BB Dacha Meta RecapBy KawaiiSocks on

BB Dacha Dubai didn’t have too many meta revelations: for the most part we were seeing the same kind of meta we see in higher level pubs and other tournaments. There were only a few notable additions to the regular suspects and none of them were too surprising, so hopefully teams will be showing more fresh ideas in the upcoming tournaments.

Introducing Your Special Ones to DotaBy KawaiiSocks on

Introducing people to Dota is very hard. Introducing people you care about to Dota is even harder. However, as someone with almost two decades of experience with the game and countless students throughout the years, there are some tips and tricks I’ve gathered along the way. Today I want to share those, so that the process of onboarding new players is just a little bit smoother for everyone.

Is Pudge Really Worth It?By KawaiiSocks on

We hear you, you really love playing Pudge. The hero’s been the most popular Dota hero for as long as he was in the game, and is one of the most copied designs in cheap Dota knock-offs. Is the hero actually good now and did the changes of the last several years finally made him a viable character to pick in higher level games? Let’s find out.

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Speculating about RingmasterBy KawaiiSocks on

It’s been almost a year since the Muerta release and it might be time to start hyping up Ringmaster. New Dota 2 hero releases are always exciting, since they always introduce new, unique mechanics, so today we would like to speculate about the upcoming character and what their kit might look like.

Undervalued Concepts of the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

Calling the patch “new” is becoming a bit of a stretch, but there are still many things that we feel are underutilised. Some of them are strong, but don’t necessarily fit the usual pub game and get forgotten in games where they fit. Some are simply overlooked. Today we would like to talk about both categories, highlighting undervalued items, heroes and concepts.

Overvalued Concepts of the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

It’s been almost a month since the release of the new patch, yet some players still cling to ideas that don’t work. They might sound interesting and exciting on paper, but regardless of the level of execution, most attempts to implement said ideas in practice are doomed to fail. Today we want to talk about some of the most tenacious bad ideas and argue against them, at least for the time being.

How Good are the New Items?By KawaiiSocks on

New and reworked items are always exciting. They lead to significant meta shifts and interesting new builds. They also frequently lead to a lot of frustration from the traditionalists, at least until after the builds are finalised and become mainstream. Today we will try to figure out which new and reworked items are great and which deserve the hate.

The New Year MetaBy KawaiiSocks on

New year — slightly new meta. Over the last week, several things have changed and it is now time to have a quick look at heroes who are now significantly better or worse off than they used to be in the previous patch.

The OP Heroes of the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

Some time ago we made a post about getting ahead in the new patch. We were a month too early and now it is finally time to apply our knowledge and identify the most overpowered heroes of 7.35. These heroes are definitely getting nerfed, but since it is the holiday season, chances are, we get to tap into their strengths for a while.

We Should Talk About HuskarBy KawaiiSocks on

The meta is ever-evolving and looking at ESL One Kuala Lumpur there is a very concerning trend. Huskar is becoming more and more of a priority by the professional teams and soon this effect will trickle down to pubs as well. It is best to be prepared.

Trending Up — Support PugnaBy KawaiiSocks on

The meta continues its development after the last patch, but for the most part it feels like a “rich get richer” situation. A lot of heroes who were good initially are now even better, with standouts like Spectre, Wraith King and Slardar still dominating pubs of all levels. There is one interesting newcomer we would like to discuss today, one that seems well suited for the current pubs and who might be making a lot of appearances in the professional scene as well. If you are a support player, Pugna should definitely be on your radar.

Slardar — the Strongest Hero to PlayBy KawaiiSocks on

The meta shake up resulted in the resurgence of a long-forgotten hero. Slardar didn’t receive any direct buffs in 7.34e, but his lane dominance feels a lot more pronounced in the current patch. With some adjustments to itemization, the hero’s power level can be insane, making him one of the toughest opponents to face.

Patch 7.34e First TrendsBy KawaiiSocks on

As Dota fans ourselves we absolutely get it: this is not what we were expecting three whole weeks after TI. As a stats website, though, there are some interesting trends we would love to discuss. Dota is a very complex game with many interconnected moving parts and even miniscule changes can have massive consequences.

How to Get Ahead Early in the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

Hopefully the wait is almost over and soon we are once again going to be scrambling for more meta insights. New patch in Dota is always an exciting time, but it is also the best time to rank up and get ahead of the curve. Today we are going to talk about how to use tools provided by Dotabuff to your advantage.

Patch 7.35 WishlistBy KawaiiSocks on

It usually takes a couple of weeks for a new patch to arrive after the International and now is the best time to discuss some of the changes we would love to see. Some of them are going to be very obvious, as there are definitely problematic pub heroes who are both strong and annoying to play against. Other suggestions will be subjective proposals, to encourage a discussion in the comment section below.

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