Artour “Arteezy” Babaev is a man of the people.
The Evil Geniuses carry player has once again taken time out of practice to hop on Twitch and deliver fans hours of Dota 2 entertainment. The streams serve to showcase his skill in the game, as well as his ability to keep fans entertained.
But what exactly makes Arteezy’s streams so special? And why doesn’t he stream more often when he attracts so much attention on Twitch?
Here are all the details fans need to know about Arteezy.
Almost anyone that has paid attention to professional Dota 2 at some point over the last few years has likely heard of Arteezy. The Canadian has been one of the best carry players in the western hemisphere for years, most notably helping Evil Geniuses maintain itself as one of Dota 2’s elites.
That association with one of the game’s most popular organizations would have made him a star all on its own, but his capacity for in-game heroics and his willingness to put himself out there has made him one of the biggest names in Dota 2.
The economics of Dota 2 rarely require star players to stream and because of that, many of the game’s biggest names are content in keeping their gameplay off-screen. Wildly popular players like Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi and Clement “Puppey” Ivanov would undoubtedly draw strong numbers with any given stream, but don’t bother with Twitch due to a lack of required commitments, among other myriad reasons.
Arteezy isn’t a regular on Twitch, but he appears far more frequently than most other fan favorite Dota 2 players and has gained a significant following as a result. There is a strong community that follows Arteezy, which results in social media exploding every time he decides to stream.
Dota 2 fans have latched onto Arteezy’s streams, and that has spawned a lot of fun content around him. Whenever Arteezy streams, it dominates Dota 2’s subreddits and spawns new memes. Fans have gotten so engaged with his broadcasts that they have created trackers that let fans know what music he’s listening to during streams.
The only people who don’t seem to like Arteezy’s streams are his teammates and opponents during games. Arteezy opened up on this, discussing how people just don’t seem to be able to handle being on-screen with him.
“It’s a hard balance, because I get a lot of messages about people who genuinely want to watch my streams,” Arteezy said in October. “And I do want to stream, but it’s so mentally annoying to play. The general statement is the game quality just drops super hard. The only common denominator is that I’m streaming and people are trying to be cool or some shit.”
Though not everyone can handle being on-screen with Arteezy, he still pops up fairly frequently.
Dota 2 is an incredibly difficult game to learn. Even if an aspiring professional player grinds for tens of hours a week to get better, they won’t necessarily be able to pick up on the farming patterns and best practices of the pros. Making real progress in Dota 2 requires studying the best players play, and Arteezy’s streaming is among about the best places to do it.
Arteezy hasn’t stuck around on top-tier teams for this many years by chance. He is as mechanically gifted as anyone in Dota 2 and knows every trick there is in the game. Not only that, he tends to be a trendsetter in the meta at both the micro and macro levels.
On top of that, Arteezy is just a good streamer. There are few top Dota 2 talents that are able to keep fans engaged and entertained without zoning out as they play. Because of that, Arteezy sits pretty comfortably as the top pro player streamer in Dota 2 and is worth following for anyone looking to up their game. He might even turn them on to some new music, provided they have an appreciation for hip-hop.