Here are some of the carries at The International 12 and their signature heroes.
Every Dota 2 team consists of 5 players and each one has a key role in the squad’s success. Although some people think that the offlaner or the midder is the most important part of the team, others will say that this honor goes to the carry. That’s one of the reasons why most team’s carries are usually the superstars of the squad.
Speaking of this position, The International 12 is around the ctorner, and it will gather 20 of the best carry players in the world. The tournament will be held in Seattle around a month and a half from now, and it will allow us to watch many of the best players in action.
After covering some of the top-tier midders of TI 12, it’s time to take a look at the second core players – the carries. Many teams will rely on them to achieve results, so let’s learn more about these Dota 2 superstars.
Michael “miCKe” Vu – Team Liquid
The first name that has to be on the list of the best carries at The International 12 is miCKe, Team Liquid’s superstar. Although he used to be the squad’s midder, after Nisha became a part of it, he moved to the safelane. Nowadays, he is one of the main reasons for the club’s massive success.
miCKe is a well-known Swedish Dota 2 superstar in the professional scene since 2015. He was a part of several big teams, including the likes of Team Doge, Sync eSports, and Alliance. He spent around 2 years with the latter, but after the organization decided to drop its roster, he became a parto of Team Liquid in 2019 and has been in the organization since.
Like most carry players, miCKe focuses a lot on late-game monsters. However, he can also play with tempo controllers, so it all depends on the meta. Some of the heroes he’s known for include:
Anton “dyrachyo” Shkredov – Gaimin Gladiators
Considering Gaimin Gladiators is the big favorite to win The International 12, it’s probably not a surprise the team’s carry is one of the best in the world. Dyrachyo has been incredibly strong in 2023 and is probably the big reason for this club’s success. He’s been excellent on pretty much any hero, which makes him very unpredictable.
Dyrachyo is a 21-year-old CIS superstar that started his career in 2019. After spending some time with Team Spirit, the player joined Gambit Esports, followed by Winstrike Team and Team Tickles. Gaimin Gladiators eventually acquired the latter and became Dota 2’s most dominant team.
As mentioned, Dyrachyo is a player that can fill into many heroes, depending on what’s needed. However, the player is mostly famous for one of the following heroes:
Oliver “skiter” Lepko – Tundra Esports
There is no arguing that Skiter was the best carry player in the world in 2022. He and Tundra Esports won The International 11, and he was always one of the best in each game. That’s the reason why we think he will also be one of the top carries at The International 12 and a player to keep an eye on.
The 24-year-old from Slovakia has been a professional player since 2015 and played for a lot of big teams. The list includes the likes of Team Spirit, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Infamous, and mudgolems. Of course, the latter was acquired by Tundra Esports in 2021.
In terms of the heroes he’s known for, skiter plays a lot of things. The 12k MMR player can adapt according to the meta, but his bread-and-butter heroes are the following:
Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev – 9Pandas
When it comes down to top carries at The International 12, there is no arguing that RAMZES666 is one of the best in the world. He is among the most experienced carry players in professional Dota 2, even though he’s only 24 years old.
The Russian superstar has played for some of the best EEU teams over the years. Of course, almost everyone knows him for his time with Virtus.Pro back when this team had no domestic competition. Even though VP was one of the best in the world, it never won The International, which was one of the reasons why it has a new roster.
In addition to Virtus.Pro, Ramzess was a part of Natus Vincere, Team Spirit, Team Empire, CIS Rejects, Evil Geniuses, HellRasiers, and more. The player has proven he can play with pretty much anything and adapt to the current meta. However, he’s well-known for being one of the best with a couple of heroes:
Crhistian “Pakazs” Savina – Evil Geniuses
The South American Dota 2 scene is where you can find a lot of interesting players, but there aren’t that many top-tier carries. Fortunately, Pakazs will be one of the carries at The International 12 that definitely deserves more attention. He and Evil Geniuses will defend South America’s pride at TI 12, which begins soon.
Interestingly, Pakazs was a part of Thunder Awaken before the arrival of Evil Geniuses. However, like other players from the squad and beastcoast, he decides to join the newly-formed team.
Pakazs began playing in 2019, but he did not become famous until 2021. He can play with a lot of the top-tier carries, but most players know him for the following:
Guo “shiro” Xuanang – PSG.LGD
The last superstar on the list of the best carries at The International 12 is Shiro. The Chinese star is just 22 years old, but he quickly becomes one of Asia’s best Dota 2 players. EHOME’s superstar became a part of PSG.LGD after Ame left the squad, so he had to full in the shoes of one of the best Chinese stars of all time. A lot of people were skeptical, but shiro lived up to the expectations.
Aside from EHOME and LGD, shiro played for Phoenix Gaming and EHOME.Immortal. He is a top-tier player that can make any hero work, but he’s famous for using the following names: