MidOne, NoNo, September – before 2016 few had heard of these Dota players, now they are among the best in the world. Here are some of the top newcomers of last year.
1. ana – Middle
For months, ana was one of the most searched players in our database. Little was known about the Australian who joined top team OG in August. Before that ana had been the substitute player for Invictus Gaming. As such he only enjoyed mediocre efforts apart from a victory at the National Electronic Arena in July. But with OG, everything changed. Ana now has a major title under his belt and skyrocketed to rank 40 of the Dota World Ranking.
2. MidOne – Middle
Midone was the first player from Southeast Asia to reach 8000 MMR and naturally such newcomers attract a lot of top teams. The Malaysian joined Fnatic first in December 2015. With his fellow countrymen, Midone amazed at the Shanghai Major (5.), ESL One Manila (3.) and the Manila Major (5. again). After Fnatic even finished The International as the fourth best team, MidOne parted ways and joined Team Secret. With Puppey as captain, Midone won his fist global tournament in November.
3. NoNo – Middle
NoNo was discovered at the CDEC Master League in 2015 where he reached the second rank in the leaderboard. That earned him a place in CDECs talent team [cdec avengers] in December 2015. But NoNo didn’t stay for long. In March he joined Vici Gaming Reborn which in September became Team VG.J. In just one year, Vici won two major titles with NoNo as the solo middle player. And the chinese earned himself a spot among the 50 best Dota players in the world right now.
4. September – Support
Just as NoNo, September first joined the pro Dota scene as part of the CDEC Avengers. And just like his middle player he soon left the newcomers team to go for something bigger. LGD Gaming picked up September in March. With the top chinese team, the support player won one global tournament and earned himself a spot among the 70 best Dota players in the world.
5. Op – Middle
Op joined the Dota pro scene as a player for Invictus Gamings B-team iG.Vitality last March. In September he got promoted into the main team. While he was mostly active in chinese tournaments before, Op will play his first global tournament at the Dota Asia Championships in Shanghai this March.
6. ThuG – Middle
Thug was a long standing friend of the Greek team London Conspiracy which later became the now infamous Ad Finem – and Thug a vital part of it. Before he joined No Logic Gaming though as his first step into the professional Dota scene. The second place at the Boston Major with Ad Finem is his most famous effort until now of course.
7. Chessie – Carry
Chessie transfered from Heroes of Newerth to Dota 2 with his team stayGreen in 2014 and became their coach when part of the team was signed by Ninjas in Pyjamas. It wasn’t until the end of 2015 (and another signing by compLexity Gaming) that the so-called „HoN god“ entered the arena himself. In just a year Chessie and his team amazed with a fifth place at the Shanghai Major, a third place at the Dota Pit League Serason 4 and another fifth place at ESL One Frankfurt. At the start of 2017 Chessie switched to wanted but is inactive at the moment due to health issues.
8. Victoria – Support
Another one of the CDEC Avengers newcomers is Victoria. The chinese was promoted to CDEC Youth in March 2016 with whom he achieved a fourth place at the Nanyang Season 2 amongst others. In autumn he was signed by LGD Gaming just when the above mentioned September left. Victoria and his new team are now infamous for losing the deciding qualifier-match for four main tournanents in a row – but i guess we will see Victoria at a major competition soon.
9. KheZu – Offlaner
Khezu is another great HoN-player that switched to Dota 2 in 2015. He sticked with SyndereNs squad most of the time – first at COOKISS later at No Diggity and Escape Gaming. In November however he was signed by Team Secret as their new offlaner, replacing such legends like FoREV, MiSeRy and UNiVeRsE. So far the german is doing a great job. Secret won his first major tournament in quite a while with him.