EG vs. Na'Vi

EG vs. Na'Vi

The second groupstage of The Defense is up and running, and EG vs Na'Vi is one of the greatest matchups around. Old rivals from DotA 1, they are now battling for placement in the next stage of the tournament. As always, Na'Vi is hungry for towers. Will EG be able to survive?

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To Push or Farm: a Strategy Analysis

Early Pushing versus Farming an Antimage

Welcome to another Dota strategic analysis article. This month, in light of current trends, we will be discussing the differences between pushing-oriented strategies and carry-oriented strategies. Throughout this analysis we will define pushing/ganking and carry strategies, examine the pros and cons of each respective strategy and look at the metagame of each. Hopefully, we will provoke discussion in the comments as well.

One important thing to note before we begin is that all strategies are, to one extent or another, pushing strategies, since the game can only be won by pushing. Our main concerns will be examining pushing lineups that peak in the early and mid game and comparing the optimal strategies for an early game lineup with those for a late game team.
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The Defense in numbers

The Defense in numbers

The first groupstage of The Defense is over, and we have all the numbers for it. From all the played matches. 52 matches. Feels good man.

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Getting better in DotA #1

Today I'll do something different. Normally you would see me posting a replay analysis. Now, I'm doing something I never did before: interviewing players. Not only I'll interview the players, but will also share some thoughts as someone who is following them for quite a while. In this first one, I interviewed mTw.Matrim and discussed a bit on how to deliberately get better at DotA.
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The Numbers of BenQ The Clash #2

The Numbers of BenQ The Clash #2

Holiday season is a season of tradition. And this time we're creating a new one. As with ESWC, SMM and The International, we're analyzing the statistics of BenQ 2. With a bigger pool of heroes, which heroes are the new powerhouses? Will Vengeful Spirit's losing streak continue? Is Antimage still IMBA? Take a look inside!
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BenQ Clash #2 Final:Natural 9 vs Moscow 5

Welcome to the BenQ Dota 2 Clash #2 Final game. In a series of a best of 3 games, N9 and M5 seemed to be equally strong since both teams were tied by 1-1. We will be looking into one of the most impressive games of Dota 2, with both teams engaging into a series of fights, control push strategies and individual skills throughout the 77 minutes of the third and deciding game.

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Click here for Part 2 of the VOD
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Revisiting The International

Revisiting The International

After some experiences with ESWC and SMM statistics, we've decided to track every Dota 2 tournament and keep a 'history' of its competitive scene. This way, people will be able to see which heroes are trending and access other information.
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Follow the BYOC Dota 2 qualifier



As a lot more than the eventual 64 participants of DreamHack Winter's open qualifier signed up to today (rumored to be 300-500), cuts had to be made, resulting in a random among all attendees. The four semi finalists of each bracket will meet the invited FnaticMSI, SK, TS and BX3 in the group stage tomorrow. You can follow the happenings by tuning in to one of the two livestreams and check out the tournament's progress at the official bracket.
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Dota 2 Invited teams spotlight

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The Corsair Vengeance Dota 2 Championship of DreamHack Winter will kick off tomorrow with a free for all qualification tournament, whose best four teams recieve a slot in the main tournament on friday. We spoke with players of the four teams, that have been prevented from the exhausting preliminaries, to give us an insight on how they look on the eve of the first tournament day.
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The numbers of ESWC

The numbers of ESWC

ESWC gave us a chance to witness some of the top DotA teams performing in a Dota2 tournament for the first time since The International. On that occasion, the game was brand new, and most teams were still experimenting with strategies and the limited hero pool. This time, they had more time to prepare, and thanks to that, it was an amazingly entertaining tournament. Today, we're going to talk about numbers. This feature is for all of you statistics fans: thanks to all the information we were able to gather from ESWC, we can bring you a full statistical analysis of that weekend. So brace yourself and enjoy the following paragraphs full of juicy information!



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