Dota 2 is a 2013 multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game by Valve. The game is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), a community-created mod for Blizzard's Warcraft III. It was released for Windows, OS X, and Linux via the digital distribution platform Steam in July 2013. Dota 2 is one of the most popular video games on Steam. The game's popularity has led to merchandise and media adaptations being produced. Valve also released two spinoff games, Artifact and Dota Underlords. It has been used in machine learning experiments with the OpenAI Five bot team.
The aim of this report is to provide new players to Dota 2 with some starting strategies that will help them progress and win matches. The analysis used a Dota 2 dataset of 50,000 games with data collected on all 10 players per match, leading to 500,000 separate observations. It has identified essential variables that influence the amount of gold a player finishes with and has made some key observations with regard to winning matches.
1. SF has Wisp’s orbs as his ult:
Yes, when SF first came out, his ult was basically permanent Wisp’s orbs that could be expanded, contracted, and dealt pathetic damage.
2. There is a Hero Named Carl:
The Invoker is a complicated hero with a proud backstory and a supremely arrogant demeanor. Also, his real name is Carl, thanks to Valve’s shared sense of humor.
3. Ogre Magi had 100% multi-cast:
There was no chance, only leveling up your ult and getting aghs.
4. Tournaments still at peak:
This year, The International 8 boasted a total prize pool of USD 25,532,177. It was the most lucrative tournament in esports history. The winning team took home a prize of USD 11,234,158.
5. BOT used to cost 2700 gold:
And the only other boot upgrade was Treads. And there was no such thing as TPs. Or couriers. Or even tangos.
6. This one is still here, but I bet very few in Dota 2 remember this now:
You can literally walk to a spot near the enemy fountain and appear back in your base as a shortcut. I’ll give you an apple this didn’t make you go “OH YEAH”.
7. FV had Carrion Swarm:
Probably the most out-of-place spell I can remember. Everyone remembers his old ult stunned the entire map, but no one remembers that he had Carrion Swarm in place of Time Walk.
8. SK’s two forgotten spells:
He leaves behind a trail of dust that debuffs enemies with miss chance, and it only worked when he was on Sentinel. And he could burrow indefinitely and stuns when he comes out.
9. Deso Clinkz was the bomb:
Aside from SA, rushing the first item Deso on Clinkz was the second most popular way to pub stomp. And it was surprisingly effective back then. No one seems to ever mention this, but Medusa Aegis Rapier is commonly brought up.
10. Zeus’s static field was an active
With something like a 0 secs CD and less %. I remember how useless I thought it was, and how it got me laughing out loud when I ganked a Zeus and he spammed it desperately (the animation was hilarious like he was doing squats) doing close to no damage, and then died.
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