Here are my personal bests of the year 2013 in competitive Dota 2. Some were easy choices and some were hard but I think I tried to be as objective as I could. Next time, I’ll be doing one of these right after The International because they can be more easily defined then as a season rather than waiting for a couple of months after when the story begins afresh.
Team of the Year – Alliance
Alliance has been that dream team that everyone hopes to build in Dota 2. Kicking off in good spirit soon after their formation last year to claiming the grandest prize of them all within the course of the season is nothing short of brilliant. Apart from winning titles and dominance in the tournaments they participated, Alliance showed great standing in other aspects that define a team too. They constantly evolved as a stack of five players growing more and more naturally compatible with each other as every game went by. Having legendary names like Loda and to comparatively newer blood like AdmiralBulldog, the team proved that ideas and styles from two different eras can merge together to create a great mix to which success was inevitable.
Carry Player of the Year – XBOCT
A long one in the making but heavily deserved. Na`Vi has been one of the most stellar teams in the history of Dota with iconic play makers in the form of Dendi and Puppey who have been the primary stars of the team and rightly so for their incredible games. In a team like this, it takes more than just an ordinary level of carry play to shine above the rest and take a stand which XBOCT managed to accomplish this year. He managed to find that crucial area of balance between the aggressive style of play he is known to bring to the table and the calm that is needed to stay on the path to victory. With exceptional farming skills boosting what is required of him in his role, XBOCT delivered for Na`Vi on various stages this year and alongside proving to the world why he is the longest reigning carry player for one of the best teams ever to have existed.
Support Duo of the Year – EGM and Akke
The backbone and strength of Team Alliance. With s4, Loda and AdmiralBulldog focusing on their lanes, it comes down to EGM and Akke to give them that extra backing that gives them the much needed advantage to claim victory. This support duo has been of paramount importance in the grown of Team Alliance this year. Right from Akke’s regular visits to the mid lane making life difficult for the enemy solo to EGM’s never abandon my carry attitude to both forming the terrific trio with Bulldog placing the ball in their court, they are a true shining example of what every support duo should be. Perfection.
Secondary Solo of the Year – Trixi
The most flexible role in a team and one that can build up a high platform for his team if played right making it all the more pivotal. We saw some great off-laners this year in the form of AdmiralBulldog, bone7, iceiceice and more but my personal favorite for this one has to be Trixi. As a member of a team that showed nothing but progress and growth all round the year, Trixi has been versatile, result yielding, situation adaptive and above all consistently performing all around the year. He has been a heavy contributor to this magnificent squad and is sure to deliver more for them.
Mid Solo Player of the Year – Mushi
Very few players in this role could have competed with Mushi this year. Normally the success of the mid role greatly defines the ease of the game for a team but in the case of Mushi, it was his rock solid performance that stood out at every turn. Irrespective of what opponent he played, he managed to overcome them most of the times giving Orange and and now Team DK that boost that propelled them to many victories. Not to mention the incredibly large hero pool he carries around which makes it literally impossible to shut him down or figure.
Breakout Player of the Year – Fy
We saw a lot of new players this year making remarkable impression with their talent and skill. One such gem is Fy from Vici Gaming. As a support for his team, he has been a player who turned tides with the most unexpected of plays on his renowned Rubick or his deadly Crystal Maiden to name a few. He is one of those few players I feel from the new era of Chinese teams that has the potential to be a legendary name if he stays around for long. Can’t wait to see his performance in 2014.
The honorable mention here goes to Meracle from Titan (formerly First Departure) . He has been pretty much as impressive as Fy has been on his team on the complete opposite roles. Meracle defies all laws of Dota causing him to make plays that stand out. His game sense is absolutely fantastic allowing him to analyze the situation greatly giving him a much clearer understanding of what to do in a chaotic team fight as the carry. Definitely one of finer talents to have come out of South East Asia.
Caster Duo of the Year – LD and Luminous
The Davids. Yet another year of casting hundreds of matches with each cast getting better and better. Not only did they bring so many hours of entertainment together along with quality casting but also created viewership records as a part of Beyond The Summit over multiple events. Their voices will forever be encased in some of the best matches that this year had to offer.
Caster Duo of the Year – v1lat and CaspeR
100k viewers on English Stream? Cyka Please. 100k on Russian Stream. You can’t even begin to fathom how big that is and it takes great quality to make that happen. v1lat and CaspeR have been centrifugal figures in bringing the CIS masses to fall in love with game more and more boosting the popularity of the game by large values. They deserve every single credit that can be bestowed upon them. Magnificent job.