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Background Information
Name:Иван Шинкарёв
Romanized name:Ivan Shinkarev
Birthdate:1987-10-31 (age 34)
Country:Russia Russia
Signature heroes:Queen of Pain icon.png Mirana icon.png Puck icon.png
Team A
Dota 2:
2011-08-29 — 2011-11-04
2012-??-?? — 2012-??-??
2012-05-12 — 2012-09-06
2012-??-?? — 2012-??-??
Team Y
2012-09-24 — 2012-11-13
2012-??-?? — 2013-02-15
Lions Pride
2013-03-19 — 2013-09-16
2014-01-15 — 2014-??-??
2014-08-08 — 2014-11-21
2015-02-09 — 2015-02-12
2015-05-26 — 2015-06-08
2015-06-08 — 2015-09-03
2015-09-03 — 2015-09-22
Walrus Punch!

Ivan Shinkarev , better known as Vigoss, is a legendary professional Dota 2 player from Russia. His ultra aggressive play-style has gained him a huge fanbase within the community, and he has appeared in a lot of frag videos with Chuck Norris references to his person[1] [2].


DotA[] (2006-2008)[]

From 6.43 to the 6.48 era, Vigoss became an international favorite with his heavy aggression style play, particularly during the MYM PriDe #6 event. Playing for, they won three consecutive MYM PriDe events. Jolie, team captain of VP at the time, described Vigoss with the words "Vigoss is our hero killer. Unlike ARS-ART, Vigoss prefers to gank with his teammates. His reaction speed is simply shocking and he has exceptional powers of prediction. These qualities make him DotA's best ganker. Another positive trait he has is that he never gives up and keeps fighting to the end."[3] (2008)[]

DTS (2008)[]

DTS had problems gathering a full lineup for Farm for Fame 4, and at September 2008 Vigoss decided to leave the team.[4] (2008-2009)[]

The second time around Vigoss joined, the team had a total number of 9 players at one point, and it looked more like a mix than an actual team. Some well known players in the DotA scene were on the team, such as Puppey, KuroKy and LevenT.[5]

Rush3d (2009)[]

With the addition of Vigoss and Vein, LighTofHeaveN and Drag13 took their leave.[6] (2010-2011)[]

After Mirakel decided to leave, Vigoss took his spot in September 2010. Earlier that year would from time to time use a stand-in called Vigoss, who would play some of his biggest heroes, such as Queen of pain and Priestess of the moon (Mirana). A lot of people called it a troll, never knowing it was the real deal. He only "joined" the team as a stand-in though, as he wasn't sure whether or not he'd want to join the pro scene again.[7]

During his golden days, he also received the glorious "V-God" status from the Chinese community.

Dota 2[]

Vigoss played The International 2012 together with M5.

He was later announced as playing for temporary "Team Y" roster in Star Ladder Star Series Season 3 which was later picked up by Absolute Legends.[8]

Vigoss was one of the starting players in the first fully Russian Lions Pride squad, a short-lived Russian e-sports organization, but suddenly left the team due to personal reasons.[9]

The same year, a few months later, Vigoss decided to join Team Empire after Funn1k left for Natus Vincere.[10]

After being teamless for four months, Vigoss together with Axypa joined SQreen's Squad in January 2014.[11]

After yet another period of inactivity, Vigoss was picked up by the resurrected M5 in August 2014.[12]

In November 2016, Vigoss later returned to Dota 2, with intentions of raising his MMR and playing competitively again.


Vigoss is one of the most aggressive players in competitive DotA. He is especially known for his spectacular tower dives and risky moves that usually result in either him or his enemy dying. Another one of his trade marks is that he never plays full support and takes some farm even when there is a carry on his lane. He generally favors heroes that fit his aggressive play style. Heroes he is particularly known for include Queen of Pain, Pudge, Leshrac, Sand King, Lina, Earthshaker, Mirana, Ancient Apparition, Sven, and Windrunner.


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  • 3rd Place MYM Prime Defending Xtreme #1 (2006)
  • 2nd Place Asus Open Spring (2007)
  • 3rd Place MYM Prime Defending 5 (2007)
  • 1st Place Asus Open Summer (2007)
  • 1st Place MYM Prime Defending 6 (2007)
  • 1st Place MYM Prime Defending 7 (2007)
  • 2nd Place Asus Open Autumn (2007)
  • 1st Place MYM Prime Defending 8 (2007)
  • 3rd Place MYM Prime Defending 9 (2008)
  • 1st Place Asus Open Spring (2008)
  • 2nd Place Asus Open Summer (2008)
  • 2nd Place DTS-Cup LAN (2008)


  • 2nd Place ASUS Open Autumn (2008)


  • 1st Place ASUS Open Winter (2009)


  • 2nd Place Techlabs Cup (2011)
  • 1st Place Intel Challenge: Supercup #9 (2011)

Team Empire[]

  • 1st Place Techlabs Cup Russia 2013 (2013)