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Dota 2

Developer / Publisher: Valve Corporation
09 July 2013
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Killed My Interest in Multiplayer Games, Wasted ~750 Hrs of My Life & Kicked My Dog.
I’m writing this while watching a group I used to hang out with a lot more get bodied at a round of the Dotes. It's their first game since a new meta shifting patch dropped, and yet the meta is the only thing that's changed. Listening to five dudes being miserable in each others presence, not taking responsibility for their individual fuck ups which have inevitably snowballed out of control. In spite of playing this game together for at least five years plus, they lack almost any team coordination whatsoever. They could potentially improve their strategies and learn from each of their mistakes, but instead they decide to call each other idiots with at least some level of sincerity in those words, use weird mental gymnastics to justify their own sick plays, and have long bouts of incredibly awkward silence during the downtime between team fights.

It’s evident that all of their skill levels plateaued years ago, deciding that they should firmly and permanently affix themselves on the top of Mt. Stupid without any hope of climbing down the right side. You’d think that after years of beating their collective faces against a wall they’d attempt to either take some sort of self-aware initiative to improve or better yet, find something more fulfilling to do with the inevitable hundreds to thousands of hours they’re going to continue to dump into this goddamn time sink.

I will fully admit that I’m watching out of some level of schadenfreude. Our in-houses and team queues were roughly indistinguishable from solo pubbing in terms of the verbal abuse that would get thrown around back when I hated myself enough to play DotA regularly. There is simply no escape from that kind of behavior, as it is almost built into the bones of every MOBA ever made. It’s a 5v5 game where teamwork is by far the most important skill, where one bad player can easily ruin an entire game. If you’re new, fuck you. If you’re having a bad night, fuck you. If you’re trying a new hero, fuck you. If you’re not playing absolutely perfect at every single moment, fuck you. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you.

Fuck you.

It’s extremely easy to get frustrated since the stakes are constantly way too high. This might initially sound appealing to some until you realize that each game is slow in the worst ways possible, as roughly 75% of each game is either grinding or waiting or respawning. A constant stressful bath to soak in for 45 minutes at a time that you decided to immerse yourself in because you have nothing else to really live for anyway. And if that doesn’t already sound needlessly frustrating and stressful enough, why not just make it so you can’t coincide either? Continue to wallow in your own filth and put up with constant reminders from your teammates and “friends” how your one extremely specific death half an hour ago completely ruined the game and how you suck you fuckin’ idiot.

I regret every minute of that thousand hours I wasted on this shit. Losses that hurt more than they should’ve, wins that were regularly unsatisfying because the other team had their own meltdown. Is the 10% of the time you win a game that is fulfilling worth the other 90% that aren’t? Do you really want to be reminded how bad you are because a number is just a few points off of where you want it to be?

Icefrog should be tried for crimes against humanity on the Pandora’s Box he unleashed on the world. Not only for DotA and Dota 2, but also for the influence it had on League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth and every other goddamn stupid MOBA that has ever been developed. Can you imagine the number of friendships absolutely decimated, the number of people whose emotional maturity has reverted back childlike levels, the millions of hours of unsatisfying, infuriating games that have been played?
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Yakmang 2016-04-03T02:04:15Z
2016-04-03T02:04:15Z
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Free to Play I regret every minute I put into this
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It's hard to recommend dota to anyone who is already into any other popular MOBA, mostly due to the fact that the game is way more complex than most online games and has an insane variety of characters with very unique abilities and kits.

It's 'arguably' the best game in the genre, but it's also fairly hard to get into it. The visual design of the heroes and the map isn't that great either. But the game gets extra points for being a F2P game in which everything non-cosmetic is unlocked from the start, you don't need to grind to unlock basic things like in so many other popular games.
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Bagman 2016-04-03T04:45:44Z
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The best and the worst game ever at the same time, but still, NOTHING can compare with DOTA2.
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ReaperReaver 2022-05-09T04:45:53Z
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Between 2013 and 2019, I have played over 3,000 matches of Dota 2.
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- This game has one of the steepest learning curves in video games. This is a title that takes hundreds of hours just to comprehend the basics. If you have little-to-no experience with RTS-style controls and mechanics (like I did), tack on a few hundred more hours needed. An average match of Dota 2 lasts 30-40 minutes.

- If your frontal lobe isn't fully-developed, please do not play this game. I am saying this with sincerity. There have been countless times where someone had a meltdown over trivial stuff and ruined the game. I have been that person a bunch of times, and I regret it.

- Playing this and getting immersed by it was definitely an experience
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Xionus 2017-07-21T16:23:46Z
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Dota is beautiful
I have at least a total of 3k hours of playtime in DOTA and all I can say is that it is the best MOBA up to date. The complexity of the gameplay and the customization of skins is also a great feature of the game is also what makes it different from others. I've played HON and LOL but there is so much you can do in Dota that you just won't be able to do in those games.
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I recommend against trying this game on the off chance you become addicted. From what I can tell that chance is about 1 in 10. I had to quit. I had to quit watching other people playing it, too. To me, it really was the most fun game I have ever played.

A lot of the recent updates - at least, before I quit a few months ago - made the game worse. At the time I wrote a list of changes I would make to the game; mostly streamlining the game by removing mechanics - sometimes new ones, sometimes old ones that had been in the game since Dota 1. I dont hate all the new additions; Rosh dropping refresher was cool, and having something like shrines or outposts to TP to during the midgame I thought was great. But most of the new additions would at least be altered.

Here's the list:
Changes I would make to Dota
- Remove neutral items
- Outposts no longer give XP, dont give vision and cant be converted, theyre just there to TP to
- Outposts are destructible after you destroy any one of those little filler buildings in the enemy base
- (Also remove the filler buildings close to the edge of the base)
- Reduce the money and XP you get for ending a killstreak
- No longer start with any TP scrolls
- TP scrolls have no initial cooldown
- Remove respawn penalty for denying yourself to neutrals early on
- Wards cost a bit of money, say 50
- Remove personal couriers, now each team has 2 couriers from the start
- (Maybe put some indications on courier control so its hard to accidentally mess with one of the couriers when someone else is using it)
- Add side shop again, it barely has any items but it definitely has boots and TP scroll
- Stop Roshan dropping Aghs buff
- Roshan now only ever drops 2 items, 1 of them is always Aegis and the other alternates between Cheese and Refresher (second Rosh is always Cheese, third is Refresher, etc.)
- Everyone has 10 less base move speed
- Aghs shard no longer has the 20 minute purchase restriction
- Make Aghs shard cost a little more, say 1500
- Nerf the Aghs shards that help you farm to compensate (Storm, QOP, Naga, Gyro, TB (not AA though leave that be (make mid AA great again)))
- Make a button to centre camera on currently selected unit (I dont think this exists, I know you can centre on one of your units youve given a group bind but not for one you have unbound, such as a random illusion you just tabbed to)
- Remove uphill miss chance, make it so uphill attacks always do 25% less damage
- Remove blink upgrades

Changes I want to make but dont know how
- Make solo-offlane/jungle/trilanes/duo-mid viable again (make more lane setups viable)
- Make it so you no longer get shafted at power runes for guessing which rune will spawn incorrectly
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anon123 Dota 2 2022-09-30T21:34:06Z
2022-09-30T21:34:06Z
0.5
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crusaderpawn Dota 2 2022-09-29T21:23:27Z
2022-09-29T21:23:27Z
5.0
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curseslove Dota 2 2022-09-29T03:44:16Z
2022-09-29T03:44:16Z
1.5
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PillMuncher Dota 2 2022-09-21T22:02:49Z
2022-09-21T22:02:49Z
5.0
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rblick Dota 2 2022-09-21T15:56:52Z
2022-09-21T15:56:52Z
3.0
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MidwestEmu Dota 2 2022-09-21T00:39:41Z
2022-09-21T00:39:41Z
3.0
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siruthesiru Dota 2 2022-09-11T12:48:46Z
2022-09-11T12:48:46Z
5.0
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roemanlaporte Dota 2 2022-09-09T03:59:43Z
2022-09-09T03:59:43Z
4.5
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Valeto Dota 2 2022-09-08T03:05:14Z
2022-09-08T03:05:14Z
2.5
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vladkick Dota 2 2022-09-07T13:32:50Z
2022-09-07T13:32:50Z
2.5
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MentalMsuic Dota 2 2022-09-03T04:27:30Z
2022-09-03T04:27:30Z
1 /10
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SneedDeck Dota 2 2022-09-02T22:33:53Z
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  • Sharozen 2021-07-08 05:16:54.626865+00
    I know someone who became a dropout junkie because of this game
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    • Xionus 2022-01-08 16:46:41.096713+00
      I think we all have known someone who fits that description
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  • new_you 2021-07-13 01:02:22.344902+00
    multiplayer games on this site has the most hilarious rating distributions
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    • SongityBoy 2022-06-30 20:34:04.107872+00
      between this, WOW, LOL, and Club Penguin, there's too much entertainment value
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  • Drug_Use 2021-10-12 22:40:06.769518+00
    Highest rated moba
    2.79
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    • cringeybabey 2022-03-19 00:53:15.152774+00
      incredibly based
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  • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-03-19 03:13:52.151771+00
    Donda
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  • cassisarobot 2022-03-21 06:36:56.21698+00
    wasted 5500 hours during the prime of my life playing this and getting to 5k mmr. could've spent it on so many better things that didn't make me hate my teammates and myself. 8/10
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  • Pegarange 2022-04-29 20:17:26.631317+00
    if Dota 2 is so good why is there no Dota 1
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  • YOLOURBANO 2022-08-06 01:31:02.606142+00
    this deserves both 0.5 and 5.0
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