I was watching some replays from The International 2 and the caster used this word sometimes - especially when the teams have chosen their 4th and 5th ban. What exactly is a "respect-ban"?

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    I believe it's just a ban targeted toward a specific player as a sign of acknowledgement of that player's skill at a specific hero. – Schism Oct 20 '12 at 19:50

Respect bans are bans of heroes that are generally not considered strong in the current metagame but which are run extremely well by a specific player. Examples are Dendi's Pudge, Puppey's Chen, Korok's Morphling, Sylar's Lone Druid, etc.

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