Peter 'ppd' Dager

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Peter ppd Dager is a 26-year-old cyber athlete that hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the esports world, he is better known by his nickname ‘ppd’ actively playing for Optic Gaming, taking on the role of captain, calling the shots and supporting his dota 2 team.    

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Ppd is quite the outspoken gamer, who was often called the Salt King because of his saltiness towards other esports athletes. Peter pulled his best performances playing Alchemist. His signature Dota 2 characters were Vengeful Spirit, Treant Protector and Abaddon helping his unit win the match.  

Where it all began: 

His interest in gaming started in his early school days when Peter got a Super Mario video game, N64 as a Christmas present. After high school, ppd became more committed to gaming, starting his esports career with Heroes of Newerth, under the original alias ‘peterpandam’. To improve and be a better player he competed with his older brother and a friend who most of the time beat him. 

smbrosPeter first joined Trademark esports and tried out in other squads until he formed part of Complexity HoN roster in 2012. Peter won the second place in both DreamHoN Winter 2012 and DreamHoN Summer 2013. Peter became the most influential for his abilities and strategies against his opponents. 

Heroes of Newerth video game

Following the footsteps of many HoN players at the time, ppd transitioned to play Dota 2 towards the end of 2013. Acquiring the skills to be a better gamer, he joined teams like Stayfree and Super Strong Dinosaurs together with his teammate, Zai. 

The Team: 

Through his gaming experience with Evil Geniuses, ppd helped his dota 2 squad beat renowned teams such as Cloud 9, Team Liquid, Natus VincereVirtus.Pro and Newbee. A lot of EG’s achievements were accomplished thanks to Peter’s leadership skills of motivation to drive his unit to win esports competitions. 

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Ppd resigned from CEO of EG, forming a new esports team called The Dire in September 2017. The lineup was eventually acquired by Optic Gaming whose Dota roster actively consists of ppd as captain, Pajkatt, Zai, 33 and CC&C.     

Competitions & Winnings: 

Some of the recent esports tournaments that Peter and his current team, Optic have participated in include the qualifying matches of ESL One Katowice 2018, GESC: Indonesia Minor, The Bucharest Major and StarLadder i-League Invitational. The latest major events that Dager has taken part in were the Dota Summit 8 and ROG Masters 2017.  


Peter’s great success was at The International 2015 competing for Evil Geniuses at the time. The top dota team reached the grand finals against CDEC to win the match with an unbeatable record 3-1, taking home a staggering $6.6 million cash prize. 

The second accomplishment in Dager’s gaming career was at The International 2016. At the time, he was competing for Evil Geniuses, where they lost to Wings Gaming in the Upper Bracket finals. The squad moved down to the Losers Brackets, where EG lost to Digital Chaos with a score of 1-2, to finish in third place, proudly claiming their winning prize of a stunning $2.1 million.

Tournament Placing

13 Aug 2016The International 20163rd$2,180,898.00Dota 2
24 Jul 2016SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 (Dota 2)5th-6th$15,000.00Dota 2
12 Jun 2016The Manila Major 201613th-16th$30,000.00Dota 2
15 May 2016EPICENTER5th-6th$20,000.00Dota 2
1 May 2016WePlay Dota2 League Season 33rd$22,819.00Dota 2
20 Mar 2016Dota Pit League Season 42nd$46,755.00Dota 2
6 Mar 2016The Shanghai Major 20163rd$315,000.00Dota 2
17 Feb 2016Captains Draft 3.01st$43,408.00Dota 2
31 Jan 2016MarsTV Dota 2 League Winter 20152nd$55,477.00Dota 2
17 Jan 2016SL i-League XIV Finals (Dota 2)2nd$60,000.00Dota 2
13 Dec 2015The Summit 41st$48,783.00Dota 2
21 Nov 2015The Frankfurt Major 20153rd$315,000.00Dota 2
18 Oct 2015MLG World Finals 2015 (Dota 2)2nd$68,389.00Dota 2
4 Oct 2015ESL One New York 20155th-8th$14,323.00Dota 2
8 Aug 2015The International 20151st$6,634,660.68Dota 2
21 Jun 2015ESL One Frankfurt 20152nd$59,241.00Dota 2
7 Jun 2015joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 24th$8,362.00Dota 2
17 May 2015The Summit 32nd$61,129.00Dota 2
1 May 2015Dota Pit League S31st$126,055.00Dota 2
12 Apr 2015joinDOTA MLG Pro League Season 12nd$21,615.00Dota 2
9 Feb 2015DAC 20151st$1,284,158.00Dota 2
6 Jan 2015D2L Season 53rd$8,666.00Dota 2
21 Dec 2014XMG Captains Draft 2.05th$17,940.00Dota 2
7 Dec 2014The Summit 24th$26,873.00Dota 2
7 Dec 2014The Summit 2 - Tag Team TournamentWIN$2,000.00Dota 2
3 Dec 2014Dota Pit League S24th$6,476.00Dota 2
29 Nov 2014DreamLeague Season 21st$42,986.00Dota 2
26 Oct 2014SLTV StarSeries Season X (Dota 2)1st$106,022.00Dota 2
10 Oct 2014ESL One New York2nd$26,489.00Dota 2
19 Sep 2014NVIDIA Game 243rd-4th$2,000.00Dota 2
7 Sep 2014WEC 2014 (Dota 2)1st$97,711.80Dota 2
21 Jul 2014The International 20143rd$1,038,455.00Dota 2
29 Jun 2014ESL One Frankfurt2nd$42,180.00Dota 2
24 Jun 2014D2L WC1st$29,629.00Dota 2
16 Jun 2014DreamLeague Season 16th$23,026.00Dota 2
8 Jun 2014The Summit 11st$46,061.00Dota 2
28 Apr 2014joinDOTA League Season 1 America1st$1,421.00Dota 2
20 Apr 2014SLTV StarSeries Season IX (Dota 2)3rd$26,531.68Dota 2
5 Apr 2014MLG T.K.O. America1st$14,000.00Dota 2
9 Mar 2014SXSW Monster Energy Invitational1st$10,000.00Dota 2
8 Feb 2014ESP Shock Therapy Cup1st$7,000.00Dota 2
14 Dec 2013Fragbite Masters 2013 (Dota 2)5th-8th$836.27Dota 2
18 Nov 2013Netolic Pro League #4 West Cup 51st$1,000.00Dota 2
11 Nov 2013Netolic Pro League #4 West Cup 41st$1,000.00Dota 2
15 Sep 2013HTS2 NA/EU: Cycle 33rd$1,000.00
1 Sep 2013HTS2 NA/EU: Cycle 23rd$1,000.00
17 Jun 2013DreamHack Summer 2013 (HoN)2nd$7,725.36
18 Apr 2013HoN Tour Season 1 - Finals3rd$8,000.00
14 Mar 2013SBHL1st$12,000.00
27 Jan 2013HTS1 NA/EU: Cycle 44th$1,500.00
13 Jan 2013HTS1 NA/EU: Cycle 35th-6th$1,000.00
23 Dec 2012HTS1 NA/EU: Cycle 22nd$2,500.00
9 Dec 2012HTS1 NA/EU: Cycle 12nd$2,500.00
24 Nov 2012DreamHack Winter 2012 (HoN Tour Grand Finals)2nd$16,000.00
30 Sep 2012DreamHon Redemption1st$4,000.00
30 Aug 2012DreamHoN OSC1st$24,000.00
13 May 2017GWENT Challenger3rd-4th$10,000.00
13 May 2017GWENT Challenger #13rd-4th$10,000.00
15 May 2016EPICENTER 2016 - Dota 2 Finals5th-6th$20,000.00Dota 2
26 Nov 2017Midas Mode North America1st$18,000.00Dota 2
10 Dec 2017ROG Masters 2017 (Dota 2)2nd$58,800.00Dota 2
17 Dec 2017DOTA Summit 85th$9,000.00Dota 2
17 Jan 2016SL i-League StarSeries Season 1 (Dota 2)2nd$60,445.00Dota 2
25 Feb 2018ESL One Katowice 2018 (Dota 2)9th-12th$10,000.00Dota 2
11 Mar 2018The Bucharest Major 20185th-8th$30,000.00Dota 2
12 Jul 2015Dota Pit League Season 31st$126,055.00Dota 2
23 Dec 2014Dota Pit League Season 24th$6,476.00Dota 2
7 Apr 2018DAC 20187th-8th$35,000.00Dota 2
15 Apr 2018StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 51st$135,000.00Dota 2
15 Apr 2018StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational #51st$135,000.00Dota 2
27 May 2018ESL One Birmingham 20182nd$200,000.00Dota 2
10 Jun 2018China Dota2 Supermajor5th-6th$90,000.00Dota 2
10 Jun 2018China Dota2 Supermajor 20185th-6th$90,000.00Dota 2
10 Oct 2014ESL One New York 20142nd$26,489.00Dota 2
29 Jun 2014ESL One Frankfurt 20142nd$42,180.00Dota 2
29 Jul 2018DOTA Summit 95th-6th$7,100.00Dota 2
25 Aug 2018The International 20187th-8th$636,696.00Dota 2
7 Oct 2018GG.Bet Invitational Season 11st$22,500.00Dota 2
14 Oct 2018Maincast Autumn Brawl3rd-4th$4,500.00Dota 2
25 Oct 2018ESL One Hamburg 20189th-10th$5,000.00Dota 2
18 Nov 2018The Kuala Lumpur Major 20184th$80,000.00Dota 2