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DOTA - qayyumx's guide to newbies

Dota is probably one of the most addictive online games around and has brought with it a whole new lingo and even has it’s own music video. Until now I’ve avoided becoming a part of the dota cyber-culture thinking that it would be a waste of life. Yet alas I am now hooked and find myself losing sleep over it!

If you are new to the game (e.x. a ‘noob’) it is useful to know a few things if you wish to last more than 5 minutes in the game. I’ve compiled the following hints, tips and useful information (regarding experience, items, game modes, dota lingo, and maps) with the help of some dotards (die hards and retard)

Besides making your virtual fortune (gold) by killing creeps the main objective is to kill. However, to be an effective killing-machine, experience is crucial.

You gain experience by being near (within a 1000 radius) to an enemy unit (i.e. enemy heroes, enemy creeps and neutral creeps) when they die. Standing by, or just behind your ranged creeps when they attack is about right. If there are two or more players in a lane, you share the experience.

The map is divided into three main lanes - top, middle (mid) and bottom (bot). Note that if a comrade types something like "top solo" it means that they want to be in that lane alone. The benefit of this is that the player gains experience and levels up quicker, yet there is a greater chance of dying without support. In other words, do not solo if you’re a noob!

To improve your gameplay you need to know what items suit the different heroes. You also have to look at what heroes you're playing against if you want to try and counter them.

Like anything else, nothing comes for free. Items cost gold. Killing (or “farming”) creeps gets you gold, but you get more for destroying buildings and pawning the enemies head for a quick buck.

A general guide for you to work with is that you must get items that will compliment your hero's abilities. For example, if your hero has a high agility you should focus and getting agility items (such as the Butterfly or a Lothar’s edge, (or at a simpler level , the boots of speed or elven skin boots).

Items that increase your hero's attack speed are also good to go for (something like the gloves of haste at the simplest level). Items that compliment these are one’s like a buriza (which has a % chance to critical strike). These are best for heroes with very fast attack speeds (generally agility), because they’ll have a greater chance of getting in more crits.

You may often see the pros wielding items such as Battle Furys and vladimir's. However, these are designed for melee heroes, so don't get them for a ranged hero. If you’re a noob it’s recommended that you choose a ranged hero as this will allow you to fight from a distance and escape death faster.

At first, try and focus on the items from the level 1 shop (the little peasant at the base). It’s also probably a good idea to focus on items that provide you with a few extra hp (hit points) to ensure that you live a little longer. However, don’t be fooled by items such as the heart (that pink item); rather get a couple of bracers. These are cheap and effective (available at a level one shop by combining a gauntlet of strength with a mantel of intelligence).

The essential item that you should carry with you at all times is the town portal spell. Pros know the best order in which to cast their spells and will annihilate you in a second if you get to close. If you are alone, far from your base, and you can’t see any of the enemy heroes on the mini-map, then run home or use a town portal because they’re probably coming for you.

You’ll often see people type 'ms' - this is an army term which stands for "missing". It means you don't know where the enemy hero is, so basically you are telling your teamies to be careful.

If you are in a lane against someone and they move away and you cant see them on the minimap, tell your team "bot ms" (or whichever lane you're in), because the enemy hero might try to gank (surprise attack) one of your teammates, and they will be upset if you didn't warn them.

Pros love to say 'imba' a lot, which stands for "imbalanced". This means that someone or their team is extremely good and therefore the contest is unfair or imbalanced. E.g. people type "im imba" instead of e.g. "I’m fuckiing invincible".

'b' stands for "back", it means "get the hell back or they are gonna pawn your ass!"

Other acronyms include:
- gl (good luck)
- hf (have fun)
- gg (good game)
- wp (well played)
- wd (well done)
- np (no problem)
- ty (thank you)
- ffs (for FUCK's sake)
- omg (oh my God)
- nvm (nevermind)
-diu (FUCK)
-sohai (stupid)
-mcb (macibai)
-cb (cibai)
-o0o (fuck)
-gb (gang bank/gank)

If you type "-di" you will be shown your creep stats in the top right corner of the screen (how many kills and denies you have). If one of your own creeps or towers are very on low health, you can actually kill (deny) them to prevent the enemy heroes from killing them and getting gold. They will be the ones who get the experience though.

If you are hosting a game (which you probably shouldn't do unless you have a 512kbps ADSL line or faster) as soon as the game starts you have to set the mode by typing one of the following commands:
-ap (allpick): you can pick a hero from any of the buildings (even from the buildings on the opposing team).
-ar (all random): you are given a random hero.
-sd (single draft): you are given three random heroes to choose from (one with high agility, one with high strength, or one with a high intelligence).
These are the 3 main modes, which are useful to know before diving in and joining a game.

Other modes can be used in conjunction with these modes:
-em (easy mode): you get more gold and buildings are weaker. This is usually typed in conjunction with another mode ex. –apem (allpick, easy mode).

Try to avoid em games though as they will make you a worse player. However, they are usually shorter than normal games so if you have limited time to play they’re rather useful.

There are other, less common modes which are explained in the 'map info' menu when you are in a game. One’s you might see are:
-sp (shuffle players): shuffles the sentinel and scourge teams before game start.
-dm (death match): when you die you are given a different hero.
-mm (mirror mode)
-sc (super creeps)
-wtf (what the fuck): spells do not have cooldowns and do not cost any mana.
You can even string a whole lot of modes together e.x. –aremdm (all random, easy-mode, deathmatch).

To find out what your character’s level is and how much experience you have, type the following commands when you're in any channel:
/level (tells you what your current level is)
/getal (similar to /level)
/exp (tells you how much experience you have and how much you need to level up. Usually about 5 min after finishing a game it tells you that you have gained exp from it)
/setal x (if you are level 10 and want to host a game that is level 5, you use this command to change your level temporarily. You can’t make it higher than your actual level though)
Type /help for a list of other commands

It is also very useful to type /level before a game starts which will provide you with the levels of all the players you're about to go up against. (Just because a game says "for noobs" this is often not the case but rather a trap to lure you in). If the levels of the other players far exceed your own join another game).

You can get started by downloading the latest dotA map. Currently the latest is version 6.55, and you can download it at New maps are released every now and then so keep checking the site for updates.

New maps usually have bug fixes and balances (i.e. if it is felt that a specific hero is too good he/she/it will be made slightly weaker or vice versa). Sometimes new heroes are added as well.

Every now and then someone will write AI for one of the dota maps (where you can play against bots for practice), but it doesn't happen too often so best to play custom games in War3 by selecting the dota map. You can also modify these in the war3editor.

One last word of advice: try not to die. The less you die the more you own!

p/s : gahahaha.eksen sial tulis guide for newbies


Luna said...

memang sespesis dgn my bro lah!


Qayyum Abdul Razak said...

hahaha.dota addict