Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström is a talented pro gamer training in Dota 2 for top team, Fnatic. He takes on the supportive role, helping out his teammates in different situations with his famous signature heroes Bounty Hunter, Bane and Io.
Where it all began:
Johan developed a passion of computer games where he began playing Warcraft 3 in 2005. Eventually, he made friends with Swedish gamers he had met online and from there never stopped gaming. He made the switch to practice Defense of the Ancients, where he joined Gvision for a year in 2007 then played for Esports United until after DreamHack Summer 2009. At the time pieliedie’s teammates decided to quit playing Dota which led to his break from gaming.
Two years after, Åström decided to practice playing Dota 2 in January 2012. Another pro player, Asuna spotted pieliedie in a pub game and approached him to form part of his new team, Kaipi. From then on he never looked back and has become a top dota player who is currently part of one of the top esports teams.
Fnatic is a renowned esports company that was established in 2004 with its headquarters based in the UK with offices in Australia and the Netherlands. FNC is worldly known for their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team and have expanded to support units that compete in League of Legends, FIFA, Heroes of the Storm, Rocket League, VainGlory and Dota 2.
Fnatic created their Dota 2 team in November 2011, acquiring the former Serbian squad, GamerLeague. Fast forward to 2017, the unit announced their new roster for the upcoming season with pro players, EternalEnVy as captain, Abed, Ohaiyo, DJ and pieliedie who together will continue to make Fnatic proud.
Åström has been with Fnatic since August and over the past few months have participated in several Dota 2 tournaments. These include DreamLeague Season 8, Galaxy Battles II: SEA qualifier, MDL Macau SEA qualifier, Dota Summit 8: SEA qualifier, AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League, ESL One Hamburg 2017 among many other esports events.
The highest earnings so far for Johan and Team Secret at the time was The Shanghai Major 2016. The dota unit defeated top Team Liquid with a score of 3-1 at the premier tournament. They took the championship title to win a staggering prize of $1.1 million.
The second great achievement in Johan’s gaming career was at The International 2014, competing for Cloud 9. In this prestigious competition C9 went head to head with Vici Gaming in the Lower Bracket Round 2 but lost with the score 1-2. The dota 2 team finished in sixth place to scoop a reward of $655K.
The third accomplishment for pieliedie was while competing for Secret at The Frankfurt Major 2015. The Dota team managed to reach the finals of the premier tournament but lost to OG with a record of 1-3. As much as it was disappointing to be so close and yet far, they finished second place to scoop up a prize of $405K.