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Background Information
Name:Иван Шинкарёв
Romanized name:Ivan Shinkarev
Birthdate:1987-10-31 (age 33)
Country:Russia Russia
Alternate IDs:Tratata
Signature heroes:Mirana icon.png Queen of Pain icon.png Tiny icon.png
Dota 2:
2011-08-29 — 2011-11-04
2012-??-?? — 2012-??-??
2012-05-12 — 2012-09-06
2012-??-?? — 2012-??-??
2012-09-24 — 2012-11-13
2012-??-?? — 2013-02-15
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

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].

Gaming Career[edit]

The Secret[edit]

Vigoss' career starts in 2005 in team The Secret (TS) with popular players:1aftus|pudge,1aftus|zuzya,OlesyaNaSfe,TS^Loko,TS^Stasik and b1ack_shak. He won all cups in Kanevskaya and was 2nd player in Kanevskaya after 1aftus|pudge.[edit]

Vigoss' career began in 2006 with team maGe which was later sponsored by Together with his team mates Jolie, Ars-Art (also known as Smile), M.Admiration, NS and Sahka they dominated the 6.43b and 6.48b eras with their aggressive ganking play style which usually focused on acquiring a fast bottle and blink dagger to dominate small skirmishes and constantly keep up pressure.

While Jolie was the captain of the team he mentioned that vigoss was often the mastermind behind their strategies.

Due to his aggressive play style he was often called the "King of Gankers"[3], a title he sometimes has to share with Ars-Art.

In October 2007 vigoss was ranked first on GotFrag eSports' top 10 DotA players list.[4][edit]

Due to frictions between the players and sponsor, the VP team decided to find a new sponsor in the form of Kingsurf, forming[5]


However, due to's merger with Wolker Gaming, Vigoss decided to step down.[6] He then joined DTS in September 2008.[7]

Return to[edit]

In November 2008, despite good results, Vigoss decided to leave DTS[8] and rejoined and they were very successful in their aggressive style. However, rumours came about in February 2009 that Vigoss will leave due to his absence of late in the squad. One month later, he left permanently.[9]


In February 2009, Vigoss was recruited by Rush3d.[10]

Inactivity and poker[edit]

Vigoss decided to leave DotA and concentrate on poker in September 2009.[11] And this followed with a year of his inactivity in the DotA scene.

Comeback with[edit]'s captain Ducky announced in September 2010 that Vigoss will join their lineup.[12]

Team A[edit]

In April 2011, Team A was formed with vigoss back to DotA.[13] They participated in the Intel Challenge Supercup #8.

Moscow Five[edit]

After M5's disappointing performance at The International, they have decided to recruit Vigoss as part of their roster change.[14] With Vigoss, M5 placed second in the Techlabs Cup and won the 9th edition of Intel Challenge Supercup. However, a conflict after Electronic Sports World Cup 2011 has led to M5's disbandment.

The Retry[edit]

Vigoss was seen playing for PGG's team, TR, at OSPL Autumn 2011.

Absolute Legends[edit]

Vigoss played for Team Y after M5 disbanded and then Team Y was picked by Absolute Legends.

Team Empire[edit]

In March 2013, Vigoss was recruited by Team Empire in place of Funn1k, who left to Na'Vi.[15]


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.



  • 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[edit]

  • 1st Place Techlabs Cup Russia 2013 (2013)