Kiev Major Playoffs Day 1 & 2 RecapBy Skim on
Kiev Major Playoffs Day 1 & 2 Recap

The playoff meta so far has been quite different from the group stage. Monkey King has fallen off significantly and the likes of Medusa or Templar Assassin are much more popular than they have been before. One constant remains for now though: Crystal Maiden continues to be the most picked hero at the event, though with only 2 bans but 7 picks now, Treant Protector is catching up.

Kiev Major Group Stage RecapBy Skim on
Kiev Major Group Stage Recap

The Kiev Major’s group stage has concluded and a lot of action has taken place. With upsets and a new meta, these are the main takeaways from the tournament so far.

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Primer For The Kiev MajorBy eggs on
Primer For The Kiev Major

The first major of 2017 kicks off in Kiev on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 09:00 EEST, breaking new ground as the first Valve event in the CIS region. Sixteen teams will compete for a prize pool totaling $3 million dollars, with a split that leaves first place taking home $1 million.

Silencing the NaysayersBy KawaiiSocks on
Silencing the Naysayers

For the longest of times, Silencer has been looked down on. He’s had little to no presence in the professional scene, but recent trends have shown greater interest in the hero. In both pro games and pubs he is played in a variety of roles, with a greedy position four, poor five and mid being the most prevalent.

Silencer is also a rather “weird” hero. He can scale incredibly well, but his skillset doesn’t do much in early skirmishes, nor does it really help in prolonging the game. As a support he is a below average ganker and a mediocre babysitter. So what made the hero click to justify 14 picks and 14 bans during the DAC?

Captain's Mode 101By KawaiiSocks on
Captain's Mode 101

Not so long ago we discussed how playing Random Draft might be a better Dota experience, but there is one more mode to play in ranked matchmaking. One that gives the most control over how the game will develop and what strategy each team will adhere. Excitement in Captains Mode starts from the very beginning, and here are some general tips on improving your drafts and creating playable team compositions.

Winners and Losers of Patch 7.05By eggs on
Winners and Losers of Patch 7.05

Does it matter how many times Monkey King gets nerfed before the Kiev Major? Patch 7.05 doles out another series of tweaks across the board to popular and unpopular heroes alike.

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