What does initiator mean?

A DOTA hero that starts a team fight

An initiator is a DOTA video game term that refers to a hero who specializes in attacking a group of enemies to start a team fight. The goal of an initiator is to gain an advantage for his team against the enemy's team as they engage in a team's fight.

Initiators are vital for winning team fights, especially in the mid- and late-game phase of DOTA. Heroes that are the best initiators in DOTA are Axe, Clockwerk, Earthshaker, Enigma, Sand King, Tidehunter, and Vengeful Spirit.


He's the best initiator I've ever played with

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Updated June 26, 2017

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