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

 

 

What is Esports?

Electronic sports, or Esports games, are those games which are played through electronic mediums and consoles. Competitive Video Games are often referred to as Esports. According to recent reports, over one billion players participate in esports related matches in one way or another. In Parallel, Esports Betting is exploding.

Esports games are massively popular among the youth of this era. Competitive esports leagues are the future of digital gaming, and more and more gamblers and players are finding their new thirst in betting on them. Our latest esports league news keeps our viewers and the audience up-to-date on the latest developments in the esports industry. 

How Do Esports Leagues Work?

Well, Esports games are divided into different genres based on their offered stories and gameplays. From high speed racing to Multiplayer Online Battle Arena action, these games cover almost everything a player can even dream of. With the modern advancement in the field of technology, the gaming consoles are offering more and more cross-platform tournaments and options.

Once you have purchased and installed a game on your gaming console or computer, you can participate in either offline solo games, or go online and play solo, duo or squad matches with other players. Your achievements will be tracked in the form of player stats, and you can slowly begin to earn ranks as you start showing pro abilities.

There are basically two types of video gamers; casual gamers and professional gamers. Casual gamers are those, who just wish to unwind at the end of a long and a tiring day with a round of an action packed game.

Professional gamers dedicate big chunks of their lives to video games and mastering the art of getting to the top. They spend years in training, and showcase their unparalleled capabilities against other players in pro leagues and tournaments. Essentially, they are hired by professional teams, and they get paid big amounts to defeat other players in international tournaments. They also win millions of dollars in prize pools and gaming events.

Where Can You Watch Esports Leagues on TV?

First of all, let’s get one thing clear, the term TV can now be associated with various forms of live streaming. Back in the day, TV meant the big rectangle television sitting in your living room. Nowadays, TV also includes live streaming channels on the internet such as Youtube or Twitch.

Established esports leagues are most commonly presented and hosted on ESPN’s official channel, but esports news and analysis can also be accessed via online blogs, vlogs, official social media channels, and other live streaming websites similar to Gamopo. Professionals are slowly graduating from the traditional mediums, and entering into a phase of online and a virtual world.

Typically our esports news cover all aspects of league play, yet there are some popular games which are featured more than others. For example League of Legends, DOTA 2, Rocket League, CS:GO, and Overwatch are always highlighted in our weekly esports league updates more than most other games.

All of these games are more popular because of their pro league tournaments, esports betting options, and millions of fans who always want to know the latest updates regarding their favourite esports games.

There are several channels and mediums, where you can enjoy your favorite esports leagues every day. If you are an avid television watcher, then turn to ESPN News, and you can enjoy live commentary, recaps, discussions, and predictions about Lol, DOTA 2, and newer leagues like Overwatch. The professional present these games just like traditional sports, and they invite professional Esports games writers to join them in supportive and helpful discussions.

If you are more of a modern TV watcher, and you enjoy watching news on your laptop, then turn to Twitch, YouTube, ESPN News Website, MLG.TV, or TBS.

You can not only enjoy live streaming on Twitch and YouTube, but you can also view live commentary, breakdown, stats recap, updates, and other news on these websites and their affiliated TV services.

ESPN News website and TBS News website offer a live version of their traditional news. These online news pieces are actually more detailed, and exclusive regarding the latest updates for esports leagues.

What are Some of the Most Popular Esports Leagues?

Popular games have started to establish their own esports leagues, local LAN tournaments, online multiplayer challenges and other action packed events for the audience to enjoy. These leagues vary hugely, and every league attracts a different number and type of audience. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular esports leagues in 2019;

Invitationals: These events are just help to promote the game, and raise awareness. Professionals, as well as newbies are invited from all over the globe, and they participate as individual gamers. There are prize pools, rewards and cash prizes for the winners. These events are also streamed live and audience indulges in Esports betting on these Esports games.

DOTA 2 World Championship: This can easily be referred to as the biggest Esports tournament. It has been around since the release of the game in 2011. The last tournament had a prize pool of $24,787,916. This surpasses any of the other Esports leagues.

International World Championships: Based on the DOTA 2, all the other major titles hold world level championships. The prize pools vary from 1 Million USD to 10 Million USD. Nevertheless, these championships attract a large number of audiences, and the gambling industry has a field day during the international championships. Records are broken. Records are made. Champions are defeated. Champions are born.

ESL Pro Leagues: Electronic Sports League offers Pro leagues every year, which are based around the major titles. The world class professionals are invited to play among one another. Although the major focus is currently on DOTA 2 and CS: GO, but that might change the rise in popularity for Esports games of Battle Royale genre.

The Intel Extreme Masters: ESL is behind this as well. They hold a vast variety of leagues for different types of games, gamers, and gameplays. It originally began as a platform to raise awareness regarding Esports games in the traditional sports audience. Over the years, it has solidified itself as a major component of the Esports games industry.

Other Leagues: There are several other major and minor titles in the Esports industry. These include, but are not limited to:

  • ELEAGUE
  • NBA 2K League
  • Overwatch League
  • Capcom Pro Tour/Capcom Cup
  • Call of Duty Championship/World League
  • Evolution Championship Series
  • Major League Gaming
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup
  • ESWC
  • Smite World Championship
  • World Cyber Games
  • StarCraft II World Championship Series
  • Halo World Championships
  • Battle.net World Championships
  • WESG – World Electronic Sports Games

Conclusion

Well, now we all know what Esports are. We know how big they are becoming. The Esports games are attracting large bodies of greedy gamblers from all over the globe. If one tournament spawns a prize pool of 10 Million USD, imagine what hundreds of tournaments will do every year.

Esports games are definitely getting bigger, more complex and more real with every passing day. It’s time for everyone to benefit from the outcome of this industry.

In order to understand this industry from a betting perspective, learn as much as you can about each game, and watch leagues on all the available mediums. Esports betting is gaining a cult like following, and soon, it will thrive amongst esports enthusiasts looking to add some extra excitment by placing bets. The time is now.

Two weeks ago, Blizzard announced the latest Balance Update for the game Hearthstone. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, a balance update is when Blizzard either strengthens or weakens cards in the game to make the current “meta” more balanced. The December Balance Update nerfed (weakened) cards of the most powerful decks. This included key cards of Shaman, Druid, and Paladin Decks. The previous Balance Update made changes to Warlock, Warrior, and Wizard deck types. And it seemed like the more recent update targeted everyone else. Well… almost everyone.

When the dust cleared and all the nerfs were implemented the only deck that was spared from the update was the Hunter archetype. The Hunter Decks were boosted by the latest expansion of Rastakhan, and the new build of Deathrattle Egg Hunter was very potent. It was doing okay against the previous meta, but this updated made them formidable. Earlier, Druids and Shamans could wait it out, but now that those decks were nerfed, Hunters had a better chance.

How the Balance Update Unleashed the Hunters of Hearthstone

Being spared from any nerfs also meant that all the builds from the Hunter Type retained its strengths. So builds such as the Secret Hunter and the Spell Hunter were still viable options. While neither decks were Tier 1 decks, they still had enough firepower to bring down the Druids and Shamans now that they were weakened. The beauty of the Hunter deck is that it can be used in almost all the tiers. There are also several builds that even the most noob of players can run a half decent Aggro Hunter Deck and win.

The Balance update did a lot in maintaining the balance of the Meta, but it unleashed all the Hunters of Hearthstone. Hunters from the previous meta overplayed their Hunter decks, while players that had their decks nerfed switched to their own Hunter decks. What this meant was that you were going to be seeing a lot of Hunters on your daily grinds. And I mean A LOT. Several players have already complained about how all they seem to face are Hunters all day. Until the next update, or until a new build is discovered, Hunters will rule the realm of Hearthstone.