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?

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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.

Introducing Cosmetics TrackingBy Skim on
Introducing Cosmetics Tracking

As big as cosmetics may be for the game, browsing them has never been fun, intuitive or easy. Going through the Steam marketplace feels laggy and there’s no clean interface. In-game you may be able to dress up the hero live, but comparing cosmetics with one another isn’t really possible. That’s where our cosmetics pages come in.

Monkey See, Monkey DoBy KawaiiSocks on
Monkey See, Monkey Do

DAC showcased the strength of the latest addition to the Captain's Mode: Monkey King swept the pro-scene, becoming one of the most coveted roamers in the game. Despite numerous post-release nerfs the hero still looks incredibly strong, filling the niche of Bounty Hunter and Riki, but without the unreliable invisibility mechanics and with far greater teamfight presence.

Leading up to the Kiev Major, the hero received another set of nerfs, primarily aimed at his early game. Naturally, a meta response was expected, but it seems that it is going to be more of an adjustment, rather than abandonment.

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