Launched back in 2013, Dota 2 quickly became one of the most-played MOBA titles of all time. Within a few years of its release, it became a core part of the pro-level esports competition. It’s also one of the most lucrative titles in competitive gaming, offering eye-watering prize money to victors. In 2022, The International boasted an overall prize pool of $40 million. Tundra Esports, a relatively new esports lineup based out of the UK emerged as champions, surprisingly many.
Going into 2023, all bets are off when it comes to predicting which teams will come out on top. However, while it might be hard to pick out which teams are going to emerge victorious, it’s easier to spotlight some stars of the show. Below, we profile five Dota 2 professionals worth keeping an eye out for in upcoming tournaments.
Illya “Yatoro” Mayarchuk
Any Dota 2 fan is going to have heard of Team Spirit. However, Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk is a relatively new addition to the roster, standing as one of the fresher faces of 2022. Despite his inexperience. Mayarchuk quickly established himself as a star carry player. What makes Mayarchuk so special? For starters, he’s well-versed with many different heroes, granting him versatility that most players can’t touch.
Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen is far more established in Dota 2 circles than other players in this list. In fact, this Finnish gamer has been playing professionally for several years. He was once a staple of the Team Liquid roster before he jumped ship to join the ranks of Team Secret. Although he enjoyed great success there, home was calling and he soon returned to the Team Liquid fold. He’s arguably one of the finest Dota 2 players on the planet and the 2023 playing season looks set to be another bright year for him.
Artem “Yuragi” Golubiev
Artem “Yuragi” Golubiev has previously played for the likes of Team Unique. However, he’s recently become an invaluable part of the OG roster. As with Yatoro, he’s one of the best carry players in the world. He’s helped turn the tide at more than one critical match at The International. In 2023, expect to see more great things from this legendary player.
Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov
Bozhidar “bzm” Bogdanov is another relatively new arrival on the professional
scene. He’s currently a teammate of Yuragi, occupying a mid laner role for OG. He’s one of the youngest players around and, until recently, has been confined to lower tiers. Bogdanov looks set to have a bright future ahead of him. If he carries on playing as well as he has been, he could go down in the Dota 2 hall of fame.
Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan
Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan is another mid laner. For many, he’s the best of his kind. Another member of OG, Hassan enjoyed a meteoric rise in his early career. However, the 2021 playing season proved a relatively lackluster one for him. Nonetheless, he’s still one to watch. All going well, 2023 should prove a fruitful year for him.
Ready to see who comes out on top next year? You’ll find a comprehensive breakdown of all upcoming Dota 2 tournaments schedule here.