While many Dota 2 tournaments remain cancelled, postponed or set to be played in a different format online, many players have been able to enter the upper echelons of the Matchmaking Rating (MMR), including three new additions to 10,000.
This year has seen a rather sizeable increase in players reaching the 10k MMR mark and as of earlier today, another three have entered the top ranks of the game. Two of the three players have been around for some time in the scene, having played among and alongside some of the best teams and players in the world – with one having even lifted the Aegis of Champions.
Alik ‘V-Tune’ Vorobey is a 19-year old Ukrainian player who definitely has not been on the Dota 2 scene for very long. V-Tune only begun his professional Dota 2 career back in 2018 when he joined Odium for very short spell, before teaming up with Aachen City Esports – where he had a chance to play alongside the likes of Gleb ‘Funn1k’ Liatnikov and Nikola ‘LeBronDota’ Popovic. After this ended, he made his way to HellRaisers for another short stint before moving to his current FlyToMoon roster.
While V-Tune has not had much experience on the pro scene, his progress and reaching 10k MMR is huge and it makes him a perfect target to watch in upcoming events – especially with the CIS region have very few teams performing to their best ability in recent times.
Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin’s Dota 2 career has seen him bounce between mainly two well-known teams: Alliance and compLexity Gaming. Probably most well remembered for playing alongside his brother, Rasmus ‘Chessie’ Blomdin and Kyle ‘Kyle’ Freedman at coL, Limmp has never really been able to make a huge impact on the Dota 2 scene until more recent times. Alliance is now, once again, the squad on which the Swedish player finds himself – and in recent tournaments they have performed rather admirably too.
Limmp becomes one of a confirmed 13 players to reach the prestigious 10k MMR mark and even though the recent changes by Valve with the static rating increases and decrease have made this a bit easier to obtain, it is still an amazing feat.
Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan is possibly one of the most well-known players in all of Dota 2, having made a name for himself at an extremely young age and never stopping on his quest to the top either. There are very few in the community who can forget one of Sumail’s first performances on Storm Spirt all the way back in 2015 when he joined Evil Geniuses as a pubstar and managed to win them the event too. Later that year, at only 16-years of age, Sumail would lift the Aegis of Champions with EG and his legacy was already carved in stone.
Reaching the 10k MMR milestone is a massive achievement for anyone, but according to the above clip from his stream on Twitch, Sumail has managed to do this via only ever random-picking heroes. The young player, while already a legend in the game, now enters the upper echelons of MMR – and with his new position alongside OG, we’re sure to see much more of his brilliance in upcoming events and tournaments.
Although it does seem as though Valve have made it a fair bit easier to reach higher Matchmaking Ratings in recent times, these players have definitely given it their all to get there. While the list of players at the 10k milestone is only at 13 confirmed, there may be others who have not confirmed their MMR via social media or Twitch either. The full list of all 13 players is:
- Abed Azel “Abed” L. Yusop
- Yeik “MidOne” Nai
- Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
- Roman “RAMZES” Kushnarev
- Aliwi “w33” Omar
- Rafli Fathur “Mikoto” Rahman
- Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin
- Marc “Raven” Fausto
- Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios
- Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko
- Alik ‘V-Tune’ Vorobey
- Linus ‘Limmp’ Blomdin
- Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan
It will be interesting to see how many more reach this mark as many of us stay inside due to the threat of the current COVID-19 pandemic.