Major Trends: have Zeus and Tiny Been Figured Out?By KawaiiSocks on

Tiny is the most contested hero of the Major so far with a hundred percent pick and ban rate. Despite high popularity, or perhaps because of it, his winrate is very low, falling below 40%. Zeus is in a somewhat similar position: he was played in seven games, only winning one. Are the heroes actually overvalued or are there other reasons for their poor performance? Let’s take a look.

PGL Arlington Major Preview: The Dark HorsesBy KawaiiSocks on

Dark Horses are the most exciting part of every tournament. A team very few have high hopes for, but who have shown moments of brilliance and are guaranteed to upset at least one of the heavy favorites. Today we are going to look at the most exciting Dark Horses of the Arlington Major.

PGL Arlington Major Preview: Tournament FavoritesBy KawaiiSocks on

The Major starts in under a week and right now is the best time to have a look at the participants and gauge their strength. A lot of teams will have to play with a stand-in and that will definitely impact their performance. Because of that, some of them can no longer be considered tournament favorites and they will have to give up preview spotlight to other teams.

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Hidden Imba: Morphling Aghanim'sBy KawaiiSocks on

Every once in a while we stumble upon an idea, a concept, that looks too good on paper to be true. Most of the time, when tested in a real game or scrutinized in a test lobby these concepts either fall apart or prove to be a lot less exciting. It is not the case with Morphling’s Aghanim’s Scepter and in our opinion it might be one of the most underrated items in the game.

What is up with Zeus?By KawaiiSocks on

It is no secret that Zeus has been trending up in high level games. The addition and buffs to his mobility on top of the previous solution of simply increasing his attack damage made for a very powerful and borderline overpowered mid hero who can trade in lane, avoid ganks, farm up and help his team from the comfort of his lane.

Summer Tour Meta RecapBy KawaiiSocks on

With the DPC Tour over and, unfortunately, still no news on the upcoming patch, it is a good time to have a look at the current state of the professional meta and figure out what heroes and why are being picked at the highest level of play. Professional meta usually doesn’t translate into pub meta in a straightforward fashion, but knowing what to strive for and what heroes can theoretically dominate if you play them well is still incredibly important.

How Good are the Five Most Popular Aghanim's Shards?By KawaiiSocks on

Aghanim’s Shards are not created equal. Some of them are so niche, they can be safely ignored, while others now define the hero they are built on. Today we want to have a look at the most popular Shards in the pub scene and discuss whether they are really worth it.

Arc Warden: the Phantom MenaceBy KawaiiSocks on

Arc Warden is a 53%+ win rate hero in all skill brackets this week, maintaining a relatively high popularity. In brackets below Divine his win rate is actually closer to 57% and while it is no secret that Arc Warden is one of the most popular smurf heroes, we believe that he might actually be overpowered. Today we want to discuss why exactly.

Is Spectre Secretly Viable?By KawaiiSocks on

Looking at high level pub trends this week, we noticed how Spectre is slowly creeping into the meta. It doesn’t look like an easy process and neither does it feel like a good idea to recommend the hero for regular pub players right now, but we are certain the hero is one minor buff away from being very powerful. Today, we will attempt to prepare our readers for this potential development.

The Return of the BabysitterBy KawaiiSocks on

For a very long time the meta was dominated by ganking and aggressive supports. Position five Rubick was normal, Lion was the most popular support hero in the game and sometimes even Tidehunter was played as a five. With the last patch things changed a bit, though, and right now a completely different type of hero is statistically on top.

Viper: Win the Lane—Win the GameBy KawaiiSocks on

There is a common misconception about Viper being weak past the laning stage. He is seen as a lane dominating hero that falls off a cliff as early as midgame. That is not necessarily true anymore. Today we want to share how professional players squeeze the maximum out of this both venomous and poisonous menace.

Playing Support Marci Like a ProBy KawaiiSocks on

The introduction of Marci to CM gave us a very good idea of how to play the hero most effectively and how powerful she can be if played well. Strong repositioning tools and excellent mobility make for a very powerful support in the current meta of independent cores and today we want to discuss how to tap into this potential.

Hidden Gems of 7.31dBy KawaiiSocks on

We don’t know the release date of the next update, so it might be a good idea to have another look at the current meta and maybe find some hidden gems. Even with the patch being quite old, we believe there are still some heroes who are underexplored and undervalued, while not being too complex to utilize effectively. These are the heroes we want to concentrate on today.

Dota Arcade Deep DiveBy Logical on

If Valve’s unique seasonal game modes are interesting to you then you should take a look at the expansive world of Arcade Games! Arcade games are a largely forgotten part of Dota, similar to the days of one courier and the side shop, however, they still have a diverse set of games with a niche but thriving community. In this article, I’d like to highlight the most promising Arcade games.

Winners and Losers of 7.31dBy KawaiiSocks on

The new patch didn’t change a whole lot about the game, but there are still several noteworthy trends to discuss. Part of it is direct buff and nerfs some heroes received, and part of it is players still finding new ways to play the game. The changes are relatively small, but they did make sure several unexpected heroes are now significantly more viable.

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