Top Special Bets for Dota 2
Betting on Dota 2 popularity is growing at a rapid pace just like the rest of the esports betting industry. It's a crazy time we live in, one where esports could pose a threat to regular sports at any time. But how is this possible? Well, for starters, the esports betting industry is flourishing, and there is no doubt that it has sparked the fire of esports all over the world.
At the end of the day, it doesn't take a genius to conclude that betting is a part of what drove esports to the heights it stands at today. Esports bookies are known for making the best out of every situation they find themselves in, and the same can be said for their initial esports endeavors.
However, as far as Dota 2 special bets are concerned, we are witnessing a slow rise in what could potentially spring esports further into the mainstream media. Dota 2, as the biggest esports title currently available, already has a solid number of specialties available to its bettors.
5 Most Popular Special Bets in Dota 2
Here are the top five most popular Dota 2 special bets for those who are eager to try a new type of betting on Dota 2.
First Barracks/Tower Destroyed
Barracks and towers in Dota 2 are basically the same things as inhibitors and turrets in League of Legends. Their principle is the same - the team who's pushing harder will be the first to destroy the outer towers. However, aggression is not everything as far as these special bets go. What you should be looking for are teams with high mobility, active roamers, and great teamwork. Successful ganks push lanes, not aggressive plays; remember that!
Minute of First Successful Gank
"Ganking" is a term that represents jungler's/roamer's service on a certain lane. A successful gank, on the other hand, represents a gank in which the opposing team's laner(s) are no longer a threat and the push can go on. The minute of first successful gank in Dota 2 varies from game to game, hero to hero, and playstyle to playstyle. If you want to get this special bet right more often than not, you should definitely do thorough research on all of the best roamers in the Dota 2 betting scene. That is the only way of increasing your chances of winning this bet.
First blood in Dota 2 matches can lead to huge things in the remaining of the match. Not only does it bring bonus gold to the player, but it also makes the killed player lose a lot of time on respawning and traveling back to their lane. The gold and experience difference, especially in early stages, can lead to huge troubles later on in the match. If you want to bet frequently on first blood in Dota 2 special bets, make sure you do your research and find the most aggressive players that play at the top level.
Roshan is the biggest (by far, if we may add) neutral monster in Dota 2. It's basically the same thing as Baron Nashor in League of Legends. The team that successfully kills Roshan will get a special item called Aegis of the Immortal. We are talking about a resurrection item which can save lots of team fights if it's on the right hero. As for the actual first Roshan special bet, the principle is quite simple - you choose the team you think will kill the first Roshan in the game. Since Roshan is a global objective, you can rest assured it will be highly contested by both teams, making this Dota 2 special bet a treat to watch and cheer for!
Creep Score by 10th Minute
Creep score by 10th minute is another Dota 2 special bet. For those of you who don't know what creeps in Dota 2 are, they are those small monsters that constantly spawn on each lane until the match ends. They might seem small and irrelevant, but they are actually crucial for the outcome of the match. People argue that creep score (CS from now on) in the first ten minutes is a good sign of which team is doing a better job. So, if you're interested in CS bets, then this one is definitely the right choice for you!
Common Esports Special Bets That Are Also Present With Dota 2
Handicap or spread bets, the principle is basically the same. The underdogs are given a form of artificial advantage (by the bookies), so the match winner odds are a bit tighter. As far as Dota 2 goes, there is no regular score like you would find with basketball or football matches. Instead, there is only the winning and the losing team. But bookies thought of this ahead of time and put handicap bets to reflect the total number of kills in a match. This way, handicap Dota 2 special bets are viable and can pose as great alternatives to total kills over/under and regular match-winner bets.
Outright Tournament Winners
It doesn't get any simpler than this bet. This type of Dota 2 special bet is by far the most popular one, but it's not a new betting type. Outrights draw origins all the way back to regular sports betting. The likes of soccer leagues, tennis, pool, and so on have brought this special bet to esports... And my oh my, aren't we lucky they have done so!
Total Kills Over/Under
Betting on the total amount of kills while disregarding the final outcome of the matchup: sounds easy enough, huh? Well, you won't believe us when we tell you just how many times the losing team ends the match with more kills than their opponents. This happens commonly across both of the most popular MOBA titles - League of Legends and Dota 2. That's why, if you are keen on betting on this one, make sure you get your facts and stats straight before you end up losing your money.
How to Spice up "Best of" Matches
During the biggest tournaments in the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, there will be plenty of best of three and best of five matches to talk about. If you are interested in more than just talking, perhaps you should explore some of the multi-round-specific Dota 2 special bets. Of course, we are referring to rounds over/under bets which are all the craze during huge events that sport best of three and best of five matches.
Basically, with best of three, best of five, and round over/under bets, you will be given a number next to the bet itself. That number represents the number of rounds in the contest. From that number, you are supposed to pick whether or not you believe there will be higher or fewer rounds. Here is a quick example of rounds over/under bet down below so you'll better understand what we are talking about.
If you place over in this bet, then you will have to hope the match ends up with at least 3-1 as the final score. If, on the other hand, you place under on this bet, you'll have to cheer for a 3-0 blowout, otherwise your bet will be lost.
The International Dota 2 tournaments are the biggest Dota 2 betting events in the yearly calendar, there is no doubt about it. So, if you're looking for that time of the year when you can rest assured knowing the bookies will have all these Dota 2 special bets featured, chances are it will be during the International. Other Dota 2 majors are picking up their pace, so we wouldn't be surprised if bookies start giving them even more attention. No matter how it goes, one thing is for sure - Dota 2 special bets can be a ton of fun and a great way to increase profit for people who know their way with them.