ESL One Birmingham Online: Earthshaker, Queen of Pain, and Nature’s Prophet were the most-picked heroes
CMD368 – During the ESL One Birmingham Online 2020 at the end of May, Earthshaker, Queen of Pain and Nature’s Prophet were the three most-picked Dota 2 heroes. The tournament also had one of the closest win rates between the Radiant and Dire sides, as well as the first and second picks.
Ember Spirit retained his popularity from the WePlay! Pushka League, making over 254 appearances in the draft, 181 of them being bans. His pick rate has dropped significantly, however. Teams are dealing with the hero’s immense versatility and incredible ganking prowess right from the draft stage rather than in-game.
Pudge remains the most-picked hero in public matchmaking, but the Butcher has been in dire straits professionally. Pudge was the only hero to go unpicked throughout the entire tournament. His massive laning weakness and poorly-defined role proved to be massive detriments to his viability.
With the removal of Shrines, as well as the shifting of neutral creep camps and outposts, it seems like IceFrog has brought balance to the landscape. Sure, the never-ending war between the Ancients rages on, but at least there’s a more even win rate spread now, with Dire barely edging out Radiant at 51 percent.
A big part of Dire’s success can be attributed to the movement of the Ancients creeps to the bottom side of the map. In high-level Dota 2, carries tend to move to the opposite side of the map to exploit the wider avenues of space. By moving both Ancients camps to the bottom, Radiant carries now have to make a tough decision: either give up the lucrative farm that comes from regular Ancients or risk losing map control.