Best dota 2 players of 2021

Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk

Each The International kicks off with favorites and teams to watch out for. Eighteen teams compete in the event, and a decent portion of the community silently agrees on which are likely to place top three in the event. Most overlook the potential Cinderella stories, and that’s exactly what happened in The International 10 in 2021. Yatoro’s diverse hero pool made it almost impossible for their opponents to draft around him since he practically had no weak spots. If the last hero he played with was banned, Team Spirit would pick another carry hero, which Yatoro would play equally well. Every hero Yatoro played with felt like the best pick from his hero pool.

Jin “flyfly” Zhiyi

When a new talented player starts to make a name for themselves in the west, most of the Dota 2 community hears about them. Considering the more organized nature of the Chinese Dota 2 scene, though, it takes a while for the up-and-coming talent to find a spot in a top-tier team.

Invictus Gaming could be considered late bloomers despite having a decent squad since it took a while for the team to adjust to each other and harness the best out of every player. Their development as a team earned them fourth place in The International 2021, and flyfly’s role in the team’s success turned him into a carry player to watch out for in the upcoming season.    

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Danil “Dendi” Ishutin may be considered as the greatest world-known Dota 2 player ever. To this day he remains the game’s most beloved player. His success began immediately with the dawn of Dota 2, winning Valve’s first International with Natus Vincere. He then made it to the Grand Finals of both TI2 and TI3 the following years. Gifted with exceptionally quick fingers, Dendi was untouchable in his prime and unafraid to go for YOLO plays, much to the delight of fans.

Unlike his peers, Dendi also reveled in the limelight. A natural performer capable of lifting a crowd with his antics, such as the on-stage Gangnam Style taunt during the TI3 All-Star match, the infamous Pudge Fountain Hook, or the Pudge Cosplay. Dendi’s iconic status was further cemented when he featured as a protagonist in Valve’s documentary “Free to Play”. Aside from his outrageous skill and contagious charisma, Dendi was also a man of principle. Despite varying levels of success, he remained with Natus Vincere for eight years, becoming the springboard for their global success.


Johan “N0tail” Sundstein started his pro gaming career in Heroes of Newerth but transitioned to Dota 2 in 2012. His charisma and charm quickly made him a fan favorite as part of Fnatic.EU. From then on he gained the reputation for being an out-and-out team player. N0tail was the friend every Dota player wished they had. When his own organization and team OG began dominating the scene, the community was behind him.

Between 2015 and 2016, N0tail and OG won four out of the five Valve Majors, a remarkable feat on its own. However, two years later N0tail went on to make history by winning not just one TI, but back-to-back TIs. This was a world first which crowned him the highest earning esports player of all time ($6.8 million). N0tail’s journey to glory was riddled with adversity, and his positive mental attitude and natural ability to galvanize those around him, have been his defining qualities. Uncorrupted by fame and fortune, N0tail now leads a new OG on the quest for a third TI title.


The only player in our list to no longer play competitively is Zhang “Xiao8” Ning. Nicknamed “The Director”, XIao8 had a Midas touch and throughout his career was able to build and lead some of China’s most fearsome rosters. As the backbone of the Chinese Dota, Xiao8 led LGD Gaming to their first top three finish at Valve’s TI2. Two years later after a $81,000 transfer to Newbee, he led the brand new organization to a TI4 title worth $5 million. Since TI4, Xiao8 “retired” and returned several times, but remarkably each time never looked out of place at the top flight level. An incredible strategist and Dota mind, Xiao8 has remained on the scene as a coach and broadcast analyst, passing on his vast knowledge to a new generation.

The best players dota 2 among streamers


Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg is a veteran Dota live-streamer and pro player. With an exceptionally loyal subscriber base, AdmiralBulldog receives a respectable level of viewership on his daily live-streams.

AdmiralBulldog will party queue with other Alliance streamers and friends, and play any hero he wants in the midlane with absolutely eccentric builds. In the next 30-40 minutes, The International 3 (TI3) winner will roast his team as well as get hilariously angry when they make a mistake or when he dies. There is a lot of aggressive tipping as well as a lot of all-chatting with the other party on AdmiralBulldog’s live-stream, which adds a lot to the overall entertainment.

When there’s a popular custom game or a game event such as Aghanim’s Labyrinth, AdmiralBulldog will also be playing it a great deal during his live-streams.


Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner is without a doubt, the heart of Dota 2. His antics and giddy nature have elevated him to one of the most beloved individuals in Dota 2 as he brings forth the same gleeful nature onto his live-streams.

As a huge Techies enthusiast, SirActionSlacks seems to seek enjoyment in other people’s misery. Oftentimes, during his live-streams, you can see him playing the hero and driving his opponents insane because he is actually good at it. On the other hand, there is a hero that drives him insane as well, which is Windranger, and he eloquently expresses his hate when he sees the hero picked up in games.

In addition to his humorous antics, SirActionSlacks will play a lot of heroes in unusual roles during the games. While he may be cheerful on the surface, we all know that Dota 2 can bring out the worst in players, which is why you can also see SirActionSlacks subtly expressing his annoyance during the games.

All in all, there’s some light-hearted comedy on offer on his Twitch channel and it can most certainly lift up your spirits.

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