Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho is the North American Dota 2 players who has started his professional career way back in 2011. Since that moment, he has been a member of many teams and even though many think that he has reached the final part of this professional playing career, he apparently has still a lot to offer to his team and to Dota 2 competitions in general. Even though he never stayed with one team for a longer period of time, many experts have praised him for his style of game and his talent.
Even before he made a switch to Dota 2, DeMoN was already experienced DotA player because he has already played for several big Dota teams at that time. Throughout the years of his career, DeMoN became known for his game style that featured a lot of risky moves which is something that is not that usual in the Dota 2 competitions.
Because of that, some commentators have coined a term ‘Classic Jimmy’ for a situation when DeMoN pulls that kind of play. Occasionally, that kind of game style might be successful for DeMoN but many would agree that it is just too risky playing like that and on many occasions, DeMoN and his team were not able to achieve good results because of his risky play.
Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho was born on July 8th, 1990 and with 27 years of age; he is one of the oldest active players in Dota 2 competitions. Some believe that he has reached his peak in Dota 2 a while ago and that he will not be able to return to that level of the game ever again. Just like many other Dota 2 players, DeMoN’s first contact with Dota 2 happened in his childhood but he did not commit to professional playing this game until he was much older.
Even though he was never able to win the title at The International, DeMoN has achieved a lot of things throughout his career. Those achievements have actually been enough for many experts to characterized him as one of the best North American Dota 2 players in the last four or five years. However, DeMoN has often succumbed to the pressure of big events and combining that with his risky style of game, the results were not what the team and DeMoN were hoping for during his entire tournament.
As we have mentioned, DeMoN has started his professional eSports career in 2011 and his first professional Dota 2 team in the competition was Meet Your Makers. However, before joining Meet Your Makers, DeMoN has been playing for several teams, including Nirvana.Int and Evil Geniuses back in the time when DotA was the official game of the competition.
At the time when DeMoN played for Nirvana.Int, KuroKy and Puppey were also members of that team. From today’s perspective, Nirvana.Int had a star-filled squad but they were not that successful when it comes to the results.
In 2011, in the first year of his Dota 2 competition, DeMoN and Meet Your Makers managed to secure their spot at The International 2011 and they had a very good result. However, something was terribly wrong in the team at that time and this fact became obvious only after The International when it was announced that Meet Your Makers will be disbanding completely. With MYM being gone from the Dota 2 scene, DeMoN became a free agent and he looked for another team to join.
Around the same time when DeMoN made a switch to Dota 2, his former team, Evil Geniuses did the same thing and in October 2011 they announced that DeMoN has returned to their roster but after initial success, the roster of Evil Geniuses would fall apart soon after that. DeMoN stayed in Evil Geniuses for almost two years and that has been the longest period that he stayed in one team.
In 2013, DeMoN would change the team on three occasions. First, in September 2013, he left EG and joined Take Five only to leave the team in October the same year. That same month, he joined Team Dignitas and everyone believed that could be a permanent home for him but that did not happen as he left the team not even a month later. He finished 2013 playing for MVP but already in February of 2014, he would leave the team and join Team Dog.
The period between 2014 and 2016 was the toughest in his career as he was struggling to find the right team for him. During that time, he changed nine different teams among Team Liquid was the most prominent. Other teams such as Champions of Summer’s Rift, High Council of Wizzards & Priests, and Monkey Freedom Fighters were not in the level that could satisfy DeMoN.
Eventually, in May 2016, DeMoN would join Infamous but once again his time in the team was limited to less than a month as he joined TnC Gaming in June of that year. Following the trend of his previous career, DeMoN left TnC in August of the same year in order to join Fnatic where he stayed for a bit more than two months.
In the first eight months of 2017, DeMoN played for three different teams. He started the year by playing for Team Onyx but in April he joined Digital Chaos where he stayed for only one month. At that moment it was clear that his career was coming to an end but he just refuses to let go. In May 2017, compLexity Gaming announced that DeMoN will be joining their team where he will be their stand-in player and only fifteen days after that compLexity Gaming announced that DeMoN has been moved to the starting roster of their Dota 2 team.
The start of his professional Dota 2 career was tremendous as he managed to play at The International in 2011. Besides that, together with the rest of the Meet Your Makers roster, DeMoN managed to reach the fourth place in the tournament which is still his best result at any of The International tournaments so far.
In 2012, while playing for EG, DeMoN would play a lot more tournament. That year, he also played at the International but this time, he and Evil Geniuses finished in the 9-12th place. Besides that, they managed to finish in the second place at the DreamHack Winter 2012 and RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 1 which was very good way of finishing the year.
In 2013, DeMoN would feel for the first time how it feels to lift the trophy at some Dota 2 competition because they won the title at the Nexon Sponsorship League Season in December 2013. Besides that, DeMoN and Evil Geniuses finished in the third place at The Defense Season 4 and at the Premier League Season 5. That year, they did not participate in The International.
That would change during the following year as DeMoN would once again play at the biggest Dota 2 stage in the world. However, once again it would be a disappointing performance because they would finish the tournament in the 9-10th place. At that time, DeMoN was playing for Team Liquid and considering the year they had before The International, it was expected that they would do much better.
For DeMoN 2015 was terrible because they were not able to participate in any major Dota 2 tournament that year and the only tournaments they played were the minor tournaments and they managed to win the trophy at one minor, Dota 2 Canada Cup – Season 4.
In 2016, DeMoN would go on to win KOD League Season III but that was a minor tournament and it did not have a lot of influence on their careers. Immediately after that tournament, he would join TnC Gaming and with them, he once again played at The International where they finished in the 7-8th place. After that, he would join Fnatic and with them, he won a 5-8th place at the ROG Masters 2016.
When it comes to the results that DeMoN had in 2017, it needs to be said that his best result was actually the 9-16th place at the Kiev Major. Even though they had a couple good performances in the qualifiers for other tournaments, they were not able to repeat those performances in the main event of the tournament.
Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho could have achieved much more if only some of his moves were a bit cleverer. Today, DeMoN seems to be like one of the players whose huge potential and even bigger talent were not used in a right way. DeMoN has a lot to be sorry about when it comes to his moves in the career as he had several good opportunities to achieve much more but he blew them too. This way, only a story of what DeMoN could have achieved would remain.