Dota 2 fans are freaking out over this pro’s massive biceps

By Kenneth Williams


Jul 24, 2022

Reading time: 2 min

A $4 million Dota 2 tournament’s stream is occasionally being blocked by one pro’s massive biceps.

Riyadh Masters has continued to Dota 2 esports tradition of silly things happening on stream. In case of Tundra Esports stand-in offlaner Nikita “Daxak” Kuzmin, fans have noticed that his abnormally large biceps are partially blocking their view of the team cameras. In addition to that, the Riyadh Masters memes include extremely rapid commentary and dunking on Southeast Asian servers.

The camera in question is the one in the player booth, which gives a side view of the five players during the draft phase. daxak, who is standing in at Riyadh Masters for normal Tundra position three Neta “33” Shapira, is the closest player to the camera. The Riyadh Masters chat is quick to point it out every time it makes an appearance.

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daxak is notably muscular compared to most esports pros, which could be related to his history as a rugby player. However, the massive biceps shown on the Dota 2 stream is partially due to the combination of wide angle and forced perspective. The result is a player’s arm that takes up a significant chunk of the screen.

Dota 2 Riyadh Masters shows biceps, banter, and bars from Bkop

In addition to the big biceps, the memes generated at Riyadh Masters include a stand-in dissing Southeast Asian matchmaking and some incredibly high-effort casting.

On the first day of competition, Team Secret offlane stand-in Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok accepted an on-stage interview. Before thanking Secret for the opportunity to play for a $4 million prize pool, Reso took the opportunity to talk smack about SEA servers. 

“…I’ve been in SEA for half a year almost, and those pub games… They’re not a great place to be. Those pubs are, like, mentally challenging.” Resolut1on said.

But not everything going viral at Riyadh Masters is so negative. The community has heaped praise on Benjamin “Bkop” Kopilow. The experienced caster is carving a name as one of the fastest play-by-play casters in Dota 2. One particular clip sees Bkop keep a rapid pace for the entire length of the clip, showcasing just one moment from a massive four-minute team fight.

Bkop will show more of his rap god casting skills at the Arlington Major in August.