JerAx’s Favorite 3 Heroes
No one would deny the fact that Jesse “JerAx” Vainikk is one of the most impressive players in Dota 2’s competitive history. With several wins at some of the largest tournaments in the world — including being one of the only players in the world to win two iterations of The International — he is no doubt one of the best Support players in the world. Having a rich competitive history that almost spans a decade, JerAx obviously has shown proficiency playing a vast quantity of different characters. Over time, though, a few characters have risen above to be considered his most iconic. Here are JerAx’s three signature Dota 2 heroes.
Nature’s Prophet can be a very difficult character to master. It requires a very strong base knowledge of Dota, and more specific insight on how Nature’s Prophet’s toolkit affects the rest of the map. It is also a hero that has seen many exceptional talents competing with him. People like Ivan Borislavov “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov, Evgenii “Blizzy” Ri, and even former Evil Geniuses player Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang.
JerAX is undoubtedly one of those that has been able to show what Nature’s Prophet is capable of. Though he ranks fairly evenly with many of his most frequently played heroes, one thing is for certain: he wins when playing Nature’s Prophet. It is one of his most successful characters, boasting a 61.25% win rate.
Rubick, the Grand Magus
Rubick is one of JerA’x best characters — a hero he is undoubtedly one of the best in the world at. Even when playing alongside a legend of the character like Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, JerAx was able to demonstrate he could play him. He has everything one would expect from a strong Rubick player. His situational awareness is strong, never getting tunnel visioned and always playing cautiously enough to not cause trouble for his team. He has the positioning and mechanical skill to always make a difference in games. And he has the perfect understanding of Rubick’s capabilities that he can make an enormous difference in teamfights.
Kaolin, the Earth Spirit
What can there be said about JerAx on Earth Spirit? It’s absolutely fantastic. It’s a match made in heaven. It is one of the best player-hero partnerships that has ever been seen in competitive Dota 2. It would be disrespectful to characterize him as nothing short of the strongest Earth Spirit player in the history of competitive Dota 2. It is not only by far his most played hero, but wholly his most successful as well. He has innovated numerous builds that have allowed him to take the character to new heights. Even in metas that were not considered strong for Earth Spirit, he was still able to find success with the character. It will no doubt be a powerful weapon at his disposal as he continues to compete with EG at various events.
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