2018 was a blast. The year saw Dota tournaments in Moscow, Stockholm, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Singapore, and Jakarta, among other locations. Let’s take a look back at the highlights of last year and once again revel in its bests. Those who have not followed closely are hoped to be able to enjoy it vicariously. Here’s what we think are the highlights of 2018:
A Fairy Tale At T18
Perhaps, one of the most talked-about incidents in 2018 was the fairytale-like victory of an underdog team during The International 2018. This also made T18 as the tournament of the year for us besides it being the focal competition of the Dota 2 season. OG won T18 but perhaps, not to everyone’s surprise because a lot did believe they could go the distance. The team became the only European Open Qualifier at the T18 after defeating another new team in Wind and Rain by 3-1 on the backs of Topson and ana. They managed to secure an Upper Bracket spot for the main event despite their daunting placement alongside Team Liquid, LGD, and Mineski. Some say it was quite a Cinderella story.
The Most Consistent Team
Virtus.pro hold the record for having the most wins on major tournaments, which total in five. They also have the most wins on Valve-sponsored tournaments, which total in six. In 2018, they may have landed 5-6th in The International 2018, the focal tournament of the season, but they have put up the best overall results last year. They placed first in the Kuala Lumpur Major and The Bucharest Major. The team also landed first both in the ESL One Katowice 2018 and the ESL One Birmingham 2018. A lot were disappointed about their outcome in The International 2018 but it is undeniable that they are a consistent team.
The Impressive Opening Ceremony In Moscow
There was such a memorable cinematic opening ceremony at the EPICENTER XL in Moscow. Being the first-ever Russian-hosted tournament with a Major status, the production did give a very impressive first impression. It was not only due to the epic presentation, but the hosting was complete with a good set design, a massive trophy, and an overall high production value. The three-minute long opening ceremony did set a great mood to every day of the tournament. It was epic that it brought a lot of shoutouts to Valve to learn a lesson or two from EPICENTER.
The Most Popular Hero Of 2018
We cannot really be certain about the most popular Dota 2 hero in 2018 because different Dota sites say quite different things. Needless to say, the choice is subjective. At datdota.com, the most played hero in 2018 in all the professional matches and with the highest win rate was Bane. It was one of seven out of more than a hundred heroes that had more than 1000 games played. On top of that, it had one of the highest win rates out of all these heroes.
Lists like this are of course, subjective and personal. That’s why we would like to see what your list is like.