This is a list of popular Memes amongst the Dota 2 community.
- 1 All-Time Memes
- 1.1 James is an ass. FIRED
- 1.2 PLS MR LIZARD
- 1.3 ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE
- 1.4 Relax, game is still in beta
- 1.5 Literally nothing
- 1.6 Free game so no bitching / What rules?
- 1.7 The technology just isn't there yet
- 1.8 OSfrog Nothing wrong here / Balance in all things / Looks fine to me / My finest creation OSFrog
- 1.9 322
- 1.10 17%
- 1.11 ?
- 1.12 CS LUL
- 1.13 B-God's Dynasty
- 1.14 s4head
- 1.15 Babyrage Arteezy
- 1.16 Arteezy's 3rd Curse
- 1.17 Scientists Baffled
- 1.18 Jacky Mao, the Artist
- 1.19 FiftEE / FiftEE
- 1.20 ASSFAGGOTS
- 1.21 KA LE
- 1.22 Fuck Slacks
- 1.23 Purge still reading patch notes
- 1.24 Gods of Dota
- 1.25 MMR is just a number
- 1.26 The TI Sequence
- 1.27 The TI Curse
- 1.28 X [Player], Win TI
- 1.29 Literally taking no damage
- 1.30 LITERALLY UNPLAYABLE
- 1.31 The Chinese Dota 2 Team and Lebron James Relation
- 2 2019 Memes
- 3 2018 Memes
- 4 2017 Memes
- 4.1 But is it as good as +6 treants? :thinking:
- 4.2 AAAAaaah GRILL!
- 4.3 X is Ruining my games
- 4.4 Charlie's Unemployment
- 4.5 S4 Talks only To TI Winners
- 4.6 3 Years to kick Bone7
- 4.7 Sexccc
- 4.8 "___，________！"
- 4.9 The Oracle, lgdamefan
- 4.10 Complexity kicking swindlezz
- 4.11 The Mercedes Benz E400 Sedan
- 4.12 [X] was the problem
- 4.13 AdmiralBulldog, The 250kg Beast
- 4.14 The biggest oversight
- 5 2016 Memes
- 5.1 The Shanghai Major / The Shanghai shit show
- 5.2 Sprouteezy
- 5.3 DING DING DING MOTHERFUCKER
- 5.4 Why you posting something that is not 6.87 patch notes?
- 5.5 FIGHT ME
- 5.6 I NEED NO INTRODUCTION
- 5.7 Eh, average play
- 5.8 3154
- 5.9 The Assassin Strikes
- 5.10 dont question mark lol
- 5.11 Winner's Bus
- 5.12 The Artour Cycle
- 5.13 Can Anyone Even Touch Madara?
- 5.14 The Spring and Autumn Hegemon and the Winter Worm and Summer Grass
- 5.15 Is that balanced?
- 5.16 Uberlord
- 5.17 Simple calculs
- 5.18 Chinese BKB
- 5.19 Nice Weather
- 6 2015 Memes
- 6.1 PogChamp WTF 3 Merlinis PogChamp
- 6.2 Kuroky was right, Arteezy was left
- 6.3 Source 2 will fix it
- 6.4 BabyRage PEDUUUUUR BabyRage
- 6.5 hey its me ur brother
- 6.6 6.84 is coming after Starladder
- 6.7 Good Jokes mate real funny see u at FUCK YOUJ
- 6.8 6 million dollar echo slam
- 6.9 Aghanim's Scepter: Riki (Pocket Riki)
- 6.10 Thanks Purge
- 6.11 Brutal, Savage, Rekt
- 6.12 Arteezy Riki
- 6.13 Sunsfanned
- 6.14 Does S4 Remember the Million-Dollar Dream Coil?
- 6.15 w33fresh
- 7 2014 Memes
- 8 2013 Memes
- 9 2012 Memes
- 10 References
James is an ass. FIRED
Relating to a reddit post by Gabe Newell firing the host of the Shanghai Major, James "2GD" Harding and calling him an "ass". "FIRED" is used as a reaction to personalities cursing or using any mildly suggestive language.
PLS MR LIZARD
The community uses this meme whenever the current gameplay version gets too old or unbalanced, "Mr Lizard" relating to IceFrog.
༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give DIRETIDE
A meme commonly used during the Halloween season asking the developers of Dota 2 to bring back the Diretide event. First used in Diretide 2013. It has also been used to ask for different things, under the form of "つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Give X". A notable incident of this was during TI6's arcana vote, where people kept spamming ""つ ◕_◕ ༽つ Giff Io Arcana".
Relax, game is still in beta
Relates to the folder name of Dota 2 in the steam library which is "dota 2 beta", this meme gets used when someone complains about game issues or bugs.
This meme gets used when a patch changes only unimportant or insignificant things. Alternatively, "literally something" is used when a patch makes a change of any significance.
Free game so no bitching / What rules?
Used when Valve release a cosmetic that breaks their own workshop rule: "Never break the color scheme of the hero". Used in conjunction with this image for maximum effectiveness. Originated from a common response to complaints about cosmetics ("Why are you complaining when you didn't pay for this game?").
The technology just isn't there yet
This meme gets used when the game developer doesn't deliver the highly requested, easy to implement features to the game. This is a reference to Starcraft 2 not implementing LAN play at launch because "the technology just isn't there yet", despite the fact that previous versions of the game had supported the feature for over a decade.
OSfrog Nothing wrong here / Balance in all things / Looks fine to me / My finest creation OSFrog
Spammed by the community whenever a hero they deemed overbuffed gets a kill or makes amazing plays, while simultaneously poking fun at the frog's idea of balanced. "OSFrog" is still in current use though the twitch emote affiliated with it has been moved to OPFrog. On April 14, 2018, the emote was moved again to OSFrog. Balance in all things is a reference to a voice line by Ember Spirit.
Originating from the player 'Solo' who won $322 after betting $100 against his own team. Originally used to suggest that a team might be throwing a game, and matchfixings. However, today 322 is also used whenever a player makes a questionable play, a player gets picked off for no reason, a team loses a teamfight while they are in the lead, or if the enemy team manages to make a comeback. In cases of back and forth throws 644 (322*2) and 966 (322*3) may also be used.
The RNG percentage roughly approximated to "literally always". The meme comes from Pseudo-random distribution.'s having a 17% proc rate while usually permastunning the enemy with no chance of retaliation. The meme started to die out when Greater Bash began using
The most tilting thing to type in all chat after a misplay on the enemy's part. Usually used after every little enemy mistake. Since 2017, the International Battle Pass contains a "?" icon for denies as opposed to the usual "!" as a level reward. Additionally, when the system clock is set to April 1, all deny symbols are replaced with "?".
Spammed on twitch whenever a player misses a last hit on stream.
Arguably the most popular player in China, Burning, according to Chinese players, has his own Dota dynasty, which includes multiple family and court members consisting of the top Chinese players. Some examples include Fy being the crown prince since he and Burning share the same surname and Rotk being the royal concubine, due to his long-standing relationship with Burning. Burning's most trusted men also include Team DK's TI4 squad.
A combination of s4 and the 4Head Twitch emote, the term is often used sarcastically whenever s4 or his current or former teammates (most notably AdmiralBulldog and Alliance's TI3 squad) make a terrible or questionable play.
Arteezy is often known for having loud outbursts during stream, occasionally reporting people for bad plays, being annoying to deal with, picking Techies and other miscellaneous reasons. Due to his younger age, and his relationship with the "old man", Fear, Arteezy's whining has been compared to that of a baby.
Additionally, any baby that appears on stream is referred to as "Arteezy".
Arteezy's 3rd Curse
A joke at how many of Arteezy's placings at events would be 3rd or top 3-4. Examples cited would be his performances at TI4, TI8, the Shanghai Major, the Boston Major and the Frankfurt Major. This would imply that Arteezy's curse will only bring him up to 3rd place in valve events
A phrase used to make fun of EternalEnvy's tendency to throw games, or make ridiculous plays that lead to him, and his team, losing games. Originated from a parody of an Onion article of with the title, "Scientists Baffled by Man's Incredible Ability to Fuck Up Every time", but with Envy's mug shot being photoshopped into the article.
Jacky Mao, the Artist
One of EternalEnvy's nicknames in the Chinese community is "The Artist". The reasoning is primarily due to how people often struggle to understand art, much like EternalEnvy's decision making skills.
FiftEE / FiftEE
Known for playing high risk, regardless of the reward, EternalEnvy is known for either being able to make huge or efficient plays or making mistakes in a horrible and humiliating fashion. As a common trend in Reddit, the usual format is as follows: "[50/50] EE makes a x play | EE makes a y play".
An acronym for Aeon of Strife Styled Fortress Assault Game Going On Two Sides. Used to make fun of people trying to fit Dota 2 into genres like ARTS or MOBA.
KA LE (卡 了) is a Chinese term for game stuttering / Lagging. Often spammed in chat whenever the stream lags.
During a segment in the Boston Major, Purge and SirActionSlacks interviewed the Major's host, and he was asked what the community says whenever they wanted something to be fixed. While the correct answer was "Volvo plz", Purge mused that he would've accepted "Fuck Slacks" as well. Whenever SirActionSlacks performs something, people may spam "Fuck Slacks", be it on online threads or forums or during streams.
Purge still reading patch notes
A joke made whenever Purge makes a patch analysis video whenever a new patch is released. As his videos are obscenely long (7.00 patch video was more than 9 hours, while 7.07 exceeded 10 hours), the community generally believes that Purge will endlessly read the patch, occasionally even long after a new patch is released. Humorously, a post containing his 7.00 patch was released to Reddit ASMR, and quickly reached the subreddit's front page.
Another note is how he points out that his guides for the previous patch can be rendered instantly worthless by major changes such as the removal of Ring of Aquila.
Gods of Dota
Dating back to the Warcraft 3 Dota days, the Chinese, who went on to dominate the competitive scene, were famous for giving the "God" nickname to outstanding players. These players were highly respected for their skills and knowledge regarding the game, and held real-life influence towards the direction of the scene. Ironically, some of the first gods were foreign players, which included Merlini, Loda and Vigoss. As time went on the south-east asian and Chinese scene grew, the list would also extend to players like Burning, Yaphets and Yamateh.
The influence of the "Gods" would eventually spread to the west, and if a player makes a skillful play either during a fight or throughout the game, that person will use the "God" nickname.
A nickname often uses the first letter of the player's id followed by the suffix "God". e.g (Merlini = M-God, Burning = B-God.)
MMR is just a number
A term made by Dendi during an interview at Malaysia in 2014. Over time, due to Na'vi's slump as well as the rise of pubstars to the pro scene such as w33 and Miracle-, the term has been used sarcastically by twitch chat whenever a player with notably high MMR is able to escape a gank or make a skillful play and is occasionally accompanied by DendiFace emotes.
The TI Sequence
Refers to how every odd numbered International was won by a Western team, and how China has won every even numbered International. The sequence was finally broken with OG's victory in The International 2018.
The TI Curse
A "curse" that afflicts all International winners, seeing the team have a sharp decline in results leading up to future Valve events.
Natus Vincere: The curse hit Na'vi much later than most of the other winners. While the team was able to take go to a grand finals series in the next two Internationals, the team saw a rapid decline during TI4 where they only finished 7th-8th, last place at the succeeding Internationals and failing to qualify for Frankfurt, Shanghai, Boston and Kiev Majors.
Invictus Gaming: Invictus Gaming shared a similar fate to Na'vi, where they also only finished 7th-8th at TI4, which saw declining performances with a 9th-12th place at TI5, and failures to even qualify at all the succeeding Valve events until the Kiev Major.
Alliance: Despite dominating TI3 and the season leading up to TI4, Alliance failed to even make it to the main event during TI4, and did not qualify for TI5. The team later finished 7th-8th at Shanghai while also finishing bottom half of TI6, Manila and Frankfurt Majors before failing to qualify for Boston and Kiev Majors.
Newbee: Newbee suffered a horrible season for most of 2015 and early 2016, where the team saw a sharp decline in performance to TI5, where the defending champions finished last. After another last place finish at Frankfurt, the team ended in the bottom half of TI6 and Shanghai, though the team had a resurgence at Manila, which carried on after TI6.
Evil Geniuses: By far the least scathed of the winners. EG suffered a last place finish at the Manila Major; the team has since recovered. The team once again hit a brick wall during TI7, however, where the team finished at a highly disappointing bottom half finish. In the new Dota 2 Pro Circuit, EG failed to make enough points to qualify for TI8, and were forced to undergo open qualifiers once again. After changing the roster by adding S4 and Fly, the team has made another recovery and defeated then-champions, Team Liquid, at TI8.
Wings Gaming: Going into The International 2017, Wings Gaming showed a drastic decline, finishing bottom half of the tournaments on their way to defend their titles. In the lead up to the Kiev Major 2017, the squad held many conflicts with the organization's management, and subsequently departed to form , which placed poorly at the Kiev Major. Shortly afterwards, amidst rumors of disbandment, shadow revealed that all 5 players had been banned by ACE (Association of China E-sports), which prevented all members from participating in any tournament held within China, but y丶 and Faith bian had sold out the rest of the team and broke the promise of not cooperating with Xie, Wings's owner, anymore. The meltdown that ensued later led to y丶 and Faith_bian's departure from the team. By the time The International 2017 invites were being given out, the squad had completely disbanded, and it became the first International, where the previous year's champion are not present to defend their title.
X [Player], Win TI
Common posts by members of the community regarding notable roster changes in the lead-up and after The International, though the very first set of examples revolved completely around EternalEnvy. The very first example of the meme was after The International 2013, where Alliance, who had kicked EternalEnvy for EGM, had won the tournament, and the result was "Kick EE, win TI".
In the conclusion of Evil Geniuses's victory at The International 2015, the meme shifted into the form of "Kicked by EE, win TI", which refers to the decision to kick Aui_2000 from Cloud9. This was later altered into "Win TI, kick Aui", as a jab to ppd's decision to kick Aui immediately after the International for Arteezy.
During Wings's victory at The International 2016, it was revealed that Shadow had been a great fan of EternalEnvy, and the quote "Fanboy of EE, win TI" was made.
At an AMA after The International 2017, Kuroky was asked about how he would deal with the TI curse. In response, he replied that he followed Digital Chaos and Evil Geniuses's example of kicking Bulba and getting a good result during the next International and would counter-act one curse with another.
Literally taking no damage
A crude comic with poorly-photoshopped text and images whenever a hero's base armor is increased slightly or when a hero is given a new survivability tool (e.g Necrophos' Ghost Shroud, Clinkz's Strafe being reworked to avoid projectiles). Originated from a tumblr comic about 6.77, where Doom's base armor was increased by one.
An overly exaggerated response to small issues, primarily grammatical errors, certain texts and images not being updated to new patches, aspects that are worthless (e.g: Refresher Shard having a counter even though it is not possible to stack them together) and inconsistencies in the map (the river of the map flowing from the northwestern portion to the map mysteriously passing the high ground of the southeastern portion without any point of entry or exit.)
The Chinese Dota 2 Team and Lebron James Relation
It is unlikely coincidence about any Chinese team and Lebron James win title or lose title at the same year in The International/NBA Finals except 2013 and 2014. Start from 2011, while Lebron James lost against Dallas Mavericks and in the International 2011 Chinese team EHOME lost against Na’Vi. In 2012 Lebron James lift the NBA title 1st time and Chinese team Invictus Gaming won the International 2012. Only in 2013 and 2014 this effects are reversed. In 2013, Lebron James lift the NBA title, while non-Chinese team, Alliance won The International 3, and 2014, Lebron James lost the NBA title, while Chinese team, Newbee won The International 2014. Starting from 2014, it happens again the relation about Lebron James and Chinese team in The International. While Lebron James lose at Finals, the Chinese team does it too, and vice-versa.
Another reason the relation of Lebron James and Chinese Dota 2 Team is on NBA/The International runner ups. It happens in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 while Chinese teams are runner up in The International Finals and Lebron James lost in NBA Finals at the same year. In 2012, 2013, and 2016 non-Chinese teams are lost in The International Finals and Lebron James win the NBA Finals at the same year.
Hero Redesign Idea
Originally a person's post on reddit, offering a workshop idea for Windranger. Due to the large emphasis to Windranger's legs and thighs, many other reddit users made their own "redesign" ideas with other characters using the same legs as the original creator's.
Originated from one of EG's games against Team Secret in the Chongqing Major. During the game, Arteezy was isolated from a team fight thanks to being cliffed by Dark Seer's Vacuum. Later on, during the Stockholm Major, EG faced Keen Gaming, and Arteezy was stuck on a cliff thanks to a Keeper of the Light's Blinding Light for majority of the final fight.
The meme evolved from 2016's Sprouteezy.
GranDGranT's failed analogy on Topson
In Twitch stream whilst reviewing some pro players GranDGranT was talking about Topson's mechanical skill and how he will never be in your face tier one player like SumaiL or Miracle and after his statement Topson dominates pro scene in several games. After which Topson wins two TI's back to back whilst defending his title. After such criticism on Topson, GranDGranT was teased by his friends and Valve staff and obviously he admitted that he was wrong and took his words back.
Since analogy was influenced from Twitches TI8 fluke chat. But OG proved them all wrong.
Used in reference to Topson's overwhelming performance on TI9 and also his improved "looks" during OG photoshoot and interviews.
MC is mentally done
In ti9 true sight trailer this line was heard in the voice over while former liquid player Mind control looked very tired and frustrated.
After the 7.15 update bounty runes granted team-wide gold and spawned every five minutes, making them more valuable and rarer. This meant that many players perceived them as more important and pushed for their teammates to pick up bounty runes more often. Admiral Bulldog began yelling "ROOOOONS" at the top of his lungs over voice chat on his stream before or after the runes spawned every 5 minutes, to encourage his team to pick them up.
EternalEnvy's Pizza Party
Shortly after Fnatic successfully qualified for the ESL Katowice, Ohaiyo was kicked from the team in order to make room for Universe. In an infamous story, the team held a celebratory pizza party for the qualification but also kicked Ohaiyo during said party. Used whenever a player makes an extremely bad play or when a highly skilled player becomes a free agent, with the implication that a player from a team will be kicked soon.
Offlaners getting kicked
Over the course of late-2017 to early January of 2018, various offlaners, both current and former, were removed from teams or became teamless during the incoming shuffle. Such examples include MoonMeander departing from Digital Chaos, MSS, Khezu and Bulba having their respective teams disband, Universe leaving Evil Geniuses a second time and Forev leaving Immortals and being replaced by MSS.
Still not top tier?
Originally a tweet from Sumail as a response to many reddit users arguing about EG's status as either a tier 1 or a tier 2 team, the tweet's words are generally used to mock certain low opinions on matters or teams. It was initially used sarcastically as Evil Geniuses was quickly stomped by Team Liquid shortly after the tweet was posted.
By far, most advanced scam I have ever encountered
A user posted on Reddit about how someone tried to scam him with explanation and after that many people started creating posts with the same title related to the release of the Immortal Treasure III 2018.
Scuttling Scotty Hostage Situation
Due to the long wait for the next Compendium for The International 2018, a reddit user threatened to have Bounty Hunter kill a Scuttling Scotty unless Valve releases the Battle Pass. As the release did not come, one of the Scuttling Scotties was murdered and the user threatened to execute another if the Battle Pass did not come.
When the Battle Pass finally came, the other Scuttling Scotties were released.
A famous line from a pair of Pinoy (Philippine) casters; the full line ("LAKAD MATATAG!" "Normalin, Normalin"), in original context, referred to somebody charging in with a BKB, and being hit heavily by right click attacks, which BKB does not protect against. Became a meme when it was included as an in-game voice line with the TI 8 Battlepass, and was repeatedly spammed in both pubs and pro games. Is currently threatening to return in 2019 with the line's availability in the TI 9 Battlepass.
"Care to elaborate? No."
On twitter Nahaz said "Remember there are two sides to every story, referencing VGJ Storm having two coaches during the TI8 group stage. Twitter user @JPV_Haring replied with the tweet "Care to elaborate?" to which Nahaz simply said "No". Minutes later the official Dota 2 twitter account said "Can you please elaborate on what you mean?", to which he replied "I mean nothing malicious or suggestive, only that in my experience one should wait and hear all the explanations from all sides before passing judgement. I meant no suggestion of wrongdoing on anyone's part.".
A "curse" that occurs whenever Kyle Freedman (former player of Team Complexity under moniker 'swindlemelonzz' and later 'melonzz') praises and sides with one team's draft, only for said team to get stomped in the actual game.
The Chinese equivalent involves the caster Danche making similar predictions which falter horribly in the same manner, though Danche's curse started long before Kyle's.
But is it as good as +6 treants? :thinking:
After the release of 7.00 every hero got level 10, 15, 20, and 25 talents, with level 25 talents generally being a very powerful buff. However, Nature's Prophet's level 25 talent was an abysmally weak +6 treants. Spearheaded by AdmiralBulldog on his stream, it is used sarcastically to compare other heroes' powerful level 25 talents to the laughable +6 treants. This meme was also acknowledged by Gabe Newell himself during his AMA on the /r/The_Gaben subreddit.
X is Ruining my games
With the discussion about the smurf state and if it should be forbidden or penalized; a user in reddit posted that Wagamama a very known streamer, professional dota 2 player and even caster in TI3- ruined a certain game playing a mid Legion Commander. People started to discuss in that post, but some other users started to copy paste the same text in the post and created new posts about Arteezy, PPD, and even Miracle ruining 7k/8k/9k games.
In early 2016, Charlie Yang, long-time manager of Evil Geniuses announced his departure from the organization in order to take a role with Twitch. Some time after, however, Amazon had acquired Twitch. Citing a conflict of interest, Charlie left the organization as well. Appearing in events after leaving Twitch, Charlie is often given titles such as "Unemployed" and "Trespasser" when introduced.
S4 Talks only To TI Winners
While Team OG streamed themselves watching True Sight on Twitch, it was noted at how little dialogue S4 had throughout the episode. In response, Ceb mused that S4 only talks to winners of The International, and that he doesn't communicate with the rest of OG and his family. Also spammed when S4 was featured as a guest for ppd's podcast.
3 Years to kick Bone7
EternalEnvy's team, Team NP, faced a major reshuffle after the Dota Asian Championships 2017, with Envy moving from mid to carry, Aui moving from carry to support and 1437 and SVG being kicked from the team. To replace the kicked members, PieLieDie and Fata, Envy's former Cloud9 teammates rejoined him, essentially reforming the old Cloud9 roster (After SingSing's departure) with the exception of Bone7. The meme was spammed even more when NP was signed by Cloud9.
During the after-party and conclusion of TI7, Sccc took multiple photos with other players and fans which were posted over reddit. Due to sccc's attractiveness, there was briefly an obsession over him, with many users posting pictures of him during the early days of TI7 as well as team photos and events already finished. He also briefly had his own banner over reddit. The obsession held a resurgence during the Bucharest Major, when PGL made a memetic video announcing an sccc perfume named "scccuh". Newbee later actually sold these perfume bottles during the MDL Major, and all bottles were sold out in less than an hour.
At the beginning of 2017, LGD did quite poorly, therefore lots of Chinese audiences started to flame LGD. A few extreme LGD fans kept arguing with others, they insisted LGD is the best and strongest team and LGD lose games only because "not in good form", "don't care about these little tournaments", "practice new line-ups" or "keep secret strategies in pocket". Meanwhile, a few extreme fans of Maybe kept saying "Maybe is the best player in the world, he just has trash teammates, our king Maybe will easily win lots of tournaments if he kicks those burdens".
By that time, the arguments about LGD performing poorly wasn't a hot topic. However, the attitude of those extreme fans started to annoy others, more and more people joined the debate but shortly it turned out it's pointless to argue with extreme fans since it's impossible to convince them. Therefore people gave up, their attitude became:"All right, all right, your LGD is invincible(你们LGD无敌), OK?" Eventually, the quote became even more shortened, down to "LGD,______!", and finally down to "___,______!" as the more hardcore LGD fans have become so predictable in their speech and obsession that everyone else would just use the premeditated copy paste of empty underlines to let them fill the blanks themselves.
Later, some people found it funny or ironic to copy&paste 'We LGD are invincible!'（我们LGD是不可战胜的！）on Tieba, SGamers and stream chats whenever LGD was playing.
The Oracle, lgdamefan
Amidst speculations over potential roster shuffles post-International, a reddit user named lgdamefan proceeded to leak the rosters of a wide variety of teams, including eternalenvy and pieliedie going to Fnatic, Fear coming out of retirement and ppd forming his own team.
Complexity kicking swindlezz
During 2017, Complexity Gaming, which held floundering results at the end of 2016 and the start if 2017 began improving, including defeating long-time rivals, the former Digital Chaos squad, which was under Planet Odd during The International Regional Qualifiers and winning their groups in Starladder. Many attributed this change of results in Complexity kicking Swindlezz for Kyle. The joke refers to most of 2016's losses being attributed to swindlezz, who later changed his in-game ID to Kyle, around the same time when the team was improving.
The Mercedes Benz E400 Sedan
Mercedes Benz, one of the big sponsors of ESL One Hamburg, had given each team their own Mercedes Benz to use during the tournament along with a giveaway to the player voted as MVP of the tournament. Due to the high amount of advertisements during the stream (to the point that many complained that there was more advertisement time than DOTA being played), many community members online, especially Reddit proceeded to shamelessly promote the car at every given moment they could.
The copy pasta associated is as follows (note the Reddit version usually features a few sentences of lead in; for example, "You may find that amazing, but you know what's really amazing? The Mercedes E-Class Sedan", followed immediately by the copypasta):
The most intelligent E-Class family of all time welcomes a powerful new member to the dynasty. The E400 Sedan model arrives this year, boasting a 3.0L V6 biturbo engine producing 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque — the same powertrain that currently drives its E400 Coupe, Cabriolet and 4MATIC Wagon cousins. Paired with the 9-G-TRONIC 9-Speed automatic transmission and DYNAMIC SELECT, it promises a bracingly smooth way to experience uncommon luxury. Naturally, the 2018 E400 Sedan continues the tradition of E-Class brilliance. Harmonizing advanced automotive intelligence with awe-inspiring interior design, its first-class furnished cabin puts our advanced vehicle systems right at your fingertips — even as its world-class innovations continue to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of automotive intelligence. "Car-to-X" Communication enables the E-Class to exchange information with similarly equipped vehicles — effectively allowing it to "see" around corners and through obstacles to detect potential hazards. Driver Assistance Systems — including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC®, Active Steering Assist and Active Lane Change Assist — feature intelligent cruise control: They help keep you between the lines, and can even help you shift between them. Inside, the E-Class cabin provides an environment of pure comfort and responsive technology. Flowing lines and vibrant screens provide a striking visual display, while touch controls, aromatherapy and tailored seats indulge all of your senses at once. It's a vehicle that demands to be driven, and more than lives up to the dream. Look for the E400 4MATIC Sedan at your Mercedes-Benz dealership this winter, with an MSRP of $58,900.
[X] was the problem
A term used to refer to players that were recently kicked doing well, or teams that recently kicked or had a roster swap doing poorly. Originated from AdmiralBulldog reading Alliance's article about EGM being kicked, and reading that "EGM was the problem". Other notable instances of the meme being used were when Ohaiyo was kicked from Fnatic and Universe leaving EG
AdmiralBulldog, The 250kg Beast
October 8, Bulldog tweeted that when he walked out with the dogs, he met a moose and he described it as "a huge 250kg beast". An average, adult male moose weights around 500kg to 700kg so people started to laugh at him and that the only 250kg beast in near area is bulldog himself.
Before he lost weight, people used term "250kg Beast" to describe him whenever he showed himself publicly, on stream, a tournament or made a oustanding play (In positive and negative meaning) while playing a game, not necessarily Dota 2.
The biggest oversight
Originating from Reddit on's release, it is a copypasta that basically describes how the OP finds Dark Willow sexy and promiscuous. This copypasta is expected to appear whenever Dark Willow is mentioned in any way on Reddit. The text is as follows:
"The biggest oversight with Dark Willow is that she's unbelievably sexy. I can't go on a hour of my day without thinking about plowing that tight wooden ass. I'd kill a man in cold blood just to spend a minute with her crotch grinding against my throbbing manhood as she whispers terribly dirty things to me in her geographically ambiguous accent."
More copypastas with the same theme about .started popping up in late 2018 to early 2019. This together with a bot posting one of these copypastas every time the words "biggest oversight" was stated on the dota2 subreddit revitalized the meme. This meme was also subtly referenced by Valve later on in Ogre Magi's Arcana Flockheart's Gamble voiceline
The Shanghai Major / The Shanghai shit show
The Shanghai Major was a notoriously badly handled event; it was dubbed the "Shanghai Shit show" or the "Major that kept on giving", its host 2GD was FIRED mid event, there were sound issues, delays, machine gun fires, premature low graphics, as well as audible Chinese shouting mid-stream.
A joke made whenever a Sven is trapped by Nature's Prophet's Sprout. The joke originated during the Shanghai Major, where EG's Arteezy was using a Sven with 2 Divine Rapiers, but was isolated from the decisive team fight by a Sprout against Team Secret. Later, during EG's first game against Liquid in the lower bracket finals, Arteezy was isolated twice during deciding team fights of the game, both by a Nature's Prophet's Sprout.
DING DING DING MOTHERFUCKER
Related to this video when LD shouted "ding ding ding motherfucker" after EGM's Ogre Magi triggered a Multicast Fireblast on Universe's Batrider as he was making a last ditch attempt to kill Alliance's ancient.
Why you posting something that is not 6.87 patch notes?
Related to this video when Puppey raged and threw his headset on the monitor. From Eternal Envy's blog, Puppey would allegedly tell people to "Fight Me" to determine who's right and who's wrong whenever he got into an argument.
I NEED NO INTRODUCTION
Relates to howconstantly used the line I need no introduction while introducing himself after every restart of the game client.
Eh, average play
A video of Miracle- playing in a match and predicting blinking with his own Blink and Requiem of Souls. Popular responses to it was as follows:
ＥＨ， ＡＶＥＲＡＧＥ ＰＬＡＹ． ＯＢＶＩＯＵＳ ＱＯＰ ＷＯＵＬＤ ＢＬＩＮＫ， ＳＯ ＩＴ ＷＯＵＬＤ ＢＥ ＳＴＵＰＩＤ ＴＯ ＮＯＴ ＢＬＩＮＫ ＴＯ ＴＨＡＴ ＥＸＡＣＴ ＳＰＯＴ ＡＮＤ ＥＶＥＮ ＦＡＫＥ ＹＯＵＲ ＵＬＴ Ａ ＬＩＴＴＬＥ ＦＩＲＳＴ ＴＯ ＭＡＫＥ ＨＥＲ ＴＨＩＮＫ ＹＯＵ ＷＥＲＥＮ＇Ｔ ＧＯＩＮＧ ＴＯ ＤＯ ＩＴ！， ５／１０
This meme was reused when rating other cool plays.
In a 2nd game of Team Secret vs. Newbee on Epicenter tournament, Team Secret killed Roshan and took aegis on EternalEnVy Huskar. kaka from Newbee noted down the time Aegis expires (3154), but he typed it into all chat by accident. Team Secret pushed Newbee's base at 31 minutes with 5 heroes, but were repelled with 4 dead. Subsequently 3154 became a meme that Newbee was communicating to EE to throw, due to EE's Chinese ancestry.
The Assassin Strikes
Refers to Bulba's unsuccessful runs with Evil Geniuses, Team Secret and Team Liquid in 2016, with all teams getting better and more stable results after his departure. Also based on various games on Arteezy's stream, where Bulba would constantly be teamed with Arteezy and underperform in games but play well in games where he was pitted against Arteezy, which led to Arteezy calling Bulba the "MMR Assassin".
dont question mark lol
During one of EG's games against TNC, ppd made a pause due to mic issues. Before he could even state the reason, Demon all chatted a question mark, prompting ppd to chat "dont qeustion mark lol". Used generally whenever someone makes a question mark as a response.
Used when Liquid is losing or has lost a game. Originated from SirActionSlacks's story during TI6, where he was incorrectly informed that Liquid had won their series against Fnatic, where, in reality, Fnatic had eliminated Liquid. Sharing the same bus as them, Slacks openly shouted "Well, looks like I'm on the winner's bus!". The meme held a resurgence when Liquid won Starladder, followed by the succeeding International.
The Artour Cycle
Refers to Arteezy being shuffled around between Secret and Evil Geniuses. The meme stated that Arteezy would often complain in the months after TI, leading to Secret picking him up. Under Secret, Arteezy would have a terrible placing at The International before rejoining Evil Geniuses. The cycle, however, was broken in 2016, where Arteezy remained with Evil Geniuses for The International 7.
Can Anyone Even Touch Madara?
A meme about the player Madara formerly from team Ad Finem whose impressive play as carry has led to a rework of the "Madara Uchiha" copy pasta.
The Spring and Autumn Hegemon and the Winter Worm and Summer Grass
A Chinese joke regarding OG's run during 2015 and 2016. During the Fall and Spring seasons, OG had dominated the scene, winning Boston, Manila and Frankfurt, which is in reference to a Hegemon being the most powerful of China's warlords during the Spring and Autumn Period. The team, however had a terrible placing at both Shanghai and TI6, resulting in them simply being a worm or a blade of grass during this period of time.
Is that balanced?
A statement made by Loda during The International 2013's video about the Fountain Hook. Unhappy that Natus Vincere was able to abuse fountain hooking to take a game where Tongfu held a significant lead against them, Loda made a loud outburst about how much of a joke the match was. During the outburst Loda shouted "Is that balanced?"
A nickname for Underlord, comparing his ult with the transportation service company, Uber. Consequently, Dark Rift is also referred to as Uber, especially for highly skilled or extremely poor uses for the skill. Had a brief 2018 surge in popularity when Fnatic.Universe used it to backdoor the Ancient against Team Secret at ESL One Katowice.
Originating from this Reddit thread, used to sarcastically respond to anything maths or calculations related.
A poor use of Black King Bar, primarily when you are not in the vicinity or at risk from any of the other players on the enemy team and when the duration of the item is still at ten seconds. Originally from China, Yang introduced the meme to the west during the winner's interview at the Manila Major. When asked why his team-mate, Agressif, used his Black King Bar while no one was near him, Yang responded that the Secret Shopkeeper told them that the item came from China, so it had to be tested if the duration really was ten seconds.
Used whenever Secret loses a game, especially to Digital Chaos. Originated from w33's tweet shortly after Secret was left at the bottom of the Manila Major, while Digital Chaos managed to make it to the upper bracket.
PogChamp WTF 3 Merlinis PogChamp
Racial joke when 3 asian casters/players or members of the dota community are shown on the panel or post match discussion at a live event. A joke that refers that all asians look alike.
The meme began dying out when Merlini announced his complete departure from casting and analyzing.
Kuroky was right, Arteezy was left
After Team Secret's disband, there were rumors that a dispute between Kuroky and Arteezy was the cause of the disband. The community then split in 2 arguing who was right and who was wrong (left). Use 'Kuroky was right' when Kuroky wins (most effective when it's against Arteezy) and vice versa. A frequent example that is used as a comparison is their respective results at the International, where Kuroky has been to two grand finals (one of which he won), while Arteezy has gotten bottom half (two of which were last place) in all but one of his International runs.
Source 2 will fix it
This meme gets used by the community as the game was full of bugs after the release of Source 2 engine despite hopes that the new engine would fix bugs. When Dota 2 used Source 1, people would often dismiss bugs by saying "Source 2 will fix it." Many bugs remain.
BabyRage PEDUUUUUR BabyRage
A meme related to this video of how Admiral Bulldog was doing a troll cast of Arteezy's Sven gameplay. During his cast, Bulldog repeatedly whined like a baby, often shouting for ppd's help whenever a hero harassed, damaged or was only spotted by Arteezy. It's also a small reference at the high frequency ppd is given defensive supports like Treant Protector or Dazzle.
hey its me ur brother
Relates to an incident where an item scammer tried to scam someone by changing his name to the victim's brothers profile name.
6.84 is coming after Starladder
A meme about IceFrog when he posted the release date of 6.84 Gameplay Update at DevForums.
Good Jokes mate real funny see u at FUCK YOUJ
A meme about Arteezy when he angrily reported a player in his match. The "J" typo is important to the meme as that was Arteezy's original typo.
6 million dollar echo slam
Aghanim's Scepter: Riki (Pocket Riki)
User PotatoLord17 made a satirical post on reddit about a suggestion that would allow Riki able to enter his teammates inventory and hide there with an . A novelty account Pocket_Riki was also created, responding to mentions of Pocket Riki with a blank comment. Another user also made a custom game mode featuring suggestions from the post. The idea is thought to be a source of inspiration for the actual upgrade.
About Purge's explanation of how works. Generally used nowadays whenever Purge attempts to explain something, Dota-related or otherwise. Variations include thanks being given to other personalities explaining things or "Thanks" being used in a different language such as "谢谢", "Salamat", and "Arigato"
Brutal, Savage, Rekt
During the Frankfurt major, RedEye famously said the words "Brutal.Savage.Rekt" while talking about EG's defeat. After the community uploaded a gif version on gyfcat, the generated link title was "NippyKindLangur". One user on reddit requested that RedEye pay homage to the gif by emphatically saying "NippyKindLangur" on stream. RedEye delivered at EPICENTER, once again users quickly uploaded a gif version to gifcat. A user emailed the Gfycat admins to change its URL to BrutalSavageRekt.
Used during Arteezy's runs with Team Secret. During his time with Secret, many often asked Arteezy on stream "Should I should max out Backstab first, like how you backstabbed EG?". This copypasta is associated with it.
ＨＥＹ ＲＴＺ， Ｉ’Ｍ ＴＲＹＩＮＧ ＴＯ ＬＥＡＲＮ ＴＯ ＰＬＡＹ ＲＩＫＩ． Ｉ ＪＵＳＴ ＨＡＶＥ Ａ ＱＵＥＳＴＩＯＮ ＡＢＯＵＴ ＴＨＥ ＳＫＩＬＬ ＢＵＩＬＤ： ＳＨＯＵＬＤ Ｉ ＭＡＸ ＢＡＣＫＳＴＡＢ ＬＩＫＥ ＹＯＵ ＢＡＣＫＳＴＡＢＢＥＤ ＥＧ， ＳＭＯＫＥＳＣＲＥＥＮ ＳＯ ＴＨＥＲＥ＇Ｓ ３２５ ＡＯＥ ＤＲＡＭＡ ＡＲＯＵＮＤ ＹＯＵ， ＯＲ ＢＬＩＮＫ ＳＴＲＩＫＥ ＬＩＫＥ ＴＨＥ ＷＡＹ ＹＯＵ ＢＬＩＮＫＥＤ ＢＡＣＫ ＴＯ ＥＧ ＡＦＴＥＲ ＴＨＥＹ ＨＡＤ ＷＯＮ ＴＩ
The meme died out when Riki was reworked and Permanent Invisibility and Backstab were merged.
Pokes fun at how Digital Chaos would be invited to premier tournaments simply because of how other teams coincidentally were unable to make it. The meme implies that DC's co-founder, SUNSFan sabotaged the other team and has connections with the tournament organizers. The meme was spammed more often during 2016 whenever DC would win a series. The most notable occurrence of this was during the team's miraculous run during TI6. The meme has begun dying out when SUNSFan departed from the organization in 2017, followed shortly by the post-International squad.
Used nowadays whenever a team is able to make it to a premier tournament after initially failing to qualify thanks to the qualifier's victors being unavailable to play for the main LAN.
Does S4 Remember the Million-Dollar Dream Coil?
Spammed during s4's second run with Team Alliance after an underwhelming performance at The International 2015. Alliance's lacklustre performances throughout their premier lans, despite reassembling most of their International-winning squad. The meme was spammed even more when EGM returned to recomplete the squad, but was spammed less when SirActionSlacks formally asked s4 the question at the main stage of StarLadder, though it held a resurgence when the team began underperforming at Shanghai, and occasionally even after s4 left Alliance a second time. s4 occasionally acknowledges the meme himself, even having an effigy of Puck with the comment "Yes kids, I remember" and referencing the meme multiple times.
A combination of w33 and refresh. Used to mock w33 after it was revealed that he used the "refresh" command to farm an abnormally fast Aghanim's Scepter on Meepo during an in-house league.
"Sodium, atomic number 11, was first isolated by Peter "ppd" Dager in 1807. A chemical component of salt, he named it Na in honor of the saltiest region on earth, North America."
Used whenever PPD shows characteristics of being salty or when he roasts someone in a conversation.
During a IG vs NaVi game, LD shows that casters can make anything sound epic via exaggeration and tone even if it's just a Puck dodging a lethal Enchantress' auto attack with Phase Shift. People used to spam BORT in twitch chat whenever someone on stream says "wow" up until BORT's removal. Waow was later used as part of The International 2017's new chat wheel sounds.
A copypasta that is prevalent in 2014 about the struggle of Arteezy as a potato farmer.
"My name Artour Babaev. Sorry bad englandsky. I grow up in small farm to have make potatoes. Father say "Arthour, potato harvest is bad. Need you to have play professional DOTO2 in Amerikanski for make money for head-scarf for babushka." I bring honor to komrade and babushka. Plz no copy pasteschniko".
CYKA BLYAT PERDAK PORVALO NAHUY! / F*CKING RUSSIAN MAN!
A classic Russian rage moment, even Russians can't stand playing with other Russians.
Still Better than the TI4 Grand Finals
Used to make fun of how anti-climactic and quick all 4 games of TI4's grand finals between Vici Gaming and Newbee played out, with each game being a complete stomp that lasted below 30 minutes.
While Cloud9 was a strong team, the squad was plagued by multiple failed attempts to secure a first place finish in their Lans, often finishing second place. This led to multiple nicknames that included, Clown9, Choke9, and became the foreground to EternalEnvy's reputation for throwing.
Used to poke fun of clowny plays and terrible decisions of Demon during games. The term was first coined by Merlini during one of Liquid's games against Team Dog during Starladder's North American Qualifiers, where Demon was pushing a lane that already had the opposing racks cleared while the rest of his team was demolished. Shortly after, Demon overextends and gets himself killed. The term was also used during Team Liquid's game against Arrow Gaming during TI4, where Demon's decision making as Tidehunter, who opted to go for a Hand of Midas rather than the traditional Mekansm, and constant overextensions eventually led Arrow Gaming, the team with the worst record among the teams in group stage, back to take the game. The meme was eventually overtaken by EternalEnvy's Scientists baffled, though it does hold a resurgence occasionally.
A nickname given to s4 by the Chinese. As Alliance began to underperform along with s4's performances, the Chinese gave s4 the nickname of $4 as he always "paid" the enemy money by feeding deaths to them. Out of s4's hero pool, however, his Queen of Pain is the one most affiliated with the meme due to his poor performance with the hero in Secret's final loss at the International 2015 against Virtus Pro, with many of the english community members often accompanying s4's QOP with multiple twitch emotes.
The River's Name
A curious DotA player posted a thread on Reddit to ask for the name of the river that segregated the Radiant and Dire. One user promptly called it "The River Fag" since he has been told numerous times "Don't cross the river fag".
s4's 1 Million Dollars Dream Carl
Referring to the s4 Puck dream coil that greatly contributed to Alliance's TI3 win against Navi. Carl is a reference to s4's Dota 2 nickname at the time.
I'M THE JUGGERNAUT, BITCH!
In 2013,was briefly renamed to Outworld Demolisher from Outworld Destroyer on the test client. This name was altered at least once more until its current form.
An old meme relating towhen he was imbalanced, hence the community comparing him to the Ebola Virus.
Kotol Giff me Mana
A nickname for a tactical pause or a pause that occurs right at the beginning of a gank or a teamfight. Originated from a game between Na'Vi and Re-defining Madness, where a pause occurred just as Re-defining madness initiate.
Officer Merlini on the case
Used whenever Merlini finds something that should not happen, be it tactical pauses, bugs and other issues. It originates from the Puppey Pause incident.
Removed for pressing ceremonial reasons
Used to poke fun at mechanics, items or abilities that are removed. Originated from the blog article detailing Skeleton King's removal from the game before being reborn as Wraith King.
The Sheever Ravage
A term used for terrible use of Ravage, either using the skill when no one is around to follow-up or not hitting any enemy hero with the ultimate. Originated from a pub game with Sheever, Singsing and Puppey, where Sheever consistently made bad Ravages during the game.
The Chinese equivalent to this was the Rotk Ravage, which is a jab at Rotk's performance against Cloud9 during the Dota Asian Championship 2015.
A video of an Anti-Mage player building Force Staff, Blink Dagger, Dagon and Eul's Scepter of Divinity among things.
Typical Anti-Mage Team Fight Contribution
A term used for when an Anti-Mage shows up late to a team fight his team was already winning, kills/Mana Voids an enemy hero that was already close to death, and then promptly leaves to return to farming. This is used to poke fun of some Anti Mage players' tendencies to focus extremely on farming to the point that they play without their team, or that their team just wins fights without them anyway rendering them pointless.
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- +6 Treants? by AdmiralBulldog
- Gabe Newell: 6 Treants!
- Original Reddit Comment
- Six Million Echo Slam, TI5 Game 4
- SirActionSlacks formally asks S4 about "Million Dolar Dream Coil"
- W33 Cheating in European Elite League (EEL)
- LD Exaggerating
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