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DOTA 2: Back in the saddle

Posted on 16th Oct 2012 at 08:10 by Harry Butler with 38 comments

Harry Butler
Valve’s endlessly-in-beta-might be-released-soon-pro-gamer-trap DOTA 2 is game that’s intrigued me, along with its whole genre, since its announcement. I played the game a lot back when it was a Warcraft 3 mod, but hadn't picked up a creep wave in anger for years. Today I finally had a bash at DOTA 2 and amazingly found a game that was just as engaging as it ever was. Even if I didn't really know what I was doing.

Of course, DOTA and its ilk aren't for everyone. Best described as a player vs player MMO experience compressed down into a 55 minute strategy game, our own Joe Martin struggled with both League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth, similar (now also free-to-play) games in the DOTA mould, rolled into the hideously titled MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) genre. There’s just one map, with the game’s variety coming from the combination of opposing heroes you face and the item build you use to combat them.

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We're in their base, killin' their d00ds

It’s a game that’s frankly brutal to new comers; there are 92 different heroes, each with four different abilities and 159 different items with which to augment their stats and powers. That’s a frankly ludicrous amount of data for new players to take in, and I was in a more fortunate position of having at least played the game a fair bit years ago and having an idea of how some of the more popular heroes worked.

If I’d been a new player though, I’d have had little clue what to do and while there’s a practise mode vs. bots and an index of heroes and abilities, I don’t see how Valve can expect new players to sit through hours of practising before jumping online into a match-making game. Inviting uninitiated friends to play DOTA 2 online is like asking them to go on Mastermind and answer questions on the history of the Butternut Squash and its aerodynamic properties in zero gravity; no one’s going to have any fun, and everyone’s just going to get confused.

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While many deride MOBA players for being rude and unpleasant, there are plenty of nice players about too

Having ignored the tutorials and training, I went straight to an online matchmaking game. To Valve’s credit, matchmaking is simple, although it does take a while, and even then I found myself outmatched by the competition, despite starting out by declaring myself the n00bist of n00bs. After 30 minutes of getting owned and dying a lot though, I finally found how to buy items and recipes and with the n00b mode of the game levelling heroes evenly I didn't find the common situation of old where one hero became overly powerful and steam-rollered the game. We still lost, but I never felt that the game had become one sided. Even better, I wasn't called n00b, idiot, or feeder and no insinuations were made about my mother’s private life. Was I really playing DOTA?

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While the learning curve is almost vertical, DOTA 2 is great fun

In my second game then I already felt that much more comfortable and made a much better fist of it, farming well and putting together a decent item build thanks to a quick load-screen Google search for a hero build guide. Again, the other players were courteous, although I’m not sure how much that had to do with the ominous warning at the start of the game to report all abusive players. At the end of the night, my interest in the game had been very much rekindled and while I still firmly class myself as a DOTA 2 rookie, the game felt much fresher, friendlier and more engaging than the Warcraft 3 mod I last played 4 years ago.

Have you played DOTA 2? Did you find the amount of data to learn intimidating? Have you encountered abusive or unfriendly players? Let me know in the comments.

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Farfalho 16th October 2012, 11:39 Quote
Never played DOTA myself and enrolled myself to be part of the beta-test. My experience as even more newbie than you it has been good. Had lot of rage quit from my team which left me on my own against all opposing heroes. Played with a friend and his clan and were helpful giving me tips and what to see and do as a beginner.

The tutorial, training (can't recall the exact name) let me down because I thought it was a kind of interactive in-game tutorial but only to read about the heroes and items.
Haven't tried myself against the bots but will have to because being a support char like Lych isn't my kind of gameplay, I like to be in front swapping some punches :P

My opinion is that DOTA 2 is a great game and lots of free time needed to evolve since almost every match is up to 40 minutes long.
kinghaves 16th October 2012, 11:49 Quote
"Even better, I wasn't called n00b, idiot, or feeder and no insinuations were made about my mother’s private life"

I guess you managed to miss all of the Russians then!

Good game though, only just got into it a few months ago when I got a beta invite, it is very hard to pick up but once you get there (topping the table in a given game with the best Kills/Deaths/Assists ratio) it's real good fun! However, once you hit that point you realise, again, that you are a massive noob.
Salty Wagyu 16th October 2012, 11:50 Quote
Been playing it a lot since I got access a week or two ago, it definitely has a steep learning curve but enjoying it anyway. So far I've stuck with using two characters (Lich and Juggernaut), you don't want to overwhelm yourself. Still yet to figure how to use the courier effectively.

This game does needs a ranking system of some sort though, I've been matched with some very pro players sometimes, rarely is a game ever evenly balanced. A single player tutorial wouldn't go amiss either.
Bauul 16th October 2012, 11:55 Quote
I was always under the impression that learning your way through 92 heroes and 159 items was part of the fun of the first few weeks (months?) of playing.

I never thought you were expected to learn them all before trying to game "properly", more that you end up learning them by the time you reach a more "non-noob" level of playing.
Baz 16th October 2012, 13:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by kinghaves
"Even better, I wasn't called n00b, idiot, or feeder and no insinuations were made about my mother’s private life"

I guess you managed to miss all of the Russians then!

Good game though, only just got into it a few months ago when I got a beta invite, it is very hard to pick up but once you get there (topping the table in a given game with the best Kills/Deaths/Assists ratio) it's real good fun! However, once you hit that point you realise, again, that you are a massive noob.

Balancing it out, after playing about 100 games now, I have had some truly horrible players throw the worst kind of angry hate filled abuse at me, and yes they were mostly Russian.

Still in the minority though, most people behave,
Phalanx 16th October 2012, 13:03 Quote
Tried it twice, both times told I had done something wrong and was abused, so I told them to go **** themselves, quit, and uninstalled the game. Same old ****, just like the original. Such a shame the community lets down the game, as it looks fun.
Baz 16th October 2012, 13:11 Quote
TBH, after close to 100 games, i've still not played every hero; it's having the basic game knowledge to not play terribly.

DOTA 2 is still in beta of course; there's still plenty of learning and tutorial stuff to be added before it gets a full release. plus, you can play Bots now (although how to do so its't clearly advertised).
Aterius Gmork 16th October 2012, 13:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by kinghaves
"Even better, I wasn't called n00b, idiot, or feeder and no insinuations were made about my mother’s private life"

I guess you managed to miss all of the Russians then!

Good game though, only just got into it a few months ago when I got a beta invite, it is very hard to pick up but once you get there (topping the table in a given game with the best Kills/Deaths/Assists ratio) it's real good fun! However, once you hit that point you realise, again, that you are a massive noob.

This! You must have been incredibly lucky, Harry. My first few games of Dota 2 were full of abuse - and I only played against bots then. Now a few games later I have found my favorite hero, who is totally overpowered against bots. Usually I get around 50% of the total kills on my team. The abuse is even worse now, especially from players from the eastern EU.

Sorry, but the DOTA community in general is the worst I have encountered, ever. If you feed people will insult you. If you get kills people will call you a kill stealer. If you support people will call you useless. It's ridiculous, really.

Either I will get a steady team on the higher levels that is only interested in playing a match or two in the evening and accept a loss, or I'll quit - just like LOL or the old DOTA.

I really wish they wouldn't make DOTA free to play but charge $20 or so and just offer people some free costume for their favorite or most successful hero so abusive players that are banned actually lose something and will not simply create a new account. Right now it will be Team Fortress 2 all over. The influx of abusive players was incredible when the game went free to play as well.


Oh, and everyone who is playing DOTA of you: Please do report abusive players.


Edit: It would be really great if we could set up some kind of bit-tech meet and greet where DOTA old-timers show the ropes to the new players such as me. :D
Phalanx 16th October 2012, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
Edit: It would be really great if we could set up some kind of bit-tech meet and greet where DOTA old-timers show the ropes to the new players such as me. :D

I would love that. If I had someone looking over my shoulder, so to speak, and guiding me on what I should or shouldn't do, I'm sure I'd enjoy it a lot more than the crap that normally goes on.
DLDeadbolt 16th October 2012, 13:23 Quote
@Baz I'd say its fairly obvious...
Right under the Find Match tab is the Coop Vs bots tab
Parge 16th October 2012, 13:35 Quote
The worst game community I ever experienced was Mech Assault on the Xbox.

It should have been called Verbal Assault.
mynamesranonymous 16th October 2012, 15:51 Quote
I'm fairly excited about this game's release. Some of my friends are good with DotA 1 but I'm still a pre-nOOb. I'm currently watching every guide and Purge game videos I can get.I can take a brutal verbal punishment ,come at me bro but I want to be prepared and will probably play bots and LAN for the first 6 months or so.
modfx 16th October 2012, 17:08 Quote
Really want to try this but can't stop playing League of Legends. I think I have a problem
Sloth 16th October 2012, 21:10 Quote
A comment on abusive players: don't be afraid to report. Valve have taken action against people I've reported multiple times, mainly voice and text abuse. Get any team mates or even enemy players you can to report with you, it'll boost the chances of something happening. Nothing's more satisfying than launching the game the next day and seeing a notice that the player who really ruined your game last night has been punished.
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
I would love that. If I had someone looking over my shoulder, so to speak, and guiding me on what I should or shouldn't do, I'm sure I'd enjoy it a lot more than the crap that normally goes on.
If you're ever looking to start a game and see me on Steam send a message! I'd be glad to play either matchmaking or bots and offer whatever advice comes up.
Bogomip 16th October 2012, 21:25 Quote
DotA 2 is fantastic - the problem is the people. You sound like you had a good few games, ive had many games where people are absolutely horrible! Its mostly the losing games people get wound up, but some games we win and people are still dicks.

When the mentors programme is up and running and its made alot more noob friendly it will be a totally winning game.

edit: kinghaves comment above is also one of the problems - people blame "the russians" for everything. Pretty offensive comments usually follow people speaking in russian, with crys of "omg why dont you speak english" etc.
d_stilgar 16th October 2012, 21:47 Quote
I've been hesitant to play. First, I have to stay the whole time and I have a kid now, so that's not really an option. Second, I'm pretty bad. The learning curve is so high and I know that I don't contribute to my team. I can't lane push properly so I don't level well or gain gold. I'm too unfamiliar with the other classes, so I don't know if I should engage or run whenever I see an opponent.

Valve has always touted itself as being able to teach players how to do something in game without overbearing or boring instructions, then testing the new knowledge, then letting them loose with it. I don't know how they are going to be able to do that with DotA. I've watched videos on classes and how to lane push. I've watched many games, but I'm having a really hard time playing without feeling bad for my team.

Still, people were helpful and friendly and told me how to play very politely.

Also, I've heard the genre called Action RTS, which I like better, and is also recognized by wikipedia.
Whindog 17th October 2012, 02:11 Quote
When i got a beta key i played every hero once. This gave me a feeling for what they can do, then i watched prop replays to figure out laneing and builds.

The learning curve is huge but well worth it.

You can learn all the info about it and still be bad. You gotta learn how to itemise and play vs teh other heros picked, its not a stock standard thing.

YOu get better by playing the game. Play each hero once and you will learn the heros.

Items are harder to figure out, and then how to use activeated items effectivlly is another story all together.

Great game but i do feel no tutorial or guide to basic functions like buying items and useing courier sets it back. I assume it will be in there b4 it goes f2p full release tho.
wafflesomd 17th October 2012, 16:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by modfx
Really want to try this but can't stop playing League of Legends. I think I have a problem

Ditch that game and head to Dota 2 man. League is like dota if they held your hand through everything and removed half the features of the game. A lot of the changes riot has been making to League come straight from dota, things that should have been in the game in the first place.

Also all the heroes are free all the time and theres a limit of one of each hero per match. No more laning against yourself.
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
Tried it twice, both times told I had done something wrong and was abused, so I told them to go **** themselves, quit, and uninstalled the game. Same old ****, just like the original. Such a shame the community lets down the game, as it looks fun.

Would you do this in any other game? You can mute anyone.

Community is fine, just get some friends to play with to start premades.
wiggles 17th October 2012, 16:33 Quote
1) If you are playing with humans before playing vs bots in coops you are lowering your chance of enjoyment, and your team's.

2)My main gripe with this game is that most games are effectively over by 30 mins and the game will still go on for another 20-30 mins
wafflesomd 18th October 2012, 08:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by wiggles


2)My main gripe with this game is that most games are effectively over by 30 mins and the game will still go on for another 20-30 mins

That goes away when you start getting into higher level games where both teams are competent. I think league is pretty bad about this compared to others. In dota, its common for a 30-10 match to turn around if the team play smart.
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Originally Posted by Whindog


Great game but i do feel no tutorial or guide to basic functions like buying items and useing courier sets it back. I assume it will be in there b4 it goes f2p full release tho.

They have stated that there will be a tutorial on release. It really needs one.
Telefonskaft 18th October 2012, 09:47 Quote
The game is great, only kinda unbalanced hero is Ursa but he can be countered too and most of the times when someone pick Ursa it's randomed so that's good :)
wafflesomd 19th October 2012, 09:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Telefonskaft
The game is great, only kinda unbalanced hero is Ursa but he can be countered too and most of the times when someone pick Ursa it's randomed so that's good :)

There are so many ways to counter him that he rarely gets picked in pro play. Anyone can get a force staff and thats shuts him down pretty well. Shadow Shaman or Lion can turn people into animals for a whopping 4 seconds. I try and cast those abilities on him right after he uses activates his abilities. Keep in mind that's he is really good at taking out one person at a time so try and hit him while he's busy.
Sloth 19th October 2012, 21:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
There are so many ways to counter him that he rarely gets picked in pro play. Anyone can get a force staff and thats shuts him down pretty well. Shadow Shaman or Lion can turn people into animals for a whopping 4 seconds. I try and cast those abilities on him right after he uses activates his abilities. Keep in mind that's he is really good at taking out one person at a time so try and hit him while he's busy.
Also if you're having troubles with Ursa targeting you specifically Ghost Scepter and Eul's Scepter are both excellent items. Nothing beats an Ursa blinking in on some squishy Crystal Maiden for an easy kill and having her suddenly go immune, leaving him confused and alone.
Elton 20th October 2012, 05:14 Quote
DOTA 2 is a magnificent game. And to be honest, i'm spoiled by League of Legends. The problem I have? I'm too used to League now. It's a bad thing since in DOTA 2 there are no invisibility bushes, and you can deny creeps. But honestly, DOTA 2 is still one of the more balanced games and rather difficult as it just throws you in there.

That said of course, the community isn't receptive to terribad players but neither is League tbh. If I wasn't so addicted to League (well rather just interested having played a decent amount now) the transition to DOTA 2 would be pretty quick as DOTA 2 probably has better balancing than League does.
Elton 20th October 2012, 05:14 Quote
DOTA 2 is a magnificent game. And to be honest, i'm spoiled by League of Legends. The problem I have? I'm too used to League now. It's a bad thing since in DOTA 2 there are no invisibility bushes, and you can deny creeps. But honestly, DOTA 2 is still one of the more balanced games and rather difficult as it just throws you in there.

That said of course, the community isn't receptive to terribad players but neither is League tbh. If I wasn't so addicted to League (well rather just interested having played a decent amount now) the transition to DOTA 2 would be pretty quick as DOTA 2 probably has better balancing than League does.
Sloth 23rd October 2012, 01:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
DOTA 2 is a magnificent game. And to be honest, i'm spoiled by League of Legends. The problem I have? I'm too used to League now. It's a bad thing since in DOTA 2 there are no invisibility bushes, and you can deny creeps. But honestly, DOTA 2 is still one of the more balanced games and rather difficult as it just throws you in there.
Regarding balance, for anyone who isn't aware: Dota 2 is designed to be largely identical to the Warcraft 3 Dota mod, except running on the Source engine. All of the heroes have the same stats as in Dota 1 so there's a wealth of time and experience in testing balance.

The biggest balance selling point for Dota, imo, is the fact that (at least currently) all heroes are available for free and there are no stat changing items. Should any hero be considered overpowered all players have equal access to it without having to pay cash, points, or reach a certain level. Likewise, any other heroes such as potential counters are equally available.

There's also the Captain's Mode game mode which allows for four heroes to be banned before anyone picks, so any imbalances that slip past can be removed from play. I'm not sure if LoL has such a game made, it's been ages since I played. (the fruity looking guy with the light beam spell was new, for reference!).
hamza_tm 8th November 2012, 22:07 Quote
Just read through this now!

Been an avid dota player since forever, it's the only game I have ever played that is so vast and dynamic that I find it impossible to get bored of!

In case any new players are reading this, if you want to enjoy this game I highly recommend finding someone who knows what they are at and spending a few games together. Stick a post up on the gaming forum or something, it will help loads. Also people mentioning the lack of introduction or proper help, remember the game is still in beta and the tutorial section hasn't been done yet.

People worried about the abuse, tbh you just need to get to a certain skill level. Trust me once you've familiarized yourself enough and have an idea of what's going on, it is very easy to have awesome and encouraging games independent of the kind of players you are playing with. Like someone else has said, the community is fine. I haven't seen any abuse for ages tbh, people look out for each other and I've been having a great time winning or losing.
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Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork

Sorry, but the DOTA community in general is the worst I have encountered, ever. If you feed people will insult you. If you get kills people will call you a kill stealer. If you support people will call you useless. It's ridiculous, really.

Sorry but that isn't the case. Sure you can get into a game with some pre-pubescent nightmare kids that won't stop chatting, but then that's what the mute system is for. If you are an absolute beginner then sure you may get abuse from frustrated teammates (I'm not condoning such behaviour at all), but mainly because DOTA is such a team-oriented game that having a bad teammate CAN result in making your own game miserable (for people that aren't very good themselves); and so I do recommend playing with people you know, at the very least spending time watching professional commentaries and reading a hero guide for one or two simple heroes and practising specific strategies against bots until you get a feel for it. A team of friends babysitting their beginner mate is fantastic fun :D

But like I said once you get a feel for the game it's wonderful. Once you know what is expected of your hero people won't call you out unless you actually do something woeful/unfair/wrong. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you watch pro commentaries so you know exactly what your hero should be doing, if you try and work out this game from experience you are doomed to failure (or at least a long, difficult road). Reading and researching this game is a massive help if you want to have fun playing anytime within the year!

Anyhow, be mature and just take simple sporadic outbursts - e.g. someone is trying to get a kill on an enemy and you come from nowhere and finish them off yourself - if he insults you out of frustration just be mature about it, people do get emotional in this game but it's just like everything else in life. Give the benefit of the doubt. If the dude goes on about it just mute and get on with the game. I really don't see the community as a reason not to play Dota, not since I started playing and definitely not now.

tl dr;
Anyone can have great fun in this game the community is fine, but make sure you do your part and read and research about this game as well as playing. Just balance your playtime and research time. Watching pro commentaries is insane fun to boot!

Aim is to get to know what you actually need to be doing at all times (an experienced partner is the best teacher). If you don't take the time to work this out correctly, you aren't going to get the most from it.

Dota is a highly intellectual game! It needs an attentive mind and a lot of thinking going on at all times.

Enjoy the game! It's easy ;)
Salty Wagyu 8th November 2012, 22:39 Quote
Not played it for a while now. Most annoying thing I could remember is when you're in a lane with someone for the first few levels and they don't help out in killing creeps, except for last-hitting them so they get the gold instead. Wish something could be done about that, gold being split between whoevers in the lane for example.
Sloth 8th November 2012, 22:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Salty Wagyu
Not played it for a while now. Most annoying thing I could remember is when you're in a lane with someone for the first few levels and they don't help out in killing creeps, except for last-hitting them so they get the gold instead. Wish something could be done about that, gold being split between whoevers in the lane for example.
There's actually a fairly deep meta game to when to attack creeps, and who kills them, which would be ruined by that. Without getting into a deep "how to play Dota" post, it's generally a bad thing to be attacking creeps for anything but a last hit in the first place and depending on what hero each person is playing it may be better to not get last hits at all so a more item dependent lane partner gets the gold.

Just another one of the initially cryptic mechanics of the game which with a little practice becomes a deep well of strategy to add to your arsenal.
Bogomip 9th November 2012, 00:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Salty Wagyu
Not played it for a while now. Most annoying thing I could remember is when you're in a lane with someone for the first few levels and they don't help out in killing creeps, except for last-hitting them so they get the gold instead. Wish something could be done about that, gold being split between whoevers in the lane for example.

If you and your lane buddy attacks the creeps all the time you push your creeps onto the tower - you are too low level to do much damage to the tower and so low level it will mess you up if it hits you even once or twice. This allows the enemy to gain a bit of an xp advantage - essentially it means you are standing doing very little, or risking being in a dodgy position. Later on in the game it doesnt matter much as your hits hurt the tower and you can take a few hits from it.

You always ensure you last hit though, as you dont want to lose the gold. Always try and last hit your creeps too, in order to deny some xp and gold to your enemy :)

DotA is complicated :)
sourdough 9th November 2012, 21:41 Quote
I have been playing with bots for a couple of days now. The general idea of last hit, ganking, team fight, farming is easy to understand. The hard part is the items shopping. As a new player you tend to go with a template. That's all well and good if the gold is free flowing. The trouble comes when you are not doing too well and you know you can't wait for that 1k to get your item of choice but you don't have the enough knowledge of all the items in the shop do improvise a plan B. Incidentally, what items give good mana regen in mid games?
Sloth 9th November 2012, 22:15 Quote
If you're having a hard time it can certainly be beneficial to try for items that have smaller components, provided they're still decent items for the hero/game. Having a read through the item list in the Learn section can be pretty useful, to get a grasp on what's out there to buy. If you're having a rough game it may not always be the best idea to try saving for something expensive and constantly losing gold, even if the cheaper item is slightly inferior at least you'll have it.

When you say mid do you mean mid-game time wise or mid lane? It always depends on your hero, but if you're talking mid lane Bottle is often a good item. Since it can store runes, and is refilled when a rune is stored, it's a great source of health and mana for a mid hero who should be checking runes anway. Just note that at 600g you won't be able to buy anything else at the start of the game. For this reason it's typically advised that you get stat items with only a little bit of regen to last you until you get the money to buy the Bottle. It's counter-intuitive, but getting stats at the start will give you much better last hit and deny potential making it actually easier to get the money.
hamza_tm 11th November 2012, 18:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by sourdough
I have been playing with bots for a couple of days now. The general idea of last hit, ganking, team fight, farming is easy to understand. The hard part is the items shopping. As a new player you tend to go with a template. That's all well and good if the gold is free flowing. The trouble comes when you are not doing too well and you know you can't wait for that 1k to get your item of choice but you don't have the enough knowledge of all the items in the shop do improvise a plan B. Incidentally, what items give good mana regen in mid games?

Problem with that kind of question is it depends so much on what hero you have, as different items do the job better for different heroes. I mean you can buy a void stone for clinkz, but what will he turn it into later on?

In simple terms, if you hit the stagnation period with not enough cash flow and you know you need something, here's some short guidance:
HP needed: Bracer
Manapool and stats needed: Null Talisman
Damage and a bit of stats buff for agi heroes: Wraith Band

Those three are the most cost effective items for the gains, the only problem is that they take up inventory slots. If you don't believe me, try any carry hero with 4 wraith bands, treads and tp scroll build. As soon as you finish farming that (at an average farming speed) you are insanely powerful at THAT point in game, but you lose out on your late game prowess as you will have to sell them to buy proper tier 4 items. Definitely a beautiful fun build though :)

Now, for mana regen alone, bottle at any time is good if you are good enough to effectively grab runes (know timing, position yourself well to walk past them etc). Otherwise for early-mid game, you could get a Ring of Basilius. For proper mid game, the only mana regen item you want is a void stone (to turn into euls scepter or something interesting later on) but that is hero dependent.



In general, as a beginner your plan B should always be: Doing badly? Start buying null talismans, bracers, or wraith bands. A null tali provides enough mana pool and regen and extra stats for very cheap overall, and these three items work on ANY hero amazingly well.

If you play a carry, your plan B should be: Doing badly? get Sange and Yasha. In fact works on any Str or Agi hero that does at least some physical DPS.

Gist of it is, if doing badly then you want to forget heavy items requiring massive parts and go for easy-to-build items and HP.
Bogomip 11th November 2012, 19:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by hamza_tm
In simple terms, if you hit the stagnation period with not enough cash flow and you know you need something, here's some short guidance:
HP needed: Bracer
Manapool and stats needed: Null Talisman
Damage and a bit of stats buff for agi heroes: Wraith Band

Thats actually really good advise :) Not many people realise how good those items can be - 4 wraith bands and you have a rough eaglehorn equivalent in terms of agi, with some int and str thrown in.

Ive saved entire games before by just going back to basics, and you can always sell them when you are done.
hamza_tm 11th November 2012, 19:45 Quote
Exactly, 4 wraith bands gives you so much of everything and is so easy to build up to. Try it on Drow Ranger for a very fun mid game ownage build!

Also 5000th post there Bogomip congrats ;)
icemanTM 22nd November 2012, 09:53 Quote
but 4 wraith bands cant be upgraded to anything which is a bummer... so its better ito purchase 2 wraiths and straight to treads or whatever requires to survive
hamza_tm 22nd November 2012, 10:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by icemanTM
but 4 wraith bands cant be upgraded to anything which is a bummer... so its better ito purchase 2 wraiths and straight to treads or whatever requires to survive

That's why no one ever does it.

It's a superbly powerful mid game build, but it sacrifices your late game. You won't get the high tier items as fast.

I was saying that if you want to be the most powerful hero on the field mid game, go four wraiths :)
Sloth 23rd November 2012, 21:32 Quote
If you take a look at the numbers and compare cost to effectiveness of items the earlier game items are always far more effective. The most powerful item in the game is the Iron Branch. The reason is that item slots are an important aspect of the game and are taken into account with item balance and the most efficient items will quickly fill your inventory. The sort of reverse of this is that you can maximize your stats by keeping your item slots well stocked. For example, if you're looking to get two Bracers consider buying both sets of components before buying the recipe to finish one first. Part of the recipe's cost is balanced to consider the fact that it condenses your item slots so you can put it off until you actually need the space.

A fun example:
+10 all stats can be 530g with 10 Iron Branches, 2700g with 2 Belts of Strength, 2 Robes of the Magi and 2 Gloves of Elvenskin (the 450g Agi item, w/e the name is) or 3000g with an Ogre Club, Staff of Wizardry and Blade of Alacrity. The first you can't even carry but is by far the cheapest, the second fills your inventory but at significantly higher cost, and the third frees up three slots at a 300g premium.
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