DOTA 2 is one of the biggest esports games in the world. In this article we are going to take a look at the basics and also touch on how you might approach betting on it. With games being streamed across multiple social media platforms the popularity of esports continues to increase. This has led to some operators partnering with esports teams to accompany their betting markets on the events.
DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game. Each game is involves two teams of five players. Each team will occupy and defend their own base within the map. All ten players will choose their hero to play with who each have a variety of different abilities which require variable strategies of play. Throughout the match players will collect items and experience points for their heroes, these will be used to help defeat the opposition team. The winner of a match is determined by who destroys the other teams “Ancient” which is a large structure located within the base of a team.
Each match can last anywhere from 15 – 75 minutes and with players being able to choose from over 100 different heroes there are many factors which can affect the outcome of a match. It is important when picking heroes that players consider the choices of their teammates as certain heroes work better with some than others.
Match Result – DOTA 2 games normally follow a best of 1 or 3 format, this can change when reaching grand finals to a best of 5. This market allows you to bet on which team you think will be crowned the winners.
Handicap Match Result – Similarly to handicap betting in sports, this is where the bookmaker hands an advantage to one of the teams prior to the game starting. If one team is considered much stronger than another, the bookmaker may offer a market on them to win starting with -1 games. This means in a best of 3 series the team would need to win 2-0 in order for the bet to win.
Total Kills – With games being fast paced and full of action kills happen frequently. This market allows you to choose which team you think will obtain the most kills within a match.
Research teams – With social media platforms being used to stream events and teams having their own social channels, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get to know the teams and how they perform. This information can be very useful when it comes to placing a bet as you will have a more knowledge at your disposal.
Understand the markets – We have touched on a few of the popular betting markets above. Depending on your bookmaker the markets available to you will differ. Whilst some are very straight forward such as “match result” more complex markets will exist. If you are going to bet on a more complex market it is a good idea to use much small stakes than you would normally use and see how you get on. Learning from your own betting is a great way of developing as a bettor.
Whether you are new to esports or an experienced player of the games yourself. Betting on them is a different proposition all together. We suggest using the advice in this article to help you put in place some great strategies for approaching esports betting and doing it in a way which will ensure your experience is an enjoyable one.
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