Birthday: July 1st, 1996
Nationality: Canadian
Role: Middle / Carry
World Rank: 3
Earnings: $1,835,513
Winrate: 68%

Artour „Arteezy“ Babaev Player Profile

Personal Info and Team Orientation

Artour „Arteezy“ Babaev was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on July 1st, 1996, but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. With his controversial personality, becoming a professional Dota 2 player at a young age, Arteezy is making his mark as one the most influential Dota 2 players in the pro-Dota 2 scene today.

While growing up Arteezy nurtured his love for the competition of playing the original DotA and Starcraft II. He started gaining popularity when he met Dota 2. His first step was serving as a training partner to then already Dota 2 professional players. Those players are Bulba and S4, who often spoke of him as one of the greatest talent they’ve ever met.

Bulba with Arteezy before his fame.Image credit: Arteezy & Bulba

Slowly becoming recognized, Arteezy, with his unparallel mechanics and a pub-stomp spirit, climbed up the MMR leader board to incredible heights, thus making him even more noticeable to the Dota 2 pro-scene eye.

In November 2013, Arteezy accepted to join bOne7 during the Speed Gaming International at MLG Columbus. On spot, Arteezy didn’t only help bOne7 take the title but proved himself worthy against some of the best of teams players, including S4, Mushi, and even Dendi.

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Thanks to his success, Arteezy teamed-up with already legendary Fear, UNiVeRsE, as well as the Heroes of Newerth champions, ppd, and zai, forming a brand new team, called Sad Boys. The team started showing incredible results by taking the 1st place at the Electronic Sports Prime Shock Therapy Cup. The Sad Boys started their reign without losing a single game.

In 2015, Evil Geniuses take Arteezy with Sad Boys as their tear one team.Image credit: Evil Geniuses

After their echo, Evil Geniuses took them in their own hands, making them their tear one team. Seeing his carrier taking a serious turnaround, Arteezy decided to quit school and fully commit to Dota 2‘s pro scene.

During this time, Arteezy was already showing incredible flexibility with his high ranged hero-pool, giving his value to the team, by being ready for any given scenario. After few months of stellar performance, Evil Geniuses got their first invite to The International in 2014. Now their competition was for the Dota 2‘s biggest prize and to be the world’s champions.



In the group stages, EG didn’t disappoint. They finished second with a score 11:4, securing their spot in the upper bracket. There, they won every single game up till the finals of the upper bracket. Being one game from the grand finals, they lost to Newbee, and eventually finished as a 3rd place on The International 2014. For a squad that formed so quickly, this was a high-level achievement.

Shortly after TI4, 1st place wins on Worlds eSports Championships StarLadder StarSeries Season 10, and DreamLeague Season 2 followed. But even with all that success, it was hard to ignore the boiling of bad blood among the team. Arteezy, known for his controversial ego, and with constantly being vocal with his displeasure, often came to conflict with another big ego of the team, EG’s captain, ppd.

Arteezy joins team secret after his fight with ppd.Image credit: Team Secret

This pushed Arteezy to move from EG, and join Team Secret playing as their carry role. In the early beginnings of Arteezy’s welcome to the team, they scored a mixed-bag of results. But eventually, they’d win four 1st places in a row at Major events, and grant themselves passage to the TI5. With the team’s dominant outlook and Arteezy being at the top of his prowess, everyone saw Team Secret as the favorites of the competition.

But unfortunately, statistics of the tournament showed us differently. With a devastating blow by ending up as 8th on the competition, and this being the biggest setback for Arteezy from the beginning of his carrier, his ego started showing up again. Now against a noble teammate KuroKy, which called for yet another change.

Surprised us, as Arteezy usually does.Image credit: Arteezy

Believe it or not, Arteezy came back to Evil Geniuses, and no, this wasn’t his last time. Many have been questioned if the team could finally set their egos aside and compete as a complete team. But Arteezy was clear he didn’t care what people think. He stated that all he cared about was meeting his expectations, and winning The International. 

But things did not turn out to be as planned. Arteezy was even more ego boosted, and after losing Major events on several occasions, Arteezy left EG once again, but now taking UNiVeRsE with him. And you wouldn’t believe it. With UNiVeRsE, he joined Team Secret, yet again.

 

Without any success on winning The International, Arteezy now focused more on his Solo MMR rank. He climbed in a fashionly matter, reaching the #1, Miracle- at his 9k MMR. and in due time surpassing him, gaining even more popularity besides Dota 2 pro scene.

For the Dota 2 professional scene, Arteezy joined back Evil Geniuses for the third time. But this time, the team shacked up. Ppd moved from the roster, becoming the team’s coach, to avoid any unwanted conflicts with Arteezy. The team also settled down, giving Arteezy more space to cope with his ego. Things actually worked out, and Arteezy was slowly shutting down his cosmic ego.

The boss.

For all we know, Arteezy is one of a kind among the Dota 2 professional scene.

Team Role

Throughout his life playing Dota 2, Arteezy was immediately hooked up to the two hardest roles the game had to offer. From what we can see in his gameplay of both, he hardly dissapoints.

1. Midlane

His passion for a 1v1 duel, map control and pure dominance throughout the game was obvious to see from his early Dota 2 days. With outstanding laning mechanics, versatile hero-pool, and map awareness of a God, rarely who can oppose him on the middle lane.

2. Carry

As his stand in the Dota 2 pro scene was taking position, Arteezy was asked to step in into the carry role shoes. With great joy, Arteezy accepted the given role, knowing of his passion to dominate. His signature Terror Blade has not been matched since the beginning of his carry role position.

Accolades

  • On June 28th, 2016, Arteezy reached the MMR leader board of 9k, placing himself second, right behind #1 Miracle-.
  • And by the August 6th, 2017, he was the 3rd player to ever reach 10k MMR.

 

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