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Danil Ishutin
Dendi TI4.jpg
Dendi in 2014
Personal information
Born (1989-12-30) December 30, 1989 (age 29)
HometownLviv, Ukraine
Professional career
GamesDefense of the Ancients
Dota 2
2010–2018Natus Vincere

Danil Ishutin (Ukrainian: Данило Ішутін born December 30, 1989), better known as Dendi (his Dota 2 username), is a Ukrainian professional Dota 2 player. He is best known for his association with Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) for whom he played between 2010 and 2018. He was taken off Na'Vi's active in 2018 and played for a number of other teams (on loan) with little success. He was officially released from Na'Vi's contract in 2019. He is reportedly looking to create his own team for Dota Pro Circuit 2019-20.


In 2009, Dendi started playing professionally with WG.[1] 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.[2] When merged with WG the next year, he became a full-time member of[1] In late 2008, he joined DTS in its early stages, only to return to in March 2009.[3] Only three months later he returned to DTS,[4] 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.[5] Dendi joined Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) at the end of 2010 together with ArtStyle.[6]

Dendi began his Dota 2 career with the Ukrainian team, Na'Vi, rapidly rising to fame after winning The International 2011.[6] In the following years, Na'Vi continued to win many tournaments, including runner's up at The International 2012. At The International 2013, Na'Vi became the only team to participate in the grand finals of the prestigious tournament three years in a row. They fell short to winners Alliance in the grand finals.

Dendi was one of three Dota 2 players featured in the 2014 documentary Free to Play, which covered his story leading up to and including his performance at The International 2011.

At The International 2017, Dendi played in two live one-on-one demonstration matches against an OpenAI machine-learned bot, losing both.[7] In September 2018, he was taken off Na'Vi's active roster and a year later was released from contract.[8] He is currently looking to form his own Dota 2 team.[9]


  1. ^ a b "All Pick - Danil "Dendi" Ishutin".
  2. ^ "Follow Your Favourite eSports on SteelSeries - SteelSeries". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "GosuGamers".
  4. ^ "eSports Gaming News & Community - GosuGamers".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "ESWC 2010 full coverage - DotA Allstars Official Website".
  6. ^ a b "Na'Vi.DotA welcomes ArtStyle and Dendi".
  7. ^ Sottek, T. C. (August 11, 2017). "The world's best Dota 2 players just got destroyed by a killer AI from Elon Musk's startup". The Verge. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Valdez, Gabriel. "Iconic Dota 2 player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin Becomes Inactive After Nearly 8 Years of Professional Play with Na'Vi". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dota legend Dendi is planning to create his own org | ONE Esports - The Home Of Esports". ONE Esports. September 9, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.

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