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Dota 2 Review
Dota 2 is a free multiplayer online battle arena. The development and publishing of this project were carried out by Valve Corporation on October 13th, 2010.
- Unique multiplayer gameplay
- Large gaming community
- A lot of different characters with special skills
- Dinamic gameplay
Dota 2 Gameplay
The name Dota("Defense Of The Ancients") explains a general issue of the game: gamers need to destroy opponent's Ancient, the main fortress, being in different teams. Before every start of the play session, a gamer chooses one hero from the list and the side of the battlefield represented in antagonists of Dire and protagonists of Radiant. All heroes have got unique skills that could be used in combo with other teammates against opponents, but some characters had got similar skills in the effects of damage: area of effects, damage of time, etc. Also, they can get some buffs wearing a limited number of items and special buffs by combining them.
Every hero would be upgraded over time match as the hero level increases, gaining experience points for killing of creeps and accumulating gold coins. The last level of the character is 25, and he unlocks new active and passive skills levelling up at the same time of the battle, and besides, a lot of heroes have some nukes to do big damage. Besides that, characteristics of Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence affecting the health, the speed, and the mana reserve spending on used skills. If the green scale of health drops to zero, your hero appears at the base of your team, but you risk to lose time.
Teammates should remember that the time of play session is limited, and it is a reason to think over development tactics for heroes, creeps, and fortress buildings to win the session. First of all, starting another match in the game, you need to spend gold coins on health and mana potions that could be a great help for the first time of hero's levelling and will not let him die straightaway. Later, when yours and other characters became more progressive, then the real fight began too, and teammates shall activate tactical offensives at this moment. As a rule, gamers of the session divide in carrying, causing damage and support healing and blocking from hitting. If somebody from the team is surrounded by opponents' teammates, then they use the tactics of the gank, and it is a case when the help of others is very important.
Do not forget that fight goes on three lines between bases Top, Middle, and Bottom, the paths between which the towers located protecting the ways to Ancients and creeps on their area. The loss of towers and other buildings means that your base will not rebuild them, and you will lose creeps, but the opposing team will get mega creeps breaking your fortress quicker. The installed audio chat in the game client lets to communicate with game partners, to cooperate with actions. Upgrading your character should move to Jungle, the area with neutral units the killing what brings more gold coins and experience points, it is capable of intensive levelling up.
Dota 2 Heroes Main Attributes
Each hero has the main attribute on which their damage depends, and each point of this attribute adds the point to their attack damage. Most often, the primary characteristic determines the style of play of the hero: for example, heroes with the main attribute Intelligence most often depend on the spells they have. Usually, the main attribute upgrades faster than the others when you get a level.
Strength determines the block and endurance of the hero and also the maximum quantity of health, the speed of its recovery, and, additionally, gives the resistance of magic. Heroes with the main attribute Strength is harder to kill than the others, and most often, they take on the role of tank, so they first enter the battle and take most of the damage from enemy attacks.
For heroes of Dexterity and Intelligence, each point of strength increases:
- maximum health by 20
- health regeneration by 0.1
- magic resistance by 0.08%
For the characters of Strength, each point in Strength also increases attack damage by 1.
Dexterity determines the speed of the hero and the hero's armour, attack speed, and the speed of movement. Heroes with the main attribute Dexterity mostly depend on the acquired items, which may well replace the disadvantages of their abilities. Such heroes often take part in the farm or supporting teammates.
For heroes of Strength and Intelligence, each dexterity point increases:
- the armor better for 0.16
- the attack speed by 1
- the movement speed by 0.05%
For Dexterity heroes, each Dexterity point also increases attack damage by 1.
Intelligence determines the cunning and wisdom of the hero, and it is dependent on the maximum mana reserve of the hero, the speed of its recovery, and the additional damage of spells. Heroes with the main attribute Intelligence usually rely on their abilities to which inflict the main damage or help allies. Mostly among them, there is support and strong damager.
For heroes of Strength and Dexterity, each point of intelligence increases:
- maximum mana on 12
- mana regeneration by 0.05
- spell damage by 0.07%
For Intelligence heroes, each intelligence point also increases attack damage by 1.
Dota 2 The Update System
First of all, Dota 2 is the online project, and it is the reason for frequent game updates correcting the game one time in two weeks. Small updates usually fix bugs and add new treasures containing cosmetic items and tickets to real tournaments where gamers could take a chance to win and get prize money. But there is more important than the most discussed updates are changes in the balance between heroes.
Similar patches become realized about three or four months, and they change the gamer's attitude of some heroes what makes new favourite characters for some time in the future. The biggest update in recent years is Dota 2 Reborn what was created on September 9th, 2015. It alternated the game client: the engine was replaced by more advanced in technology, the interface had got a lot of additional functions.
Since Dota 2 launches in Steam, updates install only in this gaming platform. Usually, it happens automatically with the activating of Steam, and remember you will not open the game without it.
Dota 2 System Requirements
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT
- CPU: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
- File Size: 15 GB
- OS: Windows 7 or newer