Hey, I’m beedub! I am a Brit currently living in Toronto, Canada. I grew up in small towns & villages in the middle of England that most people haven’t heard of and then lived in London for a few years. I’ve been a console gamer all my life, from my first Sega Master System to the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn, PS1, PS2, PS3, up to my current PS4. It’s only fairly recently that I’ve been properly gaming on my PC (I used to be a Mac person). I was introduced to Dota through my brother. I jokingly asked him to teach me so I could see what all the fuss was about at one of his LAN parties, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I joined Desoladies near the beginning of its creation and I love this community so much. It’s very rewarding to be part of a group full of such talented, supportive, like-minded women. Who would have thought that getting into Dota 2 would lead to meeting so many amazing people from all over the world?! Going to TI7 was such a blast, it was great to meet so many people and I can’t wait for TI8! Other LANs I’ve been to are the Boston Major & the Montreal BEAT Invitational. Aside from generally helping out manage Desoladies, I create all of the graphics & branded assets for the group.
I’m currently a freelance graphic designer & love to stream! After spamming support for the past couple of years, I’m trying to learn to play other positions. I stream my journey to becoming a distinctly average player and also complain about my woes of attempting to play carry over on the Dota 2 podcast, Defense of the Patience.
Outside of gaming stuff, I love to draw, find new music to obsess over, listen to podcasts, eat amazing food, drink beer & tea (I’m a stereotype, I know) and most of all, I adore cuddling my two black cats, Echo & Io.
I’m one of the managers here so that means I work with the management team on all things Desoladies! Whether it’s moderating the Discord, planning out episodes of The Grill, or working with the other managers on projects or announcements, we certainly stay busy around here. I love working on Desoladies projects and I love this community that we have grown. I truly feel that this is a sorely needed space in the Dota 2 scene, and it’s so nice to see it flourish. Going to TI7 was amazing for me, both being there for the first time and also meeting so many of the members that I talk to online and play games with.
Outside of Desoladies responsibilities, I’m a married lady since 2012. My husband Kyle and I have two wonderful kitties as our daughters: Chelsea and Lanaya. I would have renamed Chelsea Mortred after Phantom Assassin but she already responded to Chelsea when she moved in and I didn’t want to confuse her…
I also love crafty things, like cosplay! I’ve made a few Dota 2 cosplays actually, including Phantom Assassin, Enchantress, and a Winter Wyvern Kigu (which was a hit at TI). Additionally, I enjoy watching anime, streaming from time to time, listening to kpop, and traveling. I’d love to travel to Japan or Iceland next, of course outside of going to LANs. 😛
Though I spend most of my time working on Desoladies, I also help out with Teach Me Tuesdays on the Defense of the Patience podcast. I’m trying to be a better offlaner and get to 4k mmr by TI8. If you’re looking for a beginner-to-intermediate educational Dota 2 podcast, you should check out Teach Me Tuesdays! If you want to follow my work or get to know me better, feel free to check out my social media. I don’t bite!
Hey, I’m superphrenic, but most people just call me super. I live and queue USE. I originally got into Dota around the time Winter Wyvern was released, and I’ve probably watched four games of Dota for each one I’ve played. I originally got into Dota to help friends raise their MMR using communication and psychological strategies. While that’s no longer my focus, I still have my notebooks and charts around here somewhere.
I love both the game and community. While I’ve already been to one Major and two TIs, I would love to go to more Dota events. This past TI was especially amazing since I stayed in a house with a bunch of other Desoladies and Allies. We all had early flights the day after the finals, so we stayed up the entire night talking about Dota. Desoladies karaoke night was a huge hit in both Boston and Seattle, and I’m hoping to make it to the next iteration of this group tradition.
In Desoladies, I am the Content Manager. Before we had The Grill, I created, scheduled, and hosted Desoladies Discord Discussions on different topics, including copyright and esports journalism. I also wrote and edited all of the rules, FAQs, announcements, and official documents for the group. I try to keep the website updated and pretty, so if you see something out of place, please let me know!
In my normal life (which really isn’t that normal), I am a freelance writer and copy editor as well as a schizophrenia activist. I am starting my own activist organization for schizophrenia awareness. I am also involved with the stream group Cast Together, which is for streamers with mental illness. I watch a lot of Twitch, and I’ve made many great friends both by streaming and by watching. My other favorites include crocheting, dogs, road trips, and reading about history. I have a particular fondness for reading about unsolved mysteries, true crime, natural disasters, diseases and plagues, and similarly morbid topics. You can find me on Twitter or on the Desoladies stream team, though you will very rarely find me actually streaming Dota.
There have been many wonderful people who contributed to Desoladies and helped build it into the community it is today. We’d like to thank these former managers and current project managers for the time, energy, and love they brought to Desoladies, as the group would not exist without their support.