DOTA2 |OT16| The Last Thread🛈

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DOTA 2 is a "free" game where you and 4 others kill creeps, towers, and 5 other heroes in an effort to kill their base throne before they can kill your base throne.

*Caution* this game is not free and many a GAFer has spent hundreds or thousands of dollars buying digital hats to dress their waifus and husbandos in the latest fashions

Why is the game so popular?
1. It is skillfully rebalanced every few months by the mysterious developer IceFrogto keep the gameplay fresh and rotate meta heroes/strategies
2. Rabid fan communities all around the world
3. The most lucrative and well funded Esports presence $126 Million awarded as of Sep 22, 2017
4. A somewhat fun cosmetics economy and workshop

Although this is an Official Thread many of DotaGAF is split between here and Discord.
Also a lot of people have quit/scaled back Dota 2 in the six years since launch or just watch for the compelling Esports experience.
If you do not have the Discord link you may try to ask for it kindly.

That being said there are still plenty of people around to answer basic questions or chat about professional Dota or patch/balance changes.
If you want to chat about non-Dota gaming or anime or world news that is also welcome here, just be mindful of others and keep it civil.

IF you are new to Dota there are plenty of resources available in the next section.
IF you want to group up with people it is best to leave your Steam link and region in this thread or try joining /r/dota2pubs.
IF you are coming from League of Legends there is a handy-dandy hero suggestion matrix based on your LoL playstyle.


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Use emotes to cheer and give your energy to your favorite team or augment any NeoGAF post


If you want to play this game you will need to devote at least 100 hours of your life to scratch the surface of understanding the subtle nuances of this game.
It really helps to have someone explain to you how to do things because a lot of Dota things are counter-intuitive or very different from other games.
That being said you can dive right into games and pick the most OP meta heroes or you can use some excellent community resources.
The great thing about Dota 2 is that everything can work.

VIDEOS
By default almost everyone that has ever started Dota 2 has begun by watching Welcome to Dota you suck by Purge
In his newest teaching series Purge teaches total noob Day9 and covers a lot of topics, heroes, and scenarios in a simple and digestible manner.

REDDIT
/r/Dota2 is an excellent place to get news and memes but not so much for beginners.
Advice and teaching is also time based so advice from a month ago may not hold true today.

There are some excellent learning subreddits dedicated to making you a better player that is meant for beginners:
https://www.reddit.com/r/learnDota2 - Learning the game
https://www.reddit.com/r/dota2tutor - Find a tutor or students
https://www.reddit.com/r/analysemydota2 - Dota replays
https://www.reddit.com/r/dota2ndq - No dumb questions, ask any simple question
https://www.reddit.com/r/HeroBuilds/ - How to skill and itemize your hero

Once you have played a few hundred hours you will realize that solo queue is for suckers. If you want to improve further or see what 5v5 team game or Captain's Mode is like try these subreddits:
https://www.reddit.com/r/compDota2 - Looking for team/serious parties for practicing and tournaments
https://www.reddit.com/r/Dota2pubs - Looking for players or groups for matchmaking and inhouses
https://www.reddit.com/r/trueDota2 - Discussion and links to informative content
https://www.reddit.com/r/captainsmode - Drafting discussion and advice

Beyond these basics Dota 2 is whatever you want it to be: a grief inducing nightmare of an experience or a once-in-a-lifetime multicultural language exchange.



Phase 1
Sep 10-Sep 15: Kuala Lumpur Major Open Qualifier
Sep 16-Sep 21: Kuala Lumpur Major Closed Qualifier
Sep 23-Sep 26: Stockholm Minor Qualifiers

non-Valve PVP Singapore Oct 5-7
non-Valve WSOE Oct 14-15
non-Valve Red Bull Guardians Oct 19-20
non-ValveESL Hamburg Oct 23-28

Oct 29-Nov 4: Stockhom Minor Main Event
Nov 9-Nov 10: Kuala Lumpur Major Group Stage
Nov 11-Nov 18: Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs
Nov 16-Nov 18: Kuala Lumpur Major Main Event


Phase 2
Nov 25-Nov 30: Chongqing Major Qualifiers
Dec 1-Dec 4: Bucharest Minor Qualifiers

non-Valve AMD Melbourne - Dec 7-9
non-Valve Epicenter Megafon -Dec 7-9
non-Valve I Can't Believe It's Not Summit Dec 12-16

Jan 7-Jan 13: Bucharest Minor Main Event
Jan 17-Jan 27: Chongqing Major Main Event

Phase 3
Feb 1-Feb 5: Stockholm Major Qualifier
Feb 7-Feb 10: Minor Qualifier

non-Valve ESL Katowice Feb 22-24
non-Valve MDL Spring Feb 20-24
Mar 4-Mar 10: Minor Main Event
Mar 14-Mar 21: Stockholm Major Group Stage
Mar 22-Mar 24: Stockholm Major Main Event


Phase 4
Mar 28-Apr 1: Major Qualifier
Apr 3-Apr 6: Split Minor Qualifiers

Apr 22-Apr 28: Split Minor Main Event
May 2-May 12: Major Main Event

Phase 5
May 15-May 19: Major Qualifier
May 21-May 24: Kiev Minor Qualifiers

non-Valve ESL Birgmingham May 31-Jun 2
June 10-June 16: Kiev Minor Main Event
June 20-June 30: Major Main Event


END GAME
TBD The International 2019 Shanghai

Next Online event:
Stockholm Major Qualifier Feb 1-5

Next non-Valve LAN
ESL Katowice Feb 22-24

Next Valve event
Bucharest Minor Jan 7-13
Chongqing Major Jan 17-27

Dota Pro Circuit 2018-19:
Valve Blog
Liquipedia

1. Virtus.pro 4950
2.
Team Secret 3000
3.
Evil Geniuses 2100 2
4. Ninjas in Pyjamas 1350
5.
PSG.LGD 900
6.
TNC Predator 720
7.
Fnatic 450
8.
Vici Gaming 450
9.
Alliance 150
10.
Forward Gaming 150
11.
J.Storm 150
12.
ex-paiN X 120
--------------------------------------- Top 12 Directly Invited to TI9------------------------
13. Tigers 120
14.
Natus Vincere 100
15.
Gambit Esports 75
16.
paiN Gaming 75
17.
Team Aster 75
18.
Infamous 70
19.
Royal Never Give Up 43
20.
Vega Squadron 24

Dotabuff - Esports page
Liquipedia - Tournaments page
Twitch Dota 2 - Link to main streaming page

Despite the falling Steam players Dota 2 has an insanely popular Esports following where the upcoming 2018-19 season will consist of five $1 Million dollar prize pool Majors five $300 Minors plus other 3rd party tournaments. The Minor winner will go to the Major so there is a renewed incentive to win and gives Tier 2-3 teams a better chance since there will be no direct invites. All teams, including TI8 winner OG, will need to qualify via online play.

Dota 2 prize money surpasses almost all other Esports payouts combined as of today (Sep 22, 2017):
- 49 out of the top 50 Esports earners are Dota 2 players
- 12 out of the top 13 Esports prizepools are Dota 2 tournaments



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Mar 25, 2009
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dead game unless techies is buffed

have fun LOSING to better games like pubg and league

this is what valve gets for dumpstering techies
I mean PUBG probably scratches the Techies itch for everyone.

Because every time you throw a fucking grenade you always end up blowing yourself up.

#1 rule of grenades in that game is just don't. 90% of the time they go wrong.
 
Jun 22, 2014
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valve should just jump the gun and allow for wild cosmetics. since they broke some rules already. gender bend cosmetics, gundam clockwork and more. imagine the profit valve!
 
Oct 12, 2013
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Jul 31, 2007
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wtf is the ??? at the end of the thread title?

Also, I think I might play ranked again when the patch drops...

or should I play it now, my necro isn't that good, but I can probably win a few veno games
 

Drkirby

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Jan 29, 2008
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Mar 25, 2009
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wtf is the ??? at the end of the thread title?

Also, I think I might play ranked again when the patch drops...

or should I play it now, my necro isn't that good, but I can probably win a few veno games
Some funny i character shira used. I guess it doesn't render right on whatever you're reading on, so you see that instead.
 
Oct 22, 2006
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It definitely reads like a burn but PPD says its more intended to be an honest inquiry/criticism of the system and not a dig at Secret, who he respects as a team. Peter isn't one to mince words when he feels like it, so I'll take him at his word there.
 

Procarbine

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Oct 3, 2007
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Dec 3, 2012
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korean unga bunga too good
i told febby on his stream to pick pa and sb for ez win, lo and behold they win when they had at least 1 of those heroes