I don't know about you, but my work involves hammering keys and clicking wildly around a screen anyway, so jumping into a game and doing the same thing isn't always top of my agenda when I finally sashay through the front door at the end of the day. Thank goodness, then, for Twitch, which allows us to enjoy the thrills of gaming vicariously through the accomplishments of others, most of whom are much better players than us anyway!
That's certainly the case with Dota 2 streamers. Dota 2 is one of the most complex competitive games in the world, demanding thousands upon thousands of hours of dedicated study, practice and resilience to reach the top. People who have built up large audiences streaming it are generally either pro players or people with very high MMR. Even when they lose, they are fascinating to watch in action. Here are some of the people we enjoy following.
When I wanted to get into Dota 2, everyone told me to look up Kevin "Purge" Godec. "Welcome to Dota, you suck", his guide to the game, was my bible, and his stream is essential viewing. He's a good player, so he's fun to watch by default, but one of his best qualities is his ability to break down what is happening so that the audience can appreciate why things happen the way they do. Click any old replay on his YouTube channel and you'll learn something within seconds. He's a good analyst and caster too.
Artour "Arteezy" Babaev, currently playing for Evil Geniuses/Team Secret (delete depending on day of the week), was the second player in the world to hit 9k MMR. He doesn't always tryhard quite that much on stream, obviously, but if you already understand Dota 2 pretty well, then watching his stream for a few weeks is going to give you a masterclass. Like a lot of pros, it's also fun to get to know the person behind the legend, assuming you warm to his music.
Dutch pro player WehSing "SingSing" Yuen, currently on Kaipi, is one of those streamers whose catchphrases start to filter into the way you talk after a little while in his company, which is great if you want your non-Dota friends to start wondering if there's something wrong with you. He usually plays mid and is known for trying new things in-game, while shouting, all of which has helped him assemble a massive audience on Twitch.
Ben "Merlini" Wu is a former pro player turned commentator and content creator, who regularly streams as well as producing a bunch of different types of video for his YouTube audience. Like Purge, he often talks about why things are happening, which is great if you're still somehow not quite being invited to The International every year. (Maybe they don't have your new email address? It's probably that.)
Daniil "Dendi" Ishutin is another pro player who spends a lot of time streaming. It's almost as though these guys like the game they play professionally, isn't it? Dendi won The International in 2011 with Natus Vincere, where he still plays solo mid, and while he doesn't talk as much as some other streamers, there's no mistaking his skill.
That ought to get you going. If you're still looking for people to watch, we also recommend Blitz, Wagamama and AdmiralBulldog, or just fire up Twitch, head to the Dota 2 listing and see who looks interesting. You may not always be able to rely on your team-mates in Dota 2, but you can always rely on there being someone streaming it.