Rumblings of Dota 2’s decline over the past two years have been commonplace within the community...

AW by Asura World in Mar 03, 2019
Asura World Highlights DOTA2
Rumblings of Dota 2’s decline over the past two years have been commonplace within the community. The evident drop in player numbers, both in its peak and average number of players, proved that Dota 2 was perhaps finally hitting its limit. However, after picking above 800,000 only four times the entire 2018, Dota 2 is putting up numbers that it hadn’t seen in two years.

According to the latest numbers from SteamDB, Dota 2 saw a record peak of 1.007M on March 3 and an average player count of more than 500,000 over the past 30 days.

Granted, the numbers are still a far cry from what was supposed to be Dota 2’s heyday. In March 2016, Valve’s premiere MOBA title recorded a 1.29M at peak and averaged 700,000+ concurrent players for the entire month. But, still, it’s nice to see the numbers picking up again.

Auto Chess Bringing Players in Droves

Dota 2 isn’t the sole reason why the game is starting to gain traction lately. A popular mod for the game, Dota 2 Auto Chess, was recently released and became big nearly instantly as it pulled in nearly 6 million subscribers in just a few short months.

Dota 2 Auto Chess has been so successful that Valve are rumored to be considering bringing in Drodo Games in-house to officially include Auto Chess as part of Valve’s slate of titles.

Dota 2 Auto Chess has a relatively low floor, but extremely high ceiling. It has attracted numerous casual players, as well as longtime veterans back to Dota 2. It has also become popular among players within the TCG community because of how the game bears a strong resemblance in mechanics and gameplay to TCG games.

Mars Steps into the Ring

What might have pushed Dota 2 over the proverbial top was the arrival of the much-anticipated Dota 2 hero, Mars.

The literal “God of War”, Mars has only been out for a short time, and yet, it has quickly become a fan-favourite. Players, in particular, are liking how the hero is fairly straightforward and easy to learn, which makes him “unique” compared to other recently released heroes that featured more complex mechanics and gameplay.

Dota 2 could be in for yet another surge in viewership in the coming months. The Third Dota 2 Major fo the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, DreamLeague Season 11 is coming up, which will run from March 14 to March 24.

With a new Dota 2 hero to play with, a mod to attract casual players, and big tournaments to watch, Dota 2’s sudden resurgence might just be here to stay.
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