Danil "Dendi" Ishutin is a professional Dota 2 player on Natus Vincere. Well known for his solo mid skills, he is regarded as one of the most creative players in the scene today, and is renowned for his unorthodox play style and unconventional skill and item builds.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Dendi got an early start with competitive gaming in net cafes when his older brother married, moved out and took the family's PC with him. Dabbling with Counter-Strike first, he soon found Warcraft 3 where he played in local tournaments and built a love for the competition and a thirst to be the best. Though he was quite successful in Warcraft 3 and even won a few local championships in Lviv, he knew he had found his calling when he stumbled upon DotA. He picked up the game quickly and played it almost exclusively over the next few months.
Beginning with learning only supports, he practiced heavily and was quickly vouched to the IHCS1 league and soon created his own team for tournaments in Lviv. After he led his team to a championship in Kiev, he was drafted by a team called "Wolker.Gaming" and began his professional career at 17.
Dendi started playing professionally with WG in 2006. He was a part of the Ukraine squad that finished third in MYM Prime Nations the same year, and 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. When Kingsurf.international merged with WG the next year he became a full-time member of Ks.int. In late 2008 he joined DTS early on in their history, only to return to Ks.int in March 2009. Only three months later he went back to DTS where they secured a second place victory at ESWC 2010, at the end of the year, Dendi achieved arguably the greatest success in his DotA career by getting a 3rd place finish in the most stacked tournament at the time, WDC 2010. Dendi joined Natus Vincere at the end of 2010.
Dendi started his Dota 2 career with Na'Vi when they gained fame by winning The International 2011. After that Na`Vi continued to dominate and took a lot of tournaments in 2011 and 2012, mostly due to the stability of their roster compared to other teams.
With Natus Vincere
- GosuAwards 2010: People's choice
- GosuAwards 2012: Best mid solo
- GosuAwards 2012: Community's choice: Best mid solo
- GosuAwards 2012: Community's choice: Best mid solo
- Thanks to being the core player of Natus Vincere - arguably the most accomplished Dota2 team up to date - since The International, Dendi is tied with Puppey and XBOCT for 1st place on the Liquipedia's list of most accomplished players based on premier tournaments top results.
- 2015-04-21 | Interview with Dendi @ Na`Vi Bootcamp (ENG subs) by Oleg "prb" Bulavko of Storm Studio Dota 2 (trans. )
- 2015-02-03 | Dendi Interview @ DAC 2015 by Sheever of GosuGamers.net at Dota 2 Asia Championships
- 2014-09-12 | GS League Finals: Интервью с Dendi by b2ru of Virtus.pro at Game Show League Season 1
- 2014-09-05 | Dendi Interview: "I will compete until the day I cannot play Dota anymore..." by 丞相 of CGA.cn at World E-sport Championships 2014 (trans. by 2P.com) Note: The interview was originally published in Chinese, the language used for conducting the interview is unknown.
- 2014-07-09 | TI4. Interview with Dendi by Ars-Art of StarLadder at The International 2014 (trans. )
- 2014-07-07 | Pre-tournament interview with Dendi @ The International by Oleg "prb" Bulavko of Natus Vincere at The International 2014 (trans. )
- 2014-06-29 | Dendi on bootcamping and TI4 by CyborgMatt of onGamers.com at ESL One Frankfurt
- 2014-06-27 | Dendi reveals the secret to his success: practice, practice practice by Johannes "SoyCD" Schiefer of ESLGaming.com
- 2014-04-18 | Na'Vi's Dendi gets crazy with Cyborgmatt after beating IG by CyborgMatt of onGamers.com at Star Ladder Season 9
- 2013-08-12 | Walk and Talk with Dendi after The International Dota 2 Finals by Slasher of GameSpot.com at The International 2013
- 2013-04-19 | Na'Vi.Dendi G-1 Interview: I'm a Friendly Guy by g1.2p.com
- 2013-01-11 | Dendi interviews prb after StarLadder Season 4 (with Eng subtitles) by prb of Natus Vincere at Star Ladder Season 4 (trans. )
- 2012-08-01 | The International 2012: Na`Vi-Dendi (English subtitles) by Moscow Five at The International 2012
- 2012-07-31 | All Pick - Danil "Dendi" Ishutin by Riptide of TeamLiquid.net
- 2012-07-31 | Interview with Na'Vi Dendi by TheGoods of Absolute Legends at The International 2012
- 2012-01-27 | Dendi - The Dota 2 Millionaire by SteelSeries
- 2011-10-25 | ESWC 2011 - Winners interview with Dendi by GosuGamers at ESWC 2011
- 2011-10-21 | ESWC 2011: Interview with Dendi (Eng subtitles) by Na'Vi at ESWC 2011 (trans. )
- 2011-09-17 | SGamer interviews Dendi by SGamer, translated by GosuGamers
- 2010-07-15 | ESWC 2010 Interview 1 by psychoXGS at ESWC 2010
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "riptide" and "SirJolt" (2012-07-30). "All Pick - Danil "Dendi" Ishutin". TeamLiquid.net. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- ↑ "Dendi - the Dota 2 millionaire". SteelSeries.com. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- ↑ Chris "Zeyall" H. (2009-03-18). "Ks.Int adds Dendi". GosuGamers.net. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- ↑ andy "meesteryen" shieh (2009-06-01). "Ks.int and Ks.cn Roster Changes". GosuGamers.net. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- ↑ PlayDotA ESWC 2010 Full Coverage
- ↑ Andrew "Xeo" Yatsenko (2010-12-25). "Na`Vi.DotA welcomes ArtStyle and Dendi". NaVi-Gaming.com. Retrieved 2013-04-13.