Dota 2 is one of the most popular esports games on the planet and if you haven’t played then you haven’t lived…or so the cult-followers would have you believe. By whatever barometer you use to determine the most popular video games, Dota 2 is in the mix. Whether it is esports prize money, the number of tournaments, earnings, or whatever metric you choose, Dota 2 is firmly ensconced as one of the premier contenders to the throne.
Dota 2 is a unique game in that it relies heavily on teamwork and the weakest link is often a newbie who will reap plenty of trash talk from his or her teammates if things go awry. And that is the single biggest barrier to entry for many new Dota 2 players. As for the actual mechanics of the game, it is no more difficult than most and it takes time, and above all, patience to get proficient.
One wrinkle that makes Dota 2 supremely enjoyable is that circumstances change every time the player enters a match. It requires out-of-the-box thinking and new strategies depending on what challenges lie ahead. This is what keeps players coming back for more and telling all of their friends to join in the fun.
But if you are new to Dota 2 or just thinking about giving it a go, then understand that it is a team concept and much is beyond your control. If you focus on your tasks and collaborate with your other four team members then it will be much easier to assimilate into the game.
Also, know the strengths and weaknesses of your hero and don’t stick with playing the same one all of the time because it is also important that you understand the characteristics of the other heroes that you will be competing with or against. Dota 2 is like any other esports game in that it takes time to learn the basics and even more time to recognize the nuances.
The bottom line is that you must be willing to persevere and allow yourself to learn all the complexities that make Dota 2 such an outstanding game. If your threshold for learning and absorbing new concepts is low then this might not be the game for you.
And even if you are amenable to letting the game wash over you, understand that communication with your teammates is also a very real component of success. So, make sure that you strategically align with your mates and keep them included in whatever it is you are doing because teamwork makes the dream work in Dota 2!
We just discussed getting accustomed to playing Dota 2 for newbies or those who have yet to play one of the world’s most popular esports games. And now we will focus on the professionals, the best Dota 2 gamers on the planet, and the equivalent of their Super Bowl, The International! In fact, it is so big that sports betting websites even put out odds on teams to win the Aegis of Champions trophy!
Last year, Dota 2’s biggest and most famous tournament went dark due to Covid much like many of the esports live tournaments. However, in 2019 the tournament was held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and the prize money soared to a staggering $34 million!
This year The International is back and will be held between August 5th through the 15th and was rumored to be held in Stockholm, Sweden with prize money expected to exceed $40 million. However, recent reports confirm that as regional qualifiers are currently underway, the main event still has not found a home.
The developer and publisher of Dota 2, Valve, announced the following change of venue regarding The International, “Over the course of the past year, Stockholm Live and Visit Stockholm continued to reassure us in our regular and constant communications with them that The International – Dota 2 Championships qualified for the same exemptions other elite sporting events there received.
“However, despite previous reassurances, we were informed two weeks ago that the Swedish Sports Federation had just voted not to accept esports into the sports federation. In subsequent (and immediate) meetings with the Swedish Esports Federation (SESF) and Visit Stockholm, we discovered our only remaining option was to ask Sweden’s Minister of the Interior to reclassify The International – Dota 2 Championships as an elite sporting event. Our request was immediately denied.”
Several alternate locations have been bandied about such as Reykjavík, Iceland, host of the League of Legends’ Midseason Invitational last May. Valve’s other esports sensation, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, annually makes its way to Katowice, Poland which would seem a natural fit for The International.
However, Kyiv, Ukraine could be the odds-on-favorite as it has hosted the WePlay AniMajor in the Dota Pro Circuit. But wherever The International lands it will be interesting to see if OG esports can win their third consecutive Aegis of Champions title.