When it comes to winning games over a long period of time, these are the best Dota 2 pros in the game’s relatively short history.
What makes a Dota 2 player successful? Is it the number of TI won? Or is it the overall number of victories? For some, it’s the former, while for the others, it’s the latter. It’s hard to dispute which one holds more significance over the other, but for now, we’re going to focus on a player’s victories — as in, total number of wins.
Below, we rounded up some of the best Dota 2 pros in the history of the game, as ranked by their number of overall wins.
1. Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson — 1,167 wins
Topping the lists is none other than s4, who, since breaking into the scene with Tidehunter and Alliance in 2013, have yet to miss out on Dota 2’s biggest annual festival since making his debut and winning it all at The International 2013.
First making a name for himself as one of the most proficient if unorthodox midlaners in the game, s4 is known for his lane prowess, mechanical skills, and flexibility. The 27-year-old Swedish professional Dota 2 player has since taken his talents to the offlane, a position that has helped him add two Major trophies to his resume while playing with OG.
s4 is currently playing with Evil Geniuses, where he joins another player who is also a part of this list.
2. Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi — 1,132 wins
The man, the myth, the legend himself.
KuroKy has been one of the pillars of the Dota 2 community, whether as the young superstar carry that inspired so many others with his aggressive and risk-heavy plays, or as a captain who has successfully led his team, Team Liquid, into becoming the winnigest Dota 2 team in history. Technically, Team Liquid are second only to Team DK in terms of win percentage but it’s only by a small margin and the winrate includes the previous Team Liquid rosters that were quite unsuccessful, which only serves to reinforce the point regarding how dominant Team Liquid have been since KuroKy took the helm.
As one of only two players to have made it to every TI ever, as well as one of the few to have ever been to multiple TI grand finals and the first to a thousand wins, KuroKy’s eyes are currently set on one goal alone — the first to become two-time TI champions.
It remains uncertain if KuroKy will ever achieve his goal. However, regardless of whether it happens or not, KuroKy has, no doubt, already secured his place in the pantheons of Dota 2 legends.
3. Tal ‘Fly’ Aizik — 1,112 wins
A hard support player, and an occassional offlaner, Fly is a master strategy who’s perfected the art of motivation, always making sure that his team is raring to go. Although he is as far from flashy as any player can get, he packs on a lot of jewelry. In particular, Fly has won four Valve Majors, the then-record number of Major titles won by any player and a distinction that he shares with his former teammate, Johan ‘n0tail‘ Sundstein, until earlier this season when Virtus.Pro won their fifth Major at the Kuala Lumpur Major.
Now the captain of Evil Geniuses, the 25-year-old professional Dota 2 player is now looking to win the only thing in Dota 2 that has eluded him so far — the Aegis of Champions.
4. Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein — 1,111 wins
One of the co-founders of OG, along with his former teammate, Fly, the fan favourite n0tail is beloved by the Dota 2 community.
One of the best Dota 2 pros when it comes to playing micro-intensive heroes, n0tail is arguably the reason why Alchemist and Naga Siren saw a long period of irrelevance nearly two years ago. A former carry, n0tail has since shifted his focus to serving as the captain of OG.
Based on pure accolades alone, OG is one of the best Dota 2 pros ever; he’s the only one to have won multiple Majors and a TI.
5. Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov — 1,103 wins
A towering presence in the scene, both figuratively and literally, the gigantic captain who hails from Estonia is easily one of the most influential figures in all of Dota 2.
One of the first Dota 2 players to break the mold and establish his own org, Puppey has successfully molded Team Secret into a contender ever since its inception. In fact, Team Secret just sit right below Team Liquid in terms of all-time win percentage with a 409-254 record, which is good for 61.69%. That Puppey is the sole member to have remained through the various iterations of Team Secret is only a testament to his staying power on top of the scene.
Puppey was one of the first Dota 2 players to ever hoist the Aegis of Champions as part of Natus Vincere at the very first The International. So far, two times he’s been denied the opportunity to be the first to hoist the Aegis of Champions twice. However, just like clockwork, Puppey keeps on keeping on, and with arguably the best iteration of Team Secret yet in tow, this year might finally be when Puppey makes history yet again.
6. Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora – 1,028 wins
Considered by many as the best offlaner in Dota 2 of all time, UNiVeRsE is a decorated veteran that has played Dota 2 ever since the very first The International. In fact, if you include his time as a sub for Online Kingdom at Gamescom 2011, UNiVeRsE completes the trio of players, along with Puppey and KuroKy, to have ever made it to The International every year, and with the way things are, he’ll likely continue to extend his streak once again this year.
UNiVeRsE was an integral part of Evil Geniuses’ run from 2013 to 2017, which saw the North American claim two top-three finishes at a TI and winning it all at The International 2015.
While UNiVeRsE has struggled to make an impact his teams since departing Evil Geniuses nearly two years ago, it’s only a matter of time before UNiVeRsE finally finds the right fit. If and when he does, the world better watch out for his game-changing plays once again.
7. Xu “fy” Linsen — 1,027 wins
fy is arguably the least successful of all the players on this list. Or, at the very least, the one that has been through the most heartbreak.
Similar to Fly, the Chinese professional Dota 2 player has never won a TI. However, he has come close. Twice, in fact. The first was a second-place finish at The International 2014 with Vici Gaming. Four years later, history would repeat itself as fy would once again lose out on a chance to win his very first TI after PSG.LGD’s heartbreaking loss in the Grand Finals of The International 2018.
Fun fact: fy is the only position 4 player who is part of our list.
Which of these best Dota 2 pros’ career have you followed closely the most? Do you think that the sheer amount of success they’ve had make these players the best Dota 2 pros ever? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.