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Who were Dota 2’s top players of 2019?

Here is the list of the best players in 2019’s Dota 2 league

There have been many competitive esports events of Dota 2 in 2019. Many stars have risen during these events, while some also said their goodbyes to the esports scene. There has been teams with excellent players that helped their team to succeed. Some teams also decided to bring out newer players in their rosters to train them along with their veterans.

However, there were some players that shined past all others. They stood out both in their team and in the matches they have played in. Here is a list of some of those top players in 2019 year of Dota 2 seasons.

Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi

KuroKy has been in Dota 2 professional scene for almost 12 years. He is a legend in the Dota 2 community. He has played for some of the top Dota 2 teams such as Team Secret, Mousesports, Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, and Team Liquid.

KuroKy has been in Team Liquid’s roster this year. They have been having problems this year. Team Liquid had given away the prized spot to their opponents in many of the 2019 season matches. Fortunately, just before the end of the season, they climbed back on the ranks.

KuroKy was the captain of Team Liquid’s roster for the last three seasons of The International 2019. With his help, the team managed to rise in the ranks up until the end. They had lost against OG in the finals of the International 2019, resulting in a second place finish.

As the team’s captain, KuroKy also replaced Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen in the lineup with Aliwi “w33” Omar. It was an unusual event for Team Liquid as the team haven’t had any roster changes for almost three seasons. Fortunately, his decision had given the team many new opportunities in the matches. The romanian support and solo middle w33 contributed Team Liquid’s success in all the three seasons he played in.

KuroKy also refined these opportunities in the remaining seasons and boosted his team in The International 2019. This resulted in Team Liquid’s roster placing second in the International season. After the end of the season, he decided to form his own team Nigma with four of the players in his own team. His new team Nigma have only played in three matches so far. Future will bring more about Nigma’s success, but one thing is sure is that KuroKy will definitely pursue success in his new team.

Xu “fy” Linsen

Fy has been one of the top players in Dota 2 Chinese league. He began his journey with Vici Gaming where he quickly became famous in Dota 2 professional scene. His skillset helped Vici Gaming to turn itself into the top Chinese Dota 2 team. Fy later moved to LGD Gaming as their team captain. He also had a great time in LGD Gaming’s roster, and has been playing in their roster for almost three years.

LGD Gaming has been trying to get the first place in the Dota Pro Circuit 2019 since the beginning. They have been going against some of the other greatest Dota 2 teams such as Virtus Pro, Team Secret, and Evil Geniuses. Unfortunately, LGD Gaming’s battle has come to an end before they could reach the final Major. They have given the first place to Vici Gaming.

However, in The International 2019, LGD Gaming made its comeback against Vici Gaming. They won against both Virtus Pro and Vici Gaming. Unfortunately, their success didn’t last. They have lost against Team Liquid and OG just before reaching to the grand finals.

Fy has been the top player in LGD Gaming’s roster during both The International 2019 playoffs and the group stage. He has been getting the top rankings at the International events despite the unexpected moments and failures.

Clement “Puppey” Ivanov

Puppey have began to appear in the professional Dota 2 scene in Natus Vincere’s roster. He has been in their roster for almost four years until he moved to his current team Team Secret. Puppey have been very competitive in the professional scene. As a team captain, he always aimed the top place while pushing his team further and further. Another aspect of Puppey that stood out among other players was that he tried to go against the meta plays by breaking them down.

2019 season was another one of his excellent performances. Puppey helped Team Secret to place in fourth at The International 2019. He has also pushed his team to get to the top spot in the regular season. Puppey’s talent in breaking down competitive metas and his ability to quickly find a counter are main two reasons why he is one of the top Dota 2 players in 2019.

Puppey’s team has always maintained their consistent plays. Despite his serious approach all the time, his team had little to no problems among each other during the matches. His seriousness has been one of the leading reasons that why Puppey has a consistent record in Dota 2 professional scene despite the different players in his roster. He is almost always respected and taken seriously by the Dota 2 professional community, which in return plays a huge part in his success.

Anathan “ana” Pham

Ana is a relatively new name in the Dota 2 professional scene compared to the others on the list. He has been playing professionally for the last four years. He started his adventure with Invictus Gaming at National Electronic Arena 2016. At the end of the same year, he signed with OG’s roster, and he has been playing for OG ever since.

Unlike many others, ana is not a team captain. He has made a name for himself as one of the best carries in Dota 2 scene. During The International 2019, he played a huge part in the final against Team Liquid. He helped his team OG to win the match and place first in the International event. Of course he wasn’t the only player that contributed to the success of OG. There was also their team captain Johan “N0tail” Sundstein that showed perfect play during the match but it was ana that shined at the end.

In November 2018, ana had taken a break from Dota 2 professional scene. OG went through a difficult period during his break. However, after ana came back, the team once again rose up in the ranks and qualified for The International 2019. OG went through two Major seasons and a Minor season before getting to the bigger scene.

Ana had one of the revolutionary strategies as a carry during The International 2019. It broke many meta drafts and decimated many opponent teams. OG’s solo middle Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen managed to stay alive longer than he used to during the matches thanks to ana’s Alchemist and Io plays, which helped OG a bunch in their win.

Hector “K1” Antonio Rodriguez

K1 is another fresh name in the Dota 2 scene. He has been in the professional scene as a carry like ana for the past 3 years. Since November 2019, he has been playing for beastcoast. Unlike many others that started out in top teams, K1 played in various teams with lesser experiences in the Dota 2 scene like Gorillaz-Pride, All In Gaming, Pacific eSports, Majestic Esport, Team Anvorgesa, and Infamous Gaming. Along with others in the rosters he was in, K1 slowly climbed his way up by competing the top teams in the professional scene.

K1 had become infamous for one of his main characters. His Skeleton King play was so effective in the games that it was the first ban in most matches. Fortunately, this gave other players in his roster a chance to show themselves instead of outright effecting the team negatively.

In the past, K1 has won several matches against very successful rosters including some of the top players in the Dota 2 professional scene. He contributed hugely while he was in Infamous‘ roster. They have played during The International 2019 at which they succeeded to place in eight. Infamous was stopped only by Team Secret on their way to the top, which prematurely ended their run. However, it is still considered to be a quite high ranking in Dota 2 for a team coming from South America Dota 2 scene.

Beastcoast is a relatively unknown team in the professional scene. They have only been around for a little more than half a year. K1‘s past experiences in Dota 2 scenes hopefully will help to push the team in their upcoming 2020 seasons.

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