AdmiralBulldog – Henrik Ahnberg
AdmiralBulldog is a retired professional Dota 2 player turned streamer who has left his mark on this beautiful esport and continues to be admired by countless fans across the globe. This guide will help you to find out more about AdmiralBulldog and his legacy, so that you can be better informed about the Dota 2 professional scene and how successful players operate.
Perhaps you prefer to watch Dota 2 games online, via video footage or live streaming services? For fans, knowing about the top players is a must in order to be able to anticipate the outcome of all the big games. On this page, you can get the essentials on AdmiralBulldog’s background and how he got into competitive gaming. You can also read about the roles he has played, his favorite heroes, and check out what he managed to achieve in his career.
Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg is a Dota 2 player from Sweden. He is ranked no. 74 in the world in terms of winnings from Dota 2 tournaments. Until the age of 27, AdmiralBulldog has racked up a large number of major competitions within the esports industry. He has played Dota 2 in a total of 70 tournaments, earning well over $600K from his victories.
The role that AdmiralBulldog plays within Dota 2 teams is that of an offlaner. He helped Alliance win many trophies by playing this role, at which he is an absolute master. However, he has been criticized for lacking versatility and using a limited range of heroes. While that might be true to a certain extent, AdmiralBulldog was certainly very effective with the heroes he did play in his offlane position. In particular, his Nature’s Prophet, Lone Druid and Broodmother have made him known world wide and many casters still refer to his epic performances on these heroes even today.
In his professional career, AdmiralBulldog only played for one team: No Tidehunter, which would later become Alliance. And it was with Alliance that he managed to conquer the Dota 2 professional scene, a process that would culminate in winning The International 2013.
AdmiralBulldog’s time with Alliance was bittersweet, as the team oscillated between success and failure and had a playstyle that was heavily hero dependent. This meant for instance that certain patches which heavily nerfed their favorite heroes simply buried them and made them collapse almost into total anonymity. Since Alliance’s fall, we’ve seem other teams too go through a similar process of gradual collapse and for the exact same reasons. OG is probably the most famous of them.
AdmiralBulldog has a whole host of achievements under his belt. In 2013, he was awarded the Player of the Year title by the onGamers Dota 2 Awards, also winning team of the year with Alliance during the same event. In 2013, AdmiralBulldog was presented with a community and organization voted GosuAward for Best hard laner (offlaner).
Along with winning the most prestigious Dota 2 event in the world (The International), AdmiralBulldog won many other trophies with Alliance, including G-1 Champions League Season 5, DreamHack Summer 2013, Dota 2 Champions League Season 1, DreamLeague Season 1, World Cyber Arena 2015, and StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1.
Overall, AdmiralBulldog is a highly accomplished Dota 2 player who in recent years has fully transitioned to streaming.
Twitch streaming and meme crafting
AdmiralBulldog is one of the biggest Dota 2 streamers in the industry. His live audiences range from 5000 to 25000 people and are a sarcastic crowd bent on using loads of memes and sending donations with truly bizarre messages. The whole thing is worthy of a BBC documentary but that aside, AdmiralBulldog is no doubt a great showman who knows how to keep people entertained for hours, creating memes on the spot and then training his audience to repeat them ad finem (pun intended). Considering the size of the stream’s audience, these memes often times rapidly go mainstream into the Dota 2 gaming community as a whole, having a lasting impact on how people communicate and joke with one another.
Like a few other Dota 2 personalities, such as ppd from OpTic Gaming or Lil from Natus Vincere, AdmiralBulldog is a vocal member of the Dota 2 community and often tweets the most sharp and sarcastic responses you could imagine about the events that take place within the esports industry in general and Dota 2 in particular.
For instance, when Sumail from Evil Geniuses changed his role from midlaner to offlaner, AdmiralBulldog didn’t hesitate to let everyone know that he’s looking forward to watch Sumail play in the offlane in order to learn some great lessons from him. When Ice Frog announced that he would release Dota 2 patches every two weeks in order to balance the game more often, AdmiralBulldog immediately tweeted that he should win a TI before learning how to balance Dota 2. Such remarks, and many more like them, make AdmiralBulldog a loved but also controversial figure within the esports community.