Kuro ‚KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi will have his place in Dota history: The German is now the second most successful player in the games history. And rank 1 isn’t far.
KuroKy has advanced to the second most successful player in Dota history by winning the International last month. His greatest victory yet made him pass s4 in the all-time ranking. The German is now roughly 4,000 points ahead of the Swede.
Kuroky is on Puppey heels
And the gap to rank 1 isn’t far. The title of Dota best player of all time is held by Puppey for years now. The Estonian won The International in 2011, the Shanghai Major five years later and helds two second places at the Internationals 2012 and 2013. He and Kuroky are the only players that have competed in all seven Internationals.
But Kuroky is close on his heels. Both are divided by just 8,500 ranking points which translates to one and a half major tournaments like ESL One, a Valve Major or The International. And since both show no sign of retirement, it is easily possible for Kuroky to pass Puppey sometimes in the future.
Even if he doesn’t, the 24-year-old holds an impressive record. Besides winning this years International he holds the title of both EPICENTER tournaments, three Starladder/iLeague-seasons, ESL One Frankfurt 2015 and one Summit event amongst a lot of others.
100 tournaments, 40 victories – and two bitter second places
The International 2017 was Kurokys 100. Dota 2 tournament since 2012. He reached the finals 40 times and won 31 out of these – or astonishing 77.5 percent. Two of his second places are sad though. Kuroky lost back-to-back Grand Finals of the Majors in Shanghai and Manila in March and June of last year.
In his career, the German was part of nine different teams. As the captain of Team Liquid he has had the most success since joining in October 2015. It’s also the longest time Kuroky has stayed at a team. Before that he was playing for Virtus.pro and mousesports amongst others.
And of course there was a time when the two greatest players of Dota 2 history played together: Puppey was the one who lured Kuroky into Natus Vincere in 2013. Together both left a year and a half later to form Team Secret, one of the most successful Dota teams of all time. There they met with third placed s4 as well. But the trio only played together for a year, before s4 left to go back to Alliance and Kuroky to ultimately form Team Liquid.
Faith passes Arteezy and Zai
By the way, Kuroky isn’t the only player to shake up the all-time ranking this month. Faith ( Newbee) passed Arteezy and zai to become the sixth most sucessful player in Dotas history. The points he gained for the second place at The International rewarded him with that.