Dota 2 Statistics Every Gamer Should Know In 2020

The International or the Dota 2 World Championship first took place in 2011. In an attempt to get everyone’s attention and compete with their archrival (Riot Games), Valve decided to blow everything out of proportion and offer a prize pool unheard of at the time: $1.6 million.

This was 10 times bigger than what the biggest esports events had offered up until that point. So it’s pretty obvious that Valve’s marketing team wanted to make a statement: “1 million dollars for winning a video game contest. Who else will offer you that?” And for the next few years, no one did.

Phase two of this masterplan involved community funded prize pools. Each year, Valve went on to create additional in-game content and add it to their Battle Pass. All Battle Pass purchases would boost the prize pool of The International, because 25% of their cost would go directly to this prize. This was a stroke of genius and it led to bigger and bigger TI prizes. The practice first started in 2013 and just look at what has happened since then. Here’s a summary for you. stroke of genius and it led to bigger and bigger TI prizes. The practice first started in 2013 and just look at what has happened since then. Here’s a summary for you.stroke of genius and it led to bigger and bigger TI prizes. The practice first started in 2013 and just look at what has happened since then. Here’s a summary for you. directly to this prize. This was a stroke of genius and it led to bigger and bigger TI prizes. The practice first started in 2013 and just look at what has happened since then. Here’s a summary for you. stroke of genius and it led to bigger and bigger TI prizes. The practice first started in 2013 and just look at what has happened since then. Here’s a summary for you.stroke of genius and it led to bigger and bigger TI prizes. The practice first started in 2013 and just look at what has happened since then. Here’s a summary for you.

· The International 1: $1.6 million
· The International 2: $1.6 million
· The International 3: $2.8 million
· The International 4: $10.9 million
· The International 5: $18.4 million
· The International 6: $20.7 million
· The International 7: $24.7 million
· The International 8: $25.5 million
· The International 9: $34.3 million

So one of the most important Dota 2 statistics that people should know in 2020 is this: Dota 2 offered a prize pool of $34.3 million for its world championship in 2019. The competition had 18 teams and even the competitors that finished 13th – 16th made over $500,000.
Only One Team Won The International Twice.

This is one of those Dota 2 statistics that remind people of the complexity of the game. The fact that it took nine years for a team to win TI twice is absolutely incredible. It’s also a testament to the game’s difficulty and complexity. From the outside it might be hard to see, but if you think chess is hard and offers a lot of possibilities, just take a look at Dota. There are over 100 heroes and hundreds of items. And each hero has at least four abilities, eight talents, plus six item slots (excluding the Teleportation Scroll one). And in every Dota 2 game, there are five heroes in each team. So it’s 5 vs. 5. The math on that simply dwarfs anything else.And each hero has at least four abilities, eight talents, plus six item slots (excluding the Teleportation Scroll one). And in every Dota 2 game, there are five heroes in each team. So it’s 5 vs. 5. The math on that simply dwarfs anything else. there are five heroes in each team. So it’s 5 vs. 5. The math on that simply dwarfs anything else.And each hero has at least four abilities, eight talents, plus six item slots (excluding the Teleportation Scroll one). And in every Dota 2 game, there are five heroes in each team. So it’s 5 vs. 5. The math on that simply dwarfs anything else. anything else.And each hero has at least four abilities, eight talents, plus six item slots (excluding the Teleportation Scroll one). And in every Dota 2 game, there are five heroes in each team. So it’s 5 vs. 5. The math on that simply dwarfs anything else.

The Most Played Dota 2 Hero

The most played Dota 2 hero, by far, is Pudge. This hero, known as The Butcher, was initially made popular by Dendi, one of the original Na’Vi players who won the first TI. Pudge has deep roots in what you may call gaming soil. If you played the Diablo series, you probably know a thing or two about The Butcher. Well, that’s practically Pudge, except that pudge can also hook you.

Pudge hero
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One fascinating thing about Pudge is that he’s not only the most played hero of all time. He’s also the most played hero pretty much every month. If you take a look at dotabuff you will instantly see just how much people love this hero. Some are good with him, others are terrible, but everybody plays him. Going into 2020, you should expect to see Pudge in around a third of your games.

Game Longevity

On this list of Dota 2 statistics, the longevity of the game is definitely something that you should know about. Dota 2 was officially released in July 2013. However, you could say that the game had already been played by many people for a number of years. So if we take this added period into account, Dota’s longevity is around 10 years. And this longevity is a testament to how good the game actually is. Few titles are played by millions of people 10 years after their release. Fewer still have competitive circuits and tournaments with prize pools of millions of dollars.
Going into 2020, just know that Dota 2 is in good hands. The company that created it, Valve Corporation, is one of the most reputable in the industry and also one of the most successful. With that in mind, you can be pretty certain that if you start playing Dota, this game will not die in the next 10 years.

Player Base

Dota 2 currently has a player base of 10 million. And while things do fluctuate quite a bit, the game’s community is large enough at this point to remain above the 8 million mark even if lots of people decide to give it up. That’s not likely to happen though, because just as some people go, others join. And the number usually stays between 9 – 11 million. But in a worst case scenario, Dota 2 can survive even with a much smaller community of 3-5 million.

Radu Muresan

Radu Muresan

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