2022 is on the horizon, but before we get there… here are our six most popular unique Dota 2 stories from 2021.
Esports.gg only launched in March of 2021, but Dota 2 has become one of our flagship games. Since launch we have published analysis, features, interviews, community news and match reports and recaps. With the year coming to a close, we take a look back at the most popular Dota 2 news stories on Esports.gg.
Arkosh Gaming tried to convince a TI10 admin their “player” was… dead
In a fun interview with Esports.gg’s Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling – Arkosh Gaming stand-in for the TI10 qualifiers – we heard tales from the anonymous demon camp. These included a ridiculous series of events where Arkosh tried to convince the TI10 admin that Canus Vulpus might have met his maker, and as such they’d like to use an emergency stand-in.
“We told the admin, Canus Vulpus visited a different plane often, and we were afraid he was dead as we couldn’t reach him. And the admin would not believe us!” said Aui_2000. If you missed this incredibly bizarre Arkosh Gaming interview back in September, it’s definitely worth reading.
Aui_2000: "We (Arkosh Gaming) tried to convince the TI10 admin Canus Vulpus was... dead."
Demon-led Arkosh Gaming allowed the mere mortal Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling compete for them at the TI10 Qualifiers. The TI5 winner tells of his experiences.
Ephey’s first interview after her WePlay AniMajor debut
At the start of 2021, Mira “Ephey” Riad was an unknown but after a whirlwind debut at the WePlay AniMajor, the streamer became one of the hottest new talents on the Dota 2 Circuit alongside TeaGuvnor.
Back in June, not much was known about Ephey but she sat down with Esports.gg to talk about the AniMajor. She would later go on to appear as a panellist at The International 10 in October, and our Ephey interview continues to be read daily by fans looking to know more about her.
Ephey on the AniMajor: "It was kind of like a high. I was so proud of myself because it felt so difficult for me on a lot of the days"
Mira "Ephey" Riad revisits her experience at the WePlay AniMajor, and shares some wholesome and surprising stories from behind the scenes.
SyndereN’s thoughts on the questionable value of Neutral Items
The glorious We Say Things podcast by Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen has been a blessing this year. The podcast often contains insightful discussions, and the Neutral Items article highlighted the thought-provoking comments about Neutral Items by SyndereN, sparking a further discussion on social media.
SyndereN: "After all this time, I still don’t think neutral items add value to the game”
SyndereN gives his thoughts on the state of neutral items in Dota 2 and wonders whether or not they should be removed.
Analysts and Pro Players predict Patch 7.29
With Patch 7.29 about to be released, we decided to reach out to friends and community figures back in August tell us of their hopes and predictions. Needless to say the results were a comical mixed bag thanks to the wonderful minds of Lizzard, TeaGuvnor, Jenkins and SUNSFan among others. The talent Patch 7.29 prediction article was a big hit with our Dota 2 readers, and still makes us smile.
Jenkins: “Icefrog’s not an idiot, so he probably won’t add bridges”. Brilliant.
Patch 7.29: Casters, Analysts and Pro Players give their hopes and predictions
We reached out to a whole host of Dota 2 community members for their hopes and expectations for the new patch. Analysts, hosts, casters and players, we've got a little bit of everything.
Voiceline and Arcana Tier Lists – We Say Things x Esports.gg
As part of a sponsored partnership with Esports.gg, We Say Things hosts SyndereN and SUNSFan did a tier list of the Dota 2 Arcanas as well as the Dota 2 Voice Lines. Both pieces did not disappoint and attracted thousands of readers to Esports.gg, who were keen to see the dynamic duo attempt to come to some kind of consensus. SyndereN made sure to outline criteria before they started, however, SUNSFan decision to completely ignore the criteria made for great content and banter.
Juggernaut is WHAT Tier!? SUNSFan and SyndereN rank all 19 Dota 2 Arcanas
There are now 19 Dota 2 Arcanas, so there’s always going to be some favorites and some to forget. We asked Shannon “SUNSfan” Scotten and Troels Lyngholt “syndereN” Nielsen to rate every Arcana, and put together a comprehensive tier list.
Player and community reaction to PSG.LGD’s shocking defeat at TI10 Grand Finals
In 2021, we’ve been responsible for introducing the English-speaking audience to incredible stories from the Chinese scene thanks to our staff member LeonArthur. His biggest piece of the year was on the aftermath of the TI10 Grand Finals.
PSG.LGD’s defeat to Team Spirit left many Chinese fans bemused and rather frustrated. This PSG.LGD reaction piece collected the thoughts of PSG.LGD’s Xiao8, Faith_Bian and XInQ, who all shared their thoughts on social media.
XinQ on TI10 Grand Finals: "In Game 5, we were too stressed, our mental strength wasn't strong enough"
After losing a heartbreaking Grand Final to Team Spirit, PSG.LGD's players and coach shared their thoughts and words on Weibo. Here are the translations.
Our Dota section in 2021 was good, but we’ll be pushing the Dota 2 section even more in 2022, so why not bookmark it and join us next year?