DreamLeague Stockholm Major Playoffs Begin, Team Secret Dominates Group StageBy eggs on

The DreamLeague Major’s group stages concluded after a packed, two days of games. Mineski snuffed China’s chances to land four teams in the upper bracket, and Team Secret again looks like the strongest team out of the pack, sweeping a group that included Team Liquid.

One Week With MarsBy KawaiiSocks on

After the last several hero releases, Mars can feel like old school Dota. There are no tree jumping abilities, spell duplications, vector targeting or transformations into a ball of pain. Instead, we have a hero that fits right in, and it is a great change of pace.

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StarLadder ImbaTV Minor RecapBy KawaiiSocks on

Vici Gaming confidently secured their spot in the upcoming Major in the last week’s StarLadder ImbaTV Minor. Despite questionable play-off format, it was still a very enjoyable tournament which had enough great games to serve as an appetizer before DreamLeague Season 11.

Starladder Day 2 PredictionsBy eggs on

This next week, in partnership with Loot.Bet, we'll be featuring the Starladder Minor games on the front page. We'll take a look at the next day's matches, Loot.Bet's odds, and call out which matchups have favorable odds. Yesterday, anyone who bet on Flying Penguins to win vs. RNG, at 9:1 odds, had a decent payday.

Adjusting to 7.21cBy KawaiiSocks on

Viper was dominating the professional and high level pub scenes. Valve has acknowledged that he was a problematic hero, along with a variety of buffs to many unpicked characters. While the patch itself is pretty small, we believe it will result in disproportionate changes to the meta.

Greed Is Good: The Return of MidasBy eggs on

Now that Hand of Midas is back in the meta, players are picking it up at every opportunity, for better or worse.

Theorycraft: Grimstroke and WarlockBy KawaiiSocks on

Ever since Grimstroke was released, players started theorycrafting interesting and effective combinations to use with his ultimate, Soulbind. While initially many concentrated on doubling high-impact, single-target nukes or disables, people soon discovered that coupling it with pseudo-AoE and bouncing abilities can yield amazing results.

Joint Meta Recap: ESL Katowice and MDL MacauBy KawaiiSocks on

Top tier teams were spread between two tournaments this week, with a total of 20 teams competing in high-profile LAN tournaments and giving us a lot of data to work with. We’ve written several posts about the current state of the meta, highlighting how the 7.20-7.21b transition widened it through adding new viable heroes to top levels of play, and our statements regarding wider meta hold true.

Dissecting the Meta: Mid Heroes in 7.21bBy eggs on

While this meta still has some of the staple heroes of past patches, 7.21b has brought forth a few new faces into the mid lane.

Dissecting the Meta: Carries in 7.21bBy KawaiiSocks on

7.21b slightly altered the metagame in the highest skill bracket, returning some heroes to the game, while nerfing the most successful carries. Overall the carry meta is in a decently healthy place right now, with a good variety of heroes.

Weekly Courier: Valve Releases Patch 7.21b, OG Qualifies For Kiev Minor, Katowice Group Stages Set

This week, Valve releases 7.21b, OG returns to the DPC by taking down Alliance in the Kiev Minor qualifiers, and ESL unveils Katowice's group stages and first round matches.

Dissecting the Meta: Offlaners in 7.21By KawaiiSocks on

For a moment in 7.20 it looked like the historical utility offlaners are here to stay—heroes like Beastmaster, Centaur Warrunner, Dark Seer and Tidehunter were very popular, creating space and initiating teamfights for their teammates, while building auras and utility items. This nostalgic period didn’t last long and once again we are seeing the return of greediness in the hard lane.

The Return Of LifestealerBy eggs on

Lifestealer is finally back in the meta and dominating both pub and professional games. With direct and indirect buffs bringing parity to Strength heroes, the door was open for his return.

Dissecting the Meta: Supports in 7.21By KawaiiSocks on

Supports frequently go unnoticed in Dota. It takes a lot of practice and dedication to make flashy, effective plays. We’ll dive into what support heroes work well in the current meta, with some strong enough to be useful regardless of other picks.

Bringing Core Chaos Knight BackBy KawaiiSocks on

Chaos Knight was among the biggest winners of the new patch. The hero currently wins almost 54% of his 5k+ pub games and is a popular pick among professional players. What are the reasons for his sudden resurgence?

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