Let's Talk About Armor (Again)By KawaiiSocks on

Dota mechanics is always an interesting topic to discuss. Fundamental understanding of the game doesn’t directly translate to skill in game, but it helps players make more informed decisions and sometimes find a way out of a seemingly impossible situation. It can also be quite fun.

What We Can Learn from ESL BirminghamBy KawaiiSocks on

ESL Birmingham gave us a quick glimpse of things to come in the upcoming DPC tournament. With fair format, prolonged group stage and lower stakes, we have seen a lot of new and interesting strategies and hero picks. Today we would like to have a look at what might stay and what might go, given the recent 7.22c patch.

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Aghanim's Tier List—SupportsBy KawaiiSocks on

The final part of our Tier list will concentrate on support heroes. Unlike core heroes, supports generally have a lot less gold, hence the opportunity cost for purchasing an Aghanim’s is much higher. In most cases, their Aghanim’s will come from either third or fourth Roshan or as a gift from Alchemist.

Aghanim's Tier List—Utility CoresBy KawaiiSocks on

Second part of our Aghanim’s Scepter Tier list. Today we will be concentrating on utility cores, your typical offlane heroes, whose primary goal is generally not to dish out massive amounts of damage, but rather create conditions for winning fights, providing auras, crowd control and an annoying target for the enemy to waste their spells on.

Aghanim's Tier List — DPS CoresBy KawaiiSocks on

This time around, when making the Aghanim’s Tier List, we decided to separate the whole Dota roster into several parts, concentrating on DPS cores in the first blog of the series. Aghanim’s can’t be analyzed in a vacuum, since third or fourth Roshan aside, it has a price tag, hence an opportunity cost. And the opportunity costs for farming cores, utility cores and supports are very different.

Dota 7.22—Hero ChangesBy KawaiiSocks on

Second part of our patch analysis is going to concentrate on hero changes in the new patch, without touching the Aghanim’s Scepter upgrades. Despite many Scepter Upgrades being game-changers and huge power spikes, they do not impact the game until they are built or until after third Roshan.

Dota 7.22—General and Item ChangesBy KawaiiSocks on

The wait is finally over and the patch is here. Dota 7.22 is a massive patch and once again we will be dividing it into several separate blog posts, one focusing on the general and item changes, one discussing the hero changes and one fully dedicated to Aghanim’s Scepter upgrades.

The Sponsorship SymbiosisBy Cptn.Canuck on

When you’re chasing the pro Dota dream, how do you navigate the murky waters of being approached for your first sponsorship?

The Final Countdown Before TI ShanghaiBy eggs on

With the qualifiers for Epicenter Major closed and the Starladder Minor one entering its final days, this will be the last chance for some teams to grab a slot for The International in Shanghai.

What Can We Learn from MDL Disneyland?By KawaiiSocks on

While MDL Disneyland showcased everything good about the meta, it also highlighted a few problems that we might see fixed in the upcoming patch.

Changes The Next Patch NeedsBy KawaiiSocks on

MDL Disneyland marks the end of the patch 7.21 era. There are still some qualifiers to be played for Epicenter, but next week we are finally leaving the patch behind.

Team Secret Takes Down Liquid To Win The MDL Disneyland MajorBy eggs on

Team Secret ran through some of the best Dota teams to take its 2nd title at the MDL Disneyland Major.

MDL Disneyland: Major SurprisesBy KawaiiSocks on

In the comment section for our blog post about meta developments in the DotaPit Minor, we teased that we will be discussing the unpicked heroes of the patch. We had a short list of heroes who made no appearances throughout patch 7.21, over the course of three DPC events, but MDL Disneyland made this list even shorter.

Drow Ranger’s Dominance ContinuesBy eggs on

From pubs to the ongoing Disneyland Major, Drow Ranger continues to find a place in the meta.

What Can We Learn from DotaPit Minor?By KawaiiSocks on

DotaPit Minor might have had a rather unconventional format, but it did provide us with a lot of stats to work with and a lot of high quality games for Tier 1—2 teams to practice and experiment in. It was an overall great experience for the viewers and a very healthy tournament for the developing regions and lesser known players.

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