Tonight I started playing DOTA 2 again. I’ve never really played MOBA’s much, though I’ve always had fun when I played with friends. The thing that always kept me away from playing them more was the toxic community online. I remember purchasing copies of War3 and Frozen Throne, largely just to play DOTA online, and immediately having a terrible experience with other players as I was new, and inexperienced.
I’m happy to report that this hasn’t been my experience with DOTA 2. While I’ve been lucky enough to have a friend offer guidance while learning to play, Valve have gone a long way to offer dynamic tutorials in game. Recommended buy guides for items, Recommended build guides for levelling and so on. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a million other things to learn. From basic positioning and “last hitting” to the 100 different characters (all with their own sets of abilities), but having any sort of a hand up in these games goes a long way in making these games more accessible.
If you’ve tried a MOBA before, but felt overwhelmed by it all, I’d suggest giving Valve’s offering a go. If you’re one of the three people out there that valve hasn’t sent a DOTA 2 BETA key to, shout out and I’ll hook you up. Playing with good people is key, and I’ll happily play with anyone from here who’s interested.