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Remember the Season: The Dota 2 Pro Circuit

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Remember the Season: The Dota 2 Pro Circuit

The Dota 2 Pro Circuit’s first season was a wild journey of ups and downs for all the teams involved and now that it has come to an end, lets take a look at some of the stats through the season.

With the culmination of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit just a few days ago, we start to wind our way towards Vancouver, the venue for this year’s most prestigious Dota 2 event, The International 2018. The biggest portion of the DPC season games were played on patch 7.14/15 which spanned from April 26th 2018 through to May 27th – with this being the busiest point of the season.

But let’s take a look back at some of the other stats of the DPC season – including winrates, pickrates, longest and shortest matches and most importantly, the total number of creeps killed.

Winrates and Matches

Through the entire season, Radiant had the highest winrate with nearly 54% while the Dire side settled just over 46% of the games in victory. With a total of 1102 matches played with an average of 38 minutes per game, not a single of the 115 heroes went unpicked in the first season – not even Clinkz, Techies or Ogre Magi.

The Teams and Players

It goes without saying I think that Virtus.pro claimed the highest winrate of all teams – with a little over 66%. While Team Liquid played the most total matches, 164, with their first Major victory only coming a few days ago at the China Dota 2 Supermajor, it was definitely a massive and meaningful title for them to take just prior to TI8. Team Secret had the widest hero pool, drafting no less than 112 of the 115 heroes through the season and considering their inability to secure many big tournament victories (except DreamLeague Season 8 and a few Minors), this may show that the team is struggling to find proper set up – but time will tell. To top of this section, it was Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan who had the highest hero-pick diversity with just over 33%.

The Heroes

We all know that certain teams definitely favour certain heroes, like giving Xu ‘fy’ Linsen IO just seems like an all-round bad idea for any team that he’s up against. This season saw Sand King and Gyrocopter being picked up the most with 365 and 300 picks respectively – while the 2 were also banned 261 and 279 times. Whilst Gyro saw a fairly high winrate of 53%, the flying menace was beaten by the likes of Bane, IO and Nightstalker – with Bane topping off the charts at 58% when picked.

Sand King was definitely a favourite of many in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, even after the hero was the target of some Icefrog nerfing, the scorpion burrowed his way into many of the best combinations in the game. From mobility and crowd-control along with good wave clear for a support role hero, Sand King was picked in 365 games, having a 46% winrate and combining with likes of Death Prophets, Disruptors, Gyrocopters and Leshrac too occasionally.

The Long and Short of it

We remember some of the games throughout the season, the ones that had us sitting on the edge of our seats, screaming frantically along with the casters and arguing amongst our friends about what could be changed (because we’re obviously not Archon).

The most memorable match for me was definitely the Na’Vi victory over Fnatic in the final game of their series at GESC: Indonesia in what is the biggest comeback of the season – with an almost 40k lead, Jacky ‘EternalEnvy’ Mao managed to throw the game and be eliminated from the event.
The longest match also featured Fnatic, this time against Vici Gaming at ESL One Genting 2018 and it lasted over 90 minutes. Inversely and oddly, Fnatic were also a part of the shortest match when they were trounced by Team Liquid in 17 minutes at DreamLeague Season 9.

Finally, a moment for our buddies the creeps who suffered 1983620 deaths in the long and grueling Dota 2 Pro Circuit’s first season. The little guys would forever be remembered for giving the players the gold to buy Rapiers and farm enough to down 2158 Roshans and sneak 640 courier kills.
A total of 36071 wards were planted over the season with 10237 of them being destroyed too.

But with the DPC over for now, we have all our eyes on The International as we find the remaining 10 teams and witness them do battle over the Aegis of Champions – will we finally see a recurring champion? Only time will tell as the road to TI8 continues.

All stats courtesy of Spectralalliance.
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