Best Dota 2 Players for the Carry Role

It’s the year 2021, and the best carry player Dota 2 has to offer might be your casual read for the weekend. Over the past decade of everything Dota 2, the hottest debate among players have always been simply about, “Who is the best carry player in Dota 2?

Frankly, it’s a tough one writing this or simply updating our Dota 2 hall of fame. Since most Dota 2 players have practically just gotten back to LAN tournaments recently, it’s too early to call any Dota 2 carry players the best across all regions. Regardless, this list is based on various criteria, such as consistency, big plays, and of course, what they achieved in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 (DPC 2021).

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Unlike other esports, such as CS:GO, Dota does not have an official top 10 or top 20 to celebrate the best Dota 2 players in the world. Nevertheless, people still wonder who the best player in Dota 2 is and want to know what to expect in a tournament. Much like in football, basketball or any other team sport, Dota 2 relies heavily not just on a good strategy, but also on exceptional individuals who bring their unique skillset to the table. With that in mind, here’s a list of the best Dota 2 players for the carry role. This top was made in light of the results in 2020 and early 2021.

Emo from Invictus Gaming

At age 20, Zhou “Emo” Yi  is already one of the best carry role players on the planet. As desperate times call for desperate plays, Emo stepped in for Invictus Gaming as his flight-or-fight reflexes kicked in.

During the Singapore Major grand finals versus Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming was one game away from losing to the North American giant. That was when Emo decided to pull a trick out of his magician’s hat, taunts. After winning a team fight despite being 23,000 gold behind, Emo would casually send the question mark sign to EG. As the match became spicier, the adrenaline rush transformed Emo into a one-man army, shutting down EG’s formation.

Best Dota 2 Players for the Carry Role

Zhou “Emo” Yi

Eventually, EG had enough of the clown fiesta they had and actually let iG got their comeback run at the Singapore Major. Emo went on do the same shenanigans in his domestic DPC Dota 2 Season 2 and is once again looking to contest the world at WePlay AniMajor. The team has also secured an invite to TI10, so expect to see Emo at the big season finale in August as well.

Abed from Evil Geniuses

Another Asian talent that has garnered quite the attention is “Abed” Azel L. Yusop. Hailing from the rigorous region of SE Asia, Abed was scouted out by EG to become their mid-player earlier last year. Since then, the NA scene had to deal with a massive threat in the form of mid-lane Storm Spirit and Puck. Abed is proficient at utilizing elusive heroes such as the ones mentioned, that he often causes havoc in the enemy’s base alone. When the match seems one-sided, Abed will test his limits by chasing his opponents deep into their base, just to prove a point. He is the best Dota 2 carry player, and he wants them to call GG immediately.

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Abed Azel L. Yusop

While rumours of his dominance in NA leagues spread, Abed has no issue delivering the same performance in majors. Notably, the Singapore Major was a stage for him to showcase his skills. EG is also the top team in DPC 2021 rankings, vastly contributed by the young prodigy, Abed.

Nightfall from, one of the biggest powerhouses in the CIS region. It’s essential to start off with the team background this time around because VP’s recent performance doesn’t do Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko justice. It was just a year ago when VP was at its breaking point, they were having frequent roster shuffles, and nothing seems to be on par with their glory days.

Eventually, Nightfall was delegated to VP’s sister team, VP.Prodigy instead. Here, he built a brand name for himself along with his underdog teammates, surpassing what VP could achieve last season. Hence, Nightfall’s squad was promoted to the main squad in preparation for the DPC 2021.

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Egor “Nightfall” Grigorenko

Feared in the CIS region, Nightfall’s relentless aggression with his carry heroes makes him a terrifying opponent to go up against. He has proven to be able to assert dominance as a carry player, even without any significant plays. He’s the reason why VP is currently second place in the DPC 2021 rankings, and for that, he deserves to be called’s savior.

Arteezy from Evil Geniuses

Representing the NA Dota scene, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev might just be NA’s best carry to date. While Arteezy may not be the flashiest player around, he makes up for it by playing consistently as Evil Geniuses’ position 1 carry.

That said, he certainly can flex his skills when the situation calls for it. A recent play at the BTS Pro Series Season 2: Americas, showcased Arteezy’s consecutive barrage of skills and items to wipe out the opponent’s entire squad. Since 2014 he has not missed a single TI and has played in countless majors and large-scale Dota 2 competitions.

Arteezy at Singapore Major - Best Dota 2 Players for the Carry Role

Artour Babaev

Artour is truly a veteran of the NA scene, but what makes him stand out is his consistency in performance throughout all these years. Thus, earning him the title as one of the best Dota 2 player of 2021.

Matumbaman from Team Secret

Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen’s consistent performance has really gone under the radar for the most part. Despite Team Secret’s decent run in Singapore Major, their achievement was easily overlooked by other teams in the spotlight.

Yet, coming from a downhill career after Team Liquid kicked the lather prior to the International 2019, Matumbaman has definitely reflected on himself. Team Secret was his proving ground to his fans and former teammates that he wasn’t a deadweight they thought. As he was able to outshine his rivals with the support of Team Secret’s talented bunch.

Team Secret Matumbaman

Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen

With Matumbaman regaining his confidence, the DPC majors and ultimately, the International 10 will be his next destination to prove his worth once more. Furthermore, their 2020 first-place finishes speak for themselves. Team Secret bagged seven championship titles in their pocket, making them the top choice in Dota 2 betting.


Other Worthy Candidates

Unfortunately, it pains us to only have 5 Dota 2 best carry player here, but the following players might just catch up in the upcoming list:

Ame from PSG.LGD

Sporting a second runner-up victory at the Singapore Major, Wang “Ame” Chunyu was the last founding member of the PSG.LGD roster that won two runner-up wins in recent Internationals. Ame is well-known for his versatile hero pool but also decision-making. Hence, these traits enable him to be none the wiser as a carry player.

miCKe from Team Liquid

We can’t deny that Michael “miCKe” Vu and Team Liquid have their moments throughout the 2020-2021 season. From their incredible lower bracket run in ESL One Germany 2020 to making it into WePlay AniMajor recently. As far as European powerhouses go, miCKe and his team are ones that will always be featured for good reasons.

Maybe from PSG.LGD

We ranked Anathan “ana” Pham so low in this list this time around solely because he isn’t quite up to par for the time. Having only returned to OG after a year’s break, it was rather blatantly obvious team OG still needs more time to practice. That said, we are reassuringly awaiting ana’s showing at the International 10 qualifiers as the championship draws closer.

After all, in a game of Dota 2, it’s anybody’s game to snatch victories. And by that, we meant the WePlay AniMajor 2021 and TI10.

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