Dota 2 betting

Here we try to summarize what Valve’s esports MOBA(multiplayer-online-battle-arena) Dota 2 is all about. As well as comparing the best betting sites along with odds comparison between them. Team, stats, and match history as well as all upcoming matches. Our goal is to help you find the best value when looking for some Dota 2 betting.

About the game

Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game that was released in July 2013 by Valve Corporation. It has a long history with its predecessor DotA being released in 2003. The gameplay is asymmetrical, each team plays a different set of heroes on one asymmetrical, however mostly mirrored map.

Gameplay and objectives

In every match there are two teams with five players each. One team plays as the Radiant and the other as the Dire. There are three lanes the map, where each lane has the same set of buildings on it. In each game there have to be 10 unique heroes, there can’t be any mirror matchups. Each player earns gold passively and gold by scoring the last hit on enemy creeps (minions/NPCs). Gold can be spent to buy utility items or items that improve a hero’s statistics or abilities. Every player also gains experience points by being in the vicinity of an enemy when the enemy gets killed. A certain amount of experience is needed to level up, which allows a player to improve their hero’s abilities.

Each game starts with a captain’s mode hero pick stage, meaning that each team gets to pick and ban heroes that will and won’t be played on the map.

Pick / Ban phase format:

Team A Team B
Ban X
Ban X
Ban X
Ban X
Ban X
Ban X
Pick X
Pick X
Pick X
Pick X
Ban X
Ban X
Ban X
Ban X
Pick X
Pick X
Pick X
Pick X
Ban X
Ban X
Pick X
Pick X

 

At the beginning of a map, each team has 18 major buildings: 11 towers, 6 barracks and the Ancient. There are three tier 1, three tier 2, three tier 3 and two tier 4 towers on each side. Each team also has three sets of two barracks, right behind their tier 3 towers, destroying a set of enemies’ barracks causes stronger creeps belonging to your team to spawn on the lane corresponding to the barracks.

The main objective for both of the teams is to destroy their enemies’ main building; The Ancient. It is invulnerable until both corresponding tier 4 towers are destroyed.

Esports rules

For 2018 there are 9 major tournaments and 14 minor tournaments planned. The tournament format is usually a group stage followed by either a single or double elimination playoff bracket. All matches are best-of-three, the first team to win twice wins the match.

Each year The International is ran, it’s the most prestigious tournament of the year, with prize pools upwards of $20,000,000. It also begins with a group stage, followed by double elimination playoffs, the difference being that the final is played in a best-of-five format. This is without a doubt the biggest event for Dota 2 betting.

Betting difficulties

In Dota 2 betting can sometimes prove to be difficult, considering that it gets balance patches semi-frequently, which change the way the game is played and that results in certain teams only being strong during one patch. Another thing of concern is the amount of previously unknown teams appearing in major and minor tournaments.

Quite frequently there will be an unknown team that qualifies for a tournament and then has a miracle run to the finals/playoffs, beating theoretically stronger teams on the way.