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Top 10 richest Ukrainian e-sportsmen. Almost everyone made a fortune on Dota 2

E-Sports Earnings website has updated the ranking of the richest gamers. Same as before, the top 10 includes Dota 2 e-sportsmen. The top position was saved by the captain of the winner of The International 2017 Team Liquid Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi. Ukrainian e-sportsmen were included in the rating too, five of them are included in the top 100. They all play Dota 2. * The rating does not take into account how much the players earn on sponsorship contracts, streams and other activities. Also, salary in clubs and deductions to clubs with prize money are not taken into account. Thus, the numbers may differ from the real ones.

The top 10 richest Ukrainian e-sportsmen include:

Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok

Ranking place: 38

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $1.37 million.

He is considered one of the most promising players in Dota 2 in the CIS. Resolut1on began e-sports career in 2013 in the iCCup team. He was also a member of the teams of Virtus.pro, RoX.KIS and Team Empire. In 2016, Resolut1on joined the American Digital Chaos team. It was sensationally ranked the second at The International 2016. A year later, Resolut1on joined the OG team, but this stage of his career did not become successful. In March of this year, the player joined VGJ.Storm.

Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko

Ranking place: 49.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $1.2 million.

Vladimir is the team member of Virtus.pro. He began his career in 2014. The first professional team for him was Russian Vega Squadron. In 2016, he joined Virtus.pro. As part of the latter, he became the winner of a number of tournaments – BTS Europe #4, The Summit 6, The Summit 7 Mr, Cat Invitational Europe, ESL One Hamburg 2017, ESL One Katowice 2018, The Bucharest Major etc. In 2018, No[o]ne became the most valuable player of ESL One Birmingham 2018.

Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk

Ranking place: 67.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $902,558.

He started his e-sports career in 2014. Four years, with short breaks, he played for the Russian team Virtus.pro. As its part, he became the winner of a number of international tournaments. In 2018, he joined the Ukrainian team Na’Vi. After a defeat in the open qualification of The International 2018 CEO Natus Vincere, Evgeny Zolotarev decided to completely renew the composition of Na’Vi. Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk was among the players who left the team. Now he creates his own team – Odium, which is translated as “Hate”.

Danil “Dendi” Ishutin

Ranking place: 82.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $791,058.

One of the most famous and popular Ukrainian e-sportsmen leaves Na’Vi. The reason was the unsuccessful performances of the team. Dendi’s e-sports career began with the enthusiasm of Warcraft III and Dota. From 2006 to 2010, he played for Wolker Gaming (WG), Kingsurf.int, DTS Gaming. In 2010 he switched from Dota to Dota 2 and became a member of Natus Vincere. As a part of Na’Vi, Dendi won in more than 33 tournaments. Among them is The International in 2011.

Alexander “HVOST” Dashkevich

Ranking place: 100.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $650,929.

Alexander is another well-known representative of Natus Vincere. Dashkevich started to play for Na’Vi in 2010 and became one of those who made the Ukrainian team world famous. After winning The International, he was among the top Dota 2 players in the world. In 2017 he became the coach of Na’Vi. In this position, Dashkevich could not overcome the protracted crisis of the team and Natus Vincere did not qualify for The International again. According to Zolotarev, the parties did not continue the contract after its termination in August.

Daniel “Zeus” Teslenko

Ranking place: 110.

Game Discipline: CS 1.6 and CS: GO.

Prize money: $609,886.

The captain of the team Na’Vi for CS: GO. The only player from the CIS who won awards in all the iconic CS 1.6 and CS: GO tournaments. He got carried away with Counter-Strike back in 2001. Three years later, he became a member of the pro100 team. In 2007, the team stopped its existance and Zeus successfully played for Virtus.pro for two years. In 2009, Zeus became the captain of Na’Vi. A year later, the team won three major Counter-Strike 1.6 World Championships. In 2016, Zeus became captain of the Gambit Esports, which, including Damiel, won the Valve-supported PGL 2017 Krakow Major Championship tournament. The same year, Zeus returned to Na’Vi.

Ioann “Edward” Sukharev

Ranking place: 132.

Game Discipline: CS 1.6 and CS: GO.

Prize money: $547,204.

Another famous representative of Na’Vi. He began his career in 2001-2002 and quickly became one of the promising players. From 2004 to 2008, he was a member of the pro100 team with Zeus. Then they moved to Virtus.pro. In 2009, he returned to pro100 for six months. The next team was Na’Vi, in which Edward won four World Championships from 2009 to 2012 and steadily entered the top of the best players. In 2013, he moved to Astana Dragons, but the same year Edward went back to Na’Vi.

Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov

Ranking place: 195.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $400,138.

The e-sports world found out about Funn1k in 2012 after his speech at The International 2012 as part of Darer, the team of former captain of Na’Vi, ArtStyle. The team fell apart after the tournament, and Funn1k joined Team Empire. Together with him, the team became the second strong one in the CIS. In 2013, Funn1k moved to Na’Vi. As a part of the team, he became the silver medalist of The International 2013. However, later Na’Vi’s performances worsened and in 2015 the team was dismissed. After that, Funn1k managed to play as part of Team Empire, Team Spirit, LQ and others. In 2018 he became a player of MEGA-LADA E-sports.

Alexander “DkPhobos” Kucherya

Ranking place: 200.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $383,101.

In 2007-2009, he played in the Wolker Gaming and DTS teams. In 2009, DkPhobos ended his career. At that time, e-sports did not seem as a promising direction to him. After that, he worked as a programmer for Natus Vincere for five years. He returned to e-sports in 2014, becoming a member of the NVMI mix. Within the the period from 2015 to 2016, he played in the main lineup of Virtus.pro. Together with him, the team won the ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 3 tournament and entered the top 6 at The International 2015. In 2016, DkPhobos left Virtus.pro. Since then, he managed to play in the Polarity and Team Spirit.

Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov

Ranking place: 215.

Game Discipline: Dota 2.

Prize money: $361,099.

He started his playing career in 2008 at DTS. Two years later he became the captain of the Natus Vincere team. The team, together with ArtStyle as a head of it, won The International 2011. After the tournament, ArtStyle had a conflict with the managers of the team, so he left Na’Vi and returned to DTS. In 2012, he created the Darer team, which received an invitation to The International 2012. The team finished the tournament on 13th-16th place. After The International 2012, Darer team fell apart. In 2015, he returned to Na’Vi as a captain, but he did not succeed much. In 2016, he finally left the team, and a year later he became the coach of Virtus.pro.

Summing up, the top 10 richest Ukrainian players include eight Dota 2 representatives and two CS: GO. Eight of them played or continue to play for the Natus Vincere team. Most of the rating participants are veterans who won in dozens of international tournaments. But there are promising ones, like Resolut1on. They have already declared about themselves, however, have not yet revealed their full potential.

The world’s top 10 richest players includes:

  1. Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi (Germany, Dota 2) – $4.09 million
  2. Johan “N0tail” Sundstein (Denmark, Dota 2) – $3.73 million
  3. Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi (Jordan, Dota 2) – $3.67 million
  4. Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov (Bulgaria, Dota 2) – $3,438,411.
  5. Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen (Finland, Dota 2) – $3,438,116.
  6. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka (Finland, Dota 2) – $3.3 million
  7. Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan (Pakistan, Dota 2) – $3.26 million
  8. Maroun “GH” Merhej (Lebanon, Dota 2) – $3.05 million
  9. Saahil “UNiVeRSe” Arora (USA, Dota 2) – $3.02 million
  10. Peter “ppd” Dager (US, Dota 2) – $2.87 million

Dota 2 players earn the most. They are in the top 51 of e-Sports Earnings rankings. This is not strange considering that the cumulative prize fund of Dota 2 tournaments exceeds $100 million. Cumulatively, the top 10 richest players earned more than $35 million. But you shouldn’t focus only on e-Sports Earnings information. This site is created by fans of e-Sports. In their ratings, they use only publicly available information.

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