The Roaring Present
The International 6, the pinnacle of competitive Dota, just concluded and left the masses awestruck in its prestige. The tournament was a roller coaster of a ride with teams such as Liquid, OG, and Newbee being eliminated within the first three days of the main event. Evil Geniuses, last year’s International champions, had their return to glory since their abysmal results following the Shanghai Major. Their first match against Ehome was by far the craziest game of the tournament. 17 minutes in EG was 11,000 gold behind and fought through constant aggression from Ehome. Sumail and Fear’s presence and decision making in the mid-game helped them crawl back into contention. Eventually Ehome would get mega creep, but EG’s execution during their ancient defense was able snatch them a team wipe to turn the game around.
Evil Geniuses were not the only North American team stepping up to the plate. Digital Chaos, the underdogs of the tournament, slugged their way through the lower bracket to meet Wings for the third time this tournament in the grand finals. It is unheard of having an American team aside from EG in the top 8. The diversity of regions within the top 8 was unprecedented because of the dominance of European and Chinese teams throughout the history of Dota. South East Asian teams have been on the rise taking 4th, 5th, and 7th place in the tournament. One of the biggest upsets was TNC eliminating OG on the second day and placing 7th. The current patch and the brilliance of captains has yielded the largest variety of strategies ever seen in a meta. Some have commented that the patch is still young and has room to evolve and settle. This moment in time did not just simply manifest. Over the past year, Dota has seen numerous patches which have created either ripples or tidal waves of change to the game. Continue reading “The Past, Present, and Future of Dota”