Supports Who Could Use a BuffBy KawaiiSocks on

The current support gameplay is exceptionally rewarding. The impact both position four and five supports can have on the game extends far beyond the laning stage and far beyond simple saves and disables. There are some supports, however, who really don’t fit into the current meta and could really use a buff or two.

Carries Who Could Use a BuffBy KawaiiSocks on

There are very few overpowered heroes in the current patch: outside of pro-scene Chen, the current patch is very well balanced. That said we feel some heroes are quite heavily underpowered and as a result they are not played professionally and have limited usefulness in pubs. So today we are going to discuss heroes who desperately need a buff.

7.35d ImpressionsBy KawaiiSocks on

The new patch introduced some small, but key changes to the game. It might not be a complete meta overhaul, but the effects are noticeable and today we would like to take a look at the biggest winners and losers of the current patch and how it influenced the overall pub environment.

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Does Khanda Deserve the Hate?By KawaiiSocks on

Few items have been as divisive as Khanda. Introduced less than half a year ago, it has been constantly discussed, theorycrafted with and hated on. Does it deserve the hate, or is the item misunderstood? Let’s find out.

Crownfall WishlistBy KawaiiSocks on

We might be a bit premature with our wishlist, but it’s hard to contain our excitement. This time around we are excited about some unexpected things, though. Last April we got the New Frontiers update that greatly overhauled the map, added a new attribute, introduced new objectives and heavily reworked the core concept of Spell Immunity. Just three months ago we also received a batch of new Items to play with so the gameplay is very far from being stale. Hence our wishlist is going to primarily focus on things unrelated to core game mechanics. We are, of course, talking about events and cosmetics.

What Can We Learn from DreamLeague?By KawaiiSocks on

DreamLeague is far from over, but some concepts and ideas from it are already making waves. Today we want to have a quick look at some of them and evaluate how well they fit into everyday pubs.

BB Dacha Meta RecapBy KawaiiSocks on

BB Dacha Dubai didn’t have too many meta revelations: for the most part we were seeing the same kind of meta we see in higher level pubs and other tournaments. There were only a few notable additions to the regular suspects and none of them were too surprising, so hopefully teams will be showing more fresh ideas in the upcoming tournaments.

Introducing Your Special Ones to DotaBy KawaiiSocks on

Introducing people to Dota is very hard. Introducing people you care about to Dota is even harder. However, as someone with almost two decades of experience with the game and countless students throughout the years, there are some tips and tricks I’ve gathered along the way. Today I want to share those, so that the process of onboarding new players is just a little bit smoother for everyone.

Is Pudge Really Worth It?By KawaiiSocks on

We hear you, you really love playing Pudge. The hero’s been the most popular Dota hero for as long as he was in the game, and is one of the most copied designs in cheap Dota knock-offs. Is the hero actually good now and did the changes of the last several years finally made him a viable character to pick in higher level games? Let’s find out.

Speculating about RingmasterBy KawaiiSocks on

It’s been almost a year since the Muerta release and it might be time to start hyping up Ringmaster. New Dota 2 hero releases are always exciting, since they always introduce new, unique mechanics, so today we would like to speculate about the upcoming character and what their kit might look like.

Undervalued Concepts of the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

Calling the patch “new” is becoming a bit of a stretch, but there are still many things that we feel are underutilised. Some of them are strong, but don’t necessarily fit the usual pub game and get forgotten in games where they fit. Some are simply overlooked. Today we would like to talk about both categories, highlighting undervalued items, heroes and concepts.

Overvalued Concepts of the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

It’s been almost a month since the release of the new patch, yet some players still cling to ideas that don’t work. They might sound interesting and exciting on paper, but regardless of the level of execution, most attempts to implement said ideas in practice are doomed to fail. Today we want to talk about some of the most tenacious bad ideas and argue against them, at least for the time being.

How Good are the New Items?By KawaiiSocks on

New and reworked items are always exciting. They lead to significant meta shifts and interesting new builds. They also frequently lead to a lot of frustration from the traditionalists, at least until after the builds are finalised and become mainstream. Today we will try to figure out which new and reworked items are great and which deserve the hate.

The New Year MetaBy KawaiiSocks on

New year — slightly new meta. Over the last week, several things have changed and it is now time to have a quick look at heroes who are now significantly better or worse off than they used to be in the previous patch.

The OP Heroes of the New PatchBy KawaiiSocks on

Some time ago we made a post about getting ahead in the new patch. We were a month too early and now it is finally time to apply our knowledge and identify the most overpowered heroes of 7.35. These heroes are definitely getting nerfed, but since it is the holiday season, chances are, we get to tap into their strengths for a while.

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