Awesome / Dota 2

  • First off, you might want to look at Pro Gaming for awesome competitive DOTA 2 moments.
  • Lion. He followed a demon into Hell, killed it, and tore off its arm to use for himself for good measure!
  • If you've been to, This epic culture clash.
  • Big teamfight ultimates almost always result in this and are commonly referred to as "Dropping the hammer". Dota Cinema's Symphony of Skills series is focused on the numerous awesome moments that occur with stacking Ultimates onto each other at the same time.
  • The last game of The International 3 between Na`Vi and Alliance was full of these. After a game that seemed to be firmly in Na`Vi's favor, they started pushing the mid rax, and it seemed that Alliance was putting up a weak defense. However, this was actually a ruse; Nature's Prophet was pushing the top lane, Wisp and Chaos Knight were pushing the bottom. Realizing this, Na`Vi tried to TP back en masse, but Puck (as played by s4) Dream Coiled them, interrupting the teleports and allowing Alliance to dispatch two rax for one. Later on, Alliance was pushing hard. Dendi, as a super fed Templar Assassin, tried to TP back to base. Puck was able to Dream Coil him to stop him from going back, but what's special about this is that if you look at replays or pictures, you can see that the interrupt was pulled off in about a fraction of a second before the TP was completed. Alliance won the game with what are being called the Million Dollar Dream Coils. See it here.
  • Another on from The International 3: At the end of the game between Alliance and LGD, it becomes a flat-out race to get to the enemy ancient first. See for yourself. Tobi Wan's commentary makes it all the more entertaining.
    Tobi:You are a maaaaan, Sylar!
  • Na`Vi vs. TongFu in the TI3 Loser's Bracket Finals. Dendi's Pudge is almost memetic, but was not going very well in Game 3. It looked very clear that TongFu was going to roll over Na`Vi and face Alliance in the Finals as the Pudge gambit had failed. Until Na`Vi remembered they also had a Chen to combo with Pudge with the now-removed "Fountain Hook" strategy, one of which on TongFu's Gyrocopter with Aegis of Immortality caused the match to pull a full 180 and gave Na`Vi their rematch against Alliance in the Finals.
  • Skeleton King managed to drum up enough support from the other heroes to have them harvest souls and safeguard his body during Wraith Night so that he may be reborn as Wraith King. The cruel, expansionist tyrant of Skeleton King convinced his teammates that he was worth keeping around, when they could have just let him turn to dust and have his kingdom fall to ruin. And now he will stay around forever more as Wraith King.
  • Just think about Magnus's backstory, an herd of Rhino-centaurs charging an entire army of Evil Poachers with a freaking volcano going off behind them. That's quite literally pure awesome.
  • Some of you may remember how DotaCinema makes Sven the Butt-Monkey by making him the punching bag of every other heroes' skill set. Then they released a humorous trolling video titled "Sven's Revenge" where it looks like he'll finally get revenge for all the shits he got into... only for it to turns out to be All Just a Dream and in reality, he got punked AGAIN by Skeleton/Wraith King. Then when Sven got a new item set... they released a video where Sven recalls all the times he's made into a punching bag, and then proceeds to ACTUALLY kicks ass and making it stick. Ladies and gentlemen, In Memory Of Sven
    Mom always said strength comes from within. She lied.
    She forgot to mention that Retribution is a dish best served with an absurdly large sword.
  • The International 4's prize pool. Starting of with $1,600,000 and $2.50 added for every bought Compendium (and additional money from buyable Compendium points), the pool was raised by $200,000 in two hours. Considering only Compendiums, that means the community bought approximately 11 Compendiums per second. The prize pool was doubled in 32 hours, and at this moment has exceeded $4,000,000, higher than any ESports prize pool in history. In 3 days. The International doesn't start until July the 18th.
    • This already impressive amount has since then doubled as is now up to $8,000,000 and counting as of June 1st.
    • As of June the 27th, the prize pool has reached $10,000,000. Bear in mind that before the The International 4, nobody believed that the TI 4's prize pool would ever reach these numbers. Impressive, indeed.
    • The International 5 managed to take it to the next level with the total prize pool exceeding $18,000,000!
    • And TI6 moves to 20.7 million dollars, with 9 million going to the winners.
    • TI7 proceeds to reach higher, hitting 24.6 million dollars with 10 million going to the winners.
  • MLG Columbus 2013 held one of the best storylines that the scene has ever had and is still lovingly remembered by fans. Anyone who has not heard of the events is really missing out a lot of development.
    • To sum things up, one of the teams, Speed Gaming International, nearly missed the tournament and forfeited their group stage slot after they were given non-priority flights. One of the members, Bone 7, also suffered visa issues and could not play with the rest of the team, forcing the team to use the relatively unknown, Arteezy as a stand-in. With help from a manager of another team (Team Dignitas's manager, Charlie Yang), all members were barely able to make it, albeit drowsy and dazed due to poor and rushed traveling conditions. In honor of Bone 7, the member that could not make it, all the team's member's ended their game id with the number seven.
    • After the suffering a horrible Day 1 performance, where they lost all their games, the team rebounded with a resounding 4-0 streak against the rest of the group, slimly beating the group stages and making it to the playoffs. After defeating Sigma Gaming in a 2-0 sweep, the team prepared to face Team DK, arguably the best of the Chinese teams, filled with legendary veterans of the scene.
    • Before the finals, Speed Gaming's manager, Marco Hernandez released a blog post that detailed that all the members's salaries had been cut, and that the team's organization was abusing its members. None of the five members where tilted by this information, and the team went on to win the finals, defeating DK in one of the biggest upsets of the scene.
    • Even after the tournament, things did not stop. Soon after, Marco Hernandez's true nature was revealed as a power-abusing manager that threatened and bullied the players, and he was held responsible for many of the team's issues. Examples include lying to the players that their sponsor did not speak English, explicitly asking tournament organizers to drop the team from the tournament, misusing funds meant for the team, etc. Even when he wrote the article, his actions, by that point, were already notified to the team's sponsors by the team members, and he was already fired by the time the article was published.
    • The team's stand-in, Arteezy, became one of the most highly sought-after players as the shuffle began. As a stand-in that no one had seen before, he proceeded to dominate and surpass many talented players who were in the same lane as him such as Dendi and Mushi. Many attribute MLG Columbus as the biggest turning point of his career.
    • The rest of the team would rightfully depart from the Speed Gaming name, and they squad would go on to take the form of the original Cloud 9 squad, one of the most infamous and career-defining squads of its time.
  • This fun little video. The video shows off that Sven's team is losing and then everyone in his team left the game, leaving Sven alone. So what does Sven do? Keep on fighting and become a One-Man Army. By the end of it, he holds off the rest of the five team as they futilely saw Sven pick them and their towers off one by one and won the game. The kicker? Sven did all those without a Black King Bar, even in the presence of some disablers like Tiny and Pudge.
  • The final match of The International 5 between Evil Geniuses and CDEC Gaming. After a 2-0 sweep by the CDEC in the winners bracket finals, the two teams met again in a Grand Finals rematch. After falling behind 2-1 in the series, CDEC went for a Roshan kill at the 29 minute mark of game 4. Moments later, an Ice Blast struck the pit and Universe blinked in, dropping unquestionably the biggest Echo Slam of all time, nearly wiping the entirety of CDEC and sealing the victory for EG. TobiWan was rightfully losing his shit in the process. Needless to say, the moment went on to be known as "The Six Million Dollar Echo Slam".
    • The commentary has practically become memetic in its own right:
    TobiWan: "They're all together, PPD - here comes the Ice Blast, ready for the DUUUUNK! IN FROM UNIVERSE! IT'S A DISASTER! CDEC, they're gonna get wiped from the face of the earth apart from Agressif! He'll jump out, but the Wombo Combo perfectly hits from Evil Geniuses!"
  • Moonmeander proves to the world that he has something to back up that ego.
  • Any time you get a Rampage. Admit it, the feeling of having so utterly trounced the other team is awesome.
  • The special presentation in August 12 of TI6 could qualify as this for Valve. The day prior, Underlord was announced during the all-stars match to be released in August 23 to much applause and hype, finally completing the hero roster and ensuring parity with the Warcraft 3 module. No way that Valve could top it, right? WRONG. The next day, the host was told to inform everyone that there was going to be a special presentation after the last series (between Fnatic and DC) and encouraged viewers and attendants to stay for it, no details on what it is about. Many viewers thought that it was going to be the reveal of the arcana contest winner. Turns out, it was five minutes of a martial arts performance show with taiko drums, which itself was building up to the true nature of the special presentation. The announcement of Monkey King, the first new hero in years! Needless to say, the crowd, the Dota 2 community and Twitch chat went crazy.
  • Would you believe that an AI bot, of all things, could achieve a Moment of Awesome? Well, OpenAI has created a bot that, simply by having it play against itself for a lifetime without actually hard coding strategies into it, has become so terrifyingly proficient and competent at 1v1 Shadow Fiend matches. How good is it? The best players in the world lost to it. That's right, in a game where the bots are dismissed as being incompetent at best, a bot has defeated the best players in the world simply by evolving and learning how to play the game, to the point that it even knows how to fake Shadow Razes! Oh, and OpenAI wants to develop an entire team of bots, suggesting the possibility that an entire team of bots could become a challenge for the best teams in the world.
  • One Reddit user managed to create an Icefrog summoning sequence using the visual effects of different heroes. It's easily one of the most breathtaking sights you will see in Dota.