Ilya ‘Lil’ Ilyuk is a 21-year-old pro player that was raised in Oleksandria, Ukraine. He dedicates his time training in Dota 2 for his current team, Virtus.Pro. He takes on the support position for his squad, helping them with his signature heroes, Visage, Skywrath Mage and Rubick.
Aside from gaming, Ilya has learnt how to cope with the stress of esports, he works out at a gym and trains in Gymnastics, the high bar. This sport has helped him keep his balance and concentration in check, refreshing his mind and keeping him physically active.
Where it all began:
Ilya began to take an interest in video games thanks to his father who would take him to visit the Internet Café, where his mother worked. They would play console games until it was time to close up. When Ilyuk was around 15-years-old, he moved Moscow to continue his studies. He would use his pocket money to go to an Internet Café to play Dota 2 with other gamers. His gaming talent shone through playing better than everyone in the gaming club.
Ilya became who he is thanks to the people around him who did not believe in him. He would hear statements like ‘You will never be strong!’, ‘You will never go to a gym’, ‘You will never get a red diploma’ which motivated him even more to prove people wrong. Ilya is proud to say that he works out, got his diploma and has also become successful in Dota, fulfilling his dream of doing what he wanted to do in life, becoming a professional player.
Virtus.Pro is a Russian esports company that was established in 2003. The reboot that took place in 2011, has given VP the opportunity to grow, recruiting professional players that play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Quake and Dota 2. Over the years, VP Dota 2 has won first prizes in most of the popular esports championships.
Virtus.Pro created a Dota 2 team in 2012 featuring players like KuroKy, NS, Santa, Azen and Dread. The current lineup consists of the best Dota gamers Solo as VP in-game leader, No(o)ne, 9pasha, Lil and RAMZES666. A pro team that will continue their Dota 2 journey winning championships.
The most recent qualifying Dota 2 tournaments that Lil and Virtus.Pro have participated include WESG 2017 Europe, DreamLeague Season 8, Dota Summit 8 and the World Electronic Sports Games Ukraine.
Virtus.Pro have also taken part in premier and major events such as Adrenaline Cyber League, AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League, ESL One Hamburg 2017, Dota Summit 7 and EPICENTER 2017 among many other matches.
Virtus.Pro have had the pleasure of competing against top teams like NaVi, Newbee, Team Empire, OG and Team Spirit so as to improve on their fighting skills and Dota 2 strategies.
The highest earnings so far in Lil’s pro career was at the Premier event, The International 2015. Ilya was competing for Virtus.Pro at the time where they defeated Fnatic, Complexity and Team Secret. In the Lower brackets round 3, VP lost to LGD Gaming to finish in sixth place to win a total reward of a staggering $1.1 million.
Virtus.Pro Lil won his second great achievement at the most recent International 2017. The Dota 2 squad beat LGD Gaming however lost to LGD.FY in the Upper Brackets Round 2. They moved down to the Losers Brackets Round 4, where Virtus.Pro lost to the TI 2017 Champions, Team Liquid to finish in fifth place proudly claiming a reward of a stunning $1.1 million.