How The First American Dota 2 Champions Won It All

“I don’t know if anyone ever totally understands Dota.” Even the pros and the pro commentators recognise how complex a game Dota is. So if you didn’t quite comprehend how the first American team to win the Dota International championships did it, you’re probably not alone.

Fortunately, our latest and last episode of Compete is stocked full of experts trying to explain just that. They go through the context of the two teams going up against each other, and how the American team managed to turn it all around with mostly a single, powerful area of effect spell.

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  • They didn’t “turn it around” with the Echo Slam / Ice Blast play, they made a small lead into a huge one. They were also ahead in the series.

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