“They really shouldn’t have won that...” A single area of effect spell in Dota 2 paved the way for an American team to win the International this year, a first for the championships.

It was a dramatic moment but, to some viewers, it also didn’t feel like a very special moment. Like an open goal shot.


Even the pros and the pro commentators recognize how complex a game Dota is. So if you didn’t quite comprehend how the American team did it, you’re probably not alone.

Fortunately, our latest and last episode of Compete is stocked full of experts trying to explain just that. They set the scene of the two very different teams going up against each other, and how the American team managed to gain such an advantage.

You can watch our previous episodes here:

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Kotaku Compete is an original series created and produced by Kotaku and Gawker Media’s video team. Production funding was provided by Honey Nut Cheerios.


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