About a month ago I got hooked on a little game known as Dota 2, and I’ve been playing it nonstop ever since. I tried League of Legends initially, and for some reason, it did not click with me. A friend convinced me to give Dota 2 a shot, but I was reluctant after not liking LoL, but after about a week of wearing me down, I gave in and decided to try it out. It grabbed me instantly, and I am incredibly happy that I tried it.
For the first time in my gaming life, I am regularly watching streamers play Dota 2. There is so much depth to the game, and watching highly skilled players helps a great deal. What follows are the streamers I’ve found in my travels that I think are particularly good. Watching these streamers will not only bring you entertainment when you are not able to play the game, but they will help you become a better player. If you want to watch a streamer who is not all that good, feel free to watch mine. I am new to streaming, so don’t expect the same level of quality as the rest in this article.
Purge is, without question, my absolute favorite Dota 2 streamer. He’s incredibly active, streaming at least a couple of days a week. He also takes the time to edit clips of some of his best games, which is generally where you will be able to do the most learning if you cannot watch live.
Purge is great at interacting with his fans, and his commentary is among the best you find among Dota 2 streamers. When he makes a mistake, he is quick to explain what happened during the play, which will prevent the viewers from making the same mistake he made. Most important of all, he is entertaining, so spending hours sitting there watching his streams will never feel like a chore.
Blitz plays with Purge all the time, and he has his own stream where he plays some quality matches that are well worth watching. Admittedly, his commentary is not up to par with Purge, but his games are still enjoyable to watch.
If you start with Purge, like I did, switching to Blitz is a great way to branch out to other streamers, as his is a voice you’ve heard plenty while hanging out in Purges lobbies. An important thing to note is that Blitz often plays music during his stream, so that might be something you like, and it might not.
While SingSing might not be as concerned about teaching his viewers as Purge, his skills are just as high, and his antics during games are downright hilarious. SingSing gets a little animated during intense moments during the action, and this makes for some serious entertainment.
SingSing is not nearly as active as some other streamers, when he does go online, he typically plays for five hours or more, so there is plenty of quality matches to be enjoyed during a SingSing stream. In addition, SingSing plays with some other really cool individuals most of the time, and their personalities really add a lot to the quality of his streams.
When it comes to commentary during Dota 2 streams, Merlini and Purge are probably tied for the two best. Merlini never shuts his mouth during a stream, which is so incredibly valuable to any player using it to improve their game. Did he make a mistake? He will tell you what it was. Was that kill perfectly executed? He will make 100-percent sure you know why so you can recreate it.
Not only is Merlini’s commentary spot on, so is his Dota playing. He has an incredibly high win percentage (somewhere over 60%) so you know you can trust his advice. Merlini is online every three or four days, so there is usually plenty of games to watch. Plus, you can always go back and watch his previous streams to help yourself get acclimated to his style.
Other’s Worth A Look
There are a ton of Dota 2 streamers on Twitch, and these are just some of my favorites. Some other ones worth your time are Dendi, IceIceIce, Draskyll, Puppey, and of course, SideOx (that’s my stream). If you want to become a better Dota 2 player, spend some time watching others who are better than you, and you will be amazed at how much you can learn, and how quickly your skills will improve.
Looking to discover more Dota 2 streamers to watch? You should install the Dota 2 Stream Viewer and Dota 2 Stream Browser extension for Google Chrome. These will you show you all kinds of streamers, including many competitive tournaments.
I will leave you with a great video of Purge playing one of my favorite heroes in Dota 2, Tinker.