Alongside Danil “Dendi” Ishutin and Alexander "XBOCT" Dashkevich, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov was among the first stars of Dota 2. The support player captained Natus Vincere to victory in the first installment of The International, winning a record-breaking $1 million prize.
That was just the start for the team. Over the following three years, Natus Vincere won a slew of other live tournaments and reached the grand finals of both The International 2012 and 2013. This established Na’Vi as the first true Dota 2 dynasty and one of the most popular brands in esports.
Unfortunately, the fun times ended after The International 2014. The team finished in eighth place, which resulted in the removals of both Puppey and Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi from the lineup. That setback didn’t keep them out of action for long, though.
Puppey and KuroKy remained together and founded Team Secret alongside former members of Fnatic.EU. While other players came and went for Secret, Puppey has remained the captain for the team’s entire existence to this point. Secret has also enjoyed fairly consistent success throughout that time, fielding a perpetually strong roster of players from all regions and qualifying for each installment of The International.
Puppey hasn’t gotten close to taking home the Aegis of Champions since his days with Natus Vincere, but he has taken home a fair bit of hardware with Secret. He has won multiple majors and a number of ESL One events, giving him one of the most impressive trophy collections in Dota 2.
In addition to being the face of the team, Puppey stands as arguably the best captain and support player in Dota 2 history. His ability to stay on top of the meta and outmaneuver opposing teams in drafts has been a massive part of Team Secret’s enduring success. On top of that, his skillful play on such micro-intensive heroes as Chen and Enchantress stands as a strong testament to his strong mechanical skills in the game.
Marring his in-game success to some degree are multiple accusations of being difficult to work with outside the game. In 2016, former Team Secret player Gustav "s4" Magnusson labelled Puppey “an awful person, but a great captain.” Later that year, Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao and Rasmus "MISERY" Filipsen accused Puppey of misleading them regarding Secret’s pay structure and accused him of being lazy regarding practice and occasionally hostile towards others. This was accompanied by an infamous clip of Puppey smashing a monitor with his headset behind the scenes at a tournament.
Puppey acknowledged some of the accusations regarding both Team Secret and himself. It’s impossible to say whether this was a wake-up call for him, but there has been minimal drama surrounding him and Secret since then.