Dota 2 is an award-winning multiplayer online combat arena video game published and developed by Valve Corporation. The game is a follow-up to Valve’s successful Defense of the Ancient series, which was an online community-created modification for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. In contrast with the popularly accepted view that online games with multiplayer modes are massively multiplayer, the reality is that most such games feature relatively restricted player numbers, where each one has only a few levels to master before being able to move on to the next level. For this reason, the game is quite successful, with over 6 million monthly players.
The story of the game takes place around ten years after the events of the previous game, when the world has been devastated by war. There is now only the Great Mother (the same character from Defense of the Ancient), who can effectively keep her offspring alive and well in her magical realm, the Well of Eternity. However, as time progresses, the balance of the realm shifts dramatically, and the balance is now tipping toward darkness. Defense of the Ancient is now engaged in a battle against an enemy that is more than a match for the Great Mother’s magical powers – it is the demon summoned by the Underlord.
It is during this phase of the game that players are required to put on the newest types of clothing – the Attractants, which allow them to quickly gain the attention of other players in the same room. Once the other players begin to notice you, your movement and ability to hit will be greatly increased and so too will the possibility of actually hurting someone. If you get the chance, you should consider wearing the Acidproof Vestment as you do not otherwise need to worry about getting burned by your own acidic vomit.
One of the best parts of playing DotA is creating your own strategies for every situation. Although there are several guides available for those who do not know where to begin when learning the intricacies of the game, it still pays to read some player made guides if you have the time. There are several websites where you can find these, such as this one. After reading a few different strategies posted by experienced players on the site, it is possible to develop your own.
You should also consider playing the game using the Practice Bots that is provided for this purpose. These allow you to play the game without even having to connect to a live Internet gaming server. The downside to this is that you cannot really tell how good you are at the game until you have spent some real time playing. However, it can be extremely helpful to brush up your skills.
Just remember – there is no such thing as a stupid question when playing this fantastic competitive game. You may not think anything of your actions at first, but you never know when a chat up might come in handy one day. Also, you should keep in mind that playing this game is entirely optional, and that you can always disconnect at any time. Play safe and enjoy!