of this list is debatable – this is unavoidable, many players deserve to be
here and which player stands higher on the list than the other is mostly a
matter of opinion. Yet, I think there would be very few people who would
dispute the top 2 spots on the list.
Puppey is the player who is the embodiment of consistency. Besides TI4 Na’Vi and a brief period
in team Secret with Universe, all of his teams have been on the top of
competitive Dota. No matter which player he takes under his wings, Puppey’s
teams perform. Reaching consistent success with one team is hard enough.
Reaching consistent success with various lineups, however, simply showcases
your extraordinarily high individual value as a player and most importantly –
as a captain.
the second player on the list who I have the pleasure of knowing personally.
And while what stands out about Dendi in person is his humble, nice, and funny
personality, what stands out about Puppey
is his strength of character and commanding presence. For lack of better words,
he’s alpha as fuck.
said in a conversation that while right now we’re playing video games and he’s
leading people into virtual battles, if we
lived 1000 years ago, he would probably still be leading people to battle in
real wars. Imagining most pro players in hand to hand combat is quite comical.
Yet, as you’re standing next to Clement when he’s saying that you immediately
know that one – he means it, and two – he might be right. The cameras give us a
good feel of a person, but they cannot fully express their presence. And with
his ~ 2m (6.5ft) height and deep voice combined with his disagreeable character
(meaning not afraid of confrontation, although he also has a light side),
Puppey is hard not to take seriously.
believe many pro teams fall apart because
of the clash of egos. Most pro players
(understandably) have high self-esteem when it comes to their skill and
knowledge of the game. This makes it hard to work together when things are not
going well, especially when we’re talking about younger, less mature players. It’s
easy to point fingers and blame and it’s hard to follow someone’s lead. When you’re
playing with Puppey, however, this is not
an option exactly because of his presence. Even if you are currently the
biggest mechanical star on the scene and the whole of Reddit is on your hype
train, it’s pretty clear whose rules you’re playing under.
If team captains are dads, Puppey is the
traditional, patriarchal father whom you don’t question. This might cause
friction in some circumstances, but in high-intensity
team sports (or medieval battles) having such a figure is likely extremely beneficial.