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Dota 2 is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or MOBA game where players are split into two teams of five where the main objective is to destroy the other team’s Ancient. This game is a fan-favorite both from long-time players from 2003 to newer gamers exploring the MOBA genre.

What is Dota 2?

Dota 2 originated from the early 2000s as it can trace its roots from the StarCraft map Aeon of Strife. A designer with the pseudonym “Eul” was inspired by the StarCraft map and decided to port it to Warcraft 3 using its World Editor program in 2003. The first proper iteration is called Defense of the Ancients or DotA which is a multiplayer map built using the Warcraft 3 World Editor and accessible through the game’s Custom Scenario option.

Dota 2 match

Dota 2 itself came about after Valve employees, including Robin Walker and Erik Johnson became fans of the game and wanted to make a sequel. After multiple disputes, DotA developers Eul, Kendrick Lim, and IceFrog contributed to the development of the sequel and two years of beta testing later and Dota 2 was released on Steam on July 2013.

This game is played with two teams of five players each. The goal is to destroy the enemy’s Ancient and doing this involves destroying enemy towers to pave the way to the Ancient. Players will control “Heroes” similar to Warcraft 3’s hero units except that each one has a maximum level cap of 25 instead of the standard 10. Each hero will typically clash and fight one another while also achieving the secondary objective of defeating Roshan to get additional gold and to acquire items to bolster a team strength.

Competitive Dota 2 Scene

Dota 2 match
  • The International
  • Riyadh Masters
  • DreamLeague
  • Mastercup SEA
  • Impacto Solar
  • European Pro League

There are more Dota 2 tournaments happening worldwide and this game’s esports scene is easily one of the most popular ones in the world. Additionally, The International has the overall highest prize pool in esports history as it had a total of $40,018,400 in 2021.

Many young gamers have dreams of being able to join in Dota 2 teams and join in tournaments. This game is currently free-to-play and players can easily get started with playing this game. Pro Warcraft 3 players can even get started with this game as shown when former pro Warcraft 3 player Grubby tried out this game and enjoyed it.

BK8 Dota 2 Betting Markets

Dota 2’s betting markets are generally the same with other MOBA games’ betting markets due to how similar their game mechanics are. Some of these unique MOBA markets are the following:

1st Blood on Xtreme Gaming vs PSG Quest.

The pro gaming scene in Dota 2 consists of various official tournaments, including the following:

Team to Draw First Blood

Team to Draw First Blood

First blood is the first kill in a match and sports bettors can bet on which team gets the first kill. While first blood doesn’t determine the outcome of the entire match, bettors can opt to bet on this market instead of the standard moneyline bet if they don’t know which team will definitely win.

Total Kills Over/Under

Total Kills Over/Under

Dota 2 has an over/under market for the number of total kills made in a round. Bettors won’t have to bet on the total kills made by a team and instead guess on whether the final number of kills is over or under a certain threshold.

Team Most Kills

Team Most Kills

Sports bettors have a chance to back a certain team and win even if the team itself loses the match. Bettors can bet on which team will get the most kills which doesn’t necessarily equate to winning a match. A team can make an upset when an overconfident team with many kills clashes while a lone hero or a team’s creeps pushes the enemy Ancient and destroys it, resulting in the team with fewer kills winning the entire match.

Race to X Kills

Race to X Kills

Most sportsbooks will typically show odds for which team will have 5, 10, 15, or 20 kills first. Betting on this market can be rather difficult when both teams are extremely competitive and they’re basically trading kills.


Dota 2 betting is one of the most popular esports betting options worldwide thanks to the large number of fans coming from the early days of DotA and still loving the game today. Because of this, sportsbooks will typically offer a lot of different betting markets that make this game attractive for different bettors to bet on, especially if they happen to be Dota players themselves.

BK8 sportsbooks typically offer odds on this esport and players will be able to back their favorite teams if their matches happen to be covered by our platform. Start betting with BK8 Casino today!

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