Introducing Cosmetics Tracking


Hello Dota 2 players. Look at your Juggernaut. Now look at ours. Now back at yours. Now back at ours. Sadly, he isn’t yours, but if you stop randomly putting pieces together and use our cosmetics page, he could look like ours.

If you wonder how we created this “beautiful” set, it’s simple: We looked at every item slot and chose the cosmetics with the highest win rates in every slot. How? With our new cosmetics pages!

Cosmetics are a vital part of the Dota 2 gaming experience. HUD, terrain, announcers, couriers, heroes and more can all be customized to a player’s wishes and at this point it is unlikely that any Dota game looks like another. Cosmetics have changed the landscape of Dota vastly, with cosplayers crafting their favorite sets and compendiums contributing to large prizepools every year.

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. They provide a clean and intuitive browsing experience, where you can either go through each hero page and look for their cosmetics, or browse categories, such as couriers, announcer packs, wards and more. You can easily compare items of the same and/or different rarity with one another or switch to grid-view to directly compare the items by their looks.


When you find a cosmetic you like, click on it to see it's currently lowest price on the Steam market or any of the other featured marketplaces. If you don't mind waiting a few weeks and months, you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars anymore, just to try and get the extremely rare cosmetic of a treasure chest. Remember the Faceless Rex courier? How much would you say is that courier worth today? How much did you spend in order to (try and) get it? Today, the Faceless Rex is worth “merely” $13. There are plenty of other cosmetics that were extremely expensive the first time they got released, but by now they're, for the most part, pretty affordable.


Every cosmetic page displays where the item is available, in which quantity and in which quality. This way, you can purposely look for or avoid inscribed, autographed or corrupted items.

In addition to displaying the currently lowest item price available, we also track the last 7 days of an item’s price, so you can make an informed decision when to purchase an item.

Of course we know that some of you out there wish to have unique looking heroes. That’s somewhat the point of cosmetics, right? To make sure your hero doesn’t look like any other. And since you can’t make every hero purple to avoid confusion with Dragon Knight, you can dress them up. Our popularity chart shows how often a cosmetic item has been used in the past week, so you can avoid using the same Pudge head everybody else is using--seriously though, everyone is using that Pudge head with the wooden board. More importantly, you can track new releases and see how many people are using the DAC cosmetics. Alternatively, if you've not been keeping track too well, you can see which treasure chest an item originated from and see if it's worth the gamble or if you should just directly purchase it.

The next feature may or may not be useful for everyone, it really depends on what side of the discussion you are on. Cosmetics are not supposed to impact the game whatsoever. Dota is a free to play game after all, cosmetics should just be decorations. That said, there definitely have been cases where parts of the userbase have been very vocal about cosmetics and whether or not they do, or do not impact the game.

A certain Mirana bow and arrow have become infamous for being too easy to spot (“pay to lose”). Yet, our performance chart shows that the item, in addition to its rather high popularity, is still more successful than the average Mirana cosmetic. Of course this doesn’t mean that the item doesn’t provide an inherent disadvantage, but it’s still an interesting angle to consider, especially now with the release of the Juggernaut arcana, which has been controversially received since its default style has similarities to other heroes.

Dress up your hero today

Are there cosmetics that you have always wanted, but thought you could never afford? Do you maybe have a special combination of cosmetics that have a very high win rate? Let us know in the comments below!

Want to get your site listed on Dotabuff Cosmetics? We’d love to hear from you, please get in touch.


Our cosmetic feature details in summary:

  • Sort through cosmetics by hero, item slot, rarity, quality or category

  • Track prices, win or usage rate for every cosmetic

  • Find out which treasure chest an item originated from, how long it's been in the game and how expensive it is on what featured platform

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42 comments
The Chinger

    first!!!!!!!

    Aksellfox

      Second!!!!!

      [Lk].Zano

        A loli courier...well, Valve certainly knows it's player base.

        Ghastly Wail

          My Crystal Maiden is the most beautiful ;D

          DarKNovA [screws meta]

            Yeah, the loli courier is a nice touch, not exactly something I expected to see in Dota2.

            Likeability

              im i late

              Taк

                im first

                Grindr

                  April 1st passed.

                  Sebastian

                    What The Fuck

                    Gorgon

                      Happy to see this off the ground. Good work, DB team.

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                      Dota Scientist

                        "Who wore it best?" refers to two different people wearing the same outfit, not the same person wearing two different outfits as the title graphic displays. This is a gross oversight in popular culture satire, and should be addressed immediately.

                        i'm not like them

                          Nice la

                          WackyJustLucky

                            13th ghost

                            Would love to have an option to see my items and somehow mix and match it here on this site

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                            Ghastly Wail

                              Dark Moon Baby Roshan 1.999$ dafuq ...

                              Sheesh my normal Baby Roshan just 2,60$

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                              Kappa: Story of an ass eater

                                What Dota is missing is what Dotahattery used to provide before the website went under and had to shut down. Dota has no easy way to look at and customize custom sets for hero without purchasing the items.

                                You should really look into creating a feature that shows the hero model and lets you put on different pieces of gear from all sorts of different sets. I'm sure it's easier said than done but it's a service that is currently unavailable and a need that needs to be filled.

                                Sanji

                                  loooooooooooool

                                  Ham Solo

                                    If it would be possible to add a currency exchange/converter feature on the cosmetics page, that would be very helpful. All in all, you guys did a good job! Thanks Dotabuff team!

                                    M C T

                                      still no viper skin

                                      ihatetobuywards

                                        Something to think about regarding the Mirana arrow cosmetic is that the people who buy cosmetics for that hero tend to play that hero a lot. But there are people who have never played mirana before, don't have any mirana cosmetics, they try the hero out a few times, don't do that great with her because it's a new hero for them, then never play her again because it doesn't fit their playstyle.

                                        I'm curious what the win rate % would be like for the cosmetic arrow vs default arrow for players who have played mirana more than 100 times?

                                        1-IceTea 🌟

                                          Good work,seem like Dotabuff gonna help valve make more money, which is good.

                                          1337

                                            This is really well thought out and a pleasure to use!

                                            dioxgamingpro

                                              omfg cosmetic items has stats now?

                                              MARLAN

                                                you should be able to view all of your own cosmetics, however it should default to locked (nobody can see it) with the option to make it public.

                                                beast

                                                  I'd just like to compliment the writer on the introduction. Love the play on the Old Spice commercial.

                                                  Heartnet491 杨志华

                                                    Now this, this is exactly what I really wanted to have ever since I started collecting cosmetics! If possible I believe somebody should make an app on mobile

                                                    whistling in the dark

                                                      good release dotabuff!

                                                      H U R T

                                                        man since Jumo came out, i really wanted to get my hands on it. But it seems impossible now

                                                        Mango

                                                          Wooow nice one dotabuff epic feature

                                                          from now on im gonna be using this when swag times come !

                                                          Mighty Boar

                                                            ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

                                                            Cat Chan Guy

                                                              Dumb "feature".

                                                              Shegz #afktillsummer

                                                                If you need cosmetics to win games, I feel sorry for you xD

                                                                1.21 GIGAWATTS

                                                                  GREAT SCOTT !

                                                                  Nanashi

                                                                    I actually prefer the regular jugger over this weird overflashy arcana

                                                                    Se vende items.Quinkerros

                                                                      Could you add Infused items to the table please?

                                                                      MegaDeathSauceWtihLiquidRage

                                                                        The Assassins Creed lookin jugg set is still the best (Pilgrimage of the Bladeform Aesthete) still 160.00 bucks

                                                                        Panty Anarchy

                                                                          I just want the Golden Shards of Exile.

                                                                          It's hard enough being an OD main volvo pls.

                                                                          dioxgamingpro

                                                                            -25 caz you use attraction cosmetic that makes you a fun target to kill.

                                                                            GING 8888

                                                                              DAC newsest right? I wanna TI BOOK

                                                                              Etherial

                                                                                Is there a way to tell how much people has such rare items?

                                                                                HT.Spattas ツ

                                                                                  Jugg arcana worst cosmetic ever, dont worth the price , make an arcana for invoker :D

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