Introduction To DOTA 2
Hey everyone, Thrawn here with part one of “Let’s Learn E Sports”! Did you ever wonder what’s happening during a Starcraft game, or why people would bet on Defense of the Ancients (DOTA)? Hopefully I can help explain the basics of the esports we offer on Nitrogen Sports, including the objectives of each game, and the general strategy.
DOTA 2 is a free-to-play MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game. I’d consider DOTA 2, along with the other e sports we offer, to be easy to learn but difficult to master.
DOTA 2 Objective
In DOTA 2, two teams play against each other. Each team is made up of five players, and they start on opposite corners of a map. The teams are The Dire (red) and The Radiant (green).
The objective of the game is to fight your way to the opponent’s starting area and destroy a structure called an “ancient”. The square blocks that you see in the map above are defense towers that damage the players. These towers ensure that the paths to the enemy aren’t easy to breach, especially in the opening minutes of the game. The paths to the enemy are called lanes, and they’re named by their position on the map: Top, Mid and Bottom. How many players go into each lane and when is a matter of strategy. It often depends on the heroes’ strengths and weaknesses.
DOTA 2 Heroes
Before each match begins, the ten players select from a roster of 110 different heroes. These are characters with a wide range of abilities. In Tournament play, the rules are slightly different for the selection process than they are in regular online play. During tournaments, the teams take turns selecting their Hero and a Ban. Bans are heroes from the roster that the other team will not be allowed to select.
An important part of DOTA 2 is leveling: making your hero stronger. By leveling a hero, the player is upgrading his abilities. Heroes are leveled by killing creeps, which are computer controlled monsters that run down the lanes attacking enemy towers and killing enemy heroes.
Gold is earned at a steady rate and can also be earned by killing enemy heroes and defense towers. Additionally, it can be earned through a maneuver called “last hitting”. Last hitting is getting the killing blow on an enemy creep. Gold can be spent on items that improve the various attributes and abilities of your hero, as well as on healing items, mana (a magical resource spent to activate certain abilities), and portal scrolls that allow you to teleport around the map.
Right now there are 110 heroes, and each is very unique. It’s up to the player to decide which hero best plays to their own strengths and to the strengths of their team.
The next time you’re betting on esports at Nitrogen Sports, check out what DOTA 2 tournaments are coming up. You might just understand what’s happening if you stream the games, and you can catch me in the chat or leave me a message here with any questions!