I don’t know if you know this, but Dota 2 is popular. It’s been officially released for a little over a year, and it still gets nearly 10 million unique players a month. That’s like the entire city of New York! If you use Steam for your PC gaming, it’s basically impossible to not have seen Dota 2 pop up at some point. Maybe it’s caught your eye, but you’re scared to dip your toe in the water? I’m here to help. I will give you three definitive questions you NEED to answer before you play Dota 2. Keep in mind that this is a mostly negative list of things you’ll have to deal with, and not any of the many reasons TO play Dota 2. Let’s get started.
Dota 2 is complicated, some may say overly so. The basics are easy to explain on paper, but they will only get you so far. It doesn’t matter if you know that you need to destroy towers if you don’t know what your opponents are capable of. There are currently 107 heroes in Dota 2, and each of them plays completely differently. All heroes (there are exceptions) have four unique skills they can use, ranging from causing damage, to stunning or slowing you, to reducing your damage, and more. Mix in the dozens of items (some of which give additional active abilities) and that can be a lot to handle, especially for someone with no previous experience in a MOBA.
It also helps to know which heroes can fit into which role. There are multiple roles, and some heroes are better equipped to play certain ones; Your role determines what your focus is during battle, and if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, you can lose the game for your team.
There’s a lot to learn, but when you see your opponents’ plan coming and counter it for victory, there is nothing more satisfying in gaming. However, that will never come if you’re not able to put in the time; If you aren’t willing to read guides or listen to a coach, maybe you should pass on Dota 2.