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The effect of MMR heroes in pro Dota 2 play

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

A while back AUI did a “Reflections” with Thorin. One of the things I remember from this interview was AUI’s belief that the 1 and 2 position were interchangeable and more dependent on hero pool than style of play. I don’t know if he still thinks this, but it’s something I’ve kept in mind. I thought about it now as there are many players being picked up from the ladder and given a trial based on how high they can climb the ladder.

What is interesting about this is that I’ve always thought the best way to climb the Dota 2 ladder was to do what RTZ did, which is to farm extremely efficiently and then carry hard so that it doesn’t matter if you have a bad player on your team. If the 1 and 2 are interchangeable to an extent and many of the 1s and 2s are now MMR heroes, then we end up with a team where they have two of these farm heavy stars. This creates problem as there aren’t enough resources for both players. I think that’s what has been one of EG’s recurrent problems and is something to think about as we further into the Kiev Major.


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