DOTA 2 eSports Game Betting Guide

What is DOTA 2?

DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), developed by Valve Corporation. The game is a sequel to the Warcraft III modification, Defense of the Ancients. In a DOTA 2 match, two teams, consisting of five players, gain control of a character. During the match, by gaining experience and items, one side needs to win the opposing team, and destroy their primary base structure – Ancient.


DOTA 2 in Esports

DOTA 2 rose in popularity due to the game being free-to-play and a continuation of a fan-favourite mod, which led to the first global event, called the International, being hosted in Cologne in 2011, featuring a quite large prize pool of $1.6 million. But due to the introduction of a “Compendium”, that allowed players to contribute to the prize pool, the prize pool got 40% bigger just from player purchases of this compendium. Because of this change, The International to this day accrues the biggest prize pool annually in the whole of esports history.

With DOTA 2's worldwide popularity thousand of events are hosted globally, ranging from low-ranked monthly tournaments with small prize pools, to major events, that happen several times a year, featuring only the best teams from across the globe.


Main Events in DOTA 2

As of the announcement in June 2018, the DOTA2 now features The Dota Pro Circuit. This Pro Circuit consists of 5 pairs of Major tournaments and Minor tournaments, with every pair having their own date, during which they should be played. As there are no more direct invites to both of them, teams firstly go through regional qualifiers to gain a spot in the following Major, and whose who do not succeed, continue competing in the Minor tournament. All teams that participate in these tournaments gain DPC points, that are needed to qualify for The International.


Before you start betting on DOTA 2

Whether you are a long-time fan of DOTA 2, and know the importance of teamwork and picking out the right champions to have an edge over an opponent's team composition, or a newcomer, who wants to learn how to bet on DOTA 2, before you start placing bets you need to learn how to bet, and what to bet on.

As with every other multiplayer online game, Valve Corporation is constantly trying to prevent the game from going stale, by creating new patches, that introduce new items and rarely, characters, that need tuning to balance out the game.

With the tournament structure and the sheer number of events being so vast, you should find a type of tournament, or region you are most comfortable sinking hours into researching their team compositions, individual player ability and adaptation to the patches, as even the strongest team can fall behind the rest of the pack by not accommodating to the game changes quickly enough.


Main betting markets


Match Winner

One of the most common markets, that came over from the traditional sports.

This is the market, where you simply bet on which team will reign victorious by the end of the game.


Asian Handicap

Due to not all the matchups played being a strict 50-50 in terms of team's strength, this market, which was created long before esports became popular, tries to even out the chances of both sides, by giving the weaker team a positive handicap (advantage), and the stronger team a negative handicap (disadvantage).

With this bet, in order to the win the positive handicap, the team must win the match or lose by less than the handicap's value. In turn, a bet on a side with the negative handicap can only be won if that side wins by more than the handicap's value.


Total Markets

These are the markets, where you bet on a certain event condition being over or under a certain amount, that is set by the bookmaker.

The markets can differ from a bookmaker to bookmaker, but in DOTA 2, you will most likely find markets for total of maps in a game (depending on the tournament format), total of kills, Roshans and structures destroyed during a map.



Betting on outrights, is similar to traditional sports betting, where you don't bet on a particular match, but on the outcome of the whole event.

This type of market is much more prone to team errors, as this market goes for a longer period of time, during which a team you've placed a bet on, could have a hiccup during a tournament but eventually come back and win the competition.