Yes, Dota 2 is fun to play, I know. You know what else is true? Dota 2 is fun to bet on, as well.

There are over 1 million people playing Dota 2 each month (give or take) and a large percentage of them are very passionate about their favorite game. You see, when you spend thousands of hours playing Dota, you basically have two options:

  1. Become a pro
  2. Start a lucrative betting career

Becoming a pro is awesome but it’s becoming increasingly hard. Besides the fact that you’ll have to battle your way through hundreds of low level tournaments to find a perfect team to play with, the competition that’s currently at the top won’t let you have a piece of the pie just like that. Read more

Today we will explain basic concepts that you should know while watching a game of Dota 2 or playing it. These terms are widely used by commentators, players, and teams that should be known to the spectators.

Let’s start, the map of DotA 2 is divided into 3 lines:

TOP/BOT

Top is the upper part of the map when playing as Radiant, and the Bot lane when playing as Dire. The perspective of Top or Bot depends on which side of the map you are playing on.

Safelane (BOT lane of Radiant, TOP lane of Dire)

The safelane is the most secured lane for farming it is also called easylane, since the design of the map makes the enemy creeps move towards your side. It is right next to the jungle.

Jungle

Jungle is an area map where we can find neutral creeps, and we say they are because there is one on the Dire side and another on the Radiant side, it is near to the easylane.

Hardlane (BOT lane Dire, TOP lane Radiant)

Hardlane, is also called offlane, and is characterized mainly for being a complicated lane, since the creeps move towards the enemy safelane. In this lane, you see tanky heroes of the game.

Midlane

Frequently abbreviated as mid, midlane is the center lane. It is characterized for being the lane where your hero gets the most experience and if you win this lane then you can easily win the game.

Once explained the lanes, I will explain English terminologies used generally.

Terminology

  • Stun:

It means to paralyze the hero. When you stun a hero, it cannot move or cast a spell.

  • Harass:

It means to disturb. Usually, it is when a hero is preventing the enemy hero from getting gold and experience, by using his abilities.

  • Slow:

It means to reduce the movement speed of the enemy. It can be done by items like a Diffusal blade or playing Bristleback.

  • Farm:

Farm Or farmer means the action of gaining gold and experience by killing an enemy or neutral creeps.

  • Deny:

It is done by pressing the default letter “A” and clicking on the unit or tower that is to be denied. The purpose of doing so is to deny the enemy team from getting gold and experience.

  • Last hit:

It is to give the last blow to an enemy unit or structure to obtain extra money.

  • SS:

It means “missing”, which in turn means that the ally who wrote it has lost the vision enemy / s of his line. When you have them back in your field of vision, you usually type ” re “.

  • Gank

Or “Ganker”, means to surprise jump on one or some enemies when they do not expect to be attacked. This is done in order to harass or get a kill.

  • Kill:

eliminate an enemy hero for a few seconds.

  • Courier:

allows us to stay in the lane and receive Dota 2 items from the store at the same time. With it, you can also buy items from the secret shop or sometimes it is called as Dota 2 market. The courier flies after the 3-minute mark of the game so you will get your items fasters.

  • Warding:

Means putting wards in a certain position of the map.

  • Roam:

Means to explore or try to give the vision of a certain point and provide information of enemy team. It is not the same as warding though you can collaborate with your teammate in order to get a kill on the opponent hero.

  • Stack:

It means making “Stacks” or clusters of different things. It is usually done in the jungle by hitting the creeps and making new ones appear. This is done at a particular timing of the game. It can also be done by correctly casting our abilities at the neutral creeps.

  • Rosh:

Roshan’s abbreviation which is hardest neutral creep to kill on the map.

  • Nuke:

It means to destroy or eliminate a hero instantly. This would mean that we will all concentrate our skills on that hero to eliminate it as soon as possible. Generally, the focus always starts with the supports, because once they are dead, they will not be able to do anything to harass us and prevent us from killing their carry.

  • Teamfight or tf:

It means to launch an attack as the whole team together.

  • Roamer:

Very similar to ganking, roaming, is moving between the lanes. In certain team setups, there are heroes who exclusively dedicate themselves to that.

  • CC:

It means ” Crowd Control” So that you understand it, cc to someone is to throw some skill that does not let him use his skills. It can be a silence, a stun, or hex.

Hexit means to transform an enemy into a harmless chicken.

  • DoT:

Means damage over time. These are the skills that leave a harmful debuff that makes it go down life over time like the Venomancer ultimate.

  • Buff and debuff:

Buff means “positive effect” and debuff “negative effect”. Ally Buff is an aura of precision like a HoT (healing over time). While, Debuff is Damage over time, a harmful aura.

Positions and types of hero

Offlaner:

It is the position that is played in the hardlane or offlane. It is usually done against a tri-lane configuration (1-1-3). Generally, the offlaner is a hero who can keep enemies at bay without getting too close and can tank decent damage. Eg Clockwerk, Dark Seer.

Jungler:

He is the hero who is mainly dedicated to farming the jungle. They are usually heroes with some survival skills. For example, Bloodseeker with his life regeneration. Generally, the farm in the jungle from the beginning of the game involves the purchase of Clarity, Tango, Stout Shield. They can also be heroes who avoid damage directly, for example, Enchantress, which can enrapture units. However, the change of Meta has seen the jungler role going obsolete.

Support (Support):

This type of hero is dedicated to helping the carry to farm and, despite their little damage of right clicks they are not very dependent on gold to be useful in the game. We also have semi-supports that are supported with some useful ability for the lane, e.g. the ultimates of Lina, Lich or Lion.

Lane Support (Support path):

These heroes are the same as the above mentioned, only with the special feature that they have skills that allow their partner to carry stay longer on the lane while healing and providing buffs.

Initiator:

They are heroes who have one or several skills that allow you to start a team fight favorable to your team. Ex. Tusk, Magnus, Disruptor.

Carry:

It is distributed in hardcarry and semicarry. The hard-carries are effective once they have items until then they will be not very effective. The semi-carries are not much dependent on the Dota 2 items but cannot deal as much damage as compared to the hard carry.

Ganker:

They are heroes who move between the lanes to kill the enemy or keep him under a tower by harassing them. The hero’s role is to facilitate the farm of your team and hinder it of the opposing team. They are usually heroes with some stun, slow, invisibility or nuke. Eg Bloodseeker, Clinkz, Pudge. These are also called Roamer.

Nukers:

Heroes with a large amount of explosive damage.

Tank:

Heroes with a lot of resistance. They usually have a lot of life or armor. Tanks are useful in team fights and to press under the tower.

Disabler:

Disablers are heroes who have some silence or stun that prevents the enemy hero (s) from executing their spell. They are usually the focus of the first focus in team fights.

Pusher:

They are heroes who have a great ease to pressure the enemy towers and knock them down. Eg. Nature Prophet.

Dota 2 Items

  • Vision Ward:

They provide you with the vision of the map for a limited time. After then, they are expired and you have to buy new ones.

  • Sentry / ies:

They are used to see invisible heroes and remove vision wards planted by your enemies.

  • Dust:

Vision provider, detect invisible heroes.

  • Gem:

Gem of true sight, increases your area of vision and lets you see invisible heroes as long as you have it.

  • Bkb:

Black King Bar.

  • Blink:

Blink Dagger or heroes with blink like Queen of Pain.

  • Rapier:

Divine Rapier the most powerful item of the game but is dropped on death.

  • Mek:

Mekansm for healing your team

  • tp:

Scroll of teleportation. It can also mean teleporting somewhere.

Basic Tips

  • Stay under your tower whenever the enemy team is pushing.
  • Play as a team.
  • If a tower is hitting you, you can hit an allied creep with your “A”, which will confuse the tower and will hit your creeps instead of your hero.
  • Activate an in-game guide while you do not know the character well.
  • The supports defend the carry and even give life for it.
  • Pulled the creep camps and stack.
  • Deny the towers when they have a little life.
  • Always try to bring a tp with you
  • Try to avoid the river as much as possible. The river is a treacherous place and therefore you can be ganked easily.

MOBAs have a very simple base: team games on a map with three lanes. Although it is a bit more complex than that, the basic concepts of what is a game in any game of this genre are easy to understand and assimilate. Of course, mastering them is another story.

Dota 2 is one of the most successful eSports titles with millions of followers and players a like. Dota 2 is a free video game of the genre RTS (Real Time Action Strategy) also known as MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) distributed by Valve’s Steam platform.

History of Dota 2 Junglers

The origin of Dota 2 goes back to StarCraft, specifically Aeon of Strife (AoS), a custom map and the first MOBA of all. Subsequently, with the release of Warcraft III and as a modification of it, “Defense of the Ancients” (DOTA) was created by the users of the game. Among them IceFrog, while his partner Guinsoo decided to take another path with the successful game League of Legends.

Mechanics of Dota 2 Jungling

Dota 2 is rated amongst the hardest games in the world. Since no individual or team can master it. The Valve title has host millions of players. The game has attracted the attention of some big organizers that have hosted the competitions with prize pools in millions.

The gameplay of Dota 2 consists of so many mechanics that can’t be mastered by any single player. It makes the game quite challenging and engaging at the same time.

What is Jungling in Dota 2?

One of the practices in Dota 2 that has been almost completely removed by Valve is Jungling. The very concept of Dota 2 Jungling is to farm gold from the creep camps that are distributed across the map. Usually, the practice of farming gold is to go into the lane and get as many last hits on the creeps as possible. But Jungling is an alternative way to get hold and experience by simply killing of the creeps.

Dota 2 Jungling Meta

Dota 2 Jungling Meta

Jungling was one of the best choices for the new players to simply farm passively. However, it had its benefits and flaws. Let’s have a look at the benefits:

Having a jungler ensures a large amount of farm and the ability to make a gank by surprise to help in the other lanes, and accommodating more gold and experience. Jungling was one of the easiest and most used mechanics in lower-tier games. One can simply lose the lane but get the farm and experience while jungling.

Old Jungling Days

Back in the old days, you could buy Iron Talon and Poor Man’s Shield which can simply get so much done for you in such a small time. However, Jungling had its fair share of flaws:

The jungler usually first picks heroes like Legion Commander, Nature’s Prophet etc which put your allies to a disadvantage since the enemy knows the offlaner will be alone and they apply the trilane tactic. In lower tier games the jungler usually remains in the games for 15 minutes and farms blindly without having no awareness whatsoever of what going on in the other lanes. The Jungling practice ruins the true essence of taking last hits on creeps and many players criticized Valve for presenting The Iron Talon.

Heroes lost their credibility after Jungle was nerfed. Back in the Dota 2 jungling days some heroes were quite popular and had an impressive pick rate.

Attacking Beast

Ursa was an excellent hero to do jungle with his “Fury Swipes” that increase the amount of damage that is inflicted with consecutive attacks. Lifestealer was another solid option, as it can heal itself with “Feast” to stay in the jungle much longer than other heroes.

Army of Creeps

On the other hand, Enigma and Nature’s Prophet were very good alternatives for jungling because of their ability to summon allied creatures. Enchantress and Chen can turn neutral creeps into allies. Compared to other jungles, these heroes can do the medium and large camps before, as long as they prioritize buying objects that grant mana regeneration.

Mighty Rogues

Axe and Sven were very simple heroes who do not need excessive farm to be useful in the first stages of the game and can also be considered good for the jungle. Both had the skills that gave them armor and damage in the area to perform this task. The Call of the Berserker and the Spiral Counterattack helix of Axe, and Great Cleave of Sven helped to be some of the most impressive heroes of the game. Although they require more regeneration objects at the beginning.

But almost all of these heroes lost their credibility when Valve nerfed Dota 2 jungling. Sven, Chen, and Lifestealer had their pick rate completely declined and to date have not recovered to date. The Jungle Legion Commander is nowhere to be seen. While Ursa, Axe, and Enigma after a decline rate have somewhat made their way back to the current meta.

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Iron Talon & Poor Man’s Shield

The practice to go jungle has been completely discouraged by Valve with time. Back in the day, Dota 2 had items that could make your life easier for jungling like the Iron Talon and Poor Man’s Shield.

The Iron Talon did so much for you in such a short time. Usually, in Dota 2 there are only a handful of Heroes that can usually play the jungle role. However, with the Iron Talon, you can simply buy the item on any hero and blindly farm the jungle.

In our opinion, we believe that these items were removed to bring back the offlaners in the game. The Iron Talon made an exceptional difference to the offlane heroes, especially the likes of Legion Commander, Tidehunter and Faceless Void.

In those days, it was seen countless times, that if your offlaner gets beaten, he/she can simply invest 500 gold in Dota 2 Junglers and farm the camps. The item had both passive and active use. Passively it increased your damage output. While When it’s active removed 40% health of the non-hero unit. Statistically, this is not such an impressive item, but when the offlane is pushed towards the enemy tower then with the Iron Talon one can simply go to the jungle and get the much-needed experience.

While the defensive capabilities of Poor Man’s shield proved much powerful for the laning. The Melee carries like Anti Mage were unable to be harassed in the lane and continue to farm since the damage dealt to the hero was a lot less. The item not only discouraged supports and offlaners but also like Iron Talon made farm easy for all the carries.

Do we Need Dota 2 Jungle Meta Back?

The answer is simple, No. We do not need this meta and it is highly unlikely that Valve will bring it back. For the former argument, the game is quite interesting since there is no passive way to farm in the game anymore. The players have to improve their style of play to get the farm by the old and reliable last hitting technique. We can still farm in the jungle at the later stages, but it is when the game is focused a lot on team fights, and not many care about kills the jungle creeps. The toxicity level of the game has somewhat reduced with the end of Jungle Legion Commander and Nature’s Prophet. No one really needs the jungle style of play and it is great to see Valve seeing this way.

Looking at the later argument that Valve will not bring it back is a valid argument, the signs of which can be seen in the recent 7.20 update. In the update, they removed Ring of Aquila which was very much like the Iron Talon and Poor’s Man Shield. It was being made on every hero to ease the laning phase. The Ring was also useful in the mid-game, however, seeing its popularity and its passive benefits, Valve deleted the item. So, removing the Ring along with the Talon and the Shield was a wise choice when it comes to bringing balance to the game. They have even reworked heroes like Sven to be played as more of supporting role rather than a passively farming carry and have even turned Chen into a lane Support.

Before the patch was yet to arrive Dota 2 community assumed that it is time for Valve to go back to focus on the jungle. However, when the patch hit Valve made sure that they remove the slightest idea of returning the early Dota 2 jungle meta.

Seeing iceFrog deleting these items should alarm the community that the developer can even remove heroes from the game.

We might see the meta return in the coming years since one way or the other because Valve will continue to change the game and there will come a time when we will see the early game jungle returning to its former glory.

Dota 2 best junglers 2020

Of course, there are some heroes that performing better than the others. We have sum them up in a top 10 list as you can see below.

  1. Bloodseeker
  2. Lone Druid
  3. Tiny
  4. Lycan
  5. Meepo
  6. Axe
  7. Shadow Fiend
  8. Slark
  9. Anti-Mage
  10. Wraith King

Provides Bloodseeker with:

  • Outgoing Damage Amplification: 12%/18%/24%/30%
  • Incoming Damage Amplification: 10%/14%/18%/22%
  • Maximum Health as Heal: 13%/17%/21%/25%

Provides Lone Druid with:

  • 15/30/45/60 bonus attack speed.
  • 20%/35%/50%/65% shared lifesteal.

Provides Tiny with:

  • Attack Range: 350
  • Unit Attack Damage Bonus: 10%/20%/30%/40%
  • Building Attack Damage Bonus: 20%/50%/80%/110%
  • Attack Damage as Area Damage: 30%/40%/50%/60%

Provides Lycan with:

  • Attack Damage Reduction: 25%/30%/35%/40%
  • Armor Reduction: 5/6/7/8
  • Attack Damage Bonus: 14%/26%/38%/50%
  • Health Regeneration Bonus: 1/3/5/7

 

 

Dota 2 can be simply defined as the game no one can master. If you’d like to learn how to play Dota 2 as a beginner without any experience in the genre of MOBA gaming, you’ll probably have a lot of questions right at the beginning. This Dota 2 Beginner Guide will teach you the basics of the game and help you to start with your first Dota 2 games.

Before we explain the actual game to you, we first look at the playing field, the Dota 2 map. This is, of course, the best way to learn the basics of the game as well as the mechanics involved if you want to bet on Dota 2.

Dota 2 Map Structure

The two teams start each in a corner of the map – either top right or bottom left – where the main building, “The Ancient” is located. From your own base, there are three routes to the opposing base, the so-called Lanes. These are marked red or green in the minimap. On these paths are various towers that protect your own and enemy base. These are marked on the map by red and green squares. Between the lanes is the forest, which contains a total of 12 neutral creep camps that are difficult to take down at the start. These are usually marked in the game by yellow triangles.

Near the top side of the Dota 2 map resides Roshan, a powerful creep which drops a special item upon death, the Aegis of the Immortal. This item revives your hero five seconds after death.

The Goal of Dota 2

The goal of the game in Dota 2 is, as in all other games of this genre, to destroy the main building of the opposing team. In order to reach this goal, on the one hand, one must destroy some enemy towers, which protect the way to the opposing main building and on the other hand protect your own towers.

Both teams start in their base at the beginning, each of which is in one corner of the map. There you can equip your hero with items (you can buy more later on).

Now your own team splits up into small subgroups. This is almost always done so that one player takes over the middle and other four players occupy the outer lanes. From your base and that of your opponent, after every 30 seconds, small monster groups known as creeps will start spawning for you. These creeps are mainly used by the player to seek cover in the landing phase. In doing so, you try to kill the opposing creeps in order to get as much gold and experience as possible. It is important to note that only the last hit counts. So you only get gold if you really get the killing blow. Depending on the role of your hero you want to get as many last hits as possible or secure them for your allies.

Choosing the Right Hero in Dota 2

Choosing the right hero in Dota 2 is not easy, especially as there are many different heroes who do not need to be unlocked. The total sum of Dota 2 heroes is over 120 which divided into three different categories: strength, agility, and intelligence. Each hero has these three attributes, but you get more bonuses for the hero’s primary attribute than others. A hero of the category “strength” thus benefits much more from items that bring strength than from intelligence. This classification into the attribute classes also gives an indication of the strengths of each hero: While strength heroes usually endure a lot, agility heroes quickly deal damage and move faster. Heroes from the Intelligence category often serve to support other heroes and master powerful spells.

In general, there is no “best” hero in Dota 2, it always depends on the particular game situation. However, one can distinguish between easy-to-play and hard-to-play Dota 2 heroes.

Items in Dota 2

Items are there to strengthen your hero. This can be a small Clarity Potion for 50 Gold that regenerates over time Mana or even a powerful Satanic that you can buy for costly 6150 Gold! Therefore, it is important for you to know how to effectively farm a lot of gold – but pay attention to the role of your hero. While Carrys have to accumulate a lot of gold and concentrate on farming until the end of the game, supporters will need to collect much less gold, as they are not as dependent on items but on their positioning to assist their teammates in fights.

Of course, you also need to know where to get which items. This is much easier in Dota 2 than in its predecessor, DotA. In DotA, there were more than half a dozen shops and in each of them, you got different items. In Dota 2 there is only one shop button that opens the shop window. This is located in the lower right corner of the interface. The big main shop is right in your base where you spawn at the beginning. There you will find every variety of items in the whole game and you can buy almost all the items in the game there. Some items, however, are only available in the Secret Shop, the location of the Secret Shops can be seen on the minimap.

Shops in Dota 2

There are two Secret Shops in the game, one on the Radiant side and other on the Dire side.

There you will find the most powerful and expensive items that are mainly purchased for the endgame. However, some items will require you to purchase recipes from your base while some don’t need recipes. For example, from Reaver (3200 Gold) and a couple of a Vitality Boosters (1100 gold each), you can build a Heart of Tarrasque. While to build Mjolnir (5600) you will first need to complete Maelstrom (2700 gold) which can be done from your general shop while the other item Hyperstone (2000 gold) will be needed from the Secret shop. An important point: you can always (!) Shop from the main shop. If you are not around or killed off, the items you have purchased are simply put in your camp and you can pick them up the next time you return to base or spawn.

Collecting Items From Roshan

You only get three special items from Roshan. This monster is located on the top side of the river. If you kill him, you will get the Aegis of the Immortal the first time, which will resurrect you at the spot of your death after 3 seconds without gold loss after your death. The Aegis stays in your inventory for five minutes, then it just disappears! Roshan reappears every 8-11 minutes after his death, and if you kill him for the second and third time, he will give you Cheese and Refresher Shard, respectively. If you use Cheese, you will be back in full health immediately and have full mana. While the Refresher Shard will remove the cooldown of almost all your spells and items as soon as you use it.

Tips and Suggestions

In Dota 2 you should try to avoid going back to the base to pick up your items. Especially at the beginning of the game you will find frequently needed items such as Boots of Speed ​​or Magic Wand in the side shops that are in the top and bottom lane. You should also buy a Courier (only 50 gold) as early as possible in the game. This makes it possible to transport the items from the camp to allied heroes so that they do not have to leave their position and continue farming. You don’t have to worry about upgrading it since after three minutes the game will automatically do this for you.

At the beginning of each Dota 2 game you spawn in your base and should purchase the first items, then the members of your team should split-up in the different lanes – the first phase of the game, the so-called Laning stage begins as soon as the creeps spawn. Depending on your hero’s role, you should try to kill as many creeps as possible by getting last hits (Carry), assist your Carry in Farming (Support), or take on specific tasks such as killing enemy heroes or destroying the enemy’s towers.

From a certain level, you will need to leave your lane more and more often to kill (gank) enemy heroes or take part in big team fights. This phase usually does not start until the important heroes have reached at least level 6.

In all phases of the game, try to gain an advantage and leave the opponent in terms of experience and gold behind. If you have a sufficiently large lead worked, try to destroy the base of the opponent as soon as possible to end the game.

The eSports title of Valve has a lot of teams every year challenging for the prestigious TI trophy. Many Dota 2 teams & players have come and gone but some have made their mark on the history of one of the most difficult games in the world. Here is a list of some of the best Dota 2 players and teams. Including some of the most prestigious and recognized figures in competitive Dota history.

Team Secret

Team Secret from Turkey is one of Dota 2’s most successful teams. Currently, Secret ranks among the top teams in the competitive world. In August 2014, players from the Natus Vincere, Fnatic, and Alliance decided to start their own team. The history of the team makes it clear why it belongs to the best in the world and the lineup is so well equipped. The first major success was celebrated in May 2015, when Secret beat Evil Geniuses at The Summit 3. In general, 2015 was a very good year for the Turkish team.

Team Secret won the premier tournaments ESL One Frankfurt 2015, MLG World Finals, and Nanyang Dota 2 Championship. Only at The Frankfurt Major 2015, Team Secret was defeated by the currently best Dota 2 Team OG in the final with 3-1. The success story continued in 2016: The team won The Shanghai Major 2016 and won $ 1.1 million in prize money. 2017, however, started sobering for Team Secret; In the Kiev Major, they only reached the split places 9 to 16 and thus dropped out of the tournament very early. In 2018, they had an impressive season in the DPC but failed to shine in the TI.

Virtus.Pro

Virtus.Pro

Virtus.Pro

Let’s come to the best team of the first season of the DPC. Virtus.Pro is not a pure Dota 2 team but also has a lineup competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The company is managed by a Russian billionaire: Alan Usmanov. He announced in 2015 that an investment of more than 100 million US dollars will be made by him in the organization. In total, Virtus.pro’s teams have already received over $ 10 million in prize money from Counter-Strike and Dota 2. In the 2017-2018 season, they won almost every Dota 2 tournament they competed in. They were favorites to win the TI but unfortunately, the CIS ended their run at 8th place.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid

Team Liquid

In 2017, we have never seen a team proclaim itself the champion of The International and continue to maintain that level of play in the following season. We can say that Team Liquid was a really special case. However, they are no longer the world champion of Dota 2, since they had a forgetful TI8 campaign. Nonetheless, the lineup is still formidable. They finished 1st in StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3, 3rd-4th ESL One Hamburg, 1st in AMD SHAPPIRE Dota Pit League 2nd in ESL One Genting and 1st in StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4. This Dota 2 Teams Players hold some of the most efficient players the league has ever seen. 

Newbee

Newbee

Newbee

They were the runner-ups of The International 7 and won ESL One Genting by beating Team Liquid. Newbee might be the best team in Asia but in 2017 they had a tough time against European teams. They are a shadow of their former selves but in this upcoming season, we can surely expect a rejuvenated team.  

OG

Team OG

Team OG

OG is the biggest surprise in Esport history and won the mega-event The International 2018. “Five Friends”, “One Team”, “The Underdogs” or “The Outlaws”: OG got some names in the run-up to The International 2018. “Future TI Champion” was not one of them – and not without reason. In 2016 and 2017, OG was a top team in the scene. The last season was more than disappointing. The team only won a minor. OG was in shambles when just before the supermajor: Co-founder valley “Fly” Aizik and Gustav “s4” Magnusson left the team to join the rivals of Evil Geniuses.

Coach Sébastien “7ckngMad” Debs, who had already stepped in as substitute over the months before, as well as support player Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and second co-founder Johan “N0tail” Sundstein stayed behind. In the short-term newcomers, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Anathan “ana” Pham were brought in. The former had not played a professional tournament and the other had been looking for a team for himself. Who would have thought that the team struggling throughout the whole Dota 2 season was about to become the champions of The International 2018.

Now let’s have a look at some of the top players who have made a name for themselves in the eSports industry. They are surely amongst the best if not the best players.

Dota 2 Players

Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi

Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi

Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi

KuroKy is a truly the richest player of eSports (in terms of both money and respect). He started his Dota 2 career early on, being one of the few players who was invited to participate in the first The International in 2011. He currently plays for Team Liquid and was champion of The International 2017. He has won $4,097,203.61 in winnings.

Amer “Miracle” Barqawi

Amer "Miracle" Barqawi

Amer “Miracle” Barqawi

KuroKy’s team-mate was born in Jordan and began playing DotA and his successor in lan houses, along with his older brothers. When the MMR ranking was released, he realized his great potential and was quickly invited by veteran Johan “N0tail” to join the professional OG team. He currently plays for Team Liquid. He has won $3,671,337.28 in winnings. He truly is one of the best and the most versatile player of competitive Dota 2.

Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora

Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora

Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora

With a career full of ups and downs, the American has moments of sadness and glory. After years fighting for a world title, he won The International 2015 for Evil Geniuses, a team he has parted ways with and finished TI7 in tenth place. He has won $3,026,235.67 in winnings.

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov

Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov

Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov

The 22-year-old Bulgarian started playing video games at age 5 on a computer that his grandmother gave him as a gift. At 12 he met Dota 2 and in 2015 he was called to play Team Liquid by Kuroky himself, a team he still plays for. He has won $3,438,411.76 in winnings.

Lasse “Matumbaman” Urpalainen

Matumbaman’s career began when he played the highest level of his country’s baseball tournaments. When his team manager left the team, his passion for the sport was also gone and he had several problems with alcohol and his emotional state. Dota 2 helped the good-natured Matumbaman to be reborn as a person and as a player. He currently defends Team Liquid. He has won $3,438,116.04 in winnings.

Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan

SumaiL is one of the youngest Dota 2 professional players in the competitive landscape. The Pakistani began playing Dota at the age of eight, along with his brother and has never since stopped. Charlie Yang, one of the managers of Evil Geniuses, was the one who called the boy to play on the team, surprising the world with his talent. SumaiL was the champion of The International 2015 at only 16 years old. The prodigy has won $3,265,914.94.

Peter “ppd” Dager

Ppd was already an incredible player when he and his friends from the SADBOYS team were playing for Evil Geniuses. Over time, the coexistence became complicated and the pro player learned the hard way to deal with problems when seeing colleagues Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg and Artour “Arteezy” Babaev leaving the team to play in for Team Secret. Alongside new players, the American has been IT 5 champion. He is still one of Dota 2’s biggest players in the scenario. He has won $2,853,154.62.

Clinton “Fear” Loomis

After finishing college, the American, who is one of the oldest and most respected players in the competitive circuit, realized that what he really wanted was to play video games. Fear’s journey started from his first Dota amateur tournament, in which he won $ 90. After winning International 2015 champion, he earned $ 1,326,932.14. He truly is an inspiration to all the players who dream to become pro-Dota 2 players. He has played for Evil Geniuses since 2011 and is always alternating between coach and player positions. He has won $2,496,104.99 in winnings.

Maroun “GH” Merhej

GH played for a local team from Lebanon, his home country, before joining Team Liquid. In interviews during TI7, he said that he only played at lan houses or cyber cafes because having a good internet connection at home in Lebanon is extremely expensive. Playing for Team Liquid since January 2017, GH secured the title of The International 2017 alongside his colleagues. His current earning through Dota 2 tournaments is approximately $3,056,909.18.

Li “iceice” Peng

Iceice was the champion of The International 2016 with Wings Gaming. After being a world champion, he and his team left Wings because of late payment of their salaries, and they created Team Random, which was banned from the Chinese competitive circuit for making that decision without terminating the contracts in the right way.

Iceice then decided to pause his career but returned to form the Dango team in 2017, and came to play for the qualifier open for the TI7, but was unsuccessful. He won $1,998,972.63.

Dota 2 Heroes

When we start playing a competitive game, like a hero shooter or a MOBA, we always ask and look for the best heroes to begin with. Not always having the best hero will make us the best player, though.

What is the best hero? It is a subjective question and the answer depends on each player, but there seems to be an answer to the question of which are the most important Dota 2 heroes.

The list we compiled for you includes the most impressive heroes of the competitive scene.

Anti-Mage

Anti Mage

Anti Mage

When the game was launched back in 2010, Anti-Mage was rated as the king of carry role. He was amongst the most popular picks of TI 1. Back in those days, BurNing, a retired professional player, was considered to be the best Anti-Mage player. To date, no heroes can stand against the might of six slotted Anti-Mage.

Miracle has made a lot of exceptional plays on the hero. Anti-Mage is one of the few champions that can easily push a lane and be clinical in team fights. Even new players can get a lot of wins if the find their way with the Anti-Mage. Anti-Mage is a decent pick in the competitive games as well.

Earth Spirit

Earth Spirit

Earth Spirit

The hero entered in the competitive season at the end of 2015. Since then, Earth Spirit has been one of the best initiators in the game. He can start a fight from a long range owing to his exceptional abilities. This makes it hard for his opponents to react. Jerax has made countless game-changing plays on the hero in the past year. He is considered the best Earth Spirit player in the world.

The most popular hero of the TI6 was Earth Spirit. He was either banned or picked in almost every game of the competition. He is arguably one of the most difficult heroes in the game to learn. However, a good player can cause havoc for the opponents.

Even though the hero is picked on the position 4, an Earth Spirit pick can change the drafting strategy for the opponents. He is in the list of top 10 supports in the pro scene. If you want to be a pro player then learning a complex and ruthless hero like Earth Spirit will surely help you.

Rubick

Rubick

Rubick

One of the most popular picks of the game is Rubick. He has been a phenomenal pick in pro games since its release years ago. The hero is capable of making great rotations and can completely change the game by stealing only 1 spell from his opponents. Even though the hero is just a support, his presence stirs fear in the heart of his opponents.

Jerax, Kuroky, Yapzor, and Puppey are some of the most exceptional players of Rubick. Rubick is among the list of top 10 Dota 2 heroes picked at The International. The hero also features in the most iconic plays of the Dota 2 history. He has been the winning pick for a lot of teams in pro scene. There are tons of eye-catching plays of Rubick on YouTube.

Invoker

Invoker

Invoker

Shadow Fiend was the favorite hero of the game. Now the hero in the spotlight is Invoker. Arguably the hardest hero of the game and the hero with the most number of spells. No hero can match the power of Invoker in any MOBA title of eSports.

Sumiya’s invoker is simply amazing as he holds over 3000 games on the hero. Miracle has also shown impressive skills on the hero. The hero has many fans in the community and once Invoker was in the top 5 most popular heroes of the game. Recently with the change of meta, the popularity of the hero has declined but still, no one can match a superior Invoker player in the mid lane.

There are various Dota 2 sites which offer live build guide as well as suggestions to improve the gameplay on Invoker.

Shadow Fiend

Shadow Fiend

Shadow Fiend

Shadow Fiend is one of the legendary picks of the mid lane. The hero has been exceptionally popular not only in Dota 2 but in the WoW days as well. Over the years countless 1v1 competitions have been hosted for the best Shadow Fiend player of the world. Yaphets was the king of the mid lane in the DotA days. Now Arteezy, Mushi, Miracle, and Ferrari_430 are making exceptional plays on the hero.

A lot of Dota 2 heroes can be played in this position but no one can match the popularity of the Shadow Fiend. He was one of the most effective heroes in the mid lane for the first three years of the game. Even now, Shadow Fiend can make a significant impact in the game.

Chen

Chen

Chen

From 2010 to 2014, one of the most popular support heroes in the game was Chen. He is a phenomenal hero from level one. With great jungling skills, he can easily get early towers for your team. Akke, Chuan and Puppey have made some eye-catching performances on the hero.

He is also in the list of most difficult heroes to learn. But in the right hands, he held the highest win rate. He is in the list of top 15 most banned Dota 2 heroes while in the TI3 he was in the top 3. He was the core of the infamous fountain hook that was clinical in Na’Vi’s TI victory.  The Meta doesn’t favor jungling so Chen is not very popular in the game. However, even the slightest change to the jungle could bring back Chen.

Nature’s Prophet

The king of the ‘Rat Doto’ is Nature’s Prophet. He is the best pusher in the game next to Lycan. He is an exceptional utility hero with the ability teleport anywhere on the map. He is lethal from level 2 and can snowball easily in the game. Many heroes have such a hard time dealing with Prophet.

Admiralbulldog is the king on this hero. He has been playing this hero since 2011. To date, he plays this hero regularly on his Twitch stream. You can also see Mind Control plays. Nature Prophet was a crucial hero to Team Liquid’s victory in TI7. He can be played as a support as well as a carry. He is the 9th most popular hero of the game. His global presence makes him possibly the most versatile hero of the game.

Dark Seer

Dark Seer was the most popular hero in the list back in the early days. The hero can single-handedly win the offlane against multiple heroes. He is in the list of the most legendary plays of Dota 2. He is not exceptional in the lane but can change the landscape of the fight with a couple of spells.

Since the game is very much split up these days, he is not a good pick of this meta. He is in top 5 list of most picked heroes. These days we really don’t see him much in the game, but his talent tree is surely impressive to make him an unstoppable force with a couple of changes in the game. Light of Heaven was a phenomenal player on the hero back in the day. Now we hardly see the hero in solo games.

Batrider

The most controversial hero of the game is Batrider. He has received tons of nerfs in the past. Still, he prevails in the competitive scene. His popularity is quite high in the party games since he can control team fights. He is great in the lane against almost all the heroes of Dota 2.

He is amongst the most popular picked and banned hero in the pro scene for five straight years. This shows how much the hero is effective. The teams like TNC Predator play Batrider every now and then. Teams still ban him every now and then which just shows how much the hero is prioritized. His mobility cannot be matched by a lot of heroes in Dota 2.

Io

The most dominant hero of competitive history is Io. The hero was key to victory for Alliance in the International 3. He can teleport anywhere on the map with an ally so there’s always a possibility for ganking. With him on the team, there are endless strategies of victory.  

GH, Zai, LiL, and EGM have made historical plays on the hero at the International. It is quite hard to counter him so teams usually ban the hero. In the last TI Io was banned multiple times by the teams playing against Liquid. The hero is hard to play but with time it can win you lost games.

So, are you surprised to see Io in this list? No one plays the hero in solo games and even in the party games, you don’t see him often. But in the competitive, Io is a nightmare for the opponents.

This brings an end to our list. We hope you liked it, we didn’t include heroes like Riki or Phantom Lancer which are absolute cancer in the game.

What Is Dota 2?

Defence of The Ancients 2 (Dota 2) is an action/real-time strategy game with fast paced and action packed gameplay. From the very beginning to the very end, the entire matches are exhilarating to play and to watch. It was initially released in 2013, and since its release, Dota 2 has become one of the most popular competitive games of its time.

Each team consists of five main players. The objective of the game is quite simple; destroy the Ancient structure located in the enemy’s base. Teams can send out “creeps”, which are automated AI bots used to level out the playing field for the main characters.

Dota 2 have become quite popular in the bettor community. Users are allowed to bet using different means; real world money, play money, in-game items. Dota 2 item bets are also becoming very popular, and people use the in-game inventory and character skins to bet.

How Do You Play Dota 2?

Available on a variety of gaming consoles and mediums, Dota 2 can easily be downloaded and played. It offers a multiplayer platform, where users from different regions and gaming consoles can team up and play together.

It is a competitive match game which is held between two teams. Each team consists of five unique players, each of whom can portray any of the basic game roles.

The basic game roles include 9 unique characteristics. The carriers are charged with the duties of carrying the rest of their teammates forward. The Nukers and the Durables can deal and take a substantial amount of damage respectively. The Supporters and the Disablers can revive their teammates and disable the enemy actions respectively. Although these are the basic roles, yet it is not a compulsion to abide by the characteristics.

Dota 2 betting can be placed on different eSports betting websites. The audience places a bet after carefully examining the Dota 2 odds. The bets are placed against the outcome of the matches. Different arenas provide different odds for the teams. The bets can be placed either on the victory of a team, or on the number of kills for that team.

The players earn money for killing creeps and the enemy players. This money can be used to purchase upgrades for your avatars, and leveling up in the game. Dota 2 item bet can also be used to sell your existing inventory in order to purchase a more suitable one for your character.

Why Is Dota 2 Betting Getting Popular?

Ever since the third round of International Championships, the gambling industry has started introducing Dota 2 to their regular lists. The prize pool for the last championship was around $18 million USD, and the Dota 2 prize pool is currently the largest in the eSports betting communities.

There are several skin betting sites out there, which allow the users to place a Dota 2 item bet using skins, in-game inventory and other treasures. Furthermore, the users can also place a real world money bet, if they feel confident with the dota 2 odds.

Why Is Betting Dota 2 Skins A Great Option?

Skins are relatively easier to obtain, but are highly sought after. This reason makes them the perfect accessories when placing a Dota 2. Moreover, the skins obtained from drop system cost no money to place a bet. They are free and the listing fee is waived when placing Dota 2 bets with skins.

Where to Bet On Dota 2?

Creating an eSports betting website as a part of a scam has become really easy. We are here to help guide you towards the most reliable eSports betting websites, which accept Dota 2. Let’s take a look.

  • Betway Sports: This website shows up on the top when you Google professional eSports betting website. The reliability, the number of concurrent bettors, the interactive and rich user interface, and the feature to place real world money bets are a few of the reasons behind its popularity. If you are interested in placing a Dota 2 item bet, then this is the perfect place for you. It also offers analytically accurate dota 2 odds to help make you a well-informed betting decision.
  • Arcanebet: If you are interested in a website, which deals exclusively with in-game items betting, then Dota 2 lounge is your best bet. This website is simple, and it is also optimized for your cellphones. It features stream for ongoing matches, and is backed by licensed gamblers, who offer odds beyond the simple ones. These odds are just more than winning streaks of players, and make the Dota 2 more challenging and more fun for everyone.
  • Buff88: This game features a precise and reliable Dota 2 system. Furthermore, this website allows you to sell or trade your items and inventory for real world money through reliable transaction and payment modes. You can withdraw that money later on. It also a wide variety of offered options. It offers predictions, championship match information, betting stats regarding Dota 2 bets, and much more. It also has dedicated apps for IOS and Android platforms.

Where to bet on Dota 2 with Skins?

The websites mentioned above deal in in-game item betting, and they allow the Dota 2 fans and gamblers to place a Dota 2 with skins. VPGame is among the best website to offer regulated and monitored dota 2 skin betting.

  • Arcanebet is also among the most reliable website to offer exclusively skin betting for all games associated with eSports betting. It allows a minimum deposit of $5 dollars, and it doesn’t allow any unbettables for listing.
  • Betspawn is quite rich in terms of features. It allows bitcoins, real world money, and in-game inventory to be placed as bets. It also auctions, and allows betting of treasures, weird and cursed items, autographed memorabilia, and Dota 2 skins.
  • Buff88 is an exclusive skin betting website for expensive and luxurious dota 2 skins. You can place a Dota 2 item bet with skins, but it only allows expensive skins worth $10 dollars or more.
  • Cloudbet is a relatively new website which is solely focused around Dota 2 bets for the upcoming championship of 2018. They offer huge signing up bonuses and are continuously streaming the live matches. They are also offering complex betting odds and packages for placing Dota 2 item bet.

Conclusion

Whether you are a newbie or a veteran player, you have to be careful when it comes to placing Dota 2 bets with real money. We advise you to begin with free bets, and slowly understanding the Dota 2 odds in order to make better financial decisions when it comes to Dota 2.

Signing up for other websites through Dota2Betting will get you higher sign up bonuses and free bets, and you can use that to your advantage. Unreliable sources are known to steal your inventory and sell them on the black market. Use any of the reliable eSports betting website mentioned above, or do extensive research before diving into the complex, but fun world of Dota.