The new Dota 2 update has features aimed at helping newcomers ease into the game
Those of you who do play Dota 2 will know that it’s not an easy game to get into. And Dota 2 is not very forgiving when it comes to making mistakes. The MOBA genre in itself has a learning curve so if you’re not familiar with it right off the bat, you’re going to have a bad time. There’s a lot of stuff going on at once and new players will have a lot of difficulty taking it all in. But Valve aims to make this easier for newcomers by trying to make Dota 2 noob friendly, especially since Dota 2 has a reputation for being hard on players picking up the game for the first time.
The new changes implemented into the game by Valve are intended to help newbies by making them “face as few barriers as possible” when starting off.
Dota 2 noob friendly changes
The first big change is the number of heroes new players will have access to. It’s been reduced to a “curated group” of 20 heroes out of the current lineup of 113. They will be limited to these 20 heroes for their first 25 games to get a better grasp of the game. The Dota team explains that this “introductory group consists of heroes that we’ve learned are very successful in helping new players learn and enjoy the game.” Sniper, we’re looking at you.
Another change is that new players will be matched only against players with “consistently high behaviour scores.” This is to ensure that they have a good social experience, at least for their first few matches (before being thrown to the dogs, just kidding).
This is a good change, but it also points out how the community situation on Dota 2 isn’t very peachy. You can read our guide on getting better at Dota 2 here.
In other news, Dota 2’s The International is sitting on a prize pool of over $23 million and is set to begin on August 7.
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