DOTA 2 Catch-all

MoonDragon wrote:

Do we have an item trading thread? Although it seems the game really, really wants me to buy keys. It keeps giving other people nice armour pieces, while I keep getting lockboxes.

I put one in the group on steam but no one really uses it. I'm always on the lookout for skeleton king, and bounty hunter items. I have tons of natures prophet, tide, jugg, axe doubles that i would trade.

MoonDragon wrote:

Do we have an item trading thread? Although it seems the game really, really wants me to buy keys. It keeps giving other people nice armour pieces, while I keep getting lockboxes.

Do we want to do it here or in the steam group? I'm good either way, but definitely have some stuff to trade. We can probably get away with doing some of the trading here, until this thread gets a bit busier.

Also wouldn't mind trading some of my TF2 items away for Dota 2 items. I've been poking around a few of the trading communities on the web (reddit, dota 2 lounge, tf2outpost) but haven't jumped in yet. I did find a much nicer way to browse backpacks though: http://tf2b.com/dota/76561197972884096 (if anyone knows of something that nice that also shows rarity, let me know)

I just need to reorganize so that there's a clear page of stuff I want to trade. And with Diretide over, I don't have to keep the stuff I earned through that separate anymore.

If anyone is interested in anything in particular, let me know. I'd love to trade my spare Diretide 2012 items (Hellfire Grimstaff & Brooch of Death's Bride) for the ones I'm missing.

I can't think of a good way to trade, but if you want to browse me on steam, any doubles (sven weapons ugh) or lesser played heroes are up for grabs from me.

For anyone that wants to play Invoker, I just found this tool, pretty useful I would imagine http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75495922/Inv...

That is really nice.

Sidenote,
I really suck, even with the cheat sheet. Maybe ill train on this thing a few times and give it a shot in a game.

Some things to come in the next patch (currently being tested on Test)
http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/55...

http://dev.dota2.com/showthread.php?...

- Added Slark!
- Added a chatwheel for quick communication with teammates!
- Added support for using keyboard templates!

ITEMS
- Tournament Drops are now enabled for all leagues.

GAMEPLAY
- Zombies no longer spawn other zombies from a stolen Tombstone.

UI
- Added a form for soliciting new chatwheel options.
- Added world heatmap for seeing where current players are located.
- Abilities and items bound to alt-combinations now display as such.

VISUALS
- Fixed Nightstalker losing his wings at night.

Haha, I can't wait for people to bitch about slark. One of my favorites for sure.

Boo Slark! Yay wings!

Does anyone have a spare Dota2 key I could have? I want to get a friend of mine into it.

So, I have decided to go on a Coop vs Bot.

Was a Bounty Hunter. And I was called names, oh well.

I'm still a n00b.. way to wet behind the ears. :S

Manach wrote:

So, I have decided to go on a Coop vs Bot.

Was a Bounty Hunter. And I was called names, oh well.

I'm still a n00b.. way to wet behind the ears. :S

Don't let it get you down. We were all there at one point. And in many respects, still are.

Manach wrote:

So, I have decided to go on a Coop vs Bot.

Was a Bounty Hunter. And I was called names, oh well.

I'm still a n00b.. way to wet behind the ears. :S

I'm in the same boat, Manach. I grew frustrated with normal matches getting yelled at in Russian, Spanish and English. I'm reduced to bot vs bot practice matches which doesn't teach anything other than being overly aggressive.

Friend me up on Steam. We can stumble through some bot matches together.

http://www.playdota.com/guides/welco...

Needs to be posted for every new person. It is full of great information.

XantaKlawz wrote:
Manach wrote:

So, I have decided to go on a Coop vs Bot.

Was a Bounty Hunter. And I was called names, oh well.

I'm still a n00b.. way to wet behind the ears. :S

I'm in the same boat, Manach. I grew frustrated with normal matches getting yelled at in Russian, Spanish and English. I'm reduced to bot vs bot practice matches which doesn't teach anything other than being overly aggressive.

Friend me up on Steam. We can stumble through some bot matches together.

I have bought Awesomenauts for a Moba fix. But friend me up, my profile is in my sig

It's been like 3 weeks or so since I started playing Dota. I still suck very much, but compared to a week and a half ago, I feel like I have improved so much that I laugh at myself watching my week old replays.

I've read a bunch of guides, watched a bunch of tutorials and started watching tournaments, like the G1 in China this weekend. I feel like I have a better understanding on how the game flows now and I think that's the most difficult part. Knowing the heros and their abilities and how to use them correctly is the easy part imo. What's hard is having that map knowledge, game reading and positioning. I've re-watched myself die so many freaking times because I was in a place I was not supposed to be.

I guess all that knowledge will come with practice. I've only played 42 games so far, with 19 wins. It's been fun... most of the time.

XantaKlawz wrote:

I'm reduced to bot vs bot practice matches which doesn't teach anything other than being overly aggressive.

And boy, did I learn that the hard way! Finally had a chance to play with some goodjers. First first games vs. real players. And yes, they did yell at me a lot. But it was required. Lessons learned from vs. bots games really don't prepare you well for humans. They are fine for learning how to play a hero, but not how to play the game.

So thank you guys for tolerating my suicidal rushes and total ignorance of all the heroes I ended up playing with.

KillTrash wrote:

Does anyone have a spare Dota2 key I could have? I want to get a friend of mine into it.

I'd be happy to.
PM me with his steam info.
My steam info is in my sig.

Do we have any scheduled GWJ playdates? I've played many, many hours of bot matches (and read a bunch of guides), but I'm hesitant to dip into corrosive, Pubbie™ slurry.

KillTrash wrote:

It's been like 3 weeks or so since I started playing Dota. I still suck very much, but compared to a week and a half ago, I feel like I have improved so much that I laugh at myself watching my week old replays.

I've read a bunch of guides, watched a bunch of tutorials and started watching tournaments, like the G1 in China this weekend. I feel like I have a better understanding on how the game flows now and I think that's the most difficult part. Knowing the heros and their abilities and how to use them correctly is the easy part imo. What's hard is having that map knowledge, game reading and positioning. I've re-watched myself die so many freaking times because I was in a place I was not supposed to be.

I guess all that knowledge will come with practice. I've only played 42 games so far, with 19 wins. It's been fun... most of the time. :)

Doing that extra research makes a huge difference. You can get mechanically better by playing more games, but it can be extremely difficult to see how to improve without that wider context.

XantaKlawz wrote:

I'm in the same boat, Manach. I grew frustrated with normal matches getting yelled at in Russian, Spanish and English. I'm reduced to bot vs bot practice matches which doesn't teach anything other than being overly aggressive.

Friend me up on Steam. We can stumble through some bot matches together.

It is important to learn how to last hit effectively (or harass & deny if you are playing support) and figuring out what level of aggression will get you killed by average players. But yes, at some point you do need to go online to improve.

MoonDragon wrote:

And boy, did I learn that the hard way! Finally had a chance to play with some goodjers. First first games vs. real players. And yes, they did yell at me a lot. But it was required. Lessons learned from vs. bots games really don't prepare you well for humans. They are fine for learning how to play a hero, but not how to play the game.

So thank you guys for tolerating my suicidal rushes and total ignorance of all the heroes I ended up playing with.

It is incredibly difficult to offer advice during a match without sounding like you are yelling at someone. Or frustrated with them. Most of the time we're not angry (personally I've never gotten angry with a new player) ... and usually not *too* frustrated (ok, I have definitely gotten frustrated with new players). It's just hard to keep level in Dota.

Deadmonkeys wrote:

Do we have any scheduled GWJ playdates? I've played many, many hours of bot matches (and read a bunch of guides), but I'm hesitant to dip into corrosive, Pubbie™ slurry.

We usually run some 5v5s on Sunday afternoon so there's an opportunity to play with the group then. We just need to get a bit more organized about scheduling those.

Hobbes2099 wrote:
KillTrash wrote:

Does anyone have a spare Dota2 key I could have? I want to get a friend of mine into it.

I'd be happy to.
PM me with his steam info.
My steam info is in my sig.

Thanks Hobbes, I just sent you a PM with his info.

KillTrash wrote:
Hobbes2099 wrote:
KillTrash wrote:

Does anyone have a spare Dota2 key I could have? I want to get a friend of mine into it.

I'd be happy to.
PM me with his steam info.
My steam info is in my sig.

Thanks Hobbes, I just sent you a PM with his info.

I've added him to my list.
I'll send him a copy as soon as I get his confirmation.

http://trance.gg/dota/1000%20dota2%2... some of these will probably be unused.

Dreamhack finals are starting now. http://www.twitch.tv/dreamhackdota

There have been some great games so far.

Edit: games 2 and 3 of the finals are going to be in the main arena at http://www.twitch.tv/dreamhacktv at 5:30 et. Hmmm...maybe that's enough time to get a match in. Edit2: link fixed

edit3: Game 2 had the craziest opening move I've ever seen in Dota.

Yeah, this final is bananas.

So sad about the finals TT!

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So, I just finished my 2nd 100 matches and I thought I'd take a look back.

My overall record is still < .500, but I went 53-47 in my second hundred games. That's 93-107 all told, for a 46.5% winning percentage. 67 of those 2nd 100 were played with videohead and we're sitting at a respectable 53.27% win rate overall (over 107 games).

My most played heroes haven't changed much, though I now have matches in with almost half of the heroes (42).

Venomancer - 16 games, 50%
Jakiro - 14 games, 57.14%
Bane - 13 games, 61.54%
Windrunner - 13 games, 46.15% (I need to work on this number)
Juggernaut - 12 games, 66.57% (I seem to have trouble playing Juggs recently)

I haven't solo-queued nearly as much in my 2nd 100 matches, outside of diretide. It has become more painful to be matched with a strangers who can ruin the game. I find that the level of competition has been getting a bit better on average, but I still end up in a fair amount of stomps one way or the other.

Just got an invite from a coworker. Apologies for my blatant skimming, but I have some n00b questions. Where is a good place to learn how to play this game? I've never played DotA or any of its clones so I'm coming in fresh. I'm out of the country at the moment so im going to have to settle for just reading about the game rather than playing.

And I'm back as of tonight! How'd last week go? Any replays I should check out? How'd new people do?