" Beginners Guide For Dota 2 "
New to DOTA 2? Finding it difficult to adjust with the new look of the game? Don't know where to begin? Fret not, we have prepared a simple guide for beginners to kick start them with DOTA 2.
Understanding DOTA 2 is simple and easy, provided one knows the important and basic aspects situated around the game. To make the job easier, we have to go back to basics.
This guide will be divided into various parts that will give it a user friendly approach.
DOTA 2 is all about protecting a building situated in the middle of a base on either side of the map known as the 'Ancient'. The sides can be classified as, 'The Radiant' and 'The Dire'.
Each side sends waves of creeps to the other side every 30 seconds. Further assisting the creeps in their endeavour are the 'Heroes' that are chosen by the participating players. The game is played with 10 players; 5 pitted on each side so as to maintain the balance of the game.
Any game is incomplete without a map, so is DOTA 2. The game itself is played on a single map which showcases all the important aspects in brief. The map is the tiny little box located on the bottom left corner of your computer screen which is also known as a minimap.
The map is broken up into three large paths known as 'Lanes' (commonly known as Top, Mid or Bottom lane), along which the creep waves move. These lanes consist of powerful defensive structures known as 'Towers' that attack the enemies and prevent them from coming closer. The attacking power of every tower increases from tier 1 (the first tower in every lane) tower to base towers. They are the main hurdle that need to be taken down, in order to destroy the ancients on either side.
By killing heroes, destroying enemy towers and farming on creeps; one can derive the benefit of earning money (gold) and experience (level up) that forms the major crux of the meta-game. Even assists in killing can grab you some amount of gold.
Runes can be found on two locations on the map. They spawn along the river in one of the two locations at regular intervals of 2 minutes. Runes are essentially powerful tools that contribute towards the outcome of a game by ganking enemy heroes or excercising dominance in a lane.
There are five types of runes:
This rune gives enhanced Health and Mana regeneration for a short period of time. Very useful in solo lanes where a hero can capture it in a bottle.
Provides a boost in the movement speed of the hero for a limited amount of time. It can be used as both chase and escape mechanisms.
This rune creates two duplicate images of your hero. The duplicate images appear in blue colour to your allies but to enemies, they cannot differentiate between the original and the duplicate. The duplicate images deal less and receive more damage. They can also be used for exploring the map.
The bearer of this rune receives a damage bonus two fold of its original damage. It provides the hero with extra damage that can prove fatal for enemy heroes.
It makes the bearer invisible for a limited time. Can be essential in ganking or escaping.
The above runes can be captured in bottles as well.
-NEUTRAL CREEPS / ROSHAN-
Along with the normal computer controlled minions (creeps), the map also consists of various other creep camps located in the Radiant and Dire forests. Along with these varying levels of neutral creeps, the most powerful neutral creep on the map is known as 'Roshan'. It drops a very powerful item called 'Aegis' which provides the bearer with extra life even after death, respawning him with full health and mana at the same place where he falls.
Quote:Note: Roshan respawns after every 10 minutes whereas the neutral creeps respawn every 1 minute.
One of the main elements of the game are heroes. Heroes are an essential aspect of Dota 2, as the outcome of the game is entirely dependant on their contributions and presence in-game.
Every hero has his own set of unique skills and attributes that seperates him from the rest and vice versa. Accumulating experience, gold and unlocking the skillsets is an important function of any hero that makes it more powerful. The maximum capacity of any hero in terms of experience is upto 25 levels.
The heroes are divided into three primary attributes - Intelligence, Agility and Strength.
Masters of early game - intelligence heroes are fragile yet very powerful. They can set the stage of dominance early game with their powerful ganking and nuking abilities. With diversified spells and deeper mana pools, they can control the opponents and assert dominance over them.
As the match extends, the effectiveness of these heroes lessen due to their early game potential. It is very important to capitalize on the early game advantage to set the rhythm of the rest of the game.
Quote:Note: They do not scale well into late game with a few exceptions.
Late game potential is the expression for agility heroes. Agi-based heroes have tremendous late game potential and are capable of showcasing catastrophic damage during the late stages.
Unlike the intelligence and strength heroes, agi-based heroes have low mana pools and health. They are prone to ganks and have to be played cautiously. It has the responsibility of carrying the entire team to victory. In order to attain this aim, agility heroes have to farm up monstrous amounts of gold and experience.
It is essential to learn the balance of farming while contributing towards team fights whenever it is needed.
Quote:Note: Agility heroes have the highest damage potential in the game.
Strength heroes do well with their large pool of hit points. They can be useful in many ways. They can withstand lots of damage, protect others by absorbing most of the damage and making them perfect tanks for the team.
Strength heroes can best be played as tankers, semi-carry/support and few as proper carries. They are the ones who normally initiate in ganks, establishing the much needed team fights.
Quote:Note: They blossom during the late game into hefty tankers and are difficult to kill.
-INVENTORY / ITEMS-
These can be considered as the heroes' assets. To prove more useful in ganks/team fights, every hero must purchase the necessary items. It may be purchasing 'tangoes' or 'healing salve' from early game to deadly items such as 'divine rapier' and 'scythe of vyse' late game.
There are over 123 items to be purchased from the shop. Some can be found in the starting (base) shop, some over the secret (forest) shop and some on the side-shop located near the long lanes.
With only 6 item slots on your hero, it is difficult to make a proper decision regarding which items one should buy. To make things simpler, the function of suggested items is available.