What we can learn from Abed
We can learn a lot from Abed Azel L. Yusop. He is one of the most fantastic players in the history of Dota 2, and has done so much at an impressively young age. He has played with several fantastic teams, and has always been a powerful spark for any team. The most inspiring aspect of Abed is how throughout the years he has fully been able to push the envelope, and doesn’t believe in any sort of boundaries in the game.
Abed first began playing Dota 2 in 2014—playing in his very early teenage years. While playing, he already had a propensity to play some of the most mechanically demanding characters the game had to offer: Meepo and Invoker. For many, playing the most difficult heroes at such a young age would be a challenging proposition. Not for Abed. He not only was able to play the two characters at a high level, but became a staple player on the MMR leaderboards.
As Abed began playing in professional games, his individual play allowed him to redefine what was initially considered possible. In 2016, he achieved the challenging accomplishment of reaching 8000 MMR. Around the same time, he was also noted for playing one of his most iconic games of his career at The International 2016. It was there that he played a fantastic Meepo game against compLexity Gaming—achieving an 18-0 score and carrying his team to a dominant victory.
Abed wasn’t done yet. From there he reached 9000 MMR—something no other player from the Philippines had ever done. At the same time, he once again proved to be an effective and skilled player for the team he played for at the time. But he wasn’t done yet. Not even close.
In 2017, Abed reached 10,000 MMR. That’s right, 10,000. That wasn’t something that no player from the Philippines had ever done before. That was something no player ever before Abed had done before. An incredible accomplishment that surely could not be topped.
For a while, it almost didn’t seem like it could be. Especially under the advent of Valve’s new Medal system making it more difficult to climb the MMR ladder. Even reaching 10,000 again would be difficult. And it was, but Abed still did it. In 2019, he was able to reach 10,000, but he was just getting started.
Abed once again set the standard for what was possible, and in mid-2020 became the first player ever to reach 11,000 MMR. At the same time, he helped Evil Geniuses make top placements at some of the biggest events in the world. Truly an inspiring track record from one of the best players in the world.
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