Dota Dendi

Remember how happy I was that Dendi was coming? I’ve been preparing to smother him in all my fangirl glory. Well, not it appears that he will not be coming to rAge after all.

In a statement on the Na’Vi website, it was revealed that the flu Dendi picked up in Belarus has not abated.

We’ve tried to give it time to solve itself, with the help of medicine and antibiotics, but he has been advised not to travel at this time.

On behalf of Natus Vincere and SteelSeries, we want to extend our sincere apologies for everyone who was looking forward to meet and greet Danil at the upcoming rAge Expo. Both parties are now considering alternative opportunities to bring Dendi to South Africa in the nearest future and we will do everything possible to make such an event possible.

Terrible news! I know there will be some seriously disappointed Dota 2 fans out there. I’m one of them. Now I’ll have to wait to ask him my questions. I just hope the replacement event is soon – and awesome!

We spoke to Jason Borea, Marketing Director of Megarom, about this and he had the following to say on behalf of Megarom

“We are all devastated about the news, due to his massive following in SA and the value we know he would have brought to the South African fans. We have to appreciate that these things happen but can assure you that all partners will be working together in bringing Dendi to our shores in the near future. We sincerely hope Danil feels better and makes a speedy recovery.”

Last Updated: October 3, 2013

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63 Comments

  1. Gerhard Davids

    October 3, 2013 at 12:12

    FML
    This is very sad news.

    I know of people that made plans to get to rage simply for this.

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  2. Convinced

    October 3, 2013 at 12:14

    So Dawson isn’t coming to SA. Bummmer.

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  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 3, 2013 at 12:15

    You must be devastated Zoe

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 3, 2013 at 12:45

      shame..

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      October 3, 2013 at 12:58

      ๐Ÿ™

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 3, 2013 at 13:03

        Sad Zoe is sad ๐Ÿ™

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        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          October 3, 2013 at 13:06

          Only one cure for the sadness… Beer…

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          • ElNicko

            October 4, 2013 at 07:51

            and Whiskey …..

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            October 4, 2013 at 08:19

            Now you’re talking…. I am in the mood for a nice Monkey Shoulder

  4. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 3, 2013 at 12:15

    You must be devastated Zoe

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  5. Bob the Zealot

    October 3, 2013 at 12:22

    I’ve had a bit of a troll thought. Can’t someone with awesome photoshop skills replace Dawson’s face and expression with Darryn’s? Then the Lagz could use that in all their headers.
    Super troll comment but I had to share it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    October 3, 2013 at 12:25

    Awsies. Would have loved to meet the dude, he seems very cool

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  7. GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

    October 3, 2013 at 12:28

    Real Men don’t get the Flu…..

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      October 3, 2013 at 13:09

      Man flu is a killer, though…

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      • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

        October 3, 2013 at 13:16

        Wouldn’t know… I have heard that the beardless sometimes get this disease known as Man flu…

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  8. Martin du preez

    October 3, 2013 at 12:30

    Excuse me but what makes this guy so awesome? He won some money in a gaming tournament? So what?

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    • asc1an

      October 3, 2013 at 12:34

      And Van Gogh was just a painter, right?

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      • Martin du preez

        October 3, 2013 at 12:35

        At least he chopped his own ear off.

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        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          October 3, 2013 at 12:38

          Ha ha I see the Dota fanbois will be on your case again F*ckn Noob, How dare you say He is not a god…blah blah… have my Upvotes

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          • Martin du preez

            October 3, 2013 at 12:38

            They can’t be worse than COD fanboyis can they? ๐Ÿ˜€

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            October 3, 2013 at 12:40

            I dunno… Mind you, Foxhound isn’t here yet

          • Hammersteyn

            October 3, 2013 at 12:41

            I heard they had to put him down. Rabies.

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            October 3, 2013 at 12:44

            You can’t get Rabies if you don’t have a brain….

          • Hammersteyn

            October 3, 2013 at 12:40

            Don’t go there…

          • Martin du preez

            October 3, 2013 at 12:42

            Oh I went there! Took some pictures and came back

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      October 3, 2013 at 12:34

      Honestly he is just an awesome guy… Funny as hell and VERY interesting to see him play. He is also VERY good at solo mid…

      Not just the fact that he is good at DOTA, but he is just a really awesome guy. AWESOME stage and sportsmanship presence.

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      • Gavin Mannion

        October 3, 2013 at 12:34

        ^^ what he said..

        He makes the game exciting which is what makes him so popular

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        • Gerhard Davids

          October 3, 2013 at 12:36

          Not just that.

          He is at the apex of what he does. How many people can say that about any of the things they do.

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          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            October 3, 2013 at 12:38

            Me… Me ….

      • Martin du preez

        October 3, 2013 at 12:37

        Yeah I don’t play DOTA so I just didn’t understand why people were creaming themselves about him coming here. Did a quick Google search the other day and it said his team won money in a competition. Thanks for clearing that up.

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        • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

          October 3, 2013 at 12:39

          I figured as much… Thought I would give a proper explanation. He comes from very humble beginnings too.

          No game with Dendi will ever be boring. o/

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        • Matthew Holliday

          October 3, 2013 at 12:58

          its hard to explain why people like him, but here:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldq1afiKQb8

          his Pudge and Rubick plays on the mid lane are solid fan favorites.

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      • Her Highness the Hipster

        October 3, 2013 at 12:57

        ^^^ exactly! he’s the one who made eSports interesting for me. he is amazing at what he does, and still has a fantastic personality. I’m so gutted – was really looking forward to meeting him.

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  9. Dota hater :P

    October 3, 2013 at 12:35

    Its ok dota 2 is to crap slow anyways would have taken all weekend for a best of 3

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  10. Hammersteyn

    October 3, 2013 at 12:42

    Ah well, at least we know superstar is interested in our little country. He will come here eventually.

    Reply

  11. Rincethis

    October 3, 2013 at 12:48

  12. TiMsTeR1033

    October 3, 2013 at 12:50

    In all honesty I don’t get the fuss, really. Fatality was at rAge was a great gamer at many games, painkiller was his game of choice at the time. Seriously though sports in real life are alot harder than e sports. Yes I am happy they are a real sport now, but lets be honest with enough time and practice we all could be a “Dendi” I have respect the guy is a good player, but yeah… Perhaps if I played Dota I would understand sadly I do not. To all you fans who are sad he isn’t coming, don’t feel too bad…I am sure they will find a way to bring him here at another time.

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    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      October 3, 2013 at 12:51

      “Yes I am happy they are a “real” sport now…” There Fixed it for you…

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    • Gerhard Davids

      October 3, 2013 at 13:01

      So sports in real life are harder? Because someone has a genetic gift of physical superiority that than a genetic gift of mental superiority? As with real life sports, training can only take you so far. You ain’t gonna play major league basketball if you’re 5 feet tall.

      I shouldn’t have taken your bait but jeez it just screams narrow minded view to me.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 3, 2013 at 13:16

        You make a good point, but the difference is with pc/video games we could all be Dendi’s we all could practice like him and perhaps not be as good, but close and some would even far surpass him. Real sports like Basketball work on physical attributes that are needed, but things like boxing, tennis, golf can be learnt and can become great in with enough practice. My point was real sports are harder, take more out of you than e sports. I mean look at boxing… It takes huge amount of strain on human body! what does e sports do, give you a headache, cramped hands?

        I am far from Narrow minded, just guys like Dendi and Fatality are so over rated when you yourself could be as good if not better with the opportunities.

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        • Brady miaau

          October 3, 2013 at 13:22

          Wow, this is the day I do not agree with you.

          I do not agree with you. If you and I were both to start from scratch, but I have better hand eye co-ords, you will never reach me. Plus different levels of learning, interest in activity all of that.

          Also eSports has a physical element to it: of that I am sure.

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:29

            I would never reach you… If I knew that was my issue I could overcome it. I have seen many guys in games learn to beat the better players, just takes more dedication that’s all there is too it. Guys like Dendi have the time to practice and go up against more challenging people thus increasing skills, to a point once hard player become easy. So hear me out before you disagree i make a good point, you know its true.

          • Brady miaau

            October 3, 2013 at 13:36

            I did read it. Twice

            “but things like boxing, tennis, golf can be learnt and can become great in with enough practice”, all those things take a certain something to be special at. Out of those, I played tennis, a lot. Why could I beat some my friends, but they could not beat me? We played the some amount of time in Primary school, had a more or less the same level of excitement. Sure, when I showed a bit of talent, especially in high school, I went for more lessons, played better opponents. And then I got much, much better than some of my friends.

            I do not accept the premise that if I practised and played the same level of people as this Dendi chap, that I would approach his skill level.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:44

            If your friends went for more lessons and played against harder players more often they would beat you more often… I mean even Dendi gets beat. Its all about how everyone on this planet with enough dedication to something can be good at it, perhaps not great but good!

            If you liked Dota and you played enough and went against really good players your skill would increase I promise you that.

          • Brady miaau

            October 3, 2013 at 14:09

            Of course my skill would increase, never said it would not.

            And yes, my friends could have beaten more often if they put the effort in, BUT they would not have beaten me more often than I beat them, as we started at the same time, but I quickly outstripped them (not that I was brilliant, either!). We had fun, thought.

            Look, my argument only came from your statement that at sports we can all be equally good given the same opportunities. that is all, for the rest (hero worship a person stuff), I fully agree with you.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 14:14

            Cool man, Odd question that cat as your avatar. Is that a scottish fold?

          • Brady miaau

            October 3, 2013 at 14:22

            It is. It is mine, stunning little boy. Born March 31 last year. This is my second one.

            A breed that is very interesting, but still pretty rare in SA. Only two breeders registered (I do not buy cats from unregistered breeders, especially not a fold. Genetic mutation is what causes the ears to fold an that has other problems. It is a travesty to not breed them responsibly) in SA, that I am aware of

        • Gerhard Davids

          October 3, 2013 at 13:27

          I still have to disagree here. Intuition and good quick decision making can only be trained so far. Your saying that endurance > execution?

          I played professional Black ball and even training with the countries top 8 ball player could only take me so far. Things that you either had or didn’t was: picking your run order, being able to judge the cloth speed and cushion weights intuitively. You can train these things up to a point but that is where the Pro players are separated from the very good players.

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:34

            Yes I get that, Natural skill will make some people pro’s! but there is another “Dendi” down the road from you who we never even hear about because he doesnโ€™t enter competitions, and millions like him. What I don’t like is how some people think the guy is a God among men, for goodness sakes if he was great at more than one game then you can say the guy is really something special, but one game seriously now.

          • Gerhard Davids

            October 3, 2013 at 13:39

            Fair enough. However if that person were to step from the shadows and outplay pro’s like Dendi and have a great personality I would be their fan also. The fact that greater talent may be latent or in obscurity does not take away from another’s achievements.

            It’s also a bit dim for people to overhype what he is. He is a professional doing his job. On the LoL side I am a huge fanboi of Wickd. Not the best player in his spot but he is a great entertainer.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:46

            All I wanted to say in a nutshell is donโ€™t make Dendi a god. I agree with you and if you wanna be his fan then cool man.

          • Gerhard Davids

            October 3, 2013 at 13:48

            I may have missed the zealots who were making altars to this man. Next time point them out.

        • SaintsRowNigri

          October 3, 2013 at 13:29

          I do beg to differ. Certain people have a knack for certain types of games. I cannot play a real time strategy for the life of me. Having to be all over the show at once, protecting harvesters, invading an enemy base, building more units etc just beats the shit out of me. My brother is excellent at RTS. Give him a shooter? He cannot walk two steps without getting his ass handed to him. Give ME a shooter and I’ll show you how to raise hell!
          Dendi obviously put in the hours to get to where he is (Two steps short of Zoe’s pants oops sorry heart ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and he deserves the cred for that.

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:36

            I agree with you man, I know some people are better at other games. My point was people could be trained to be on Dendis level, IF they wanted to be that is.. Even your bro could be great at fps games IF he wanted to put the time in and learn to enjoy them even know he sucks when he starts off.

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 3, 2013 at 13:42

            Nah. Still disagree with you. My library has more RTS than I would care to admit, and I never got better at them, despite putting in the effort. Also saying there is a million people with Hashim Amla’s skill might be true, but it does not make Amla any less a great cricketer.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:47

            So no matter what your bro always kicks your ass at RTS games?

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 3, 2013 at 13:50

            If we played competition, yeah. He would. And it’s okay. If we played COD he would ask me to play blindfolded…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 13:53

            Cod is easy though! he would shed tears playing BF3

  13. Rincethis

    October 3, 2013 at 12:51

    In al seriousness, this is rather sucky. Would be awesome to have someone who is apparently a rather decent chap (hair excluded) and would have been nice to see some fan service. SA gets left out more often than not ๐Ÿ™ I think I am right in being able to use my old trusty…

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  14. Tero

    October 3, 2013 at 13:03

    What the buck?

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  15. SaintsRowNigri

    October 3, 2013 at 13:46

    @disqus_3ihQj32EWp:disqus My heart goes out to you. I once won a meet and greet with IL DIVO (I just love them. They sing great. It is my guilty pleasure. So leave me alone) And guess what? The mail telling me I won ended up in my FRIGGIN SPAM FOLDER!!!!
    AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
    I still cry when I think about that…

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  16. ElimiNathan

    October 3, 2013 at 13:49

    Hahaha Zoe put your bra back on

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  17. impi

    October 4, 2013 at 09:47

    And no back-up plan. Poor planning! What a fail!

    Reply

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