaming.

Na'Vi again finished 2nd at The International 2013, losing 3-2 in a very close game against the Swedish team Alliance.

Na'Vi finished 7th-8th at The International 2014.

Na'Vi finished 13th-16th at The International 2015. Na'Vi announced that their Dota 2 squad had disbanded after this disappointing finish.[8][9] However, a few days later they announced that Dendi and SoNNeikO would be returning for Na'Vi's new Dota team.[10] At The International 2017, Dendi played in two live 1v1 demonstration matches against an OpenAI machine-learned bot, losing both.[11]

Tournament results[edit]


  • 2nd Place ASUS Open Autumn (2009)
  • 2nd Place OSPL Autumn (2009)
  • 2nd Place Pick League XIII - div1 (2010)


  • 3rd Place LOX TOURNAMENT (2011)
  • 3rd Place Intel Challenge: Supercup #7 (2011)
  • 3rd Place OSPL Spring (2011)
  • 1st Place ES-Area GUS #1 (2011)
  • 1st Place ASUS Open Spring (2011)
  • 2nd Place Farm4Fame 3 Series (2011)
  • 1st Place ASUS Open Summer (2011)
  • 2nd Place Darer Tournament (2011)
  • 1st Place Intel Challenge: Supercup #8 (2011)
  • 1st Place The International (2011)
  • 1st Place TECHLABS Cup UA (2011)
  • 1st Place Electronic Sports World Cup (2011)
  • 2nd Place Dota 2 Star Championship (2011)
  • 1st Place ASUS Open Autumn (2011)
  • 1st Place The Premier League (2012)
  • 1st Place The Defense (2012)
  • 2nd Place Dreamhack Summer 2012 Corsair Vengeance Cup (2012)
  • 1st Place The Premier League Season 2 (2012)
  • 1st Place SLTV StarSeries Season Two (2012)
  • 2nd Place The Premier League Masters (2012)
  • 1st Place GosuLeague Season 3 (Division 2a) (2012)
  • 1st Place JoinDOTA Masters Special Edition (2012)
  • 2nd Place The International 2012 (2012)
  • 1st Place SLTV StarSeries Season Three (2012)
  • 3rd Place ASUS Open Final Battle of the Year (2012)
  • 2nd Place The International 2013 (2013)
  • 3rd Place Techlabs Cup 2013 Season 3 (2013)
  • 1st Place SLTV StarSeries Season VII (2013)
  • 1st Place WePlay Dota2 League Season 2 (2013)
  • 1st Place Techlabs Cup Grand Final 2013 (2013)
  • 3rd-4th Place MLG Fall Championship 2013 (2013)
  • 1st Place DreamHack Winter 2013 (2013)
  • 3rd Place RaidCall EMS One Fall 2013 (2013)
  • 1st Place Ali_Asanov GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP (2014)
  • 2nd Place Askar_Tiny_Zadrot_Tournament (2014)
  • 1st Place D2CL Season 2 (2014)
  • 3rd Place DreamHack Bucharest 2014 (2014)
  • 2nd Place HyperX D2L Western Challenge (2014)
  • 13-16 — The International 2015
  • 2nd Place ESL One Frankfurt 2016 (2016)
  • 1st Place StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 (2016)


  1. ^ "Dota 2 - The International". 
  2. ^ a b "Na'Vi.DotA welcomes ArtStyle and Dendi". 
  3. ^ a b "All Pick - Danil "Dendi" Ishutin". 
  4. ^ "Follow Your Favourite eSports on SteelSeries - SteelSeries". 
  5. ^ "GosuGamers". 
  6. ^ "eSports Gaming News & Community - GosuGamers". 
  7. ^ "ESWC 2010 full coverage - DotA Allstars Official Website". 
  8. ^ Leslie, Callum (October 16, 2015). "Na'Vi disbands its legendary Dota 2 squad". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Thursten, Chris (October 16, 2015). "Na'Vi's Dota 2 squad disbands". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ Dator, James (October 20, 2015). "Na'Vi announces new Dota 2 team led by Dendi and SoNNeikO". Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ Sottek, T. C. (2017-08-11). "The world's best Dota 2 players just got destroyed by a killer AI from Elon Musk's startup". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-08-16. 

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