Every Sunday, Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Blake Martinez goes out onto Lambeau Field to tackle ball carriers, and we can all agree that Martinez is good at his job. However, during his free time, he likes to relax and play Dota 2. He doesn’t just play the game, but he also likes to stream his matches, gathering money for charity in the process.
His popularity, combined with his love for the game, attract a lot of viewers, which is good for his charitable casuses and eSports in general.
Martinez’s Dota 2 fandom is far from several solo matches a night since the young player obviously follows what’s happening on the professional scene. Martinez explains that No Diggity is his favourite Dota 2 team. In addition to that, Martinez also advocates the game and eSports in general among his NFL teammates. For all these reasons, Martinez was recently invited to the Kiev Major Qualifier hub to help them cast dozens of Dota 2 games in the lead up to the Major.
The Dream Team
So when it comes to the question of making a Dota 2 team with NFL players, Blake Martinez has a ready answer and it is no surprise that he chose two of his teammates together with the current Super Bowl MVP. He said that he would choose Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ndamukong Suh, and Mason Crosby, and explained the reasons behind his choice.
He said that he would pick Aaron as the team’s mid-laner to call the shots in the game due to his intelligence and skills. Martinez believes that he would be able to figure out the game quickly. He would pick Tom to play as Position 4 (support) since he has a good vision which would make him a good fit to play Earth Spirit. Blake says that he would choose Mason on Position 5 as this would give him plenty of time to come up with strategies, which would fit his character perfectly. And finally, he would choose Suh as offlaner/frontliner; if Suh played the position of Axe or Centaur, Martinez believes, no one would pass.
Dota 2 & Football: Not All That Different
It is needless to say that football and Dota 2 are two completely different games. However, Martinez thinks that some parallels can be drawn between the two and even claims Dota 2 to be partially responsible for his development as a leader. He says that the communication skills and the ability to quickly process a lot of information is the common ground for both Dota 2 and football. Blake also says that he is almost convinced that Dota 2 has helped him become a better leader for his team’s defense.
When it comes to his rookie season, Martinez said that his main encouragement was the way his year turned out and he hopes that he will be able to make progress in his future years. His injury at the finish of the rookie season was a big setback, but he believes that he found the way to improve on these early mistakes and make the best of it in the years to come.