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DOTA 2 SteelSeries Winners at PB Tech

Posted in Articles on 08/8/2017

Recently PB Tech teamed up with SteelSeries New Zealand and hosted a competition with a massive travel prize up for grabs - a trip to Seattle to attend the DOTA 2 2017 INTERNATIONAL!

First up, congratulations to our winners, Zhou.F took away the main travel prize and is currently at the event enjoying the show while our secondary winner Guo.K has won a massive Evil Geniuses Gaming Gear Pack + some awesome signed eSports gear is incoming from the team for you to enjoy!

With a massive prize pool exceeding $20 million dollars, the Dota 2 International 2017 eSports event has completed the group stage and things are really starting to heat up with the main matches underway right now.

If you’ve not seen these spectacular 5v5 clashes between pro gaming legends you can tune in and watch each match via the Dota 2 TI 2017 Twitch Channel, it’s not like watching a regular twitch stream either, this is a professionally broadcasted event and with the new VR Headset camera mode within the game client some of the action packs battles are sure to look really impressive.

DOTA started out with humble beginnings originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 mod, it was an instant underground hit with players massing to play it in net-cafe around the world (ah the golden days of social gaming). After coming to Valve, the original community developers bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with a new level of polish that has continued to evolve.

What's emerged is a competitive masterpiece of action and strategy. Players can now choose from a roster of 113 heroes and these form two teams known as Radiant vs Dire which battle to control a beautifully designed fantasy landscape.

Every 30 seconds little NPC creatures run out of each teams base and killing creatures in the game will allow you to unlock more and more powerful abilities as you level up, this progressive escalation changes the way the game plays out, fights start out as small clashes with the heroes involved usually making it out alive but as the match progresses powers are unlocked and new strategies emerge that can trap your enemies allowing to finish them off, which then leads to an unbalancing of power and an opportunity to push forward towards the towers which wins you the match - and with this the chance to get some sweet loot items to customise characters with :)   

As you kill things you’ll also get some sweet gold to buy items with during the match, the effects of these range from increasing the power of your attacks or movement speed to adding new abilities for you to use - they don’t carry over between matches and as you get better at the game you’ll find your own favourites for playing in certain ways, with and against certain heroes - this is one of the bits we enjoy most about watching professional eSports matches, seeing what items they choose to buy and how they use them can really help out!

With both XP and gold being obtained through killing there is another little trick to look out for in the professional matches called the LAST HIT. You see, in DOTA 2 the gold is awarded to whoever lands the last hit on a monster or hero… It’s a double edged sword allowing you to take the gold like a greedy guy or even deny the last hit on yourself (PUDGE for the win!) and you can even abstain from taking the last hit yourself to allow a teammate to get stronger!  At this top tier of play, DOTA 2 is as much a game of economy as many other RTS favourites like C&C and Starcraft.

We had a blast at PB Tech hosting this awesome competition and can’t wait to do another one soon - maybe a trip to check out some Overwatch? The New Zealand World Cup Team is flying to Burbank USA today! We'll be following all these awesome eSports events along so keep your eyes on PB Tech for the latest in PC gaming, competitions, reviews and more!

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