Now that we know more about the upcoming 2022/2023 DPC, it is safe to say that next year will be loads of fun, especially for hardcore Dota 2 fans. We can expect to have a lot of action in the different regions, especially in Western Europe.
Speaking of regions and action, almost all teams from different parts of the world made some changes to their rosters for the new season. Some teams made small adjustments, whereas others decided to drop their rosters and acquire 5 new players.
Some of the new additions to specific teams have been around for ages, whereas others are new. Every pro player has his share of loyal fans, but certain names definitely stand out, meaning that people usually want to watch more of them. With that said, here are a couple of players most of us want to see more of in 2023.
Danil "Dendi" Ishutin
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the first name on the list is Dendi. Every old-school Dota 2 player knows that he is a living legend and probably the most famous name in the game. Sadly, he hasn’t been a part of the big Dota 2 stage for a while now because he and his team B8 failed to impress.
Dendi’s decision to leave Na’Vi in 2019 was strange, to say the least, but it seems like the player needed a new challenge. After spending some time with Tigers and The Pango, he created his own team called B8. This happened in 2020, and even though the roster got the chance to play in several events, it wasn’t able to live up to the expectations.
Even though we expected the player to switch to a different organization, it seems like Dendi hasn’t given un up B8 yet. According to Valve’s registrations, he will play alongside StoneBank, Funn1k, MoOz, and Lodine. We expect to see the team in Eastern Europe.
Volodymyr "Noone" Minenko
While we are on the topic of Eastern Europe and some of the best Dota 2 players in the world, we must include Noone. The legendary mid-laner from Virtus.Pro was among the best in the world a couple of years ago. However, after he moved to Na’Vi, he wasn’t able to show everything he was capable of.
Speaking of Na’Vi, Noone became a part of it after he spent several months with AS Monaco Gambit. That said, he moved to Na’Vi in 2021 to bring the team to its former glory. The bad news is that this never happened, which is why Noone decided to step away from the Ukrainian powerhouse and join Old G. The latter is a newly-formed roster that consists of n0tail, Topson, Ceb, and more.
Old G definitely has enough firepower on paper, so it is just a matter of time before the team starts dominating. Needless to say, we can’t wait for this to happen because everyone wants to see Noone playing alongside and versus the best in the world.
Daryl "iceiceice" Koh
When talking about offlaners in Dota 2, there are several big names that come to mind. Most people probably think of Universe or Mind_ContRoL, but iceiceice is also among the most popular and talented people in this position.
He has been around for many years and is notorious as one of the best Timbersaw players in the world. Sadly, we haven’t had the chance to see him in action that often during the last DPC. Iceiceice was a part of EG for around 1 year, after which he joined Team Secret.
Even though people expected him to shine there, this wasn’t the case. In fact, Team Secret was underperforming, which was one of the reasons why iceiceice left the roster. A few days later, he joined Team SMG, but his time there was short-lived.
Daryl does not have a team at the time of writing this article, but this could change in the future. He is among the most popular names in Dota 2, so it is just a matter of time before he finds a new home.
Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung
The next name on the list is one of the living legends in SEA. Mushi has had a crucial role in every team he’s been a part of. Considering that he’s been a pro Dota 2 player since 2011, he played for the likes of EHOME, Mineski, Fnatic, Team DK, Team Aster, Geek Fam, and more. In fact, he was a part of Mineski’s infamous roster that won the only Major for a SEA team.
Despite being one of the best mid-laners, there was a time when Mushi decided to switch to support. Sadly, this didn’t last long because the player decided to become a coach.
After spending several months with Team SMG in 2021, he started coaching TNC Predator. Things weren’t going well there, so he moved to BOOM Esports in late 2021 and he is still there.
It will be really interesting if we can see him back in action because Mushi is definitely a player that can live up to the expectations. However, most teams around the world focus on young and upcoming players. As a result, Mushi may decide to stay a coach.
Zhang "Paparazi" Chengjun
Last but definitely not least, we have Paparazi, also known as Eurus. The 26-year-old Chinese superstar is notorious for being one of the best individual players in the Dota 2 universe. He won numerous events, including the popular DAC 2017 1v1 event, where he defeated the likes of Sccc, Miracle and even SumaiL.
Most people remember Paparzi for his incredible performance with Vici Gaming, where he stayed for almost 3 years. However, he decided to move to Elephant, one of the newly-formed squads in China that consisted of the best in the region. The bad news is that things didn’t go as planned, and Elephant disbanded after a couple of months.
Paparazzi joined Xtreme Gaming in late 2021, but the team wasn’t able to show its prowess and qualify for TI 11. Needless to say, fans hope that 2022/2023 DPC will be better for them.