Pub players have had a week to experiment with Underlord, the newest hero released in Dota 2. He currently has a win rate of 53.22%, which is one of the most successful among new hero releases.
Over the last year more and more Aghanim’s upgrades have appeared in the game and it can get tricky to keep track of all of them. More importantly, evaluating them is intimidatingly tricky with a game as complex as Dota. Not all Scepter Ugrades are equally important—some of them are almost mandatory, while some offer very little and can even be downright detrimental to the natural progression of the hero.
As patches come and go, so do hero trends. Heroes can go from hot picks to dead fish and vice versa. The current meta seems to make every hero viable, but the harsh reality is that among the 105 different hero picks at TI6, there were several heroes whose appearances were short lived, especially considering how consistently picked they had been before.
The International 2016 highlighted the importance of the drafting stage more than any other tournament in the recent history of Dota. With 105 heroes picked and banned during the Seattle Lan stage, it is clear that adhering to a single strategy might not be the best course of action. Granted, there were some picks which were popular throughout the whole tournament, but there was no natural, predefined progression to the follow-ups in the draft.
It happens after every premier tournament, but especially after The International: Everyone comes home, loads up Dota, and plays the same heroes that dominated the tournament. The effort is part sentimental, trying to emulate your favorite professional players and their heroes within your game. But it’s also part exploitation, by using the heroes that dominated the main stage.
The past year has seen an incredible progression towards a meta that has been more diverse than any before. With 105/110 hero picks during the LAN portion of The International 2016, this meta will easily enter the history books of Dota 2. With such a diverse meta, it begs the question, why the left out heroes weren’t worth considering, especially considering the past International, where heroes like Lina and Leshrac were amongst the top picks. Why do they not matter anymore?
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