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[e][h]Thunderbirds Saksa
Player Information
Мартин Саздов
Romanized Name:
Martin Sazdov
June 12, 1995 (1995-06-12) (age 21)
Approx. Total Earnings:
Signature Hero:
Winter Wyvern Tusk Elder Titan
Solo MMR:
8605 (last update: 2017-04-22)
2014-04-21 — 2015-08-30
2015-08-30 — 2016-01-02
2016-01-02 — 2016-02-??
2016-02-04 — 2017-04-14
2017-04-14 — Present

Martin "Saksa" Sazdov is a professional Dota 2 player currently playing for Thunderbirds.



Saksa played lots of video games in general growing up, tracing back to playing Starcraft at an age of 3. He started playing DotA when he was about 10 years old, playing on the Garena servers.[1] Saksa's meaning behind his name was from his early years of playing DotA when he purchased a gold account membership for a month from Garena after realising his account got hacked. After finding the hacker, he was given another account with the name Saksa and has used that nickname to this day.[1]

Dota 2[edit]

While studying at university, he decided to leave and focus on Dota 2 full-time after seeing his improvement in the game.[1] Saksa's first team was with Global Challengers, an all-Macedonian team which he stayed a part of for over a year. He later joined Team Moriarty for a short period afterwards, winning GIGABYTE Challenge Cup #16. Around mid-2015, he began gaining notoriety for climbing the matchmaking rating leaderboards and eventually becoming one of the first players to hit 8000 MMR. Shortly after achieving this, he was invited to be a part of 4 Clover & Lepricon's new lineup as their support player. In January 2016, it was revealed that he joined Mamas Boys as a support with Pajkatt as captain. His growth of a player continued when despite not winning a game in the groupstage of Captains Draft 3.0, managed to place 4th place in the tournament. Later on, he joined Digital Chaos a few days before Valve's roster lock. After months of being with the team, he attended his first Valve event, The Manila Major finishing 9-12th place. During mid 2016, he further continued to growth as a player and team with 5-6th placements in Summit 5 and Starladder i-league Starseries Season 2. He qualified for the The International 2016 and despite being coined underdogs in the tournament, Saksa's run in the main event of his first international saw him finish runners-up to Wings Gaming. He is also the first Macedonian to participate in the LAN event of the International.


  • He is the tallest Dota 2 competitive known with a height of 6ft8 (2.03m)
  • His nickname came from a stolen account a hacker gave to him


Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Results Prize
2017-01-08 A11st A1Premier ESL One Genting 2017 Digital Chaos 3 : 2 Newbee/Newbee $125,000
2016-12-17 A33 - 4th A1Premier China Top 2016 Digital Chaos 0 : 2 Newbee/Newbee $28,738
2016-12-10 A33 - 4th A1Premier The Boston Major 2016 Digital Chaos 0 : 2 Ad Finem $250,000
2016-08-13 A22nd A1Premier The International 2016 Digital Chaos 1 : 3 Wings Gaming/Wings Gaming $3,427,126
2016-07-23 A55 - 6th A1Premier StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 Digital Chaos 1 : 2 Fnatic/Fnatic $15,000
2016-07-02 A11st A3Minor Dota 2 Canada Cup - Season 7 Digital Chaos 3 : 0 Void Boys $12,000
2016-06-09 A99 - 12th A1Premier The Manila Major 2016 Digital Chaos 1 : 2 Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Reborn $45,000
2016-02-15 A44th A2Major Captains Draft 3.0 Mamas Boys 1 : 2 Alliance $12,415
2015-12-06 A22nd A1Premier Game Show Global eSports Cup Season 1 4 Clover & Lepricon 1 : 3 Team Empire $65,000
2015-11-28 A33rd A2Major DreamLeague Season 4 4 Clover & Lepricon 1 : 3 Team Empire $20,000
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