Do you love competitive Dota? Of course you do, or else you wouldn’t be reading an article about Chrome extensions that let you spend even more of your time keeping up with the ever-changing world of Valve’s mega-popular MOBA. About those extensions: you are seriously going to want to install every single one of them, because they will connect you to the game every time you open your web browser. You could be keeping up with Dota while reading this article about keeping up with Dota. How very meta.
The world of Twitch streaming is growing faster and faster every day, and Dota 2 and League of Legends are the two leaders in terms of both amount of streamers and amount of people watching the game. It can be hard to keep track of which popular Dota players are streaming when, and this Chrome extension solves that problem by showing you every single person that is currently streaming. It arranges the streamers by number of viewers, so you can quickly see the biggest ones at the top. As you might expect, clicking one will open the stream in a new tab. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Note that if you just want to keep track of Twitch via Chrome generally, you can also check out Twitch Now.
There’s more to watching Dota than just watching pros and other personalities stream themselves. The real good stuff comes from watching the various competitive matches from around the world. With The International 4 right around the corner, now is the perfect time to watch lots of games so you’ll know which are the teams to keep an eye on during the world’s largest eSports tournament. With this extension you can see upcoming and live matches from Gosugamers and JoinDota, two of the biggest sources in competitive gaming. You can also see news from the Dota 2 world, so you can know everything that’s happening, and you can do it right from address bar in your browser.
A great way to make watching Dota more fun is betting your in-game items on games. It lets you win (or lose) some items, and it gives you a personal investment in the games you are watching. This extension makes it easier, by allowing you to quickly see any games that you can bet on from Dota 2 Lounge, and jumping to the page with a single click in the extension. It’s a simple addon, but for anyone who likes an innocent bet on a Dota 2 match, it gets the job done perfectly.
The aforementioned Dota 2 Lounge is the website most Dota 2 players use to bet on games and trade items with other players, and this extension makes the website even more useful. It adds some key features, especially for those using it to bet on matches. The biggest feature is the ability to research the teams in a match, which will help you make more educated bets, and hopefully, take in more awesome items than you lose. It also enhances the way you preview items, so you can know exactly what you are getting in a trade, and it even gives you enhanced statistics on your bets. If you use Dota 2 Lounge, then having this extension installed is a no-brainer.
Dotabuff is one of the best websites for checking in on your Dota stats. This extension makes the website even better by adding some statistics that aren’t currently featured. The most notable of these is the ability to see the status of towers and barracks at the end of the game. If you want to go back and check on how the pushing went rather than whether you won or lost, this is an extension that you are going to love. If you use the site (and if you play Dota there’s no reason not to), then you should add this to Chrome.
Now Go On, Enjoy the Dota
Just because you’ve closed your favorite Twitch streamer or logged out of Steam doesn’t mean you need to disconnect from the game we all adore so much. No way. Install these extensions, and Dota will be near at all times, even when your sitting on Reddit reading more about Dota on /r/Dota2.
What Dota extensions do you have installed in Chrome? If you haven’t installed any yet, what are you waiting for? Hit the comments section below and speak your mind!