asian DOTA2 commentators are great. notable casters are WinteR and LD, they provide good insights about the match and other things about DOTA2. i used to mute livestream sounds before until i heard them commentating
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I think next time I play him I'm just gonna keep my bats hanging around me the entire time. Every time I've seen him in pro, the pros do that. I always figured you were supposed to be all over the map with them, maybe that's what I've been doing wrong the entire time.
We still won that one game, though. Maybe because I was Omniknight and Omni's really good at turning Visage's bats into free 300g.
Axe makes a joke of visage. Spin2win free gold #yolo
You can easily use them for global presence while farming your lane and that's usually how I play him if my lane isn't very exciting. Anywhere you think there might be a gank it's a good idea to have your familiars there, of course. A big reason a lot of players keep them near the hero is because they are constantly ganking on the hero and familiars go where the fights are.
Biggest reason to go scepter on Visage, in my opinion, is 3 level 3 familiars can dish out like 900 damage to a tower in a matter of half a second, then go stone form and finish it off. Even Leshrac is jealous.
Taunt going through BKB is somewhat meh, since there are a lot of good abilities that go through BKB. But what amounts to a 3 second stun every 10 sec through BKB is pretty potent... if they're on a 5 sec BKB, you can waste 3 sec of it guaranteed.
Also, get a Force Staff instead of Blink Dagger on Axe. Taunt them, run towards your team, and when they turn to continue attacking you, shove them into your team. Never gets old.
I've not brought a courier yet, but that new owl/penguin looks really awesome and adorable .
I don't know what's up with the hate on Tobi, it might because I havn't played 1000+ games or so that I miss something but I certainly enjoy his streams. Sometimes I ask myself did he really just say that but it rarely happens for me. He makes the big clashes more funny imo. But when he has a co-caster with him the stream is certainly better. He should have Bruno co-cast with him more he is a great caster(Bruno).
But yea hands down James is just awesome, (Am I'm the only one that loves the compination of his voice and accent?)
Oderint dum metuat.Success is dependent on effort.
I've no idea why so many people neglect getting Urn, it's like one of the best support items out there. It's almost painful to watch supports stacking Bracers when nobody has that other item that also gives 6 strength but is around 10x better. And on a hero like Axe it makes sniping people with Battle Hunger that much easier.
Urn is fine for axe. In the end, it should not take you so long in the jungle to get items that people are more fed than you. I've seen Axe emergy from his jungle around 10 minutes with Atos. That is game breaking. That's what Axe does, he breaks early game with battle hunger and culling blade. If he isn't 10-0 by 25 minutes he has failed and deserves to lose.
The tranq nerf hurts them as a permanent choice but still the go-to choice for junglers. I'd get arcanes if I did more laning and less creep tanking.
I doubt Bruno will cast much with Tobi since he was flown to Sweden to work full time for The GD Studio along with Draskyl and the others. I like the GD crew because they've plenty of people running the casts, and they don't constantly shout and use copious amounts of filler words ('OMG THAT WAS HUGE THING HE JUST USED HIS SKILL TO KILL THAT GUY WHICH IS PRETTY AMAZING' or however Lysah would put it), at least not to the extent of many other casters. James sets a good example with this, even he probably doesn't know that much more about Dota than Tobi he still does a good job at play-by-play commentary without needing to raise his voice or exaggerate but he still keeps it interesting all the same. They just run a good show in Sweden and don't take themselves too seriously.
Shoutcasting is pure entertainment, nothing more. Commentators are not supposed to delve into the depths of the metagame during a game except if theres nothing going on and the players are just farming anways.
This is one reason I stopped watching competitive League of Legends. Early game is passive as hell and the meta doesnt have a lot of variety, so the first 20 minutes is usually just commentators comparing CS between teams.