Dota 2 is one of the most popular games within eSports. It’s also a popular game for betting with hundreds of games each month. We have the biggest collection of Dota 2 tipsters in one place and our tipsters are constantly on the lookout for good odds and they post their Dota 2 predictions every day of the week.
Firstly, let’s learn how the game works before starting to bet on Dota 2 matches. By learning its gameplay and mechanics, you’ll be placing wagers strategically, rather than purely basing it on luck and emotions.
Defense of the Ancients 2, or popularly known as Dota 2, is a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game created and launched by the game developer, Valve. The MOBA game was based and is a sequel of an earlier version of DotA, which is the similar game along with few modifications here and there.
A Dota 2 game starts with two teams of five players with the identical goal of destroying a huge structure called as the ‘Ancient’ which is hidden inside of each team’s bases that they also need to defend. Then, the ten players may choose from over 113 characters that they will control throughout the game. The characters are coined as ‘heroes’ that have their own unique abilities, strength, and weaknesses. The players with their controlled heroes are able to level up and become stronger as the match evolves. They can also choose to create unique builds with upgradable armors and weapons. Ultimately, Dota 2 is known to demand deep practice and game knowledge and complexity. It may require you to read and understand its ins and outs before playing a game of Dota 2 or betting on any matches.
After learning the fundamentals of Dota 2, we can now go ahead with placing bets. For that, we need to learn the ways we can place bets on Dota 2 matches.
Moneyline – Just like in sports, you’ll be putting your money on whoever wins the match. Now in esports tournaments, the matches may be spread into best-of-one matches to best-of-seven matches.
Totals – In Dota 2, placing total bets means that wagering on a total number of kills by both teams in a single game. So, if you think the teams going head-to-head will showcase a bloodbath of kills, then total bets are perfect for that.
Outright – This betting option refers to the overall outcome of a tournament or league. An example of an outright bet in Dota 2 would be the champion of The International. But, online sportsbooks may offer different outright betting types.
Skin Betting – Coincidentally, Valve developed games have included skins in their game. But, Dota 2 skins are not tradable in-game and has a lower value compared to CSGO skins. Although, sportsbooks still accept skins in exchange for placing bets on their website.
Fiat and Cryptocurrency Betting – Most online sportsbooks accept USD or EUR to be able to place bets on their websites. Luckily though, with the emergence of cryptocurrencies today and Bitcoin as the leading and holds the highest value among cryptocurrencies, online sportsbooks also accept virtual currencies to be able to place wagers on Dota 2.
Check out the matches below for the upcoming Dota 2 games with betting options available. Each game features a collection of odds providers for Dota 2 betting. We’re tracking these odds so you can wait for the odds to rise or bet before they fall.
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The list below shows all the matches available for Dota 2, the green ticks indicate the predictions from profitable tipsters, the red ticks indicate the predictions from all tipsters.
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When you first start out you’ll be tempted to try to bet as frequently as possible, don’t. Wait for matches with good odds where you or the predictors know the teams. Never force yourself to bet, bet on matches that you are confident in. You may go days or weeks without placing a bet, you’re not in a rush, wait for bets you are comfortable and confident in and profit should follow.
If there’s any uncertainty, don’t place a bet. Save your skins for another day. There will be plenty of other matches that you can bet on.
Betting is always risky, that’s unavoidable. But staying inside a ‘safe zone’ will help cover you off from some really silly bets. When starting out with a low inventory, large bets placed on matches with 80%+ odds aren’t going to return much in general (on lounge, even less due to the inconsistent returns) but you’re still risking a large amount of your inventory for very little.
Equally, odds below 30% sound very, very attractive with huge returns possible. But if you don’t know the teams or all the details, it’s very possible the team doesn’t stand any chance. If you think there might be a chance, reduce the size of the stake or consider an ICB.
Always bet with a percentage of your inventory. Think, what happens if you lose an ‘All in’ bet, do you stop betting for the rest of your life, or just get your wallet out and go again? You may think there’s no risk, however there is always risk. If you’re placing a high bet, stick to an absolute maximum of 20% of your betting inventory.
Always leave enough to bet another day.
If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, your judgement get’s very cloudy. You’ll make a stupid bet and lose. If you just lost a big bet or are on a losing streak, instead of trying to force a bet, you should take a step back, calm down and just take a break, come back refreshed with a fresh mindset.
Betting blind is a purely relying on luck, if the underdog odds are 30%, that definitely doesn’t mean the team has a 30% chance of winning. It just means 30% of the betting community chose that team. A late roster change could mean there’s zero chance for the team to win. Check in with our predictions to help give you some more background on the game.
Use the lounge odds tracker to predict the final odds as the start of the match get’s closer. If the odds are increasing/decreasing for the team you intend to bet on the return may not outweigh the risk anymore. A huge significant switch of odds at the last moment may mean that something shady is going on, mostly in very low tier games, or a sudden announcement, E.g standin may have occurred.
Bookies will put up their odds based on their own expectations, as the bets start coming in they'll tweak the odds to ensure it's still profitable for them. That early stage is key to getting an edge on the bookies.
As soon as you feel like you have to bet again to recoup loses, you’ll feel compelled to make bigger bets with bigger risks. This often starts an endless cycle driving your losses further and further. Instead, after a big loss, take a day off from betting (or a week if was really big). .Keep to the proper bet sizing based on the risk of the match no matter what. You are not in a race to win it back, just take it easy.
Do not blindly follow betting site odds and think that they are correct to the true odds. If a betting site has ‘Team A’ as a heavy favorite, it does not always mean that it’s an easy win for ‘Team A’.
SK beat Na’Vi… Na’Vi beat E-Frag. That means SK can beat E-Frag now, right? No.
There are many factors which contribute to the team winning a match, these factors such as player performance, map selection, strategy and tactics which may not apply to other teams.