Ishutin originally started playing video games he was around eight years old, after his parents bought their first computer. Growing up, his favorite games were Counter-Strike and Warcraft III. He has always had a competitive streak and over time he started playing for longer periods of time while trying to beat more high scores and streaks, and also as a form of escape to cope with the loss of his father. He then came to realize that there are other gamers who are better than him, and gamers who are even better than them. That inspired him to grind more so that he could gain more skills to beat them.
Outside of gaming, he also studied the piano and dance as his mother was a piano teacher and the arts were important to her. He spent many years dancing and competing in events. He even considered turning it into a career at one stage, but he eventually lost interest in both hobbies.
Has his skills improved, he began participating in local Warcraft III tournaments, some of which he won. This furthered spurred his competitive streak. He later discovered DotA, which became his new focus. He later switched to Dota 2 after receiving a beta key from Valve. By the time he was seventeen, he had earned a name for himself and had begun participating in team tournaments.
Dendi joined Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) in 2010, which marked the true start of his professional career. However, focusing solely on eSports as a career path only really became feasible for him with the release of DotA 2 by Valve and their greater resources for funding tournaments. In fact, Team Na’Vi won the first ever DotA 2 tournament hosted by Valve, with the prize pool of $1 Million USD. After that, he continued to participate in competitive tournaments, and occasionally streamed in his free time. However, in August 2019, he decided to leave Na'Vi to create his own organization, B8 Esports.
No set schedule. Streams for 1 – 5 hours at a time.
- 1st – StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2 - 2016
- 1st – Dota 2 Champion’s League Season 4 - 2014
- 1st – Dota 2 Champion’s League Season 2 - 2014
- 1st – SLTV StarSeries Season Eight - 2014
- 1st – Alienware Cup Season 1 - 2013
- 1st – GosuLeague Season 4 - 2012
- 1st – The Premier League - 2012
- 1st – Electronic Sports World Cup - 2011
- 1st – The International - 2011
If a team is doing well and someone is shining, it means that four people behind him are insanely good, and we’re doing everything for him to shine. Maybe it’s the strategy around this… [everyone on the team deserves the same amount of recognition for achievements, because no one person] is doing more than 20%.