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UPDATED: We want to coach a Dota 2 team formed from PCGamesN readers

Dota 2 Coach

Here’s the worst thing about Dota 2: your first few days with it will suck. The Dota 2 newbie is doomed to frustration, confusion, and countless deaths.

It’s a mathematical certainty. Consider: Valve’s MOBA currently has 106 heroes, with more to come. The average hero has four unique abilities, and some have even more. That means roughly 420 separate abilities you will need to learn before you really begin to understand Dota 2. In your first games, more likely than not, you will see a flurry of particle effects, a fizzle and a pop, and you will be dead.

But I can help with that. I want to coach five of our lovely readers who have never touched a game of Dota 2 in their life. Sound fun? Read on for all the details.

UPDATE: I would like everyone who commented below to add me on Steam. Due to the quite astonishing amount of people who responded, I would like to have a chat with you all. The aim is to have a team sorted out by Monday. Remeber the critera below still applies: I'm mainly looking for new players. Also even if you don't make it into the team, I'm always looking for people to play some Dota with.

Thanks to a recent update, Valve's Dota 2 now supports coaching. The tool allows for a coach to take a birds eye view of their team as they play in a normal match. With another set of eyes in the sky, a coach can teach their pupils on the fly with real examples. Want to know where to place a ward? Maybe you don't know which item to go for next? Sometimes you just want some reassurance that you're doing a good job.

With this in mind, I want to take a band of PCGamesN readers and form our very own team. Your experience doesn't matter, just a willingness to learn and have some fun. One day a week will be the format, decided on which is easiest for everyone.

If you're interested, all you need to do is reply in the comments below. Let me know your experience with Dota 2 or MOBAs in general, and why you want to learn. It's best if you're fluent in English and you have to be 18 or older.

The deadline is this Friday, 07/02/14!

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V1cious Avatar
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1 Year ago

My experience with Dota 2 is as simple as about 3 games, not including against bots, all of which ended with usually a negative KDA. I get plenty of assists, but I just have no idea what items to go for and how to go about building them in the proper order. My experience with the MOBA style of gaming is just under a year with League of Legends. Highest ranking achievement was Gold II, and I believe I can soar higher with more practice. I've gone through and studied every Champion's ability for League, and have studied in and out different item and mastery builds across the board, based on other players preferences, on websites like Mobafire.com and Lolking.net. And I would be willing to put in the same effort and studying in Dota 2 as well. I was simply introduced to League of Legends first, so my studies and dedication continued there. With an offer such as this, I would be willing to set aside my studies on League, and pursue a possible career as a team within the community of Dota 2. And I enjoy the feeling of a triumphant victory with your team, working as a team; or grace in defeat and learning from mistakes to better ourselves in future battles. It's all about the learning experience for me, and for our team. Finally, I'm 24 years old.

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Talon274 Avatar
13
1 Year ago

Made an account for this, I got 1 reason for this post: I want more people to see the joy of this game... not the loud mouths who tell you how bad you are and you should feel bad etc... the true meaning behind the long winded mechanics and see the true ease of the game. I have only played the last 2 1/2 months of this wonderful game and I see the joy and the poison of the games community and I wanna help make it more friendly and enjoyable for every newcomer! (I sure as hell know I didn't get a warm welcome my 1st time.)

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Dog Pants Avatar
1362
1 Year ago

I couldn't agree more. I've been playing for about a year and a half. Not obsessively, 234 hours over that time according to Steam, and I'm not in any way good at the game, but in that time I've barely seen the vitriol that people talk about. Partly that's because I play with friends though, so it's great to see a community being organised.

On that note then, could you create a guild (PCGN, not Talon274)? I wouldn't be able to commit to regular games even if I did fit the 'no previous experience' request, but I would like to watch the replays and maybe pick up a few friendly games with the wider community. I'd certainly like to hear how the team gets on.

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Nick Wilson Avatar
355
1 Year ago

We have one up already. The only issue is that we need to manually invite everyone. I'm pretty sure I have you on my friends list right?

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Dog Pants Avatar
1362
1 Year ago

I thought so, but apparently not. I've sent an invite anyway. Cheers!

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Chris92_de Avatar
20
1 Year ago

would love to join that guild as well. Where can I find you on Steam? :)

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Alex Avatar
19
1 Year ago

You should be able to invite people from an in-game chat channel. Perhaps create one with the same name as the guild so people can join that to ask for an invite proper.

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Sax Avatar
156
1 Year ago

Agreed. That's a nice idea. I would participate, but I'm already too experienced, I guess.

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Rafael Avatar
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1 Year ago

I would like to help you with the teaching, and I hate to play alone :)

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cachetheenglishman!
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324 hours on record, only been playing about 8 months, enjoying it a lot, play it every day, would love to play with a team and be trained up to be half decent! never been taught, only self taught :) improving day by day, would love to be involved - chris, england.

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Pseudonym Avatar
21
1 Year ago

I'd certainly be up for that.

I have played a negligible amount of dota, but am fairly familiar with items and abilities as I pick that kind of thing up quickly. I've played a mild amount of league.

I'm interested in dota's wider scope for variation in gameplay, but getting used to its quirks while putting up with the endless low level random disconnects is bluntly frustrating. A fixed team would solve that nicely.

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woodkami Avatar
9
1 Year ago

What if I have been playing it for 7 year or more XD?

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Nick Wilson Avatar
355
1 Year ago

Hey Woodkami,

This was mainly aimed at teaching newer players, but if we need to fill a spot I don't see why we can't have an experienced player on the team. Come back on Friday.

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Reikhardt Avatar
128
1 Year ago

I'd love to take this opportunity if possible. I tried a couple of games of Dota 2 when it was in beta and found myself hopelessly confused (Note I didn't even consider quitting out, as I know full well what bad form that is!)

Having some personal coaching, as part of a team would be great, I'm happy to be a guinea pig if I finally get to understand some Dota!

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Nick Wilson Avatar
355
1 Year ago

Could you add me on Steam in the link above in the article. Thanks!

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cgerrr Avatar
109
1 Year ago

Should be interesting, I'd like to participate as well.

Technically I've never played DotA. But I'm avid fan of e-sport, so I've watched a ton of DotA and DotA2 streams, which still can't compensate for the actual playing experience making me no more than average DotA newbie.

However consider that I'm Ukrainian (GMT +2) and my English is good enough for decent level of communication but it can't be called fluent for sure.

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cgerrr Avatar
109
1 Year ago

Just in case: my stream alias is Epic Fray

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Shriven Avatar
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Riska Avatar
13
1 Year ago

I would like to be involved with this. Literally played the tutorial and that's it. Overwhelming.

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Amdisity Avatar
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1 Year ago

I watched a fair amount of the previous Dota 2 World Championships. Interesting, fun, but yeah, generally confusing. Wasn't quite enough for me to give it a try over playing more League of Legends (boo, hiss, right?). Perhaps this opportunity is the opening I need to get into Dota 2? I like the idea of the team environment over anything else, especially for newer players. Playing Solo in a moba can sometimes be quite a depressing experience.

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Gwathdring Avatar
140
1 Year ago

Hmm. I don't know how much free time I'll have such as would coincide with this, but I'm fairly new to DOTA having played a handful of games with casual groups and a significantly larger number though still not terribly impressive against the AI, am familiar with the basic precepts, and am rather interested to learn more about the game.

:)

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Teddy Avatar
20
1 Year ago

I think this is a great idea and would recommend to anyone who is interested in starting Dota2. When I started Dota2 almost a couple of years ago (with no previous experience of the genre) the first thing I did, even before I had finished a couple of games was join a group of players which consisted of a few teams.

The knowledge and experience they passed on to me was and still is so valuable. Such things as item progression, ward placement, creep pulling, which skill to take next, how to team fight, even which way to walk around the map and so much more. Talking about our play in the previous game on which was done well and could be improved.

You cannot get that sort of advice from video guides or watching pro-games. Just being able to ask questions on why its better to do something one way rather than the other. Learning this way made me feel not so lost in game.

Like I said before, for those who are not so experience but have always been interested, sign up!! I'm coming up to 900 hours, so would probably be a little bit to many for you to want me but I am intrested in seeing where this goes. Vods or more enjoyable would be some highlight vids (with comms ofc!)

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Empyre Avatar
208
1 Year ago

Hey, if there is still a position available I would like to give it a try. I have gave Dota2 a try but it did seem rather daunting and gave it up rather quickly, I even bought some stuff in the store but I hardly played it. I reckon I do have the skills to do resonably well and some mentoring with some others would probably do me a lot better.

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Shriven Avatar
2496
1 Year ago

Ill also say,

I have Glados announcer pack for share :D

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Dog Pants Avatar
1362
1 Year ago

Glados is hilarious in Dota. She can barely hide her utter disinterest for the game. "Hey, look at that. A goblin just punched a... ghost."

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