The Dota professional scene is absolutely competitive to the bone, and every esport betting fan out there knows that. Anyone can attempt to get in but only a select few are able to be called professional players. There are a lot of hardships and challenges faced by most players in this environment. Nevertheless, the ones mentioned in this list have been able to accomplish this feat and made a name for themselves as being the best in their regions and the world.
Today we are going to continue and finish our list of the best Dota 2 support players in the world! These players have seen everything in the live server, most of them are even considered to be legends of the esport.
Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev – Russia
Sonnieko is widely known as one of the most knowledgeable players to come from the CIS region, as his opponents absolutely fear his planning in and out of the live server. It is quite evident that the region needs better captains and leaders, Sonneiko absolutely fills this void in the competitive community. Along with his high IQ draft phases and picks, he is also known for his almost omniscient game sense. His camera control and hero Mirco are the main mechanical advantages you can expect from him as a player.
Currently part of team BetBoom, Sonneiko emerged into the competitive scene around the early stages of 2015 after joining the legendary Dota 2 team Na’Vi. He was really young at the time, 18 to be exact when he joined the likes of Dendi on that Na’Vi roster. Under his leadership, a lot of teams have managed to reach a new possible ceiling and with that achieve success. His determination is unmatched and mechanical skills are always the center of attention while he plays.
Even in the recently held Stockholm Major, BetBoom managed to reach the main stage against all odds as the team was not looking too hot coming into the tournament. With Sonneiko captaining the team, we hope they achieve major success in the next couple of tournaments.
Melchior “Seleri” Hillenkamp – Netherlands
Seleri made his appearance into the Dota 2 competitive scene at what most considered a very early age for such a demanding esport scene. Often playing for tier 2 or tier 3 teams, he always showed some potential as a great team leader and support role player. Over the next couple of years, he changed his identity and managed to become a great drafter as well, often showcasing his immense game knowledge not only on his role but of the entire game.
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Seleri is known to play a sacrificial lane support, a style that is often underrated in terms of raw mechanical skill and is seen in more of a secondary light on the competitive scene. Nevertheless his value goes further than mechanics, as he is known for his calmness under high pressure situations while exhibiting controlled yet impressive gameplay. He is absolutely stunning on sacrificial supports, often seen setting up ganks or stacking for his carry during lane.
Seleri is quite good at assisting his team as he normally is seen purchasing utility items that provide him and his team mostly escape and mobility, thus creating extra space for his teammates personal builds and items. His role in team Gaimin Gladiators, who are currently predicted to be the next big team in the world, is quite a significant one especially as a player of his expertise and caliber is really hard to find. Besides being a great leader, Seleri is also a great drafter, which is essential for guiding a team full of young rookies like Gaimin Gladiators to a title.
Tommy “Taiga” Le – Norway
Everyone that is currently following the professional Dota scene knows that Taiga is an absolute dominant and ruthless player. He came out of nowhere via the ranked leaderboards and now is a household name within the Dota 2 competitive scene. His fast paced aggressive yet seemingly calculated gameplay is the reason why he is included in this list and everyone else’s as well. He is known to step up when needed especially under high risk high reward situations in game, and is the vital and main reason why OG managed to win the Stockholm Major last month.
Taiga started his professional Dota career with a big team called SFT esports, though the team lacked synergy and team play, Taiga played with the likes of the two time The International champion Topson and legendary CIS regional player Illidan. Though that was a failed attempt for everyone involved in the SFT project, he definitely learned quite a lot and improved immensely while being involved with the previously mentioned veteran players, being quite highly rated on the leaderboard as well. Which ultimately was the reason he was picked by the legendary Team Alliance for their new roster.
After close to a 5 year playing career with his teammates at Team Alliance, Taiga moved on to take a breath of fresh air by joining the absolute juggernaut and world famous team OG. This team consisted of then barely known young rookies. Under the exceptional guidance and leadership principles of Notail and Ceb, team OG improved rapidly and immensely coming into the 2022 competitive season. They qualified for the Stockholm Major and ended up winning it flawlessly, an incredible achievement for any team in such a level of competition.
Taiga played a plethora of heroes and was considered to be the MVP of the tournament to basically everyone. With The International being closer every minute, we know Taiga and team OG are looking to solidify under this hype and momentum to hopefully win the whole thing.
Kim “DuBu” Doo-young – Korea
We have finally circled back to an incredible Cinderella story, which at this point we are quite familiar with. Dubu is at this point an absolute household name in the NA region. His impressive yet consistent performance and captaincy skills landed him at such a high spot in the list. You might be asking, why is he different from other supports and why does he deserve such respect? Well he has the best mental and discipline of any player from the Dota 2 competitive scene.
He is seen constantly grinding and climbing the leaderboards by exclusively playing support heroes, no off role or any similar positions commonly switched by support players in order to climb the leaderboards faster or farther. He is also criminally underrated due to his current mechanical skill set, but people are slowly realizing his true worth after the recent success of TSM under his captaincy, as his leadership prowess and communication skills more than suffice to be one if not the best support player in the world.
Dubu is known to play a huge variety of support heroes, even the unusual out of the box ones. His sacrificial playstyle has worked absolute wonders for all the teams he has played for in the past and present (currently TSM). His deep and immense game sense and knowledge of the hero pool and the game itself makes him a great support player overall. His signature heroes are quite often banned in pub and competitive games due to his incredible ability to constantly pressure his enemies while still assisting his team.
Dubu is known for efficiently rotating quite early in the game even as lane support, this secures small advantages that later snowball into wins in other lanes and ensures solo XP and farm to his carry in the process. TSM’s legendary cinderela run at the recent Stockholm Major is all truly thanks to the drafting skills and prowess of DuBu as a support main.
We have finished with the list of the best current support players in Dota 2. Now that we have seen the sheer excellence and why these players deserve to be in this list, you can also take notes on what to focus on if you also are a support player. There has always been a common basic trait among the players we have mentioned here, which is leadership.
Support players are one of the most exciting ones to watch, especially because leadership or captaincy skills are hard to develop or provide in a high tension environment such as Dota 2 esports. However, support players as the name suggests are there to support their team not only in game but out of game as well. The voice of expertise, calmness, and above all communication is a pillar present and of course needed from a support main.
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