How to Bet on Dota 2 - Dota 2 Esports Betting Guide & Tips
Dota 2 is one of the most popular Esports in the world, with a thriving international gaming community and several high-profile events running throughout the calendar year.
Since its release by Valve in 2013, Dota 2 has become one of the most-played video games on the planet and has earned its place alongside CS:GO, LoL, and Call of Duty in the Esports community.
Read on to learn how to bet on Dota 2 to take advantage of the vast selection of Esports betting markets that we offer at our online sportsbook.
What is Dota 2?
Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game competed by two teams of five players. The aim of the online game is to successfully defend a map, which is an area of the game landscape that the opposing team must attack to try and win.
The game was released in 2013 and is the sequel to Defense of the Ancients (Dota). It became the most-played game on Steam just a month after its release.
Valve has won multiple awards for Dota 2, including the highly coveted Esport Game of the Year Award in 2013 from PC Gamer and onGamers.
Dota 2 Rules & Gameplay
The aim of Dota 2 is for each team to defend their own ancient while seeking to destroy that of their opponents. The team that successfully defends their ancient wins the map.
There are 124 playable characters in Dota 2, and each is known as a hero. The characters are split into two key roles – core and support – both integral to the defence of a team’s ancient.
In professional Esports, Dota 2 contests typically last for approximately 40 minutes, though some games can be shorter or longer, depending on how successfully a team defends their ancient.
The game is over when one team destroys the other’s ancient, and in Esports, they are awarded the map as a result of their in-game victory.
Biggest Dota 2 Tournaments & Leagues to Bet On
One of the reasons why Dota 2 is such a popular Esport is that there are so many tournaments and leagues with some of the largest prize pools up for grabs. Here are some of the most popular Dota 2 events and major tournaments that you can bet on at Stake.com:
ESB – Electronic Sports Broadcasting (ESB) is a high-level tournament organiser responsible for several Dota 2, Mobile Legends, and Valorant events.
4d – 4d has been in operation since 2019 and is a tournament organiser for the Spanish-speaking Dota 2 Esports communities, with events like the Lima Major and the Cup of the Ancients.
ViperSpin: Another Esports tournament organiser is ViperSpin, the group responsible for elite Dota 2 tournaments like the Grand Battle.
DreamHack: DreamHack runs the popular Dream League, a Dota 2 Esports league that has been running for over 20 years.
Moon Studio: Moon Studio hosts several Dota 2 Esports tournaments in Asia, including the Moon Studio Miso Soup, The Arena Anthem, and The Moon Studio Campfire, among others.
Riyadh Masters: A 20-team event hosted in Saudi Arabia with a $15,000,000 prize pool, attracting the best Dota 2 players on the planet.
Perfect World: Based in Beijing, Perfect World is a Chinese online gaming company that operates Dota 2 on two servers and hosts multiple Asian Esports events.
Paragon Events: Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Paragon Events is a studio and Esports tournament organiser that hosts one-off Dota 2 tournaments and regional leagues.
How Do You Bet on Dota 2?
Betting on Dota 2 and Esports is like betting on any other sport at Stake.com. The first step is to create an account where you can deposit cryptocurrency, choosing from the likes of Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and others.
With funds in your account, you can browse the upcoming Dota 2 events and fixtures before checking out the available markets and bet types. Then, all that’s left is to place your bets before watching the action unfold.
Learn more about Dota 2 betting options and other popular games in Esports with our Esports betting guide.
Types of Dota 2 Bets & Esports Betting Markets
There are lots of different ways to bet on the Dota 2 action at Stake.com, and some of the most popular Esports bets that you can choose from include:
Outright: Here, you can select which team you think will win a Dota 2 event. It’s perhaps the easiest and most straightforward Dota 2 bet to place, particularly if you’re just getting started.
Match result: A moneyline bet, a match result wager, is a bet on the team you think will win a specific Dota 2 Esports fixture. Remember, Dota 2 matches are typically played in best of 3 or 5 formats, and the winner is the team with the most maps.
Handicap: You can take advantage of handicap bets to level the playing field. So, for instance, Team Liquid might have a 1.5-map handicap against Evil Geniuses. For your handicap bet to be successful, Liquid would have to win the best of three encounter 2-0, taking the handicap into consideration.
Proposition: Prop bets are also popular with Esports fans, and you can bet on things like the most banned hero, the team to win the first map, or the player with the most kills. These bets aren’t tied to the direct result of the fixture.
Parlay: A parlay wager is a way to bet on multiple Dota 2 fixtures simultaneously. So, you might bet on three separate teams to win their respective fixtures, and for your bet to be successful, all three teams would need to win. Similarly, a same game multi bet enables you to place multiple bets on a single bet slip, however within the same game.
Stake.com is also the perfect place to live stream the biggest Dota 2 events and tournaments. When you log in to your Stake account, you can search for Dota 2 events and stream the action for free if it is available, whether or not you place a bet.
Dota 2 betting Strategies & Tips to Win
The best way to capitalise on the available Dota 2 betting markets at Stake.com is to develop a simple Esports betting strategy. Here are some tips that will help you as you make your selections:
If you haven’t done so already, download Dota 2 and play the game for yourself. It’s important that you understand how MOBA games work, and the best way to do this is to experience the gameplay!
If you don’t want to play Dota 2, live stream some Esports fixtures for free at Stake.com before placing your bets. This will give you a good idea of what to expect from each map.
As with all sports betting, research the Dota 2 teams competing in a specific event and consider form, history, and head-to-heads before making your selections.
Stake.com is home to the best Esports odds in the business. You can decide how you would like to see Dota 2 odds presented, choosing from fractions, decimals, or the American format, depending on your preferences.
Pre-match odds are available in the days leading up to Dota 2 events, while live odds will be published when the action begins. Please remember that live Esports odds are subject to change.
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Deposit & Withdrawal Methods for Dota 2 Betting
Easily deposit crypto units into your account to bet on Dota 2 and other Esports by following these simple steps:
Step 1 – Retrieve your deposit address, located in Wallet > Deposit.
Step 3 – Use your deposit address as the ‘send to’ location for your crypto wallet or exchange.
Step 4 (Optional) – If you wish to make a deposit via fiat currency, you can buy crypto for Stake via Moonpay.
Stake.com offers live support to players via our customer support staff for help with issues regarding Dota 2, other traditional sports betting, and depositing and withdrawing units.
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