Why Everyone Should Play DOTA 2

One of my previous articles, Why Everyone Should Play LoL, continues to be my blog’s biggest source of traffic. So in an effort to shamelessly cash in on that success, I will be writing more blog posts about Why Everyone Should Play __________. Each post I’ll pick a new game and hopefully do my best to convince you to trying it out without sounding repetitive.

I hope you find these posts entertaining and educating, but in the grand scheme of things that’s only a bonus for me. I’m just here for the fat paychecks.

Spoiler: There’s no fat paychecks.

So without further ado, here’s why everyone should play DOTA 2.

They changed the artwork of the the girl on the right (Lina/Slayer).

It’s (most likely) free.

DOTA 2 is still in the beta phase, but with the competition Valve faces (LoL and HoN) and the in-game shop files that have been datamined, it’s a safe bet that the game will be free when it officially launches. Even if DOTA 2 looks like something that you would loathe, there’s no harm in trying it. You might be surprised with what you find.

Burn the green earth.

The learning curve is tremendously steep but equally rewarding.

I’m not going to pull any punches here, DOTA 2 has an extremely steep learning curve that rivals and possibly outdoes any other game. Not only do you have to learn little intricacies such as denying, the secret shop, and what heroes you like, but you must know what every one of the 85 plus heroes are capable of. Now wait, before you say “fuck that” and close this page, let me remind you of one thing:

We are on the internet, an amazing place where everyone is a genius.

I’m not suggesting you spend hours in front of the screen reading guides about the game, but such material exists in spades if you ever find yourself confused by any game mechanics. Go play DOTA 2 for the first time, get owned, then check out one of theseguides and educate yourself on the problems you faced. It’s immensely rewarding when you shut down an Invoker or Pudge in the middle lane with Morphling after doing a little research.

And don’t worry, you will learn just from playing. Valve has done an outstanding job of making everything as intuitive as possible, animating the effects of heroes so you can understand what they are doing. Not to mention a decent bot mode where you can train by yourself or with friends against the AI.

DOTA is the best MOBA on the market.

For those of you who don’t know, the original DOTA was really the first take on the whole MOBA genre (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, games like DOTA, LoL, and HoN all fall under this category). Everything released since has been a copy that either makes a few tweaks (LoL, Demigod), or none at all (HoN). DOTA 2 largely stays the same as original, with the team at Valve choosing to dedicate their time porting over what heroes are still missing from the original, and making the game polished as possible. I am confident that the game has a bright future when Valve chooses to make gameplay changes, but as it stands DOTA 2 is already ahead of the competition.

Here’s a list of what sets DOTA 2 apart from the pale imitators:

-An innovative game client that allows players to spectate their friend’s/top player’s games during any point of a match (This is HUGE, the future of eSPORTS).

-A level of detail to the animation and characters in the game that rivals Pixar (I heard somewhere that there’s over 500 pages of dialogue for all the heroes, which is insane).

-An unparalleled amount of depth that other games have only failed to replicate.

-Steam. Love it or hate it, chances if you’re playing PC games regularly you already have this installed on your computer. Meaning that you already have a built in friends list to play DOTA 2 with.

The dude on the left is an old panzy. The dude on the right can turn into a dragon.

The streams for DOTA 2 are the most professional and entertaining out of any eSPORTS.  

I’ve only started watching the streams over at JoinDOTA.com recently, but boy was I impressed. With professional teams from all over the world playing scheduled matches on an almost overwhelming basis, you can’t but help make parallels to a sporting event like the World Cup. Also Tobi, one of the premier casters for the game, is much more entertaining than now famous fraud Day9, who hasn’t ever played a video game for more than an hour (except when it’s for advertising purposes).

But yeah, check out a DOTA 2 match on JoinDOTA, they are quite entertaining. The way Valve has designed DOTA 2 makes it one of the easiest competitive games to watch, even if you don’t know much about it.

It’s fun.

Above all else, DOTA 2 is fun. Even if you’re still in the learning phase the game’s charm rubs off on you. The Heroes in DOTA 2 are extremely enjoyable and you are able to play them completely differently from other players with such a wide variety of items being available. Here’s some tips for having fun in the game:

Picture of anyone who isn’t blessed enough to be playing DOTA.

How to have fun in DOTA 2:

-If it’s your first time playing, try a few practice matches against bots.

-Find a hero you enjoy and try learning all their intricacies before playing him in ranked matches.

-Try joining some of the in-game chat rooms (such as message boards you might frequent) and playing games with some of the people found there. I personally find the reddit channel a good place to find decent players.

-Use voice communication. Be it Mumble or the in-game voice chat, DOTA 2 is much more enjoyable when you play with a communicative team.

-Don’t play with Russians.

If you made it this far in the article, you’re probably saying “Spruchy I want to play now! How can I get in the DOTA 2 beta?” Well, Here’s some ways you can get in:

-Firstly, make sure to take the Steam survey  so you’re entered for a chance to be invited by Valve.

-Make an account at Playdota.com, where they give away keys in the message on a daily basis.

NOTE: Newer accounts aren’t eligible for the draw, but they are always pushing up the eligibility date. I recommend signing up if you haven’t already, so you’re eligible for future draws.

-If you have any friends who are in the beta, ask them if they have an extra invite.

If you still can’t get in be patient. Valve is giving away more keys every day and before you know it release will be upon us. I hope I was able to persuade you into trying out DOTA 2, even if it isn’t your usual cup of tea. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a message for me here or on Twitter.


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