Dota 2‘s due to launch soon, and even if that launch isn’t actually going to have all the heroes and whatnot, it does mean that there will be a big influx of new players ready to feed the enemy team, steal farm from the carry, and leave the courier in the river. Solution: add more tutorials!
A recent update has vastly updated the MOBA’s nascent tutorial mode. Before now, there was a very simple mission showing you how to play Dragon Knight and telling you that getting the last hit on monsters is sort of important. Now there’s a whole bunch more, and I’ve played through a fair few.
The second has players take control of Sniper and teaches ranged combat and courier use, and is followed by a video explaining the objective of the actual game and how play tends to proceed (but with less Russians and swearing than usual). The third tutorial has Sniper take on Axe in a mid-lane battle to destroy the first tier tower while protecting yours. Then we’re into Limited Hero territory, where 20 of the easier heroes are available for selection in a couple of 1v1 match ups, before you’re onto a full botmatch with the Limited Hero pool. Apparently, this will be followed up by online matches against other beginners using said 20 heroes, but I have no idea if that’s in or not because I got bored before then. Sorry.
You may want to do this even if you’re already a pro, though. Completing tutorials seems to net you a few unique items for Sniper, as well as pages for the “Archronicus”, a book full of lore with a really silly name. Bet that name got it bullied in book school. Even more than Flowers for Algernon.
While they don’t really teach the importance of denying, or making sure your carry is getting farm, or any of the other oh-so-useful things that will stop people from shouting at you in languages you can’t understand, these tutorials are certainly a step up from what was there before. Give ’em a look for yourself if you’re curious.
If you listened to the podcast: yes, there’s an IncGamers Dota 2 guild now, and no, I haven’t figured out how to let you all join it, but I’m working on it. Also, I’m rather tempted to write a beginner’s guide of my own. Keep your eyes open for that as we approach launch, assuming I don’t get distracted by hey that bird over there’s pretty damn big. Don’t normally see birds that size over here. Er, what was I talking about?