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Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2 Week 2 Highlight: Is Hand of Midas Back?

The Hand of Midas has received a couple of significant buffs from the latest Dota 2 patches but its viability in the current metagame trend seems to remain debatable until the second week of the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2’s group stages has come in to a close.

Maouie Reyes
Freelance Esports Writer
19th Aug, 2020·☕️ 4 min read
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The Hand of Midas has received a couple of significant buffs from the latest Dota 2 patches but its viability in the current metagame trend seems to remain debatable until the second week of the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2’s group stages has come in to a close.

It’s been quite a long time since the Hand of Midas was even considered to be picked up even in no-stake public matches. Unless you’re playing Ogre Magi, the mere thought of shift-clicking its icon from the shop menu is immediately followed with the question whether the amount of time it takes to farm the item and the possible backlash of delaying core items will offset the benefit of owning one.

The impact brought about by the heavy nerfs on the Hand of Midas carried over even after Valve, on the recent 7.27 patches, increased the Transmute experience gain from 185% to 210% while also reducing its total recipe cost by 100 gold. So if you’re looking for some validation whether or not the Hand of Midas is actually relevant again, you might be able to get it from Oceania’s finest Dota 2 players.

In two weeks of action that witnessed 16 two-game series, the once disregarded utility item has been spotted on an inventory in at least one match by all league participants except Adio Chula. The Kouros1ve-led Shadownet and Sylvos’ C’s Better were most fond of the item, as they picked it up three times while flaunting a positive win rate of 66% and 100%, respectively.

The pool of heroes that sported the Hand of Midas has also been showing a bit of variety. The usual suspects such as Invoker and Arc Warden cores were of course present, as well the hard carries who innately lack flash-farming capabilities on their kit like Spectre, Lifestealer, and Terrorblade. Some rather unorthodox pickups came in from Miggelz’ mid Doom, 6ixerMaris’ offlane Slardar, and Kouros1ve’s support Undying.

On average, an Oceanic Esports Dota League player finishes building the Hand of Midas roughly before the 14-minute mark of the game. The fastest pick up so far was recorded to be done by the aforementioned Doom game from Cuteanimegirls’ Miggelz at the 6:41-mark of the game, while the latest one was built by Shiftsajr’s Warlock, who waited until the 31:58-mark of their match against Bokebi to complete his Hand of Midas build.

From its appearances in the first two weeks of the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2, the Hand of Midas seemed to be in a perfect position. It’s no longer as utterly useless as it used to be and neither is it overly broken to dominate the majority of the games played. It supplies what heroes who pick it up most lack, causing an indirect buff to item-dependent heroes that further resulted in a wider hero pool for the league.

As history suggests, however, there will always be a way to further utilize the Hand of Midas up to the point where Valve will nerf it back to irrelevance once more. Until then, we can only wait on how the most promising Australia-New Zealand Dota 2 talents will do it, and hopefully replicate it on our own respective ranked match grinds.


The third week of the Oceanic Esports Dota League Season 2 will kick off with the first meeting between Bokebi and C’s Better on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 18:00 AEST. Catch it live on the league’s official Twitch channel and don’t forget to give their Facebook and Twitter pages a follow for more information.

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