Ladies and Gents, we present to you the Winners of 2016 Dota 2 GosuAwards!

 

Welcome to another year of GosuGamers Awards for Dota2. Today, we honor the best of the best in each category; the players, the teams, organizers, the casters and the hosts who make the events unique and memorable.

Similar to previous years, each category has two winners. One has been determined by the community vote polls, which were open between December 23-29th. The other award is handed out by the GosuAwards committee.

Most Improved Player

Most Improved Player

No[o]ne

No[o]ne

Once a member of the startup roster at Vega Squadron, where he spent nearly two years, Vladimir 'No[o]ne' Minenko took the hard decision to leave the squad this autumn to join the reinvented Virtus Pro Dota 2 team. It’s fair to say this was a decision that paid off for him as he and his new team have qualified for every single tournament they have played for in recent months and more importantly for him, No[o]ne became one of the shining stars in the Boston Majors qualifiers. The new adventure awakened something in No[o]ne, whose plays went to a new level, beyond all expectations this fall. With him in the mid lane, Virtus Pro got to the Boston Major as the sole CIS representative and were regarded as strong contenders for the Championship title.

GeneRaL

… for his outstanding performances through the entire year at Na’Vi.

Break-Out Player of the Year

Break-Out Player of the Year

Shadow

From the shadows of some of the more unknown low tier Chinese teams, Chu 'shadow' Zeyu emerged this year as one of the greatest carries in the professional scene. His incredible game awareness and teamfight presence propelled him and Wings Gaming to the top of the worldwide rankings after winning the Aegis of the Immortals at The International 2016.

Madara

...for his amazing progress at Ad Finem, the team that stole everyone’s hearts at the Boston Major.

Carry of the Year

Carry of the Year

Resolut1on

For three years Roman 'Resolut1on' Fominok bounced between mid and carry roles for either Empire or Virtus Pro, and successfully too. But since February of this year, when he moved to the American continent, Resolut1on has stepped up his game one hundred percent and become the carry to watch out. A master of Morphling and Luna, Resolut1on carried Digital Chaos to the grand finals of The International 6 with fearless plays on fifteen different heroes.

N0tail

...for his stellar performance with OG in the first half of the year, when he became the Manila Major Champion.

Resolut1on

Midlaner of the Year

Midlaner of the Year

W33

Joining the big scene only last year, Aliwi 'W33' Oma quickly emerged as one of the most skilled midlaners. He’s been the centerpiece for both Team Secret and Digital Chaos’ success this year, both teams with which he achieved great results. A Shanghai Major winner with TS and TI 6 runner up with DC, W33 closed the year out with a top four finish at The Boston Major. Famous for his Meepo when he joined the pros, the young midlaner played all sort of heroes at TI6, from Ursa and Slark to Jakiro, Timbersaw and Invoker, at times, forcing his adversaries to target him exclusively in the drafting-ban phase.

Miracle-

...or his stellar performance with OG in the first half of the year, when he became the Manila Major Champion.

Offlaner of the Year

Offlaner of the Year

Faith_bian

Wings Gaming’s offlaner, Zhang 'Faith_bian' Ruida has been an absolute pleasure to watch this year. In the six year history of Dota 2 there’s never been a player even close to his insanely high level of play in the offlane. Capable of playing any hero, and when we say “any”, we really mean that, Faith_bian never ceases to amaze us with his plays in each and every game. His coordination with his teammates and teamfight presence brought Wings Gaming five championship titles this year, the most important one being The International 6.

MoonMeander

...for his clutch plays at the Manila Major and ESL One Frankfurt.

UNiVeRsE

Duo Supports of the Year

Duo Supports of the Year

Fly and Cr1t

Split up two months ago, OG’s supports Tal 'Fly' Aizik and Andreas Franck 'Cr1t-' Nielsen were one of the few duos to stay together for almost the whole of 2016, which makes it even harder to forget their incredible synergy. With Fly playing the ultimate sacrificial role while Cr1t- was stealing the spotlight with his Earth Spirit, Elder Titan or Io, the OG support duo’s map presence was one of the strongest and most feared by all teams. Many times directly responsible for their team wins, Fly and Cr1t will remain in our memories for a long time as one of the greatest duos ever seen.

JerAx and KuroKy

...or their amazing synergy at Team Liquid.

Fly and Cr1t

Newcomer of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

RAMZES666

Ramzes666 , only 16 years old, made his debut at the beginning of this year with Team Spirit and as expected of a true novice, in the beginning his plays were a bit off the mark. But the youngster learnt to contain his emotions with each event and improved his skills considerably, up to the point where he finished the year at one of the most important CIS team, Virtus Pro. With him in the carry role, VP qualified for numerous tournaments for 2017 and were the main favorites at the recently finished Boston Major.

Ana

...for his impressive debut at OG this fall.

Team of the Year

Team of the Year

Wings Gaming

Arguably the best team of this year, the Chinese outfit blew everyone’s mind with their playstyle. Starting with their explosive form at ESL One Manila in April, Wings Gaming became the biggest puzzle for each and every other team to solve. Their immense hero pool and incredible coordination in team fights, full of elements of surprise and impossible to figure out, saw Wings Gaming take the entire scene by surprise and, up until after The International 6, no team could challenge their supremacy.

OG

...for securing yet another two Major titles, in Manila and Boston, which makes them the only team in the Dota 2 history to have won three Valve sponsored events.

OG

Most Memorable tournament outside TI

Most Memorable tournament outside TI

Epicenter

It is is hard to imagine that what EPICENTER managed to do with their very first Dota 2 tournament this year will be exceeded any time soon by other organizers. Starting off their first season with a cool $500k prize pool, EPICENTER Moscow’s story also brought a great atmosphere to the event. The stage set up, the graphics and special effects, the great games, the beautiful venue packed with enthusiastic fans, the gorgeous trophy, the perfect host for such an event in ReDeYe’s, everything was absolutely magnificent at EPICENTER in May this year.

The Manila Major

...for the absolutely electric atmosphere generated by the live audience and the amazing story of OG winning their second Valve event.

Epicenter

Drama of the Year

Drama of the Year

Team Secret

Twice this year they were called out by former players for not honoring their payments. First N0tail and Fly complained about this issue and, later on, EnternaLEnVy went public via a long blog post with numerous conversations with both owners of the team and their manager. After many roster changes that got them into the open qualifiers for TI6 in the end, Team Secret’s last image blow came with Envy’s blog post where he revealed a dark side of Puppey, who was described as a bullying captain and an aggressive person.

"James is an ass"

...for the total lack of professionalism from Valve and Gabe Newell himself when he announced James '2GD' Harding being fired during the Shanghai Major.

Team Secret

Best Play-By-Play Caster

Best Play-By-Play Caster

Capitalist

Austin 'Capitalist' Walsh’s rise in 2016 is indisputable. His constant improvement could be observed with every event, and it’s not about his presence and posture, but about his elevated commentating style. Always up to date with the latest game and roster changes, Capitalist took a strong grip on the commentating desk and developed great flexibility, being able to synergize perfectly with anyone standing next to him.

LD

...for making memorable every game he’s commentating.

ODPixel

Best Analytical Caster

Best Analytical Caster

WinteR

Chan 'WinteR' Litt Binn has an unique aura and his excellent pre- and post-game analysis makes him a huge asset for panels. A former professional player and team captain, WinteR is one of the most valuable analysts in the scene and his insights on players and teams are what separates him from some of his desk colleagues.

Merlini

...for further developing the heavy analytical style he pioneered to Blizzcon-worthy levels.

Purge

Best Host

Best Host

Machine

Arguably the most beloved host from the CS:GO Scene, Alex 'machine' Richardson, stepped onto the Dota 2 territory only this December and instantly won our hearts. Machine’s seamless transition to a game he never got to host up until this month made us feel like he’s always been a Dota 2 enthusiast, or at least an avid follower of the professional scene. Without any major hiccups and feeling totally in his element, Machine was a most excellent LAN event host and hopefully we will get to see more of him in 2017!

ReDeYe

...for his great presence as host of The International 6 , EPICENTER and ESL One Frankfurt.

Sheever

Best Event Interviewer

Best Event Interviewer

SirActionSlacks

Jake 'SirActionSlacks' Kanner is a one of a kind personality. From freelancing at events to funny videos, SirActionSlaks developed into a “must have “ persona, good at everything that any organizer wants to have at their event. His infectious optimism and exuberance make every interview a unique experience for both parties, as well as the audience

Kaci Aitchison

...for evolving from an awkward presence to a well-rounded interviewer and beloved entertainer of The International 6. Community winner: SirActionSlacks.

SirActionSlacks

Dota 2 Workshop Artist of the Year

Dota 2 Workshop Artist of the Year

Anuxinamoon

The workshop artists are not exactly prominent figures in the community, although they truly deserve all our gratitude. Most of us, the casual players, have either been obsessively choosing a certain hero only because of the awesome cosmetic we have for it, or desperately spamming a treasure chest to get the set we want. And this is he workshop artists’ merit. Anuxinamoon distinguishes herself not only by her immense body of work but also by her efforts to make the concerns of the workshop artists community heard by Valve. Anuxi is also one of the few artists in continuous contact with the community, streaming her creation process and taking into account community suggestions.

Motenai

...for being one of the most interesting artists out there.

Anuxinamoon

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