WePlay Reshuffle Madness was the first regular tournament of the new season (unlike Midas Mode 2.0, which was played on a custom map). It was an online tournament in which 18 teams took place and Natus Vincere came out as the winners. They defeated Positive Boys 3-2 in the grand finals after trailing 2-1. The new Na’Vi roster is off to a good start and it will be interesting to see if they can carry on the momentum of this win into the DPC qualifiers for the first Major of the 2019-2020 season.
Well, Na’Vi might be heroes in a sense, but what about the in-game Dota 2 heroes from WePlay Reshuffle Madness 2019? The tournament was played on the 7.22g patch, the small patch that was released after TI9. Have there really been any changes to the TI9 meta because of the new patch? Or are the same heroes from Shanghai dominating the Dota 2 map? Let’s take a look at how the picks and bans panned out in WePlay Reshuffle Madness 2019.
Most played heroes
A lot of the heroes that were played the most in Reshuffle Madness 2019 were the same as TI9. Centaur, Gyrocopter, Ember Spirit, Leshrac and Shadow Demon are still the top dogs despite being nerfed in the 7.22g patch. Of the top 10, Ember Spirit and Rubick have an insane win rate. Rubick is siting pretty with a 63.64% win rate, but Ember takes the plaudits with 11 wins our of 15 (73.33% win rate)! That is quite something and sets up Ember Spirit to be one of the hotly contested picks for the first set of Major and Minor qualfiers coming in October. A total of 90 heroes were picked for this event, but considering the fact that only 39 games were played, that’s a decently high number.
Most contested heroes
A list of most played heroes never gives the entire picture. There are always a whole bunch of heroes who are extremely good but don’t see a high pick rate because they get banned nearly every game. The unlucky ones for this event were Mirana, Kunkka and Tiny, all hot TI9 picks. These three were contested in more that 90% of the games! Mirana has transitioned into a position 4 support after her recent changes and seems to be a menace in that position. The hero got banned in 30 of the 39 games, which is a clear indication that teams really do not want to play against her. Kunkka and Tiny aren’t too far behind. It is a bit surprising though that Ember Spirit wasn’t banned more often, considering his win rate is through the roof. The only hero on this list who is here because of a buff in 7.22g is Nightstalker. He is said to be owning pubs and I guess that includes high level pubs as well, because he does have a lot of bans against his name. That is one hero we can probably expect to see more of in the DPC qualfiers in the coming weeks. Other than that, it is pretty much the same heroes from TI9 getting contested. Cetain ones like Alchemist, Enchantress and Io have disappeared due to huge nerfs, but the ones who just got a slap on the wrist have gone nowhere.
WePlay Reshuffle Madeness 2019 was the perfect start to the season, easing us in after a break post TI9. Although the data from this event shows a meta similar to TI9, the big teams are yet to enter the fray. Once all the teams are out there fighting for a place in the first Major of the season, we will get a better idea of which heroes are being favoured in the 7.22g patch and what we can expect to see in the first Major and Minor of the 2019-2020 DPC season.