Dota 2 is a video game that I like very, very much. I never thought I’d fall so deeply into a game that is entirely competitive multiplayer, but here we are. For the uninitiated, I’ll give a brief overview:
Two teams of five “heroes” fight to tear down each other’s bases on a map that is always the same every game. The map has three lanes connecting the two bases – top, middle and bottom. Each lane has 6 towers (3 for each team) along their length. In order to assualt the enemy team’s base, the towers in one of the lanes and the two base towers must be destroyed. To make things interesting, the towers shoot fireballs at enemy heroes, the bases spawn computer controlled “creeps” that run down a lane until they hit an enemy unit and there are 98 heroes available to choose from, each with a different set of abilities and strengths/weaknesses.
There are many more elements to the game that add to the complexity and challenge but I’m going to save those for a future post. Suffice it so say, this formula makes for a game that I just want to play over and over. Sometimes, I even manage to help my team win (though I still definitely fit in the noob category).
Here’s a video of one of my luckiest days yet, playing one of my favourite heroes – Tidehunter.