Because there wasn't one I had to create this.
DotA 2 is based off of the custom map "Defense of the Ancients"
in Warcraft 3, which again was based on a custom map for Starcraft named "Aeon of Strife"
You control a single unit (a hero) and some other ones depending on item choice and the hero you are playing.
There are currently 92
heroes released, 17 unreleased, and some in the making, but they are pretty far away.
It is a game that already has almost perfected balance, throughout several years of just using Warcraft 3, and then porting it over to a new engine for fancier graphics, more possibilities with the engine, easier interface etc.
It's pretty hard to learn on the fly, and other than being the same genre as LoL they aren't much alike. (Which isn't as small as 2 FPSes being FPSes but not the same)
The main hero categories would be carry
, subcategories include pusher, initiator, disabler, lane support etc.
- Initiators usually have skills that lets you force a teamfight or open space for everyone else to destroy the enemy. Example: Kunkka, Earthshaker
- Carries are vastly underpowered early game, but as the game goes on and they get more gold, they become unbeatable by anyone else than another carry with similar or more gold. Example: Faceless Void, Phantom Lancer
- Supports need almost no gold, and are there to help the carry farm safely, and also help them kill people if possible. Example: Venomancer, Lion
- Junglers can start killing creeps in the forest at level 1. They are usually summoning heroes that uses their units to tank the damage, or they are heroes with lifesteal. There are also some heroes that have neither but can jungle kind of well at level 1. Example: Chen, Natures Prophet
- Pushers have an easy time destroying towers and killing creeps fast. Example: Broodmother, Natures Prophet
The only way to play is to have received a beta key from VALVe themselves, or trade for one.
I would advise trying a couple of bot games before diving into matchmaking, as the world is not very forgiving.
Easy starter heroes would be..Support:
Ogre Magi - Very luck based, but fairly simple. Your stun can sometimes one shot enemies if you get double quad cast, has a good AoE slow and a nice buff.
Lina - Good at dealing damage, has a stun that hurts and stuns for good time, but needs some aiming, kind of squishy.
Crystal Maiden - Really squishy, but has AoE slow and single target "stun", ultimate requires positioning.
Shadow Shaman - Harder than others listed here, but still not too bad, he can disable 3 heroes at the same time (hex one, shackle another, and trap another in the middle of wards) Needs good positioning, as you can't move while shackling someone.
Lich - Has near-infinite mana pool, ultimate not too hard to land, and can be devastating.Carry:
Skeleton King - 3 passive abilities, fairly straightforward, needs to know how to last hit.
Luna - Highest base speed, ranged, one extremely long ranged high-damage stun + ultimate pretty much instantly wins battles if used right. Needs last hits.
Centaur Warrunner - High early game damage and health pool, ultimate gives you a free way to escape certain death.Other
Zeus - Extremely high damage early in the game, can force enemy out of lane pretty easily, can gank fast, has a global ability to finish off hurt enemies. Mid hero.
Viper - Right click hero, ultimate adds extreme slow and deals high damage. Mid hero
Lifestealer - Can jungle at level 1 with easy, just needs to be wary of enemy ganks. Jungler or laner.
Ursa - Can reach maximum attack speed on top of adding a debuff that makes enemies take extra damage per hit very early, can jungle efficiently but better off in lane.
If you use the random button
you start with extra gold
, it might be useful to learn different heroes, but try not to become dependent on the bonus gold.
Some heroes I'd suggest staying away from
until you're confident in your skills would be Meepo, Chen, Wisp, Lone Druid or BatriderI'd suggest following the recommended items until you learn the game.
The "early game" section is a list of items you should get within 5 - 10 min, but not always mandatory"Core" is almost always correct
"Situational" is filled with items, not necessarily in the order to buy them.
Also you need steam to play.
Dota 2 is going to be released fully free to play, after all heroes from the original are added.
Dota 2 is also celebrating its first seasonal event right now, Diretide
, which adds a new game mode where you are pitted against the enemy team, and have to have the most candy by 20 minutes, and then kill Roshan together.
For any other questions, consult my friend Wiki.Official dota site.